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Grossmont College is “Changing Lives Through Education” and has been a vital part of the community since classes first convened in 1961. One out of every three East County adults has taken classes at Grossmont or Cuyamaca colleges.

Grossmont College serves a diverse learning community of students, primarily from suburban locations in East San Diego County, and also from city of San Diego neighborhoods, surrounding communities, as well as locations across the state, the nation and more than 50 countries throughout the world.

The larger campus in the two-college Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, Grossmont College currently serves almost 19,000 full- and part-time students per semester. New, expanded and improved facilities include:

  • Griffin Center, the campus’ student center
  • Student and Administrative Services Building
  • Learning and Technology Resource Center
  • Science Laboratory Building
  • Digital Arts and Sculpture Building Complex
  • Exercise Science and Wellness Complex
  • Health and Sciences Complex

Certificate and Degree Programs
 

With more than 150 certificate and associate’s degree programs, Grossmont College provides workforce training, career development and transferable college-level coursework. Specialized certificate programs include:

Location
 

The college sits atop a 135-acre mesa in northwest El Cajon, adjacent to the cities of Santee, La Mesa and San Diego. The campus is easily accessible from Interstate 8, State Route 125 and State Route 52. The college is a 20-minute drive east from central San Diego.

Culture

Since its founding in 1961, Grossmont College has supported arts and culture education, events and activities. 

From its offerings in the Music, Theatre Arts, and Visual Arts and Humanities departments to World Arts & Culture Committee-sponsored events, Grossmont College believes in the importance of art and culture in education. For more information on upcoming events, please visit the websites for the:

More event information is also available on the campus event calendar.

Diversity

Diversity and Inclusion are an integral part of Grossmont College's mission statement.

Power of Diversity and Inclusion

We are committed to a climate for learning that considers diverse perspectives to be a powerful component in the education of every individual, valuing and accommodating both differences and commonalities.

Here you will find links to the various initiatives and committees that focus on promoting diversity within the institution.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee (DEI)

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee (DEI) Agenda & Meeting Minutes

World Arts & Culture Committee (WACC)

Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District's Commitment to Diversity

News

May 2019

Take Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges' summer classes; you'll still have time for that summer tan 
05/08/2019 - Summer’s just around the corner, which means summer session starts soon at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges.

April 2019

Salsa Under the Stars at Grossmont College 
04/19/2019 - Grossmont College’s music department scholarship fundraiser, “Salsa Under the Stars,” on April 29 is a great way to practice your best Latin dance moves while reveling in the knowledge of doing a good deed.

College district wins multiple statewide PR awards 
04/17/2019 - The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District received six 2019 PRO Awards Thursday from the Community College Public Relations Organization, a professional development organization that seeks to promote excellence in California's community college public relations and related professions.

Grossmont College 2019 Literary Arts Festival stacked with speakers, events 
04/15/2019 - An April 22 panel presentation by a trio of local writers on the modern era of agent-free self-publishing, and later in the evening, student readings and performances of original work kick off Grossmont College’s 23rd annual Literary Arts Festival.

Grossmont College theater students take Shakespeare on the road 
04/12/2019 - Shakespeare from the back of a ‘70s Ford pickup? Thanks to a generous grant from the Foundation for Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges, it’ll be theater on four wheels instead of theater in the round for Grossmont College Theatre Arts students who just began a monthlong tour in a borrowed vintage truck.

March 2019

February 2019

Five from college district earn national award for excellence 
02/27/2019 - enter a summaryThree instructors and two managers from the East County community college district are recipients of a national award recognizing excellence in community college teaching and leadership. Cuyamaca College instructor Donald Jones, Grossmont College instructors Oralee Holder and Richard Uris, and District Services managers Linda Bertolucci and Jennifer Fujimoto were honored today at the 2019 Innovations Conference in New York City, which drew community college representatives from across the United States.

January 2019

College district's 15-year record of spotless audits remains intact 
01/23/2019 - For the 15th year in a row, independent auditors who reviewed the finances of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District and its Proposition V bond funding gave the highest opinion possible of the district’s fiscal practices.

Grossmont College's Theatre Arts Launches Spring Season 
01/16/2019 - The Grossmont College Theatre Arts Department’s spring season gets under way Feb. 1 with the 14th annual Inside the Actors Process: Monsters, Magic, and Mischief, followed by original productions of Spring Awakening in March and Failure: A Love Story in May.

