SAN MARCOS (August 6, 2015) – Activity is ramping up at Palomar College as faculty, staff and administrators prepare for fall semester, which begins Monday, August 17.

Palomar has experienced some big changes, both in terms of the physical campus and College personnel. Along with the ongoing construction of new modern buildings, new faces are showing up in the executive administration as well as in several divisions and departments throughout the College.

Interim Superintendent/President Adrian Gonzales said, “This is an exciting time for Palomar College. A lot of opportunities are out there for our students as we continue to grow and evolve into an institution that meets the ever-changing needs of our times.  We recently broke ground for a new Library/Learning Resource Center, which is going to be an amazing new addition to the state-of-the-art facilities students can benefit from.”

Gonzales was appointed to replace Robert P. Deegan, who retired as Superintendent/President at the end of June. In addition, Dan Sourbeer was appointed as Interim Vice President of Instruction and Mike Popielski as Interim Vice President of Human Resources, replacing Berta Cuaron and John Tortarolo, respectively. Cuaron and Tortarolo also retired in June.

The Library/Learning Resource Center is scheduled to be completed in 2017. Construction on a new baseball field is complete and scheduled to be officially open for for the Spring 2016 season.

There is still space available in a number of classes, but new and returning students are encouraged to apply and/or enroll as soon as possible to obtain the classes that best work for their schedules and educational objectives.

Palomar College has classes and programs to meet a wide variety of needs, from transfer readiness to preparation for specific career goals. Classes in English, history, math and the sciences are offered at different times, locations and in different formats. Space is also available in a number of English as a Second Language courses plus many other subject areas, from art to business  to water technology to dance.

In addition to the College’s San Marcos location, classes are offered at Palomar’s Escondido Education Center, along with sites at Camp Pendleton, Fallbrook, Pauma, and the recently-reopened site at Mt. Carmel High School.

California community college fees remain the most affordable higher education option at $46 a unit. Palomar College offers more than 250 associate degree and certificate programs, and has classes offered in a variety of formats, including traditional, online, video and Fast Track. For more information, visit


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