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Imperial Valley College



Imperial Valley College is located in the Imperial Valley, long recognized as one of the richest, most productive agricultural regions in the country. The mild, delightful winters have made the region attractive to tourists and helped it to become an outstanding recreational region.

The campus is located on a 160-acre site at the intersection of Highway 111 and Aten Road. This location is in the heart of Imperial County and is within reasonable commuting distance of all of the cities of the Valley.

History of Imperial Valley College


The Imperial Valley College is an integral part of the public school system of California and functions as a public community college for lower-division college work.

It had its beginning on May 9, 1022 when the Board of Trustees of the Central Union High School District of El Centro passed a resolution establishing the Central Junior College. This institution formally opened for instruction in September 1922.

Two years later, in the fall of 1924, the Brawley Union High School District opened classes at the Brawley Junior College.

Enrollments increased in both schools until the war years, when attendance dropped sharply. Brawley Junior College was forced, by lack of attendance, to discontinue classes at the close of the 1947 school year.

Central Junior College first conferred the Associate in Arts degree in 1934.

In the fall of 1951, students, in cooperation with the administration and faculty, petitioned the Board of Trustees for a more representative name for the college, for it was now serving students from all of the Imperial Valley. By action of the Board, the name was officially changed to Imperial Valley College.

The school, under the administration of the Central Union High School District, gained recognition as an accredited institution of higher education. As the institution grew with the community, this growth was reflected in the steady rise in enrollment and in the diversity of courses and curricula that was offered.

The extended-day program, which offered regular college classes at night, was initiated on a limited basis in 1952. Its rapid growth served to enlarge the service of the college to the community.

A recommendation that such a countywide community college district be established in Imperial County was submitted to the State Department of Education and was approved on July 10, 1959. The County Superintendent of Schools then set a date for an election at which all qualified voters residing within the boundaries of the seven high school and unified school districts were eligible to vote. The election was held on October 6, 1959; and by an overwhelming vote of twelve to one, the Imperial Valley Junior College District was established. This was followed by the election of the members of the Junior College District Board of Trustees, one of whom comes from each of the seven high schools or unified school districts represented in the area served by the Imperial Junior College District.

This District includes all of Imperial County except a small area in the northwest corner of the County, which is a part of the Coachella Valley Community College District.

Because of the increase in enrollment at both Central Union High School and the Imperial Valley College, and because of the lack of space on the campus of the Central Union High School in El Centro, the Imperial Valley College moved to temporary quarters erected on the campus of the Imperial Valley Union High School in Imperial, California.

On October 4, 1960, the people of Imperial County set an all-time state record when they voted thirteen to one in favor of bonds to finance the building of a new campus.

The Board of Trustees selected a nationally known architectural firm to plan the new buildings, and a 160 acre site, which met the criteria recommended by the Citizens' Committee, was selected for the new campus.

On January 13, 1971, the Board of Trustees changed the name of the District to Imperial Community College District in order to further emphasize the close relationship the college has with its service area.

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