Scholarships awarded to students 
01/14/2019 - Almost $118,000 in scholarships were awarded to 216 Grossmont and Cuyamaca College students on Saturday in a ceremony that highlighted the struggles many of the students have overcome and the bright futures ahead of them because of their education.

December 2018

Trio wins top award for college district's support staff 
12/12/2018 - Cohesion and excellence are concepts often expressed in threes. The Three Musketeers. The Three Tenors. The Three Wise Men. The Triple Crown. The three Olympic medals. The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District has a winning trio of its own – the winners of the 2018 Chancellor/Classified Senate Award -- who were lauded Tuesday night by the Governing Board in recognition of their exemplary work. The jobs of the winners – Rochelle Weiser from Grossmont College; Gwen Nix from Cuyamaca College and Gabriella Avila-Garcia from District Services, are varied, representing the broad expanse of tasks performed by non-instructional staff .

Grossmont College recognized as Champion of Higher Education 
12/06/2018 - Grossmont College was recognized as a Champion of Higher Education by the Campaign for College Opportunity for its work to significantly increase the number of students earning an Associate Degree for Transfer, an associate degree that guarantees transfer to a California State University institution.

Open enrollment begins for spring 2019 
12/05/2018 - Spring semester is just a calendar page away at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges and much is in store for the new year. Open enrollment begins Tuesday, Dec. 4, for the new semester, which starts Jan. 28 with new courses, first-time programs and more free textbooks used in classes. Tuesday is also the first day of open registration for intersession classes, offered Jan. 2-26.

November 2018

Rice Family Foundation wins Garrett civic leadership award 
11/15/2018 - A foundation that has provided more than $1 million in donations to Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges has been honored with the second annual Bill and Judy Garrett Civic Leadership Award.

Philosophy

The founders of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District believed that a community college should provide experiences which will greatly broaden the students' educational opportunities and strengthen the society's democratic institutions. The representatives of the community directed the college to provide an education through which students may create rewarding lives, productive for themselves and for society, based on an understanding of the relationship between the past and the challenge of the present and the future.

The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District accepts, and is committed to the following premises:

The democratic way of life allows each individual the personal freedom and initiative consistent with his/her responsibilities to other persons.

The college recognizes the worth of the individual, and the fact that individual needs, interests and capacities vary greatly.

The maximum development of the personal, social and intellectual qualities of each individual must be encouraged.

The maximum development and fulfillment of the individual, and the development of the community are increasingly interdependent.

All segments of the college community are encouraged to contribute and participate in the operation of the college. An educational environment, dedicated to these philosophic premises, will produce individuals prepared for life and citizenship in a complex, viable society.

Vision

Mission Statement

Grossmont College - Changing lives through education.

Mission

Grossmont College provides an exemplary higher education learning environment through comprehensive and innovative instructional programs and student support services. 

By advancing equity and inclusion, we prepare our diverse student population to lead and engage with local and global communities. 

We fulfill our mission by providing the people of East San Diego County and other communities with:

  • Associate/transfer degrees and certificate programs
  • Career education and workforce development
  • Preparation for collegiate success
  • Exploration of academic and career options
  • Lifelong learning opportunities

As part of its mission, Grossmont College pursues these values:

Learning and Student Success

We dedicate our resources and ourselves in support of our students and their pursuits to achieve their academic,
professional, and personal goals.

Creativity and Innovation

We value the capacity for ingenuity and originality on our campus and within our community.

Pursuit of Excellence and Continuous Improvement

We strive for excellence in our programs and services. We believe in the capacity for continuous improvement in the pursuit of excellence. We accept the challenges of being accountable for our efforts.

Integrity

We commit to acting and speaking truthfully and responsibly and hold ourselves and other accountable to this standard.

Power of Diversity and Inclusion

We are committed to a climate for learning that considers diverse perspectives to be a powerful component in the education of every individual, valuing and accommodating both differences and commonalities.

Civility

We value fair, respectful, thoughtful interactions, based on a positive approach, that promote reflection, foster deeper understanding of phenomena, and permit achievement of common goals.

Balance

We value a nurturing and positive approach in all we do, embracing laughter and enthusiasm, as we nurture the development of the whole individual, including the intellectual, spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being of each individual.

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