Stockton could be next in line for a California State University campus.
Mayor Michael Tubbs made the announcement before a group of high school students on Thursday while noting that Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed setting aside $2 million to study its feasibility as part of his budget.
“It’s a high economic development driver,” Tubbs said. “If you think of the future of work ... where jobs are going, most of them are going to require some level of certification, some level of higher education.”
Officials have worked years to push the establishment of a CSU Stockton, a four-year public university in one of fastest growing regions in California.
Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman has worked for years toward the goal of acquiring a CSU and says this is what the area needs.
“In the City of Stockton, the state has given us four prisons. That’s what we want to change. Close a prison, open a university,” she said.
Tubbs says the city has already done studies that show such a campus could generation $250 million annually into the regional economy.