Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation

2415 Imperial Business Park Drive, Suite A
Imperial, CA 92251
P: +1 760-353-8332


The Imperial Valley College (IVC), San Diego State University (SDSU) and the University of Phoenix are the Valley's main institutions for higher education and are key contributors to the growing qualified work force the valley has to offer.
  • San Diego State University offers a variety of degrees typically for 3rd and 4th year students accepting transfer students from IVC. The Imperial Valley University Partnership (IVUP) program allows incoming freshmen to complete their Bachelor’s Degree locally through a partnership between IVC, SDSU, and the Imperial County Office of Education (ICOE).
  • Imperial County residents interested in career technical education can also attend a number of accredited institutions that offer a variety of vocational training programs (Imperial County Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, 2016).
  • IVC offers technical careers and certificates and allows students to transfer to the four-year universities of their choice, particularly transferring STEM-focused students.
  • The University of Phoenix is a private university and has a campus in El Centro where students can pursue their education through flexible degree programs, through on-campus or online formats.

IVC and the University of Arizona-Yuma entered a memorandum of understanding and formed a partnership in order to allow students more transfer options for earning a bachelor's degree while staying relatively close to their home (Imperial Valley College, 2015).

IVC also entered into an MOU with CETYS University in Mexicali, establishing an exchange program, allowing students to do their first two college years at IVC and then transfer to CETYS - the only Mexican university with Western Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation - for their final two years (IVC, 2014).

CETYS and SDSU have partnered over several decades, exchanging faculty and students in innovative programs which has enhanced education on both sides of the border (SDSU NewsCenter, 2015). A recent program made up of two concentrations, Business in the Global Marketplace and International Entrepreneurship, was designed and launched by SDSU and CETYS faculty.

Education and Workforce Partnership Efforts

In 2010, California State University in partnership with the Community Colleges of California formed a new joint transfer program guaranteeing community college students admission into the California State University system. Community colleges students must successfully complete an Associates of Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or Associate of Science for Transfer (AS-T) with a minimum of 60 transferable units to be admitted to any California State University.
Certain eligible degree programs include the following:
  • Administration of Justice
  • Agricultural Business
  • Agricultural Plant Science
  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Communication Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Early Childhood Education
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Kinesiology
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Spanish


Internship-to-Career Program
The Internship-to-Career Program "Route to Employability" is a sustainable and well-designed strategy to enhance collaboration between regional stakeholders. This program was developed because of the desire for students and recent graduates to gain work experience and the need expressed by businesses to find qualified employees.

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Public Schools 71
Primary 38
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Brawley Elementary 4
Calexico Unified 7
Calipatria Unified 2
Coachella Valley Unified 1
El Centro Elementary 12
Heber Elementary 1
Holtville Unified 2
Imperial Unified 2
Magnolia Union Elementary 1
Mccabe Union Elementary 1
Meadows Union Elementary 1
Mulberry Elementary 1
San Pasqual Valley Unified 1
Seeley Union Elementary 1
Westmorland Union Elementary 1
Middle 9
Name Count
Brawley Elementary 1
Calexico Unified 2
Calipatria Unified 1
El Centro Elementary 2
Holtville Unified 1
Imperial Unified 1
San Pasqual Valley Unified 1
High 19
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Borrego Springs Unified 1
Brawley Union High 3
Calexico Unified 2
Calipatria Unified 1
Central Union High 3
Coachella Valley Unified 1
Holtville Unified 2
Imperial Unified 2
Imperial Valley Rop 1
San Pasqual Valley Unified 3
Other 4
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Calexico Unified 1
Holtville Unified 1
Imperial County Office Of Education 2
Not Specified 1
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El Centro Elementary 1
Private Schools 9
Elementary 4
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Catholic 3
Other religion 1
Secondary 1
Name Count
Catholic 1
Combined 4
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Other religion 4
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