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Our Opinion: New opportunities

October 06, 2001

Higher education in the Imperial Valley has just gotten a boost in the form of the expansion of the San Diego State University-Imperial Valley campus. By fall 2002 those wishing to pursue a higher education will be able to attend one of two local SDSU campuses, one in Calexico and a new one in Brawley.

Thanks to the efforts of locals looking out for the needs of the Imperial Valley, coupled with the generosity of the Alamitos Land Co. and the support of the California State University system, an SDSU site will be built in Brawley. The facility will be known as the San Diego State University-Imperial Valley campus - Brawley.

University officials estimate that within 10 years more than 1,700 students will attend the two local SDSU campuses. All courses offered at the Calexico campus will be offered at the Brawley campus. The only difference is Calexico will focus on international business while Brawley will focus on agricultural business.


It is good to see growth in higher education opportunities in the Imperial Valley. The Brawley campus will be used extensively. The need is clear, the demand is high. It is a long trip to Calexico for students from the North County, particularly for night students who have already put in a long day of work, which often is the case.

We are confident with the opening of the new campus, more people will seek a higher education in the Valley, in particular people in the North County.

Attending college is no easy task. It requires time, money and transportation — all of which can make it next to impossible for an individual to attend classes. Bringing a campus to the people could make the difference.

The benefit is easy to see. The more people we have pursuing a higher education, the more highly skilled workforce we develop and the more industries will take a look at the Valley.

As the new campus grows, we could see businesses coming in to service the campus such as printing operations and restaurants, along with apartments being built. The effect on the Valley's economy could come quickly and take a bite out of the Valley's unemployment rate.

We praise those who made the new campus possible. There were a number of people who worked behind the scenes to make the project come to fruition.

We also credit Alamitos Land Co., which gave some 200 acres to the CSU free of charge. When companies take such steps they are investing in their own future, but also in the future of the Valley.

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