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Continuing Education offers community wealth of learning opportunities for spring

Posted on: Jan 10, 2012 1:00:00 AM

Contact: Della Elliott,, (619) 644-7690

EL CAJON -- From growing wine grapes to solar panel installation training, there’s still time to register for a rich selection of spring courses offered to the public by the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District’s Continuing Education program. 

            These noncredit, ungraded classes offer affordable opportunities to pick up or update job skills or to learn about topics that have always piqued your interest. Classes are held at Cuyamaca or Grossmont  colleges and at various locations throughout East County.

            Topics for the classes range from complying with workplace safety regulations and better serving business customers to lighter topics such as learning about growing wine grapes. A sampling of the classes includes:

  • A beginning and advanced course for attorneys, paralegals, legal assistants or anyone interested in the legal profession offers hands-on training with TrialDirector,trial presentation software that assists in organizing exhibits and depositions, preparing cases for trial, and enhancing case presentations The beginning course is offered from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, with an advanced course offered at the same time the following Saturday. Both courses offer four hours each of continuing legal education credit through the Foothills Bar Association.
  • A Business Solutions Academy, a series of classes co-sponsored by the college district and the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce, is designed to teach East County business owners how to better serve their customers and improve their company image. Classes will be held Wednesday, Jan. 18, and Wednesday, Jan. 25, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the chamber offices, 201 S. Magnolia Ave. in El Cajon.
  • Classes for businesses requiring compliance with federal and state Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, as well as federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations. They include a 40-hour course on hazardous waste management, emergency responses, and site cleanup. The Hazardous Waste Operator and Emergency Response (Hazwoper) course is offered Mondays through Fridays or Fridays and Saturdays starting Feb. 6. An eight-hour Hazwoper refresher course is also available for businesses seeking to maintain their annual OSHA certificates.
  • An introductory class in solar photovoltaic installation – electricity-producing rooftop panels for residential or commercial buildings – combines academic and hands-on experience for a career in the solar electric PV industry. Beginning with the fundamentals of photovoltaics, solar radiation, site surveys, and system components, the student will learn the foundation and terms used in the field. The classes meet from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursday March 6-April 26.
  • On a lighter note, a course on the basics of growing wine grapes is offered from 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays from Jan. 23-March 12, covering grape varieties, parts of the vine, rootstock, climate, geology, the seasonal cycle from bloom to winter dormancy, trellising and pruning, and vineyard practices for high-quality grapes.

  • If your thirst for wine wisdom remains unquenched, a course on the wines of the world is offered 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23-March 12. Learn about the different wines and regions of France, Italy, Spain and more, and what the U.S. label law entails. Impress fellow diners the next time you chat with your waiter about a great cabernet or pinot noir from 12 different California regions and the Willamette Valley in Oregon.

            For more information and a fee schedule for Continuing Education offerings, go to .




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