Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Open enrollment begins for spring 2019 at Grossmont, Cuyamaca colleges

Spring semester is just a calendar page away at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges and much is in store for the new year. 
Hip-hop classes are among Saturday classes at Grossmont.

Open enrollment begins Tuesday, Dec. 4, for the new semester, which starts Jan. 28 with new courses, first-time programs and more free textbooks used in classes. 

Tuesday is also the first day of open registration for intersession classes, offered Jan. 2-26. The cost of the courses is $46 per unit, with most classes offering three units of college credit. Online registration continues through Jan. 28 for spring 2019 classes via WebAdvisor.

First-time college students may be eligible for free tuition at Grossmont or Cuyamaca College through the Grossmont-Cuyamaca College Promise. Promise students must attend full-time, complete an onboarding program, and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA as a full-time student. Learn more at 

Financial aid options are also available at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges, including the California College Promise Grant offering fee waivers for low-income students. Both colleges are also offering a growing number of classes with free textbooks that are available on the public domain or released under an open license. Look for courses with the “ZTC” (zero textbook costs) designations in the class schedules.Among a variety of traditional, online and hybrid classes are three new and experimental courses at Grossmont College:
  •   Encaustic Painting Studio Workshop (Art 299A) in which students will learn the form, space and plastic aspects of encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting.
  •    Public Art Painting (ART 299A) for students interested in producing art in a public context and/or public art through a commissioning process.
  •  World Beer Styles (Culinary Arts 299A), an introduction to beers produced locally and around the world.    
Grossmont College is also offering Saturday classes Feb. 2-June 1 to provide more scheduling options for students. Saturday offerings include a class in Home Cooking Essentials (Culinary Arts 105) meeting 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Room 60-173. Interested in learning Hip Hop? An introductory class (Dance 094A) and Hip Hop II (Dance 094B) meet from 10 a.m.-12:55 p.m. in Room 24-271. Yoga, piano, biology and psychology are also offered. (See page 18 of Grossmont College’s class schedule for a list of Saturday-only classes.) 

At Cuyamaca College, a course in Hybrid, Electric and Alternative Fuels (AUTO 129) is now offered 6-10:15 p.m. Monday and Wednesday evenings to accommodate automotive technicians interested in expanding their knowledge of the latest fuel-saving vehicles rolling off the assembly lines. 

A one-unit class, Automotive Service Advisor, (AUTO 180) is offered Wednesday evenings 6-8:35 p.m. from Jan. 28-March 9.A new addition for the automotive technology program is the Automotive Service Councils of California Association (ASCCA) degree program, the state’s first associate degree program that combines classroom and online teaching with on-the-job training at independent repair shops. 

New at Cuyamaca is the Center for Water Studies.
Also at Cuyamaca College, spring semester marks the transformation of the Water & Wastewater Technology program into the Center for Water Studies program, a change reflecting the addition of a Field Operations Skills Yard and the renovation of the L building into a state-of-the-art training facility.The new facilities have made it possible to add three new courses, including Water and Wastewater Industry Career Pathways, Health and Safety Training, and Hands-On Mechanical Skill Building. Advanced level courses have been added in Electrical and Instrumentation Processes, Water Quality Lab Analysis, and Mechanical Maintenance.An orientation meeting for new and prospective water studies students is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, in Room L-104. 

Online classes are another great way to earn college credit, with both Cuyamaca College and Grossmont College (see pages 21-25 of Grossmont class schedule) providing a robust list of online and hybrid offerings.Grossmont College is located at 8800 Grossmont College Drive in El Cajon. Cuyamaca College is at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in the community of Rancho San Diego.Additional information on admissions and registering for classes is available at