New César Chávez campus celebrates grand opening


Paul Chavez, president of the Cesar Chavez foundation, spoke at the opening of Continuing Education’s Cesar E. Chavez Campus. Photo from San Diego Community College District

Rutger Rosenborg

More than 150 members affiliated with the San Diego Community College District celebrated the grand opening of San Diego Continuing Education’s César E. Chávez Campus on Oct. 28 in Barrio Logan.

The district is proud to open its new campus, Constance M. Carroll, chancellor of the district, said in a news release.

The campus, located on 1901 Main St., consolidates programs from the original César E. Chávez Campus near Chicano Park and the Centre City Campus in Downtown. The new facility is designated as the Campus of Excellence for Healthcare Careers, specializing in vocational training, business, computer technology and continuing education.

“The architecture is symbolic and far more impressive than anyone could have initially imagined 10 years ago when the planning began,” Carlos O. Turner Cortez, president of San Diego Continuing Education, said in the announcement.

Construction of the campus began after voters approved $58 million in bond measures to pay for the 67,924-square-foot dual building design. The three-story campus features a 149-car parking structure and a 320-car lot two blocks east of campus with murals relating to labor activist César E. Chávez’s life.

“The design is a culturally-based aesthetic taken from the indigenous peoples of the Americas and infused with the DNA of the Latino experience in order to inspire upward mobility via education, civic engagement and a respect for ethnic diversity well into the next millennium,” Joe Martinez of Martinez + Cutri, the architectural firm responsible for the design and construction of the campus, said in the release.