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Cuyamaca College
Cuyamaca College Building B.jpg
Cuyamaca College's new Communication Arts Building is the campus's most prominent feature
Established 1978
Type Community college
President Ron Manzoni
(interim president)
Students 9,848 (as of 2-20-2009)
Location United States El Cajon, California, United States
Mascot Coyote

Cuyamaca College is a community college in the San Diego County community of Rancho San Diego, near El Cajon, California, United States. Along with Grossmont College it serves the eastern suburbs in the San Diego area. Cuyamaca opened in 1978 and now offers 59 associate's degree programs and almost 66 training certification programs to approximately 8,700 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.


History Of the Campus

Cuyamaca College is located in the community of Rancho San Diego on a 165-acre 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 the "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 eight 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 physical education facility with a fitness center, gym, tennis and volleyball courts, soccer and ball fields and an Olympic-size track.

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, we had the Communication Arts Center grand opening.

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 in 2015.

As Of January 1 st 2009, Cuyamaca College is a Smoke-Free\Tobacco-Free Campus In accordance With GCCCD Governing Board Policy BP 3560.

Campus Map & Summary

The Cuyamaca college 165-acre campus includes the following buildings and features.
Click Here For A Campus Map


"A" Building- Student Services Center

This building includes the admissions and records buildings, financial aid department, and all other administrative offices.

"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 and Performing Arts. It is The largest building on campus and the only 3-Story building on campus.

"C" Building- LRC \ 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.

"D" Building- Gym \ Exercise Science

"E" Building - Business \ CIS Building

This building was completed in the second week of October 2009, and housess the Business And CIS Departments. It was built behind the library and exercise-science buildings on an unused portion of land. No further details are available about this building at the present time. Click Here For A Campus Map

"F" Building

"H" Building- Science & Technology Center

This Building houses the science and technology classes and is two stories tall. The first floor is the Computer Lab, the second floor are the Science Labs. In the lobby of the first floor there is a "Open Computer Lab" where any registered student is permitted to use the computers.

"I" Building- Student Center

This building houses the Bookstore, Campus Grill, Campus Coffee Shop, Heath and Wellness Center, Convenience Store, and the Game Room.

"K" Building- Automotive Technology

This Building houses automotive technology, as well as electronics technology.

"L" Building

"M" Building- Ornamental Horticulture

This building is houses the campus nursery, as well as Ornamental Horticulture classrooms.

"R" Building

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Coordinates: 32°44′40″N 116°56′23″W / 32.7445°N 116.9396°W / 32.7445; -116.9396


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