Economic Impact Report
The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District provides an economic benefit to its students, the East County area and the San Diego County region. Our students get better-paying jobs with the skills they learn, and the community benefits by reduced unemployment, a lower dependence on government assistance and less crime. The district is a major employer in East County, and its supply and service needs provide millions of dollars in business for companies throughout the region.
A 2012 study by EMSI, Inc., found that:
- On average, the lifetime income of a student at Grossmont or Cuyamaca colleges increases by $6 for every dollar they invest in their education.
- Students get a 15.4 percent return on their educational investment, recovering all of their costs within 10 years.
- California benefits through improved health and reduced welfare and unemployment, saving the public an estimated $4.5 million each year.
- Higher earnings by Grossmont and Cuyamaca college students and increases in state income expand California's tax base by $87.2 million each year.
- East County's economy receives more than $99.4 million per year due to the college district's operations.
- Grossmont-Cuyamaca's total annual economic impact on East County: $477.5 million.
The full report and highlights are available at the links on this page.