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Barrio Logan business helps local college prep with new building

College Institute to move into old printing shop
Posted at 7:41 AM, Oct 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-11 13:01:14-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The Barrio Logan College Institute is moving into a newer, bigger location, thanks to the generosity of an area businessman.

Nicholas Aguilera, who's father started Diego and Son Printing in 1972, is letting the BLCI lease the company's old building for 20 years, with an option to buy.

"I think it's awesome, it's fantastic," Aguilera says. "I think my dad would be very, very happy and proud."

Aguilera says his father always wanted the business to be part of the community. Turning it's original location into an educational site fits with Diego's vision and passion for improving the Barrio.

"I see a future for our students," says BLCI Interim CEO Barbara Ybarra.

The Institute works with kids from the 3rd grade through high school. It helps mentor them as they try to become the first person in their family to go to college. Ybarra says 100% of the students that complete the program go to college.

The new building will allow the BLCI to serve even more students.

"These upgrades are going to help them compete technologically with the other students they're competing against to get into college," says Ybarra.

She also says there's symmetry in taking over the old printing building.

"Diego used to print notebooks and pads of paper for the students to use and take to school," she says. "I see it coming full circle. It's a great legacy for their family."

The BLCI is trying to raise $3.5 million to buy the building. So far they've been able to secure $1.1 million in donations. Anyone interested in helping out can contact them at this website.