SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Classes are scheduled to begin Monday for tens of thousands of community college students around San Diego County, and some will be carrying around guitars.
Around 50,000 students will begin studies at San Diego City, Mesa and Miramar colleges and the Continuing Education campus.
At City College, the second class in a Manufacturing Engineering Technology program will involve the design and construction of custom-made guitars.
College officials said the program is aimed at helping students become skilled manufacturing engineering technicians.
"We're really excited about these guitar-building classes, as they provide yet another way for us to differentiate City College as a forward-thinking and innovative institution," said interim President Denise Whisenhunt." No other STEM classes end up in a jam session."
Mesa College plans to dedicate a new student commons building next month, while Miramar College will offer certificates for emergency medical technicians, and graphics and visual productions.
The fall semester will also begin for Cuyamaca and Grossmont colleges in the East County, MiraCosta and Palomar colleges in the North County, and Southwestern College in Chula Vista.
The San Diego County unemployment rate remained steady at 3.3 percent between November and December despite a loss of 3,500 jobs.
A 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck offshore in Mexico's Gulf of California on Friday morning, but there were no immediate reports of damage.
Scattered showers and lower temperatures are in the forecast Friday for San Diego County with snow possible in the mountains at gradually lower elevations throughout the day.
Teachers in the Solana Beach School District, who have been without contracts for months, on Thursday pushed for new contracts, but the district is not backing down.
A Ramona man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of stealing tip jars from a half-dozen Poway businesses.
People who take their pets to Del Mar's dog beach wanted to know who planted the incredible garden there.
Local first-responders who put their lives on the line to help victims of the deadly Montecito mudslides were back home Thursday.
A man accused of stabbing a woman to death near an Encanto Park made his first court appearance Thursday.