January 28, 2005

Grossmont College adds scores of class sections for spring semester

EL CAJON – Students can look forward to many more course offerings as the spring semester gets under way next week at Grossmont College.

In sharp contrast to a year ago when the college was battling funding cuts tied to the state budget crisis, the college this spring has expanded its schedule, adding 90 class sections in an effort to meet demand. And, ending a semesters-long hiring freeze, the college also brought on 10 new full-time instructors.

“We are committed to maintaining a learning environment that welcomes all students, supports excellent classroom instruction, and provides outstanding student services,” said Dr. Ted Martine, Jr., college president.

With classes starting Jan. 24, students have until Jan. 22 to register using the on-line WebConnect services, accessible through the college Web site, or over the phone using the College Connection service at (619) 668-4040. Hours of operation for both Web and phone registration are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Class schedules are posted on the college Web site and can also be picked up at the campus bookstore or at the college entrance.

First-time students must first submit an application form, either on-line or in person to the Admissions and Records Office, where walk-ins can apply and register for classes up until Jan. 28, the end of the first week of classes.

Among the course offerings are a record number of on-line classes – 47 – for which students earn from one to four college credits. Except for orientation, mid-term and final exams, these classes can be taken entirely from home, an enticement that has led to a sharp hike in on-line enrollment at the college, from 899 in 2001 to 1,719 in fall 2003.Course descriptions are available at www.gcccd.net/online/

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