The Grossmont College Assessment Center provides testing and interpretation of test results for English, reading, math, and chemistry. Students who miss class tests and quizzes often must go to the Assessment Center to make up a test or quiz. All ESL students must take the state approved Comprehensive English Language Skills Assessment (CELSA) test. Also, students are required to write a 30-minute in-class essay on a selected topic as well as complete a survey form. Test results are interpreted in mandatory orientation and advising sessions occurring before each term. Check the Grossmont College Class Schedule for dates and times.
The Career Center and Job Placement Office are located in the student services building (Building 600).
The Career Center offers career planning information and services. Resources provide information on occupations, labor trends and employment outlook, job search techniques and resume preparation.
The Student Employment Services Office assists students in finding full-time and part-time employment appropriate to their needs and qualifications. International students may qualify for on-campus employment or off-campus employment due to financial hardship. To apply for work permission due to unforeseen financial hardship, students must have been in F-1 status for at least nine months and have made a good faith effort to find employment on campus before applying for work off campus. Authorization from the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) is not required to work on campus.
The Child Development Center is locate on the west side of campus between the 200 and 300 buildings.
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Child Development Center, operated by students and teachers in the Child Development Program, provides early childhood care and education for children of students, teachers, and staff.
The Counseling Center and Transfer Center are located in the east wing of the administration building (Building 100).
Counseling students is one of the primary responsibilities of Grossmont College. Grossmont counselors are trained to assist students with educational and career planning as well as personal concerns. All Grossmont students must attend at least one orientation session to familiarize themselves with the college curriculum, services, and class scheduling. International students have Drew Massicot, an international student counselor dedicated to the special needs of F-1 VISA students.
The Transfer Center provides transfer information, college applications, workshops, college handbooks, and articulation agreements to help students interested in transferring to another college or university.
EOPS (Extended Opportunity Programs and
EOPS/CARE is located on the north side of the student services building (Building 600).
The EOPS program provides assistance to students who have faced academic and financial difficulties in meeting their educational goals. Among the services provided are financial grants, books and academic/career/personal counseling.
The CARE program works in conjunction with EOPS and provides specialized support services for single parent AFDC recipients with children under 6 years of age. The program awards grants to assist with the cost of childcare. CARE also sponsors programs, workshops and activities of interest to single parents and their children. Please contact the EOPS Office for additional information.
Located in the ESL coordinatorís office, 590Q, in the north part of campus across form the football field.
Hours vary. See the schedule posted outside 590Q.
The ESL ombudsperson is an ambassador representing ESL students. This person works closely with the ESL coordinator doing many departmental functions. The ombudsperson is a Grossmont student who excels in classes and exhibits leadership qualities, but more importantly is a non-native English speaker who has learned much about Grossmont and is eager to share information and insights about classes, teachers, and services. Call for an appointment.
Financial Aid at Grossmont College
Located in the 100 building, near counseling, admissions and records and health office.
What is financial aid?
The federal government has established several programs to help needy students attend college. The College Work-Study program provides jobs on campus for students who need a part-time job to stay in school. There are grants, which do not need to be repaid, and low interest loans repayable after you leave school. Scholarships are also available.
Who is eligible to apply?
Anyone who has been accepted for admission to Grossmont College and plans to enroll, or is enrolled, may apply. You must also be a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident or an eligible noncitizen with appropriate documentation.
When can I apply?
Financial aid applications are available in January for the following academic year and are considered as long as funds are available. Itís best to plan ahead and apply as early as possible because the application process takes from 8 to 12 weeks. Students with all application papers complete and on file by April 1 will receive priority consideration.
How do I qualify?
Eligibility is based on financial need. Financial need is the difference between your educational expenses (fees, books and supplies, food and housing, personal expenses and transportation) and what you and your family are expected to contribute toward those expenses from income and assets. If your educational expenses are greater than your expected family contribution, you may qualify for financial aid. There are additional eligibility requirements that you must meet to qualify for financial aid that are explained in the Grossmont College Student Guide to Financial Aid.
Will my parentsí income affect my eligibility?
Thatís a possibility. Generally, if you are under 24 years of age, you will be considered a dependent student. That means a careful analysis of your parentsí financial strength is required to determine if a contribution can be expected. The basis of this policy is the belief that students and their parents have the primary responsibility for meeting educational costs. You will be considered an independent student if you are an orphan or ward of the court, a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, have legal dependents, or you are married.
How long will it take before I know if I qualify?
It takes anywhere from 8 to 12 weeks depending upon the time of year and how fast you complete the required paperwork. If you complete the application process several months before school begins, you will have funds available at the beginning of the semester.
Where can I get more information?
