Calexico Community Action Council, Inc (CCAC) became a 501 (C) (3) non-profit corporation in July 1968, to address the lack of affordable housing in Calexico. The CCAC along with financing from HUD in 1972 develops 299 low-income homes: the project is the Kennedy Gardens subdivision, the current worth of the project is over $40,000,000.00 dollars and has provided a multitude of family’s part of the American Dream”, owning their own home.
Since then CCAC has been involved in many projects in partnership with our Community; in 1976 CCAC develops 78 acres of raw land in to the Calexico Industrial Park (CIP), creates the first Business Incubator Building in the Valley. CCAC becomes instrumental into persuading the State of California to establish the CIP as an Enterprise Zone (the worth of this entire project to City of Calexico, “priceless”).
Through out the 1980’s CCAC expands to include social service programs, such as micro-loans and assistance to needy families in Calexico. In 1989 the General Agreement for Trade and Tariffs (GATT) starts to stimulate growth and expansion of Mexican-American trade leading to ever increasing economic growth that continues to the present. CCAC starts to sell parcels of land to a varied array of companies such as AT&T, Emerson Electric Co, Circle Produce, ect.
In the 1990’ CCAC realizes the need for low-income housing for our “senior citizens, the most vulnerable group in Calexico’s growing community. In 1992, CCAC plans the development of a 134 unit complex for our seniors. The project becomes the Alejandro Rivera Senior Citizens Apts.; it is completed in 1996, complimenting the City opf Calexico and its senior community
In 1998, the CCAC comes to the aid of the Historic Hotel De Anza, which is mired in financial turmoil and uncertainty. The CCAC develops a renovation scheme and creating the top two floors in to 94 units for senior citizens. The plan is to preserve one of Calexico’s Historical landmarks and continue to meet the community’s need for senior housing. The Hotel De Anza Renovation Project is completed April 2001.
**In 2003, the CCAC helps donate 10,000 sq ft to the City of Calexico and
establishes the “Calexico Cultural Arts Center” **
In 2000, the CCAC realizes the need to prepare and educate our residents to become part of a skilled workforce to enhance and provide opportunities to alleviate the high unemployment rates in our Community.
With funding from WIA starts a Vocational Training program, we become part of the State of California’s Eligible Training Program List (ETPL) to provide trainings in the Building Trades.
To enhance our programs we needed to find an accreditation agency to become a credible educational institution to apply directly for State and Federal funding. The accreditation that would take us to that level was the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). We started the process in 2003, it took us 18 months of paperwork, 2years as a “candidate” the result was a great accomplishment when we received a “full accreditation” in February 2007 for 6 years until 2013.
With the accreditation we became an official Title IV Postsecondary School (one of three in the State), we also changed the name of our school to ‘International Polytechnic Institute” (IPI). We were able to apply to the U.S. Dept of Education to be able to participate in their Federal Student Aid (FSA) program. These processes took time and paperwork and were rewarded by being accepted to have our students participate in the FSA program.
IPI with its accreditations and approvals now offers variable programs in Renewable Energy, such as Solar Energy, Weatherization, Green Environmental, to Cooking and Culinary Arts, English for Professionals and many more.
** In January 2010 the CCAC is awarded a 16,000 sq ft two-story historical building in downtown Calexico from US Dept of Human and Health Services for Healthcare services**
The Calexico Community Action Council, Inc., has and is an essential part of the community of Calexico or over 40 years. CCAC has proven to be a crucial component to the economic development of Calexico and will continue to move forward, playing and active and collaborative role within the Community. The CCAC will always be ready and willing to be a proactive partner to all who are ready to help those most in need.
CCAC Board of Directors.
Joe Medlock, Chairman of the Board
Ismael Perez, Vice- Chair
Raul Coca, Treasurer
Antonio, Jimenez, Secretary
Jose s Vindiola, Member
Enrique G Alvarado, CEO
Enrique G Alvarado, CEO
Dr. Arturo Santoyo, Director of Educational Projects firstname.lastname@example.org
Anna O’Campo, Director Financial Aid email@example.com
Julie Lizarraga, Executive Assistant firstname.lastname@example.org
Arturo Juarez, Supervisor of Instruction N/A
Silvia Montiel, Accounting Supervisor email@example.com
“Building a Better Community”