SAN MARCOS, CA (August 22, 2023) — After closing for one day due to the impact of tropical storm Hilary, the Fall 2023 semester began today, Tuesday, August 22, at Palomar College. The semester class schedule offers hundreds of on-site and online course offerings, and comprehensive student services, at the main campus in San Marcos and education centers in Escondido, Rancho Bernardo, and Fallbrook.
Over 17,200 students are registered for fall classes, with 20% attending Palomar for the first time. Palomar College is launching three new programs this fall: an associate degree in Elementary Education Preparation; an associate degree for transfer in Global Studies; and a certificate in Coaching. The Elementary Education Preparation program helps students more easily transfer to teacher preparation programs at 4-year institutions. Global Studies is an interdisciplinary program that provides students with the knowledge to engage with an ever-changing global society, allowing students to transfer into the California State University system. The Coaching certificate prepares students for immediate entry-level employment in the field of individual, group, or team coaching.
“The first day of the semester always has an elevated level of excitement. It is so great to see new students and welcome back those who are continuing with us,” said Dr. Star Rivera-Lacey, Superintendent/President of Palomar College. “Everyone here has been hard at work preparing for this semester, and we are very excited to get started and support our students on their path to success.”
Palomar reestablished a noncredit Certificate of Completion in Reading Skills for English language learners this fall. Non-native speakers of English will develop the reading skills needed for academic reading and for success in their careers.
In addition, the college is partnered with dozens of high schools to offer college-level courses for free to high school students. Students who have college-level skills and knowledge gained outside of the classroom can obtain college credit in over 200 courses through Palomar’s Credit for Prior Learning program.
Palomar College offers 16-week full semester courses and condensed courses that are 8 and 4 weeks in length. Registration remains open and information can be found at Palomar.edu.