El Centro, CA Colleges

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El Centro is a city in and county seat of Imperial County, the largest city in the Imperial Valley, east anchor of the Southern California Border Region, and the core urban area and principal city of the El Centro metropolitan area which encompasses all of Imperial County. El Centro is also the largest American city to lie entirely below sea level (-50 feet). The city, located in the far southeastern corner of California, is near the major Southern California cities of San Diego and Los Angeles to its west as well as Phoenix and Tucson to its east.

Founded in 1906, W. F. Holt and C.A. Barker purchased the land on which El Centro was eventually built for about $40 an acre and invested $100,000 in improvements. As one historian of Valley life put it, "in only five months El Centro went from a barley field to a city...". It is home to retail, transportation, wholesale, and agricultural industries. There are also two international border crossings nearby for commercial and noncommercial vehicles. The city's population was 42,598 at the 2010 census, up from 37,835 in 2000. As of May, 2012, the El Centro Metropolitan Statistical Area ranked 371st out of 372, with the second highest unemployment rate among American cities, at 26.8% (surpassed only by Yuma, Arizona, with a rate of 28.9%).

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Schools in and around El Centro, CA

Name
CET-El Centro
Less than 2 years (below associate); Private not for profit
Imperial Valley College
At least 2 but less than 4 years; Public; $7,140 average out-state tuition; $1,008 average in-state tuition
International Polytechnic Institute
Less than 2 years (below associate); Private not for profit
San Diego State University-Imperial Valley Campus
Four or more years; Public; $16,632 average out-state tuition; $5,472 average in-state tuition
Arizona Western College
At least 2 but less than 4 years; Public; $6,840 average out-state tuition; $1,680 average in-state tuition
CET-Coachella
Less than 2 years (below associate); Private not for profit
Milan Institute-Indio
Less than 2 years (below associate); Private for profit

El Centro, CA Scholarships

Name Amount Deadline
Ronald D. Lunceford Scholarship $4,000 January 13, 2017
Clinton E. Phillips Scholarship $4,000 January 13, 2017
UAS7 International Study and Internship Program in Germany Varies October 01, 2016