Economic Impact of San Diego and Imperial County Community Colleges to be Presented In Press Conference

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A study has found that the nine community colleges in San Diego and Imperial counties contribute an amazing $8.1 billion to California’s income each year, provide jobs to thousands of county residents, and increase the pay students receive as the result of completing their education.

The results of the study will be presented at a press conference on Monday, October 24 at 11 a.m. Hosted by the San Diego Economic Development Corporation (SDEDC) and the San Diego Imperial Counties Community College Association (SDICCCA), the press conference will be held in the SDEDC Conference Room, on the 11th floor at 530 B Street in San Diego. Parking is on 6th Street between A and B at 1350 6th Avenue, with two entrances, one off 6th Avenue between Ash and A streets, and the other off A Street, between 5th and 6th avenues. After parking, walk around the bank building and enter it off B Street.

The economic impact study, performed by Economic Modeling Specialists Inc., analyzed both the real costs of college operations, such as payroll and supply purchases, and the economic benefits to students for the investment in their education.

California taxpayers reap other significant economic benefits as a result of community colleges in San Diego and Imperial counties. For example, every tax dollar spent on the region’s community colleges results in more than twice that in savings to taxpayers because of the reduced crime and reliance on government assistance as the result of well-trained and employed alumni.

“This report will further demonstrate that our community colleges play an important role in driving the region’s economy,” said Sunita V. Cooke, superintendent/president of MiraCosta College. “The money invested in community colleges is guaranteed to be a big benefit to the future of San Diego and Imperial counties.”

Attending the press conference will be the representatives from the SDICCCA colleges: Dr. Cindy Miles chancellor of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District; Dr. Martha Garcia, vice president of student services of Imperial Valley College; Dr. Sunita Cooke, superintendent/president of MiraCosta College; Dr. Joi Lin Blake, superintendent/president of Palomar College; Dr. Constance Carroll, chancellor of the San Diego Community College District; and Robert Deegan, interim superintendent/president of Southwestern College.

Also attending will be board presidents of the SDICCCA colleges: Bill Garrett of Grossmont-Cuyamaca; Jerry Hart of Imperial Valley; David Broad of MiraCosta; Mark Evilsizer of Palomar; Maria Nieto Senour of San Diego; and Nora Vargas of Southwestern.

Also in attendance will be college students and the CEO of SDEDC, Mark Cafferty.

The San Diego and Imperial Counties Community Colleges Association (SDICCCA):

Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District (Grossmont College and Cuyamaca College); Imperial Community College District (Imperial Valley College); MiraCosta Community College District (MiraCosta College); Palomar Community College District (Palomar College); San Diego Community College District (San Diego City College, San Diego Mesa College and San Diego Miramar College); and Southwestern Community College District (Southwestern College)

For more information about the report and SDICCCA’s colleges, contact:

Jack Beresford, San Diego CCD,
Anne Krueger, Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District
Cheryl Broom, MiraCosta Community College District,
Laura Gropen, Palomar College,
Bill Gay, Imperial Valley College,
Lillian Leopold, Southwestern College,


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