Thursday, August 11, 2016

Colleges welcoming students for fall semester

The new semester begins Aug. 22 for more than an anticipated 28,000 students at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges with a wealth of new class and program offerings at the two East County colleges.

The two colleges are offering more than 2,400 class sections and for the first time in the college district’s 55-year history, both colleges will be offering baccalaureate-level classes on campus and online through a partnership with Point Loma Nazarene University.

Students still have time to register for fall classes, with the colleges continuing online registration through Aug. 19. Schedules and registration links are available by going to .
Cuyamaca College

An estimated 9,000 students can choose from course sections applicable to associate degrees and certificates, as well as upper-division classes to earn bachelor’s degrees from PLNU in Child Development and Organizational Development.

New associate degree programs available this fall are:

  • Kumeyaay Studies:  Cuyamaca College will break new ground, becoming among the first community colleges in California to offer a degree program focusing on the language, culture and history of a specific Native American tribe. Students who complete the program will be able to communicate in the Kumeyaay language at a basic level in a variety of settings; have an understanding of Kumeyaay heritage, history, society and traditions; and gain sensitivity, globalism and cultural competence of a unique group of people.
  • Arabic Studies: The Associate in Arts in Arabic Studies is designed to provide a greater understanding of Arabic language, history, culture and heritage, with particular emphasis on reading, writing and speaking the Arabic language.  The Arabic Studies degree prepares students for career opportunities that require competency in the Arabic language. 
    New certificate programs available this fall are:
  •   Business Information Worker: Developed in conjunction with local employers, this certificate program provides a job-readiness pathway for office workers and builds a solid foundation in Microsoft Windows and Office, along with critical thinking and interpersonal skills that are vital in an office setting.
  • Mechatronics: Mechatronics is the science that combines mechanics, electronics, computer information systems, automation, and robotics. The mechatronics certificate is designed for those interested in interested in advanced manufacturing, and courses include Introduction to Engineering and Design, Mechatronics: Introduction to Microcontrollers and Robotics; and Mechatronics: Prototype Design. Work experience also is required as part of the certificate program.
  • Cuyamaca College is also on track to offer a new certificate program in viticulture as early as the spring semester. The program will help train students to work in various aspects of the viticulture and wine industries, including winemaking and vineyard management.

Grossmont College

About 18,000 students are expected to attend Grossmont College this fall. Like its sister college, Grossmont College has also partnered with Point Loma Nazarene University to offer bachelor’s degree programs. Students can earn PLNU’s bachelor’s degree in computer/information technology, as well as PLNU’s bachelor’s degree in nursing without leaving the Grossmont College campus.
Other new and upcoming offerings include:
  • The Business Information Worker certificate: Similar to Cuyamaca College’s certificate, this course of study provides students with a certificate requested and recognized by employers throughout the state.
  •  Electrocardiograph (EKG)/Telemetry Program: Grossmont College will launch a revamped program beginning in spring 2017. The health professional program includes two tracks: a one-semester EKG Technician track and a one-semester Telemetry Technician track. Each program consists of two classes and prepares students for certification exams offered through the Cardiovascular Credentialing Institute. The program is now accepting applications to join the program’s waiting pool. Information about prerequisites, costs and class times is available online.
  • AOJ public safety dispatch course: In response to workforce demand throughout the region, the Administration of Justice Department’s 16-week, seven-unit public safety dispatch course is now offered twice a year. The course costs $322 for California residents, and is approved as meeting the basic dispatcher training for law enforcement agencies. Information is available online.
  • Weekend/late-start classes: The addition of weekend (Friday and Saturday) and late-start (those starting after Aug. 22) classes are designed to offer students the flexibility they need to complete certificate and associate degree programs. With late-start classes, students can earn up to five units of credit in as little as eight weeks.

Grossmont College is also planning new pilot programs for the spring semester in unmanned aircraft systems and craft brewing to train students in those growing fields.

To welcome new and returning students, both colleges have several activities planned for the first week of classes. Grossmont’s Week of Welcome – WOW – features workshops and information booths highlighting programs and an All-campus Information and Activity Fair in the Main Quad.

Cuyamaca’s Welcome Week will include information tables; a Health and Wellness Center open house; a number of meet-and-greets with student organizations, a student-faculty BBQ mixer; ice cream and other free food with student government members; a Student Involvement Fair; and a College Hour event featuring the Chaldean culture and traditions.

Grossmont College is at 8800 Grossmont College Drive in El Cajon; Cuyamaca College is at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in the community of Rancho San Diego. For more information about the college district, go to .

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