CALEXICO, Calif. – According to a pewresearch.org study, more than 66 percent of Hispanic students are skipping out on college in order to support their family. San Diego State University – Imperial Valley Campus wants to put a dent in that number. Interim Dean Gregorio Ponce said they’re launching a campaign to help the community re-discover what SDSU-IV has to offer. Ponce said they’re doing this because he believes there are many opportunities to be found at the Imperial Valley campus.
The university wants to inform the community of its higher education options beginning with a conference in November. “Working on an initiative to let people know that individuals can come into this campus and complete their bachelor’s degree whether coming straight from the high school for four years or transferring from imperial valley college,” Dean Ponce said.
Student body organizer Yareli Rivera said the conference will focus on high school and Imperial Valley College transfer students. “We’re gonna have an informational session for them and provide them with the basic information like what GPA they need, what majors are there for the certain degrees we have here,” Rivera said. “According to school officials, attending a local university can give a student better access to family and friends – making that an edge for success. “The key advantage is that you already know individuals in your community, you feel part of the community,” Ponce said.
He said studying abroad does take a toll. “It takes us about a year to acclimate to the university’s way of working. The advantage that we have here is that because we are so small the support systems are much stronger than when we leave away,” Ponce said.
Rivera agrees studying locally has advantages. “Being at home, having the support from my parents. I was always able to just come to school, go home, do my homework, study, have a mom cook me dinner and not have to pay for dinner,” Rivera said.