MiraCosta College Comprehensive Master Plan Funding Options

MiraCosta CollegeTo prepare students for the new jobs of the 21st century, MiraCosta College has just completed its ten-year education and facilities plan—the 2011 Comprehensive Master Plan (CMP)—that calls for the expansion of our science, biotechnology, nursing and technical health-related careers and job training programs. This expansion will allow the college to accommodate more students in high-demand, popular classes that now have long waiting lists.

In an era where public education is subject to repeated drastic and damaging budget cuts, we must seize any opportunity available to us to ensure access to the academic and training programs that prepare our students, active military, and returning veterans with the high-quality, affordable education and the job training programs they need to prepare for 21st century jobs and careers.

To fulfill this commitment, we recently commissioned a professionally conducted, independent community survey to hear directly from residents about their priorities for the college. This survey found that MiraCosta Community College District voters strongly value the educational and job training opportunities that we provide to area residents. In fact, 64% of voters would support a potential local education funding measure to improve, repair and upgrade college facilities to increase the District’s capacity to better prepare students for high quality jobs and transfer to universities.

 

MiraCosta College Proposition EE Official Ballot Highlights (PDF)

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FAQ: MiraCosta College: Preparing Local Students for Universities & Jobs since 1934

Q: Who are we?
Q: What is the issue?
Q: How did you determine the need?
Q: Why are these needs urgent?
Q: What are your specific needs?
Q: What technology improvements do our classrooms need?
Q: What do our Military Veterans need?
Q: How does the College plan to address these needs?
Q: How can I get more information?

Q: Who are we?
A: Since 1934 MiraCosta College has been an important resource for the community, preparing local residents with a high quality, affordable education, so that they can move on to four-year universities and into high quality jobs.

Q: What is the issue?
A: The cost of attending a public university in California has risen to as much as six times that of attending a community college. As a result, more local students are relying on our local community college – at a savings of as much as $35,000 – on their way to a four-year degree. We must increase opportunities for local students to earn college credits, certifications, and job skills at a reasonable price.

Q: How did you determine the need?
We recently completed our 2011 Comprehensive Master Plan (CMP) and determined that our region’s employment opportunities are anticipated to increase by 15% over the next several years. Local businesses have asked the college to expand its course offerings to meet this growing need. We need additional instructional space to add new courses in emerging fields, allowing local businesses to hire local residents and help grow our economy.

Q: Why are these needs urgent?
A: In an era where public education is clearly not viewed as a political priority by Sacramento politicians, MiraCosta College is committed to remaining an affordable, local alternative. We need to ensure that our precious resources remain in the classroom, educating students, and are not consumed by infrastructure repairs and upgrades to aging and outdated facilities.

Q: What are your specific needs?
A: We need to expand science, health-related careers, biotechnology, nursing and technical job training programs, this will allow them to accommodate more students in these high-demand, popular classes that now have long waiting lists. We also need to expand classroom space, improve course offerings, and turn our San Elijo Campus into a transfer focused Academy. This will we will give local high school graduates and returning students the opportunity to finish required courses necessary to transfer to a Cal State University or UC school.

Q: What technology improvements do our classrooms need?
A: Many of the buildings do not meet the needs of a modern workforce. We need to update outdated electrical systems, wiring & equipment for computer technology and Internet access. We also need to upgrade career and vocational classrooms, labs and equipment for 21st century jobs and careers.

Q: What do our Military Veterans need?
A: Many former and current service members are returning from war zones and face a host of challenges, including post-traumatic stress disorder and permanent disabilities. We need to expand Veteran services and facilities dedicated to ensuring that the growing numbers of returning service members receive the support they need to complete their education and enter the civilian workforce.

Q: How does the College plan to address these needs?
A: We are working to get more input from residents and local businesses on their priorities. Together with stakeholders, community members, and the Board of Trustees, we will develop a fiscally responsible plan that includes tough accountability guarantees to present to the community. However, at this time we do not have the funds necessary to address community needs.

Q: How can I get more information?
A: If you would like to find out more information, please contact director of marketing and communications Cheryl Broom at 760.795.6612.

 

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