Cuyamaca College is
located in the community of Rancho San Diego at 900 Ranch San Diego
Parkway in the City of El Cajon on a 165-acre site which was at one
time a part of the Old Monte Vista Ranch. Cuyamaca College is one of
two colleges serving the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College
The name for the
College was selected by the Board of Trustees, as a reflection of the
history and heritage of this area of San Diego County. One historian
notes the "The very old Indian name 'Cuyamaca' has persisted through
Spanish, Mexican and American times," and has, at various times, been
"applied to mountains, lakes, valleys and ranches." Writers have
interpreted the Indian meaning of the name in various ways, including
"above rain" and "place where the rain comes from heavens."
The building site
was acquired by the Board of Trustees in September 1972, and the
College officially opened in the Fall of 1978. The second phase of
buildings was completed in January 1980. In 1989, the Learning
Resource Center opened. The campus consists of eight classroom
buildings and is also the site of the Heritage of the Americas Museum
and the Water Conservation Garden.
In the Spring of
1995, Rancho San Diego Parkway, the Fury Lane entrance road, was
completed providing students easier access to the College.
In the Fall of 1995,
the College dedicated a new 20.3 acre physical education facility with
a fitness center, gym, tennis and volleyball courts, soccer and ball
fields and an Olympic-size track.
A new Student
Services Center opened in the Spring 2001 to provide one-stop student
services at the Rancho San Diego Parkway entrance. The Child
Development Center and Math Learning Center opened in Fall 2001. On
April 19, 2007, the new Science and Technology Center had its grand
opening, with October 11, 2007 being the grand opening of the new Student Center.
Then on January 31, 2008, we had the Communication Arts Center grand
opening, with the BOT/CIS Building having it's grand opening
on January 20th, 2010.
implementation is occurring on an incremental basis in response to the
growing community surrounding the College and to meet the educational
needs in the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District. The
College is designed to provide a comprehensive curriculum of programs
and course of study, and when completed, will accommodate an
enrollment of approximately 15,000 students in 2015.