Cuyamaca College

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Cuyamaca College
Motto Learning For The Future
Type Community college
Established 1978
President Julianna Barnes[1]
Students 8,470 (2014)[2]
Location , ,
Campus 165 acres (67 ha)
Colors Navy blue, Beige, and White[3]
Mascot Coyote

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Cuyamaca Community College is a community college in the San Diego County community of Rancho San Diego, near El Cajon, California. Along with Grossmont College it serves the eastern suburbs in the San Diego area. Cuyamaca opened in 1978 and now offers 81 associate's degree programs and 66 training certification programs to approximately 8,500 students. Many of the college's students transfer to the University of California at San Diego or San Diego State University to complete their bachelor's degrees. Cuyamaca's mascot is the coyote.


Cuyamaca College is located in the community of Rancho San Diego on a 165-acre (67 ha) site which was at one time a part of the Old Monte Vista Ranch. Cuyamaca College is one of two colleges serving the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District.

The name for the college was selected by the Board of Trustees, as a reflection of the history and heritage of this area of San Diego County. One historian notes that "The very old Indian name 'Cuyamaca' has persisted through Spanish, Mexican and American times", and has, at various times, been "applied to mountains, lakes, valleys and ranches." Writers have interpreted the Indian meaning of the name in various ways, including "above rain" and "place where the rain comes from heavens".

The building site was acquired by the Board of Trustees in September 1972, and the college officially opened in the Fall of 1978. The second phase of buildings was completed in January 1980. In 1989, the Learning Resource Center opened. The campus consists of twelve classroom buildings and is also the site of the Heritage of the Americas Museum and the Water Conservation Garden.

In the Spring of 1995, Rancho San Diego Parkway, the Fury Lane entrance road, was completed, providing students easier access to the College.

In the Fall of 1995, the college dedicated a new 20.3-acre (8.2 ha) physical education facility with a fitness center, gym, tennis and volleyball courts, soccer and ball fields and an Olympic-size track.

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Cuyamaca College's new Communication Arts Building is the campus's most prominent feature.

A new Student Services Center opened in the Spring 2001 to provide one-stop student services at the Rancho San Diego Parkway entrance. The Child Development Center and Math Learning Center opened in Fall 2001. On April 19, 2007, the new Science and Technology Center had its grand opening; October 11, 2007 was the new Student Center grand opening and then on January 31, 2008, the Communication Arts Center opened.

Construction implementation is occurring on an incremental basis in response to the growing community surrounding the college and to meet the educational needs in the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District. The college is designed to provide a comprehensive curriculum of programs and course of study, and when completed, will accommodate an enrollment of approximately 15,000 students.

As Of January 1, 2009, Cuyamaca College is a smoke-free and tobacco-free campus in accordance with GCCCD Governing Board Policy BP 3560.

Campus features

The Cuyamaca college 165-acre (67 ha) campus includes the following buildings and features:[4]

"A" Building — Student Services Center

This complex of buildings houses the admissions and records, counseling, student services, financial aid, career center, cashier, disability services, CalWORKs, EOPS, and the Continuing Education offices. Public Safety is also located in this complex.

"B" Building — Communication Arts

This building houses the reading and writing departments, as well as English as a second language (ESL), American Sign Language (ASL), Forensics, Art, and Performing Arts. It is The largest building on campus and the only three-story building on campus. Most concerts take place in the Performing Arts Theatre (room B-111).

"C" Building – LRC and library

This building is the Learning Resources Center. It houses the Library as well as the Adaptive Technologies Center for disabled students and the Tutoring Center. The C Building was built in 1989. In December 2010, Prop R funded construction was completed on the LRC Building which expanded the floorspace by enclosing existing outdoor patios.

"D" Building — Gym and Exercise Science

The College's mascot.

The D Building is perhaps[weasel words] one of the oldest buildings on the Cuymaca College campus. It was built along with what is now the F Buildings to form the original campus. This building houses the exercise science department as well as the associated student body's "Snack Bar".

"E" Building — Business and CIS

This building was completed in the second week of October 2009, and houses the Business And Technology Departments. It is a two story 2 wing "figure eight" shaped building. The Business Office Technologies, Business Administration, and Graphic Design departments are located on the "front" or "east" wing, while the "back" or "west" wing houses the CIS department on the top floor and the faculty offices on the bottom floor. The first floor of the east wing contains the Open Computer Lab which provides computers, peripherals, classroom related software, study rooms, and technical assistance for students.

"F" Building — Social Sciences

The F Building is one of the oldest buildings on the campus, built along with the D Buildings to form the original Cuymaca College. At that time the administrative offices, such as finical aid, and admissions and records, were in the F building. They were later moved to the A building. This building is used for the CAD department as well as several other departments including Psychology, Sociology, History, Political Science, Social work, and Anthropology.

"H" Building — Science and Mathematics Center

This building houses the science and technology classes and is two stories tall. The first floor has mathematics classrooms, on the second floor are the science labs.

"I" Building – Student Center

This building houses the Bookstore, Campus Grill, Campus Coffee Shop, Health and Wellness Center, Convenience Store, and the Game Room. Associated Student Government offices are also located here.

"K" Building — Technology

This building houses the Automotive Technology and Electronics Technology departments.

"L" Building — Center for Innovation

The Center for Innovation: Cuyamaca College has been successfully applying for and receiving state and federally funded grants to develop workforce training programs. This building houses the staff who manage these grants. Bringing together these people has strengthened the team, ensures continuity across programs, and contributes to the successful support for further growth. The energy that has developed has allowed the team to position themselves as leaders in the development of programs that will train workforce for new and emerging industries.

This building also houses two classrooms and a work readiness resource lab designed specifically to provide access to programs and instruction that prepares people for the workforce.

"M" Building — Ornamental Horticulture

This building houses the Ornamental Horticulture department, with the campus plant nursery and classrooms.

"O" Building — Museum + Water Conservation Gardens

This building houses the Heritage of the Americas Museum. Its five wings divide the building into areas of Natural history, Archaeology, Anthropology, prehistoric and historic Art, and Education, of the Americas. [5]

The museum is surrounded by a botanical garden with different plant collections. One is the Water Conservation Garden At Cuyamaca College, a public demonstration garden of drought tolerant plants and water conserving gardening and landscape design. [6]

"R" Building — Child Development Center

The R building houses the Child Development Center and Child Development program classrooms. The Child Development Center at Cuyamaca College serves as a campus-based child development program providing both learning and/or observation opportunities for students enrolled in child development courses and childcare services to students, staff, and community families. Providing demonstration classrooms to the college community, our program offers a model of best practice in early childhood education while providing students on-floor interactions with young children and their families. The Child Development Center serves children aged 18 months to five years old.


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