Monday, April 25, 2016

Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges: We're here for you this summer

Colorful bus wraps you will see on some East County routes.
Need extra college credits or want to learn new job skills? Check out the more than 400 classes being offered this summer at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges.

Most classes begin June 13 and are four, six or eight weeks long. Registration for current students begins April 25, with open registration starting May 9 and continuing until June 12. At just $46 a unit for California residents, the average class only costs $138. Many students qualify for fee waivers, and financial aid is available.

With smaller classes offering more one-on-one time with instructors, summer is the perfect time to take those classes you expect to be most challenging and may require a little more instructional help. The classes are perfect for recent high school graduates looking to get a jumpstart on college, college students who want to pick up extra credits, or workers who want to build on their job skills.

Summer session is also ideal to pick up high-demand classes both colleges are offering, such as Interpersonal Communications (COMM-120); Introduction to Psychology (PSY-120); Composition and Reading (ENG-120); and Prep for General Chemistry (CHEM-120), a prep course for science and engineering majors.

If online courses strike your fancy, they’re available as well, including Principles of Information Systems (CIS-110, Cuyamaca); and Elementary Statistics (MATH-160, Cuyamaca, Grossmont).

Cuyamaca College is also offering Human Anatomy (BIO-140; and English as a Second Language courses in American Culture (ESL-020) and ESL for the Workplace (ESL-099B).

For those seeking basic computer skills to make themselves more attractive to employers, Grossmont College’s Business Office Technology Flex Lab offers self-paced, online or instructor-led courses in basic keyboarding and using Microsoft programs such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. For a list of classes, orientation dates and additional information, go to the BOT web page at

In addition to a full array of general education classes offered for students planning to transfer to four-year universities, both colleges offer specialized, career technical education classes for the summer session.

 At Grossmont College, specialty courses are available over the summer in the following programs: Administration of Justice, Cardiovascular Technology, Culinary Arts, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Nursing and Orthopedic Technology.

At Cuyamaca College, specialty courses for the summer include Automotive Technology; Environmental Health and Safety; Ornamental Horticulture, and Water/Wastewater Technology.

For students wanting to learn how to become successful in college, both campuses are offering College and Career Success (COUN-120) in class and online, teaching study skills such as note-taking, listening to lectures, managing time, studying for tests and improving memory. Also covered are topics such as stress management and discovering motivations and personal strengths.

For summer class schedules for both colleges and information on registering, go to or call Admissions and Records at Grossmont College -- (619) 644-7186, or Cuyamaca College -- (619) 660-4275.

Grossmont College is at 8800 Grossmont College Drive in El Cajon. Cuyamaca College is at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in El Cajon.

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