About the District

Since 1961, the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District has enhanced the quality of East County life by providing a top notch, affordable education. The 1,138-square-mile district includes two colleges, Grossmont and Cuyamaca. Increasingly, flexible class schedules and learning opportunities are providing a wide range of education options for busy people.

GROWTH:

The District serves more than 17,500 students each semester. Grossmont first convened classes in 1961 and has about 13,000 students every semester. Cuyamaca was built in 1978 and has around 8,000 students. The colleges lead the way in developing educational programs, classes and services that meet the needs of the community of learners.

MISSION STATEMENT:

The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District provides high-quality, equitable learning opportunities to eastern San Diego County and beyond. We prepare students to meet changing community and workforce needs, while advancing social justice and economic mobility.

STUDENTS:

Gender  
Female 59%
Male 40%
Other 1%
   
Age  
19 or less 30%
20-24 33%
25-39 26%
40+ 11%
   
Enrollment  
Full-time 40%
Part-time 60%
   
Ethnicity  
White 30.5%
Hispanic 38.5%
Asian 7.3%
Black 5.8%
Middle Eastern 9.6%
American Indian/
Alaskan Native
0.4%
Pacific Islander 0.3%
Two or More 6.2%
Other 1.4%

DEGREES AND CURRICULUM:

Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Advanced/Basic Certificates.

Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges each offer more than 150 degree and certificate programs. More than 3,600 degrees and certificates were awarded at Grossmont College, while more than 1,700 degrees and certificates were awarded at Cuyamaca College. 

FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING:

Short-term classes (four, six or eight weeks), open entry-open exit, on-line and blended courses, Saturday courses, and contract education. The many options available contribute to why surveys show that three out of every four East County residents has taken classes at Cuyamaca or Grossmont colleges.

DISTRICT EMPLOYEES:

Faculty and Staff: 2,987 Total
Faculty (full and part time) 1,567
Classified Staff 379
Administrators/Managers 110
Student/Hourly Workers 931

COMMUNITY COMMITMENT:

The district is a major contributor to the East County economy with a total annual impact of more than $1 billion in East County through the district's:

  • purchasing of materials, services and supplies
  • making a payroll
  • providing money for investments throughout the community
  • increased student income and taxation.
  • Alumni increased earnings and spending

GROSSMONT COLLEGE SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS:

Administration of Justice
Anesthesia Technologist
Cardiovascular Technology
Child Development
Corrections Academy
Culinary Arts
EKG/Telemetry
Medical Office Administrative Assistant
Nursing
Occupational Therapy Assistant
Orthopedic Technology
Public Safety Dispatcher
Respiratory Therapy
Security Academy
And more

CUYAMACA COLLEGE SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS:

Accounting
Automotive Technology
Business/Management
Center for Water Studies
Computer & Information Science
Child Development
Engineering
Elementary Education
Environmental Health & Safety
Graphic Design
Ornamental Horticulture
Paralegal Studies
Real Estate
And more

LOCATION:

Grossmont College, at 8800 Grossmont College Drive, is located on a 135-acre mesa in northwest El Cajon, adjacent to the cities of Santee, La Mesa and San Diego. Cuyamaca College is located on 165 acres at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in Rancho San Diego, just south of the city of El Cajon. Both colleges are a 20-minute drive east of central San Diego.

GOVERNING BOARD:

Elena Adams, Linda Cartwright, Debbie Justeson, Brad Monroe, Julie Schorr
Student members: Sasha Reva (Grossmont), Courtney Etnyre (Cuyamaca)

CHANCELLOR:

Lynn Ceresino Neault, Ed.D.

PRESIDENTS:

Denise Whisenhunt, J.D., president, Grossmont College
Dr. Jessica Robinson, MSW, interim president, Cuyamaca College

GCCCD Fact Sheet

Cuyamaca College Fact Sheet

Grossmont College Fact Sheet