Job Training Programs

If you need to find a job quickly, redirect your career, or upgrade your professional skills, turn to MiraCosta College Community Services & Business Development. We do it better, faster, and for a fraction of the cost you would spend at a private college!

Many of our programs have been approved for alternate sources of funding, such as GI Bill funding, WIA funds, MyCAA for military spouses, and grant funding. In addition, we are in the process of obtaining additional work skill course approvals for WIA and GI Bill funding. Check back on our site to see updates!

Alcohol & Drug Counselor Training

Do people find you easy to talk to? Perhaps you or someone close to you has had an experience with drugs or alcohol, or maybe you have a special ability to empathize and help other people. MiraCosta Community Services and Business Development, in partnership with the California Mind Institute (CMI), is offering the Alcohol & Drug Counselor Training program. This CMI program is approved by the California Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC), and the California Foundation for Advancement of Addiction Professionals (CFAAP). You will learn the theoretical and clinical skills needed to become a CAADAC certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor.

Casino Dealer SchoolCasino

Train to work at a casino, whether in California, across the country, abroad, or on a cruise ship. Course one provides instruction on poker (Texas Hold 'em, Omaha, Seven Card Stud); course two on house games (Black Jack, Pai Gow Poker, Mini-Baccarat, and three carnival games); course three teaches students how to deal Craps; and course four teaches Roulette. In addition, learn how to exchange money at the table, game security, customer service, and the interview process.

Certified AT/FP Specialist (CAPS)

Students will receive all course work for a California guard card, American Heart Association CPR/AED and First Aid card, and a baton permit. In addition, certain students will qualify for a concealed weapon permit from the states of Florida and Utah (you will not be able to carry a concealed weapon in CA). Utah has new policies regarding qualifications for CCW permits. Please check their site HERE to determine if you qualify. Students will also receive four days of specialized training in anti terrorism/force protection (curriculum has been adjusted from executive protection to force protection or high risk static security). Students can take it before or after any of our other security courses, or as a stand-alone.

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"I have had an offer from Securitas, I am going to Gavin De Becker's training academy this month, and I also have an offer from Aegis World Wide. This course has truly set me up for success. It really showed me what opportunities are actually out there. The experience from his class really looked good to the folks a Aegis. Thank you."
"I am currently going through training with Triple Canopy. They do high threat security over in Iraq and other countries. The training received through the program definitely gave me a little head start on the training here, as a lot of the stuff we are learning I already learned in the CASPO. I also had job offers from Aegis and Armour Group (also do overseas security contracts), Border Patrol, and Gavin de Becker."
"I’ve actually had 2 separate job opportunities since the class. I was hired at Casino Morongo in Palm Springs as an armed guard and I was also hired by Securitas in Temecula. Both companies thought that the comprehensive class was more than enough for the job. Personally I think that the class was an amazing opportunity that opened so many job doors."

Executive Protection EP

This executive protection course is the ideal starting point for those wishing to break into the protection business, those transitioning from military or law enforcement, or for high threat protection specialists/WPS/PSD who want to add corporate and celebrity protection to their existing knowledge and skill sets. Students can take it before or after any of our other security courses, or as a stand-alone.

High Threat Protection Specialist

This program bridges the gap between conventional domestic protective operations and war-zone PSD work. Students will receive the training, knowledge, and skill sets to be a proficient protective team leader/member in all threat areas by focusing on one of the most challenging protective environments, the High Threat-Low Profile area of operations. Students can take it before or after any of our other security courses, or as a stand-alone.

High Risk First Responder High Risk First Responder

Many do not have the time to attend lengthy EMT or paramedic courses. This course focuses on serious wounds caused by gunshots, blasts, vehicle accidents, medical emergencies, and other life threatening injuries that may be encountered in a military, law enforcement or high risk security environment. Students can take it before or after any of our other security courses, or as a stand-alone.

Facility Maintenance Technician

Students enrolled in this program will learn a variety of skills used in the maintenance and repair of facilities such as factories, offices, schools, hospitals and apartment complexes.

Facility Management Program

This comprehensive program is for professionals who want to advance in their field and become supervisors and managers of one or more facilities. This course can be taken after our Facilities Maintenance program, or as a stand-alone.

Human Resource Certificate Program

The HR Certificate Program is appropriate for individuals who are not yet HR professionals and for HR veterans who wish to update and upgrade their skills.HRCI sealThis program, has been approved for 22.5 general recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI).

Leadership Academy

Create hire performing employees. This leadership academy is for upper management and administrators. Using experiential learning, activity-based lessons, and peer-to-peer interaction, attendees will learn to translate management theory into practical application.

Legal Studies Academy

This new and uniquely designed program helps students enter any number of legal professions, including paralegal; law clerk; title examiner, abstractor, and searcher; claims adjuster, appraiser, examiner, and investigator.

Machinist Technology ProgramMachinist Cohort I

This program is designed for students who need a solid foundation in operating machine tools to make or modify parts, such as surgical screws or machine parts. There are pre-requisites to enroll in this course, so contact us at 760.795.6820 to find out more information.

Optical Assistant

Prepare for an excited career in the healthcare field working at an optometry office or an optical retail store. Students will learn properties of light and vision, anatomy of the eye, vision disorders and their correction, lens materials, contact lenses, and more.

Scuba Dive Master Program

Supervisory Academy

This fast-paced course teaches students the day-to-day job tasks and interpersonal strategies to become a productive and respected supervisor. Our program emphasizes developing and practicing real-world scenarios, turning the learning into action. This is practical, pragmatic, skill-based training that produces skilled supervisors at every level of leadership.

Veterinary Assistant

This program provides an overview and entry level training for the Veterinary Assistant profession. Students will learn basic animal care principles and techniques, safety procedures and state/federal guidelines.

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