The first official organizational meeting of the Grossmont Junior College Governing Board was held July 1, 1961. Following several years of study involving both lay and educational groups, the voters of the area approved the formation of the Grossmont Junior College District in an election held November 8, 1960. The first college classes convened September 11, 1961 on the Monte Vista High School campus in Spring Valley with an opening enrollment of 1,538.
Bond elections to provide funds for the construction of a college campus were held October 10, 1961 and June 5, 1962. Although there was a healthy majority in favor of the bonds, neither election could secure the two-thirds majority needed for passage. On September 18, 1962, 73 percent of the voters approved a $7.5 million bond issue. With the passage of the bond election, the Governing Board moved to purchase a 135-acre site located on a scenic mesa in the Fletcher Hills area adjacent to the cities of El Cajon and La Mesa. Ground was broken for the new campus in December, 1963. Even before construction was completed, the administrative offices were moved to the new campus and classes were officially opened on September 14, 1964. On December 12 of that year, the campus was officially dedicated.
The first increment of the campus was planned to accommodate an enrollment of 2,500 day-time students, and the completed campus was expected to hold 4,800 students. On October 18, 1965, a second bond election for $3.5 million was passed by the voters in the area. Passage of this bond issue made it possible to complete the master plan. The new facilities were completed by September 25, 1967. Since that time, student enrollment has increased to a peak of over 16,000.
In the fall of 1978 Cuyamaca College opened. This is the second community college in the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District. Cuyamaca College is located on a 165-acre site in the foothills, south of El Cajon, on Jamacha Boulevard. Because of state legislation in 1970, which changed the term "Junior College" in California codes to that of "Community College," the College became officially known as Grossmont Community College on January 6, 1971, when the Board of Education of the County of San Diego approved a petition from the Grossmont Junior College District requesting this change. On March 5, 1985, the Governing Board officially changed the name of the District to the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, thereby incorporating the name of our second campus in the title.
Being one of the best college its education objectives are high as well which are as follows:
- An instrumental program composed of
Transfer courses equivalent to the lower division curriculum of universities and colleges for students who plan to continue their education at a baccalaureate institution.
Vocational and career education courses to provide technical skills and knowledge for beginning employment, retraining and advancement.
General education courses to broaden knowledge, skills, attitudes and values, to develop analytical ability and critical thinking, and to foster interest in life-long learning in the educational, scientific, and cultural fields essential for effective participation in a complex society.
Developmental courses to assist inadequately prepared students to succeed in college course work.
- A student services program composed of:
Academic and vocational support services and personal support services to provide students with sufficient opportunity to achieve educational success.
Co-curricular activities to provide opportunities for personal development and social responsibility.
- A learning resources program composed of:
Programs and services to support and to supplement the instructional, student services and community education programs.
- A community education program composed of:
Continuing education non-credit courses which are eligible for state support and are designed to provide education and training in areas of local needs.
Community services courses, workshops, seminars, forums and institutes to provide for the special educational, cultural, vocational and recreational needs of the community.
The founders of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District believed that a community college should provide experiences which will greatly broaden the students' educational opportunities and strengthen the society's democratic institutions. The representatives of the community directed the college to provide an education through which students may create rewarding lives, productive for themselves and for society, based on an understanding of the relationship between the past and the challenge of the present and the future.
The democratic way of life allows each individual the personal freedom and initiative consistent with his/her responsibilities to other persons.The college recognizes the worth of the individual, and the fact that individual needs, interests and capacities vary greatly. The maximum development of the personal, social and intellectual qualities of each individual must be encouraged.The maximum development and fulfillment of the individual, and the development of the community are increasingly interdependent.
Grossmont College is committed to providing an exceptional learning environment that enables diverse individuals to pursue their hopes, dreams, and full potential, and to developing enlightened leaders and thoughtful citizens for local and global communities.
Our mission is fulfilled by providing the people of East San Diego County with:
- Transfer degrees and certificates programs
- Career technical education and workforce development
- Basic skills
- Student support services that promote student access and achievement
- Community education
It dedicates its resources and ourselves in support of its students and their pursuits to achieve their academic, professional, and personal goals.
IT values the capacity for ingenuity and originality on its campus and within its community.
It strive for excellence in its programs and services. The university believe in the capacity for continuous improvement in the pursuit of excellence. It accept the challenges of being accountable for its efforts.
It commit to acting and speaking truthfully and responsibly and hold itself and other accountable to this standard. It is committed to a climate for learning that considers diverse perspectives to be a powerful component in the education of every individual, valuing and accommodating both differences and commonalities.It values fair, respectful, thoughtful interactions, based on a positive approach, that promote reflection, foster deeper understanding of phenomena, and permit achievement of common goals.
It values a nurturing and positive approach in all it does, embracing laughter and enthusiasm, as it nurtures the development of the whole individual, including the intellectual, spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being of each individual.
All segments of the college community are encouraged to contribute and participate in the operation of the college. An educational environment, dedicated to these philosophic premises, will produce individuals prepared for life and citizenship in a complex, viable society.