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 Cuyamaca College 

Name: Cuyamaca College
President: Julianna Barnes
City: El Cajon
State: CA
Type: Public
Campus Setting: Suburban, Large
Year Established: 1978

Governing Board Website


Cuyamaca College

Student Characteristics Based on Fall 2015 IPEDS Data

2015 Fall Credit Enrollment
Total: 9,000
Part Time: 75%
Full Time: 25%

Male: 46%
Female: 54%

African American: 6%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 6%
Hispanic: 32%
Race ethnicity unknown: 1%
Two or more races: 7%
White: 48%



Julianna Barnes

Julianna Barnes


Cuyamaca College Board Chair

Bill Garrett
Board Chair

Quote from the President 

“Cuyamaca College offers nearly 150 degree and certificate programs in areas ranging from ornamental horticulture to water and wastewater technology. The people at Cuyamaca College have a unique combination of heart and innovation, the faculty and staff are student-centered, and it all comes together at one of the most beautiful community college campuses anywhere."

Interesting Facts

  • The San Diego Center for Economic Education (SDCEE) at Cuyamaca College is a premier provider of economic programs for K-12 schools in San Diego County and surrounding areas, helping schools to integrate the teaching of economics across all grade levels. SDCEE provides a variety of quality programs, classes, and workshops that enable teachers to help students meet state standards in economics and to have the practical knowledge and skills necessary to become vital members of the local and global economy.
  • Cuyamaca College is home to the Heritage of the Americas Museum, an educational and cultural center featuring the prehistoric and historic art, culture, and natural history of the Americas. It is open to the public and is a popular field-trip destination for grade-schoolers throughout the region.
  • Cuyamaca College also boasts an internationally known Water Conservation Garden. The garden has nearly five acres of displays that showcase water conservation through a series of themed gardens, such as a native plant and vegetable gardens, as well as how-to displays, such as mulch and irrigation exhibits.
  • A new $45-million communication arts center includes classrooms, laboratories, and independent learning facilities for English, English as a Second Language, reading, speech, American Sign Language, music, fine arts, theater arts, and assisted learning. The center features a 360-seat theater/assembly hall, which has become community landmark and resource, and a 100-seat digital theater with wide-screen projection and superior surround-sound audio for multimedia presentations.
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