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Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Adding High-Demand Courses

Community colleges across San Diego County have slashed course offerings over the last four years because of state funding cuts.

Aired 3/11/13 on KPBS News.

Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District is adding short-term, high-demand classes to their offerings midterm.

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Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges have added 240 classes for the Fall 2013 semester. The additions make up for the loss of hundreds of classes in recent years.

But thanks to voters’ support for Proposition 30’s temporary tax increases, students at Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges will get a few more course offerings this semester. The special eight-week sessions start April 1 and include job training classes, classes students need to be eligible to transfer to a Cal State or University of California campus and classes in the college district's green careers training program.

Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District spokeswoman Anne Krueger said the campuses will offer about 65 of the high-demand course sections.

“For four years we’ve had to tell students no, there’s no room for your classes," she said. "And now for the first time, when students ask whether we’ve got classes we’ve been able to say 'yes.'”

She said the schools have cut about 1,600 course sections over the last four years. The schools are also planning to offer classes during the summer semester for the first time in several years and expect to add more classes back in the fall.

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