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Student and Institutional Success


The Grossmont-Cuyamaca College Promise provides two years of free tuition and mandatory fees at Grossmont or Cuyamaca College for California residents who are first-time college students and complete eligibility requirements by the semester deadline. With the support of the Promise, students have increased college access and strengthened transitions between high school and college. The Promise is made possible through the passage of Assembly Bill 19 and Assembly Bill 2, the California College Promise, with funding from the State of California.

The Promise has long been a vision of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District and the East County Education Alliance.  The Promise was launched at Grossmont-Cuyamaca in the Fall of 2018, paying for one year of tuition and mandatory fees. With the passage of AB2 in 2019, the Promise was expanded to a two-year opportunity, beginning in Fall 2019.

The Grossmont-Cuyamaca College Promise is centralized at the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, with the Student and Institutional Success Council providing current oversight. The Student and Institutional Success Department is tasked with budget oversight, marketing, student communication, compliance, and serves as the central point of contact for colleges, students, and the community.

In 2020-2021, over 5400 students (duplicated) were enrolled in the Promise - a 46% increase from 2019-2020. Fall 2020 Promise students persisted to Spring 2021 at a 19% higher rate than non-Promise students, and 89% of Promise students surveyed stated they continued a second year at Grossmont and Cuyamaca College because of the Promise.

The Grossmont-Cuyamaca College Promise is growing and impacting our students. For more information, please refer to the Grossmont-Cuyamaca College Promise website at



The East County Education Alliance  is a unique partnership between the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, the Mountain Empire Unified School District (MEUSD), and the Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD). The structure of the ECEA was designed to align efforts and resources to increase the number of students graduating from high school who are prepared for success in college, and graduate prepared for entry into the workforce.

In October 2014, members GCCCD and the GUHSD Governing Boards came together to sign an agreement formalizing the Alliance. In July 2016 a data-sharing Memorandum of Understanding was signed. The Blueprint for Success, a collaborative strategic plan, was created in June 2017. The mission of enriching our community with strong partnerships that guide our students through a world-class education expanded to include MEUSD in 2019.

Through the active collaboration between districts, the Alliance continues to expand its work focused on its overarching goals to inspire students to focus on college and careers; foster collaboration between our districts to provide a seamless transition from high school to college; and, improve college completion rates and prepare students for an ever-evolving workforce.    


Via the umbrella of Corporate College, training courses are offered to potential and current residential home providers and other professionals in the disability field.  GCCCD has partnered for nearly 30 years with the San Diego Regional Center, a service of San Diego-Imperial Counties Developmental Services which provides support services for the developmentally disabled, as the exclusive provider of Residential Services Trainings.   Courses meet requirements for the Residential Services Specialist Certification.  Courses are fee-based and instructors have over 25 years of experience teaching in the disability field.

For more information, please refer to the Corporate College, Disability Support Services webpage

Last Updated: 06/24/2021
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