Class offerings evolve in response to budget cuts, changing job market demands

Issac Jeitler

Issac Jeitler
Issac Jeitler

GROSSMONT COLLEGE—This campus offers students a wide array of classes to choose from and a multitude of degrees. Even after having the amount of classes being offered cut by 8% from the 2010-2011 year, Grossmont still has an ample supply of opportunity for those seeking an education.

Sometimes scheduling conflicts can constrict a student’s opportunities. However, the counselling center on campus has staff on hand willing to help that student find options. If you’re an entering freshman this semester, official procedures favor you nexst semester: continuing students receive priority enrollment over those just entering the college as freshmen.

Grossmont has a diverse range of academic programs, old and new. Dr. Barbara Blanchard, vice president of Academic Affairs, commented in an interview that, “demand in programs changes.” She said some degrees currently have no job market availability, so are now being deemphasized, while other degree programs in the future may be for occupations not currently served by the college.

She added that “Grossmont College is one of four California community colleges working on a trial program that will offer Bachelor degrees to Nursing students.”

“Even after the cuts to classes, Grossmont College still has a good breadth of offerings, passionate faculty and has great educational goals,” Blanchard said. Notwithstanding budget and class cuts, “the success rate of students is approximately 71% for students transferring or completing their educational goal.”

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Jeitler is a student in Media Comm 132. He may be contacted at [email protected]