Fall semester begins August 23 for 60,000 SDCCD students
August 2, 2021 |
Fall classes begin on Monday, August 23, for students enrolled in the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD). Many students will return to the classroom as the district’s colleges, City, Mesa, Miramar, and the College of Continuing Education offer more in-person classes to complement a considerable schedule of online classes.
The district hopes to transition back to normal in-person operations by the spring 2022 semester if the health situation improves.
Registration is still open. For students who need more flexibility, many classes have late start dates throughout the term. Most students do not pay tuition due to state and federal financial aid and more than 4,000 first-time college students are expected to enroll this fall in the tuition-free San Diego Promise program, which is continuing to accept applications from first-time students.
“Pursuing higher education and workforce training at the SDCCD is among the most affordable in the nation and the fastest way to start or advance your career in the highly competitive San Diego region,” said SDCCD Chancellor Carlos O. Turner Cortez. “We are thrilled to welcome many students back to our campuses following a tough pandemic year.”
While most courses remain fully online, about 25 percent of classes will be held in person, including many labs with hard-to-transition curricula—welding, automotive, healthcare, and culinary arts. COVID-19 protocols are being enforced with all students and employees on campus required to wear masks when indoors. Students taking in-person classes will also be required to provide proof they have been vaccinated or have an approved medical clearance.
“For many students, this will be their first time back on campus since March 2020,” said Susan Topham, SDCCD Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Services. “To ensure academic achievement and personal well-being, the SDCCD is offering special assistance from financial aid to on-campus childcare. Outreach offices including Student Services, Counseling, and Disability Support Programs and Services will be open for walk-up support.”
Beginning this fall, students can select from new degree pathways and short-term certificate programs that lead to good-paying jobs such as Network Security, Computer Programming, Web Development, Data Management with Python, Aquatics, Online Retail Management, Hybrid and Electric Vehicles, and Dental Front Desk Assistant. Another area of expansion is Ethnic Studies, following new requirements recently adopted by the California State University (CSU) and California Community College systems. The district’s colleges are looking to expand in areas such as Black Studies, Chicano Studies and Asian American and Pacific Islander Studies.
In addition to expanding academic areas, the district is introducing two major facilities improvements. San Diego City College opened its newest building earlier this summer, the Early Education Center, which will serve as a learning laboratory for the college’s Child Development students while providing childcare for enrolled students and employees. San Diego Mesa College is on track for construction completion in September of a new community quad, the Mesa College Center Quadrangle, an expansive outdoor venue including a stage area for campus events and gatherings. The two projects are the last in the district’s $1.6 billion Propositions S and N bond construction program.