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Campus Redefined

2700 Building Ribbon Cutting Thanks to the passage of two bond measures (in 2004 and 2010), the IVC campus marked its 50th Anniversary in 2012 with a dramatic transformation, adding facilities as it redefined itself as an institution committed to both sustainability and mobility for future generations.

This award winning expansion plan included Xeriscape landscaping and people-scaled features that not only altered the aesthetics of the campus, but redefined the pivotal role integrated uses can play with the incorporation of expanded public transit facilities.

Funding came from a variety of sources including the $58.6 million Measure L bond issue passed in 2004 and the $80 million Measure J approved in 2010.

Transportation improvements were funded in partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Imperial County Transportation Commission (ICTC).

IVC and the ICTC partnered to develop transit centers on campus which improved the safety and security of transit riders. Other circulation improvements included two additional entrances to the campus.

2700 Building GroundbreakingThe most significant building in the Measure L-funded expansion was the 2700 building. The 70,000 square foot, two-story, classroom and laboratory building opened to students in January 2010. This building became the first LEED certified science building (silver) in Southern California and the first publicly-owned LEED certified building in Imperial County.

Measure J provided the funding for two new Career Education (CE) buildings which opened for classes in the Fall 2014. They are home to classrooms that train students for the careers of the future, including alternative energy development as well as law enforcement, emergency medical technician, and automotive technology. The buildings are also built to LEED standards.

Amid all of this expansion, IVC also lost a historic part of the campus in 2014 when the "500 Buildings" are demolished. Those were the "temporary" buildings that were once situated on the Imperial High School grounds and housed the IVC campus when it first became a district in 1960. The demolition was part of an agreement with the State of California when it provided matching funds for renovation of other classrooms on campus.

Other recent construction has also significantly improved services to students.

The Military and Veteran Success Center, which serves both veterans of all ages as well as active duty military, celebrated its grand opening in 2016.

In 2017, in recognition that there are some Imperial Valley College students who are facing food insecurity, the college opened a Food Pantry on campus.

Additionally, in 2021, in a partnership with the City of El Centro and the IVC Foundation, the college opened Lotus Living Tiny Homes in El Centro. It consists of 26 units to serve students experiencing housing insecurity or other challenges.

The new Mel Wendrick Access Center for Disabled Support Programs and Services (DSP&S) also opened in 2021. 

There is other construction currently in progress on campus. That includes the modernization of Academic Buildings 200, 300, and 800, and Nursing Building, and expansion of the College Center.

Career Ed building ConstructionAnd in a significant diamond jubilee campus change, plans are being finalized to replace the existing 60-year-old classrooms that have housed automotive training since the campus opened. The $30 million project will include a 30,000 square-foot building to be built on the northwest side of the campus in the same general location where the current auto technology classrooms are located. Two current buildings, a diesel laboratory and the art and humanities building, will be removed when construction begins.

Today IVC is an oasis of learning with an attractive and inviting campus thanks to the magnificent support of the communities it serves.

IVC staff works hard to bring the same inviting atmosphere into each classroom, and looks forward to celebrating this Diamond Jubilee

The following Superintendent/Presidents have served the District and College since its formation:

• Dr. Milo P. Johnson 1960-1963
• Dr. Terrel Spencer 1963-1978
• Dr. Dan Angel 1978-1981
• Dr. John A. DePaoli 1981-1995
• Dr. Gilbert M. Dominguez 1996-2002
• Dr. Paul Pai 2003-2007
• Dr. Ed Gould 2008-2011
• Dr. Victor Jaime 2012-2018
• Dr. Martha Garcia 2018-2021
• Dr. Lennor M. Johnson 2021-Present

 

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