El Cajon Brad Tiffany remembers when registering for classes meant enduring lines rivaling those for tickets to a blockbuster movie.
"We used to give water to students standing in the hot sun," said the dean of admissions and records at Grossmont College.
With the introduction of phone registration in the mid-'90s, the lines have become a thing of the past. Tiffany said about 90 percent of class registration is handled now over the phone.
This week marks the start of the latest innovation to make signing up for classes at either Grossmont or Cuyamaca colleges as convenient as possible: "WebConnect."
The on-line service not only provides a way to quickly register for classes, it also allows students to review their grades and class schedules, and make credit card payments for classes. Tuition remains an affordable $11 a unit.
"Our board continues to support increased use of technology to benefit our students," said Gary Kendrick, president of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District governing board. "Using the Web for a variety of transactions, including actually registering for classes, is a great move. The staff work on this project has been tremendous."
WebConnect is accessible from the home pages of both colleges, as well as the college district. (www.grossmont.net, www.cuyamaca.net and www.good.net)
"We are delighted to offer both the telephone and Web options for students," said Dr. Omero Suarez, college district chancellor. "This is in line with the district's philosophy of continually increasing accessibility to anyone who wants to pursue higher education at a reasonable cost."
Having the Web option also allows counselors and students to sit down at a computer and develop a schedule that's best for the student, said Beth Appenzeller, associate dean of admissions and records at Cuyamaca College.
New and readmit students still need to file application forms in person at the admission and records office at 8800 Grossmont College Drive in el Cajon for Grossmont College and at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway for Cuyamaca College, also in El Cajon.
After applying for admission, the student will receive a registration appointment in the mail. WebConnect can be accessed on the appointment date and thereafter until Aug. 18 to register for fall 2001 classes. Hours for both WebConnect and telephone registration are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday to Saturday.
As with telephone registration, the WebConnect service is set up to recognize scheduling conflicts and to check course prerequisites. It also provides priority wait lists for classes that have reached maximum enrollment.
"We want to stress that even with phone and on-line registration, those students who prefer to register in person can come on campus for assistance," Tiffany said.
Hours for the admissions and records office are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at Grossmont College; and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Cuyamaca College.
Free class schedules are available in the admissions and records offices and the bookstores at both colleges, and also at their respective Web sites. They are also in new racks in front of the administration building at Grossmont College and the information booth at Cuyamaca College.
For more information, visit the college Web sites, or call (619) 660-4275 at Cuyamaca and (619) 644-7186 at Grossmont.