IVC students return to school

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IMPERIAL – Imperial Valley College students began their fall semester Monday as about 7,400 students returned to classrooms on the Aten Road campus.

Fall enrollment is about even with 2015 and late registration will continue through August 27. Students can choose from more than 790 course sections being offered both during the day, in the evening and online.

Many fall students are just beginning their college education careers. Student services personnel have established a “one stop” service center to assist in answering questions and resolving issues that may arise.

The center, which will be open from 7:30 to noon through Thursday, will provide counseling services, admissions and records information, financial aid information as well as issue parking permits and student identification cards. It will be in the College Center (building 600).

IVC is one of the nine community colleges in the San Diego-Imperial County region. Combined, they are region’s largest provider of higher education with nearly 150,000 students taking classes in the 2016-17 academic year.

“California Community Colleges offer the most affordable higher education option in the country, and we are looking for another successful year in helping students secure a degree, transfer to a four-year university or college, or get the skills necessary to get ahead in their profession,” said Dr. Sunita “Sunny” Cooke, president of the San Diego and Imperial Counties Community Colleges

Association (SDICCCA) and superintendent/president of MiraCosta College in Oceanside.

Cooke – who chairs the California Community College Chancellor’s Office’s Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy campaign – noted that every college in the region is adding and expanding programs that offer residents the latest, cutting-edge job skills for in-demand industries.

“Our valley has seen a long line of folks coming through the doors of IVC, leaving us with degrees or certificates in hand to make an impact on others,” said IVC uperintendent/President Victor M. Jaime. He noted that in June, the largest graduating class in the IVC’s history received diplomas or certificates, and that trend is expected to continue.