Saturday, May 2, 2015

New website launched to help students make their college choice

A new website has been launched that is packed with resources for students who are exploring their higher education options in San Diego and Imperial counties. The site,, includes information about every community college in the two-county area.

The website was created by the San Diego & Imperial Counties Community College Association (SDICCCA), a consortium of the nine community colleges in the region.

“Especially at this time of year, when thousands of high school seniors are contemplating where to pursue their higher education, it is vital for us to provide the communities we serve with resources that will contribute to an informed decision,” said Cindy L. Miles, SDICCCA president and chancellor of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District.

Included in those resources is a map that lets students identify which colleges are closest to their homes, plus a link to career technical programs offered at each campus. For students interested in a careers ranging from digital video to landscape architecture or fashion design, the website offers a guide to which colleges are offering programs in a wide range of areas.

“Earn a degree or certificate, prepare for a four-year-university and gain the job skills you need at San Diego and Imperial Counties Community Colleges,” reads the home page on The website also links to articles published in print and aired on television or radio about community college programs and students in the two-county area.

“Our community colleges educate and train nearly a quarter million students around the region,” Miles said. “We hope this site will allow students to find the college that’s the best fit for them. Anyone can get a fabulous start at one of our community colleges.”

SDICCCA is a collaboration of the six community college districts in San Diego and Imperial counties. Educating more than 200,000 students each year and contributing $6.6 billion annually to the California economy, SDICCCA works closely with San Diego State University, Cal State San Marcos, and other four-year universities in the region.