Whether it’s classes you want to take in a hurry over the winter break or a semester-length class, online or traditional courses, daytime or evening offerings – Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges have something for everyone.
Open registration begins Dec. 2 for spring semester classes, which
start Jan. 27. The cost is $46 per unit with most classes providing
three units of credit. Financial aid, including scholarships, grants and
loans, are available with information posted at Grossmont College and Cuyamaca College websites.
Registration continues through Jan. 3, 2020 for short-term spring intersession classes, which run from Jan. 2-Jan. 25.
First-time college students registering for the 2020 spring semester
and attending full-time can qualify for tuition-free classes through the
Grossmont-Cuyamaca College Promise through spring 2021. To be eligible,
students must complete orientation, assessments, devise an education
plan and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA. The deadline to apply for the
Grossmont-Cuyamaca College Promise for spring 2020 is Feb. 10. More
details are available at mycollegepromise.net
Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges have a comprehensive offering of
general education classes in Language and Communication Arts, Sciences
and Engineering, Humanities and Foreign Languages and Social and
Behavioral Sciences which meet the lower-division requirements of
In addition to general education classes, both colleges also offer
specialized career education courses for students interested in career
preparation or to update work skills in areas such as accounting,
administration of justice, environmental technology, information
systems, ornamental horticulture, drafting, nursing, graphic design,
computer science, multimedia training and many other fields.
With healthcare as a leading issue in today’s political discourse,
Cuyamaca College is offering a timely class, Health and Social Justice
(HED-204), for intersession. This general education class, which
transfers to universities in the state university and University of
California systems, provides an introduction to the health inequities in
the United States that stem from unequal living conditions. The class
explores how education, socioeconomic status, race and gender shape
health epidemics and policy development.
This health class is a Zero-Textbook-Cost class that uses Open
Educational Resources or free textbook alternatives. Both colleges are
expanding their offerings of ZTC classes to lessen students’ financial
burdens. Look for the ZTC notation in class schedules to determine which
classes have no cost for textbooks.
Grossmont College is also offering an intersession class especially
relevant for today – Social Media in the Digital Age (MCOM 210). This
course examines the theory and ethics behind creating and consuming
digital, social and mobile media. Students will analyze ethical
standards and legal issues in social media and evaluate personal and
The short-term courses are an efficient way to satisfy general
education course requirements for university transfer, offering a
compressed alternative to the semester-length schedule.
Regular spring semester classes include the district’s first-ever
internship for English majors, Cooperative Work Experience in English
(English 200), offered at Cuyamaca College. It provides between one and
four units, with each unit representing 75 hours of work. Placements
will be with marketing/public relations firms; corporations with
technical writing teams; and educational institutions of all levels –
elementary, high school and higher education.
“We want to show students that, yes, English majors have many career
opportunities, contrary to popular opinion,” said Lauren Halsted, chair
of the English Department at Cuyamaca College. “English majors develop
many skills employers are looking for – good writing and communication
skills, critical thinking, the ability to tell stories in many contexts.
We also want our students to be employable once they leave us, and an
internship is an important step in that process.”
New students must first submit an application either online
or in person at the colleges’ admissions offices. New students are
encouraged to go through the assessment and advisement process prior to
registration. By going through assessment, students’ skill levels can be
evaluated to determine suitable course levels.
The last day to register online for the spring semester is Jan. 26.
Class schedules and additional information on registering is available
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.