January 25, 2008

“Serious Possibilities” Await Students at Grossmont College

Spring Classes Begin Weeks of January 28 and March 28

EL CAJON — More than 1,900 class sections await Grossmont College students at the beginning of the 2008 Spring Semester. Students may continue to enroll through February 1 for the full 16-week semester, and at anytime prior to the beginning of the second eight-week session March 28. Students may apply and register online at www.grossmont.edu.

According to College President Sunita Cooke, Ph.D., “We welcome our returning students back for the beginning of this new semester. At the same time, we encourage first-time and re-entry students to join us at Grossmont College to begin studies for a new career, job skill development, or to pursue a personal goal. The opportunities are enticing with classes to meet every interest.”

For example: What does history have to do with you? Looking for something different from those history teachers who made you memorize the same old thing? Place yourself into history by taking a more creative approach.

• History 137 History of East Asia. Discover the exotic and fascinating history of China and Japan, including ancient Chinese Dynasties, Japanese Samurai and Shoguns, Genghis Kahn and the Mongol Empire, through World War II in Asia, and Modern China.

• History 126 History of Mexico. Featuring Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, comic books, masked guerrillas, and more. How will Mexico’s new president impact YOU?

Learn to write a novel? Beginning as well as seasoned novelists are welcome in.

• English 175-178 Novel Writing, Tuesday evenings 7 – 9:50 p.m. This is a great opportunity to take a class with Distinguished Faculty award recipient Gary Phillips.

• Photography: A host of daytime and evening classes will take place in the new Digital Arts Building.

• Digital Photography I and II as well as a series of classes in photography lab practice will accommodate novice and experienced photographers. The new Digital Labs are equipped with Apple Intel Duo Core iMacs, Epson scanners and Epson professional archival inkjet printers.

• The Photography Department will also be teaching Color Photography using both digital and analog processes. Photography has expanded its traditional photography courses with a series of artist-in-residence workshop classes which will be held on Saturdays through February 10.

• One of the most popular courses to be taught in the new Digital Art Building will be the Digital Art Media: Web Design course which introduces the students to designing for the World Wide Web and allows them the opportunity to produce a digital portfolio of their original art work.

• Documentary Photography (Photo 267) will be taught by instructor Paul Turounet Monday and Wednesday evenings. In this advanced course, students will engage in discussion and practice with analog and digital materials and processes to investigate photography in an extended photographic project.

• Security Management: If you are interested in developing skills in a growing new career field, Security Management, read on! There are online classes in a Security Management series, leading to a certificate in this hot new field. According to Dr. P.J. Ortmeier, Administration of Justice professor, “Public and private security services represent the fastest growing public safety and business-related career fields. Security personnel outnumber public law enforcement officers in the U.S. four to one. Career opportunities are excellent in homeland security as well as contract, retail, health-care, entertainment, industrial, sports and transportation environments. Salaries for security managers can exceed $100,000 annually. Specialized training and education is critical to increasing one’s earnings. The Grossmont College Security Management Program can help realize the earnings potential.”

Online Classes: More than 150 online classes provide an especially efficient way to earn college credits for students interested in avoiding a commute, while learning in the comfort of a remote location, such as their kitchen or den. Popular online offerings include Education 159, “Introduction to Educational Technology,” Education 200, ‘Teaching as a Profession,’ and Geology 110, Planet Earth.

California residents pay only $20/ unit, and financial aid is available. There are services for adult reentry students, including a career center and job placement.

Grossmont College, fully accredited since its founding in 1961 by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, offers 150 associate degrees and career and certificate programs. During the Spring 2008 Semester, students may select from nearly 2,000 different courses leading to associate degrees and career certificates, as well as university transfer. Grossmont College is located at 8800 Grossmont College Drive, just off I-125 in El Cajon. Call 619 644-7000, or www.grossmont.edu.

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