Shown is Palomar College’s nearly completed parking structure, which will be open in time for spring semester classes. (photo by Melinda Finn)

Ready to hit the ground running when 2018 arrives? Palomar College has plenty of opportunities for those wanting to sharpen their skills, add college credits for transfer to a university, or pursue a new career path.

Intersession classes at Palomar College begin Jan. 2, and spring semester begins on Jan. 29. College officials encourage students to enroll as soon as possible, while space is still available in a wide range of classes.

“This is an exciting time at Palomar College,” said Superintendent/President Dr. Joi Lin Blake. “In addition to a full range of core classes like English and history, our career education classes like drone technology, welding and computer aided design are becoming increasingly popular. These classes help students move forward into universities and/or promising careers.

Whether students plan to transfer to a university or have other education or career goals, Palomar offers classes, including those in English, history, math and the sciences at a number of different times, locations and formats to accommodate student needs. Space is 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.

A new five-story parking structure on the San Marcos campus will be open in time for spring semester classes, much to the joy of students, faculty and staff. The approximately 500,000 square-foot structure will accommodate 1615 vehicles including 28 handicapped designated spaces.  Building features include license plate recognition, pay ticket machines, three elevators, three exterior  stairways, three vehicle entrances, and  natural ventilation.

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

Construction on new Palomar College Education Centers in Fallbrook and Rancho Bernardo will be completed in time for summer session 2018.

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