California State University at Stockton could soon be a reality.
There’s already a feasibility study out in the works to determine whether a CSU campus can be built.
“California State University at Stockton” is what some call a step toward a 20-year-old idea.
“Overall, I think opening a CSU Stockton would be a good idea,” Imran Kahn, a student at Delta College responded.
But not all college students believe a CSU campus would be the smartest move.
“I think a lot of us, like here, kind of just want to get away,” Donna Abbott, a college student told us.
California Assemblywoman Susan Eggman has written a bill which would determine if a CSU can happen in the future in the growing city of 298,000.
“It’s a start and it shouldn’t be put on the shelf. It should be put foremost and lets look and see what really can happen,” Doug Wilhoit Jr., the CEO of the Stockton Chamber of Commerce explained.
He said a CSU is exactly what the city needs. A 4-year public university which would cater to the community’s educational needs.
“We have a lot of young people who need to be educated and jobs. That would be another step,” he said.
Wilhoit added a public university would create a more competitive and better paying job market for the Central Valley. The city currently has Delta, a community college; University of the Pacific, a private one; and a CSU Stanislaus extension campus.
“We are in Stockton. People got to realize we can’t necessarily all afford UOP,” student Caleb Sommerville said.
Far too few choices, some argue.
“Stockton and San Joaquin County are very, very close to Sacramento, we’re looked at as kind of the stepchildren of Sacramento County,” Wilhoit said.
The bill is in the works. One of the issues the feasibility study will also have to look at – where will they build the campus? “If we had one (public university) closer by, I think it would make things a lot easier on people,” Sommerville explained.
Assemblywoman Eggman introduced the bill early December. She has said it is the first step in a long process she plans to see through.