So is picking up college credits from more than 500 classes being offered this June 12-Aug. 3 at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges. Open registration for summer session starts Monday, May 8, and continues until June 11.
Most classes begin June 12 and are four, six or eight weeks long. 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.
Want to sign up for that high-demand general education class that always fills up quickly during the regular semester? Taking it during the summer is a strategy to avoid wait lists and maxed out classrooms.
The classes are also a great way for recent high school graduates to get a jumpstart on college, continuing students to move closer to graduating, and workers to build on their job skills.
Popular general education both colleges are offering include Cultural Anthropology (ANTH-120); Art Appreciation (ART-100); Business Communication (BUS-128); Prep for General Chemistry (CHEM-120), a prep course for science and engineering majors; College Composition & Reading (ENGL-120); Early American History (HIST-108); Elementary Statistics (MATH-160), Introductory Psychology (PSY-120) and many more.
Both colleges are also offering anatomy courses that are prerequisites for allied health training: Grossmont’s Anatomy and Physiology I (BIO-144) and Cuyamaca’s Human Anatomy (BIO-140).
For students looking for occupational training or hands-on classes for their own purposes, Grossmont College has introductory Administration of Justice and Culinary Arts classes open to all and Cuyamaca College offers basic Automotive Technology and Water/Wastewater Technology classes.
If a summer camping trip strikes your fancy, Grossmont College is offering a weeklong course involving lecture and field study in the origin, evolution and geological significance of the Sierra Nevada mountains, as well as field study techniques including map analysis, GPS and identifying minerals and rocks (Geography 176 and Geology 176). A group led by Earth Science/Geography Professor Judd Curran will leave at 5:30 a.m. Saturday, June 10, and return at about 7 p.m. Sunday, June 18.
A $150 trip fee must be paid at the cashier’s office in Building 10 by May 26 and an orientation from 12:30-4:30 p.m. Friday, May 19, in Building 30, Room 208 is mandatory. The trip involves overnight camping and moderate hiking. Contact Curran at (619) 644-7343 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Want to get into shape or keep fit this summer? Both colleges offer single-unit Exercise Science classes that cost less than some gym memberships.
Beginning, intermediate and advanced classes in the following activities are offered at Grossmont College: fitness boot camps; yoga; aquatic fitness; lap swimming; weight training; tennis; aerobic fitness and weight training; and total body fitness.
The Exercise Science program at Cuyamaca College offers all levels of aerobic dance; basketball; and soccer.
If online courses are your favorite, they’re available as well, including Principles of Information Systems (CIS-110, Cuyamaca); and Intercultural Communication (COMM-124, Grossmont).
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 www.grossmont.edu
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 www.gcccd.edu/now/ 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.