President Barnes hands a student a laptop.

Cuyamaca College is preparing for the spring 2021 semester with a focus on supporting student success through the dual impact of the pandemic and economic uncertainty. 

 

The spring semester begins Feb. 1 with some intersession classes to be held Jan. 4-30 during the semester break. Registration begins Monday, Nov.16, for returning students, and Wednesday, Dec. 2, for new students. The spring 2021 schedule is available online.

 

With most classes being held online, Cuyamaca College found innovative ways to offer instruction and serve students. They include:

 

  1. Cuyamaca College virtual campus offers students quick access to contact information, hours of operation, and key contacts in campus departments, links to community resources, and an archive of email communications. 
  2. The Virtual Info Booth connects students to student ambassadors offering peer assistance on issues like applying for admission or filling out forms.
  3. Wireless access points in parking lot 5 and outside the B-Building to accommodate students in need of free internet access.
  4. Food drives for students in need.
  5. Laptop and hotspot loaner programs at both campuses to be launched spring semester.

“In these difficult times, it is important that our colleges remain steadfast in offering as many options as possible to help our students thrive, both academically and emotionally,” said Lynn Neault, chancellor of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District.

 

She noted that online courses make it easier for a wider range of students to attend classes. For example, a San Diego State University student could find some Grossmont or Cuyamaca College courses that will fulfill university requirements at a much lower cost. A high school student who wants to get a head start on their higher education could take Grossmont or Cuyamaca College classes for free without leaving home.

 

A limited number of courses will be offered on-campus to accommodate labs and other classes that can’t easily be taught remotely. Cuyamaca College is tentatively planning to offer 39 in-person classes in the spring .