Grossmont College

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Grossmont College
Grossmont College.svg
Former names
Grossmont Junior College District
Established 1961
Type Public community college
President Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh, Ed.D.
Students 18,095[1]
Location El Cajon, California, USA
Campus Suburban
Colors Green and Gold
Mascot Griffin

Grossmont College is a community college located in El Cajon, California, in the county of San Diego. The campus sits in the Fletcher Hills community of El Cajon and is bordered by the cities of San Diego and Santee. Grossmont College along with Cuyamaca College make up what is the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District. Grossmont is one of the 110 community colleges in the California Community College System.

Grossmont College was voted "San Diego's Best" community college in polls conducted by the San Diego Union Tribune newspaper in 2004, 2007, 2008, and 2010.[citation needed]

In addition to preparing thousands of students for four-year universities, Grossmont is also home to Grossmont Middle College High School, where selected high school students can receive both high school and college credit for taking courses on campus.

The newspaper for Grossmont College is The Summit. Its radio station is Griffin Radio.


November 8, 1960 (1960-11-08)
Area voters approve the formation of the Grossmont Junior College District.
July 1, 1961 (1961-07-01)
The first official organizational meeting of the new district's Governing Board is held.
September 11, 1961 (1961-09-11)
The first college classes take place on the Monte Vista High School campus in Spring Valley with an opening enrollment of 1,538.
October 10, 1961 (1961-10-10) / June 5, 1962 (1962-06-05)
Two separate bond elections are held to provide funds for the construction of a college campus. Neither gathers the two-thirds majority needed for passage.
September 18, 1962 (1962-09-18)
Third bond election gathers 73% voter approval. A $7.5 million bond issue allows the Governing Board to purchase a 135-acre site for what will be Grossmont College.
December 1963 (1963-12)
Groundbreaking for the new campus.
September 14, 1964 (1964-09-14)
Before construction is completed, the administrative offices are moved to the new campus. Classes are officially opened.
December 12, 1964 (1964-12-12)
Campus is officially dedicated.


Quad and South Entrance of the Tech Center

The facilities of Grossmont College are situated across 135 acres. At its inception, the campus was planned to accommodate an enrollment of 2,500 daytime students. The first incarnation of the completed campus was expected to hold 4,800 students. On October 18, 1965, a bond for $3.5 million was approved by area voters. This made it possible to complete the college's initial master plan. By September 25, 1967, the new facilities were completed. Since that time, student enrollment increased dramatically and created the need for new and remodeled campus facilities.

In recent years, the college has undergone major improvements of its facilities including:

  • 2003 Library (new)
  • 2004 Technology Center (new and remodeled old library)
  • 2006 Science Building (new)
  • 2007 Digital Arts Building (new)
  • 2007 Sculpture Complex (new)
  • 2008 Exercise Science Building (remodel)
  • 2009 Parking Structure (lot 5)
  • 2010 Health/Physical Sciences Building (replaces old biology building)
  • 2012 Cafeteria and Admissions & Records Building (remodel)


Grossmont College offers more than 150 degree and certificate programs. Each year, about 1,500 students earn Associate in Arts degrees, Associate in Science degrees, and/or advanced/basic certificates. In addition, the students are offered general education and transfer programs.

The college offers several specialized programs including:

  • Administration of Justice
  • Anesthesia Technologist
  • Cardiovascular Technology
  • Child Development
  • Culinary Arts
  • Digital Media
  • Emergency Dispatcher
  • Medical Office Administrative Assistant
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Orthopedic Technology
  • Personal Trainer
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Security Academy


Track & Football Field

Grossmont College offers several men's and women's intercollegiate sports

  • Men
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Football
    • Swim and Dive
    • Tennis
    • Volleyball
    • Water Polo
  • Women
    • Badminton
    • Basketball
    • Cross Country
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swim and Dive
    • Tennis
    • Volleyball
    • Water Polo


The head football coach is Mike Jordan who took over in 2007 for his father Dave Jordan. Dave Jordan has led Grossmont to multiple championships and been named Coach of the Year.

Past presidents

North Entrance of Library
  • Dr. Nabil Abu-Gazaleh July 1, 2015
  • Tim Flood, Interim 2015
  • Dr. Sunita Cooke 2007/2014
  • Dr. Dean Colli, Interim 2006/2007
  • Dr. Ted Martinez 1999/2006
  • Jack Randall, Interim
  • Dr. Richard Sanchez
  • Dr. Ivan Jones
  • Erv Metzgar
  • Jack Hansen
  • Bob Burnham
  • Harold Hughes

Notable alumni


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External links

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