Archive for September 16th, 2011

Grossmont may eliminate another 212 class sections from Spring semester schedule

EL CAJON (Press Release)– The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District approved a $179 million budget for 2011-2012 that anticipates a $6.3 million cut in state funding this year.

The spending plan passed by the governing board Tuesday night, Sept. 13,  projects that 600 class sections will have been eliminated this year by the district’s two colleges, 398 by Grossmont College in El Cajon and 202 by Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego.

Over summer and the current fall semester, Grossmont cut a total of 186 class sections, leaving another 212 class sections that are expected to be eliminated in spring, unless there is an economic turnaround.

The class section cuts – part of a state-mandated “workload reduction” — mean that about 2,300 students will be turned away this year at the two colleges. The district has already cut 1,000 class sections over the past two years because of reductions in state funding.

“I’m deeply, deeply troubled that we have been forced to turn away so many students in need of our services,” said Cindy L. Miles, chancellor of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District. “Now is the time that the state should be investing in higher education and workforce training. To return this state to its past luster, to improve a flagging economy, it is absolutely critical for community colleges to once again fulfill their mission of providing open access to affordable, quality education.”

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Transfer Center planning Oct. 5 College Transfer Day

By David Hurst

GROSSMONT COLLEGE—While Grossmont College is a fine institution of higher learning, for many students on campus it is a stepping stone to a four-year university. This is where the Transfer Center in 58-D comes into play.

October will be a big month for students looking to transfer to other Universities. Wednesday, October 5, will be College Transfer Day in the main quad of the Grossmont Campus. There will be over 40 colleges and universities represented. “It is important for students to take advantage of this opportunity,” says Transfer Specialist Diane Sandoval. The day will give the students a chance to familiarize themselves with these colleges and universities.

Sandoval also encourages students to visit the website http://www.grossmont.edu/transfercenter/ to view other upcoming events. “I wish students would really look at this,” she said.

The website features scheduled work shops at which students can get personal attention from Mary Rider, coordinator of the Transfer Center.

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Hurst is a student in Media Commm 132. He may be contacted at davidh@gcsummit.com

Campus DSPS office provides a variety of services for students with disabilities


By Issac Jeitler

GROSSMONT COLLEGE – The campus Disabled Student Programs and Services, or DSPS, department offers ample amounts of help for students with disabilities.

According to Glenda Wycoff, a Student Services Specialist in the DSPS office, any student can apply anytime throughout the year “with verification of disability from a licensed practitioner.” It is not mandatory for students to apply to DSPS, but it is highly recommended for students who could use help to at least stop by the office in room 58K of the modular village, she said.

Among services offered by the department are adapted exercise science courses such as swim or yoga. These classes are based around each students disability. DSPS also offers locker storage for students who cannot carry their bags and books all over campus. Other services offered may include audio books, priority registration dates, special seating and the service most used by students, extra test time.

Wycoff recommends that students with disabilities stop by the DSPS office if they have any questions about these and other services intended to help them reach their educational goals.

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Jeitler is a student in Media Commm 132. He may be reacted at issacj@gcsummit.com