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Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges are preparing for the spring 2021 semester with a focus on supporting student success through the dual impact of the pandemic and economic uncertainty. 

The spring semester begins Feb. 1 with some intersession classes to be held Jan. 4-30 during the semester break. Registration begins Monday, Nov.16, for returning students, and Wednesday, Dec. 2, for new students enrolling at the East County colleges.

With most classes being held online, Grossmont and Cuyamaca College have found innovative new ways to offer instruction and serve students. They include:

“In these difficult times, it is important that our colleges remain steadfast in offering as many options as possible to help our students thrive, both academically and emotionally,” said Lynn Neault, chancellor of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District.

She noted that online courses make it easier for a wider range of students to attend classes. For example, a San Diego State University student could find some Grossmont or Cuyamaca College courses that will fulfill university requirements at a much lower cost. A high school student who wants to get a head start on their higher education could take Grossmont or Cuyamaca College classes for free without leaving home.

A limited number of courses will be offered on-campus to accommodate labs and other classes that can’t easily be taught remotely, including nursing, allied health, and career technical education. Cuyamaca College is tentatively planning to offer 39 in-person classes in the spring compared to two for the current fall semester. Grossmont College is preparing to boost its on-campus classes from 52 currently to 73 for the spring.

For information about registration, schedules, and financial aid at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges, go to