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Report 02-9: The Otay Mesa Higher Education Center: An Off-Campus Facility of the Southwestern Community College District

Published by The California Postsecondary Education Commission

June 2002

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This report reviews the proposal by the Southwestern Community College District to establish the Higher Education Center at Otay Mesa to serve an ethnically diverse and growing population in the southern San Diego County communities of San Ysidro and Otay Mesa. The new center replaces a smaller community college facility that has operated in the in the area since 1991.

Because the Southwestern Community College Districtís main campus near Chula Vista is a t capacity and is not reached easily by many area residents, the Otay Mesa center will serve the region where most of the districtís overall growth is expected to occur during the remainder of the decade. The population in this area, known as the South Bay, is 56% Latino, and many students there are limited- or non-English proficient The new center is expected to serve some 2,740 students by 2015.

This report was reviewed by the California Postsecondary Education Commission at its meeting in June 2002.

Related Topics: Facilities Review

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