The Grossmont College financial aid staff is available to answer any questions, give out applications and help you fill out financial aid forms. For more detailed written information, the Grossmont College Student Guide to Financial Aid is available at no charge to all interested persons.
The Health Services Office is located in Room 114 in the 100 building.
The Health Services Office is managed by a full-time registered nurse. The nurse and support staff evaluate and care for the health needs of Grossmont students. The following services are available on a free and confidential basis: first aid and emergency care; HIV testing; health education and counseling; referral to community resources as needed; vision, hearing, blood pressure and other screenings; immunizations; TB skin tests; blood reserve fund; counseling for substance abuse and eating disorders. Application forms for accident and illness insurance, claim forms, services and information are available in Room 114 or by calling ext. 7192. The mandatory health fee provides for insurance coverage should a student be injured during a supervised, on-campus or school-related activity.
A list of benefits subject to limitations and provisions of the policy are available in the Health Services Office. A $50 deductible will apply to each student claim filed and a $100 deductible will apply to each athletic claim filed. This student insurance is secondary to any group, blanket franchise, group practice, individual practice or other pre-payment coverages which means the claim must be filed with primary insurance first.
The library is located in the center of campus (Building 700).
The Grossmont College Library, an integral part of the Learning Resource Center, provides students and teachers with resources and study facilities for college work. The library contains a book collection of over 100,000 volumes and over 650 periodical titles. Several special collections are available, including sculptures, art prints, reference resources, U.S. and California law, career information, and college catalogs.
Reference Services: Our reference collection houses over 3,000 resources including printed indexes and CD-ROM databases. CD-ROM databases include Readerís Guide Abstracts, ProQuest, and the National Trade Databank. Professional Librarians provide a variety of information services. At the reference desk, the Librarian guides students in using the LRC, helping them to select the best resources and develop research strategies for papers and reports. Along with specially designed leaflets and bibliographies, this instruction aims to help students become more confident and self-sufficient in their use of the LRC.
Circulation Policies: Loan period for books and talking books is 14 days, one renewal except when the book is placed on hold by another student; the checkout period for career and childrenís books is 7 days, one renewal except when on hold. There is a checkout limit of 10 items per student. Fines for overdues begin immediately after the due date. Charges accrue daily per item.
Limited Loan Materials: Some instructors will make available textbooks for their classes through our Limited Loan Desk. Loan periods will vary according to the item. To ensure that all students get a chance to use the material, only one item may be checked out at a time. Overdue fines are charged by the hour.
Internet Access: All students wishing access to the Internet must fill in an application available in the Learning Assistance Center (LAC). Students will receive a LAC sticker, which must be affixed to their student ID. Students using the Internet terminals in the LRC must place their IDís in the pocket on the computer monitor. Please enter your initials on the sign in/out board when you begin and end your session.
Inter-Library Loan Services: Through a special arrangement with San Diego State University, Grossmont/Cuyamaca students may request books (free) and articles (ten cents per page) from SDSUís library which are not available at our own libraries. Students may take advantage of inter-library loan services by first searching SDSUís The Pac listed above. An inter-library loan form must be filled out and given to the Librarian on duty. Inter-library loans are also available from other libraries across the U.S., typically for a fee.
Bibliographic Instruction: Usually at the beginning of each semester, the Librarians offer one-hour classes on the use of the Internet. Students may check at the Reference Desk for sign-up sheets. Librarians also offer instructors bibliographic instruction for their classes. Students wishing to receive instruction on library use may either ask the Librarian on duty or ask their instructors to arrange for their class to be brought to the library.
Instructional Multimedia Center: Students may view videos assigned for classes as well as use computer aided foreign languages instruction on CD-ROM. Internet access is also available in the center. Students must sign the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Computer system Security and Use Statement in the Learning Assistance Center. You must present a valid student ID.
The Tutoring Center is located on the east side of the library (Building 700).
The Tutoring Center provides group and individual tutoring in a variety of subjects free of charge. ESL students who feel the Writing Center does not provide enough individualized instruction particularly like working with English tutors in the Tutoring Center. In addition to assisting Grossmont students with individualized tutoring the Tutoring Center offers workshops on how to be a more successful student. Day and evening appointments are available.
The Writing Center is located in Room 571.
The Writing Center is staffed with both English tutors and teachers who help students with their writing. Macintosh computers are available for word processing, Internet research, and educational software like Focus on Grammar, Word Attack, and One Step at a Time. There are also writing skills classes taught in the Writing Center. All students enrolled in ESL 096, 100, 103, or 106 must spend one hour per week in the Writing Center working on writing and grammar assignments.Contact Information:
Chuck Passentino, ESL Coordinator
Phone: (619) 644-7566