News - 08/14/2013

Fall Semester Begins August 19

MiraCosta College’s fall semester begins Monday, August 19, when an estimated 14,200 students will begin taking credit classes at one of the college’s three locations. This semester, MiraCosta College is offering 1,355 sections of classes in 70 disciplines, up three percent from fall 2012; plus 151 sections of noncredit classes, up five percent from fall 2012. The college has also expanded its online course offerings, with 330 sections of online or hybrid classes being offered, up 10 percent since fall 2012.

New this academic year is a Certificate of Achievement in Social Media, which will give students the working knowledge of techniques to increase and optimize business-oriented web traffic in various social media venues, including Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter and other emerging social media and e-commerce platforms.

“Companies need people who have expertise in social media,” said Business Department Chairman Tom Severance. “This a cutting edge, employable skill in an area that is only going to grow in the future.”

The college has also added a new, high-tech science building that promises to help relieve some of the student demand for biology courses. The first fully sustainable modular science labs – twin Gen 7 models at a cost of $1.9 million – were delivered to the Oceanside Campus on June 17, and will open in time for fall classes. 

A lack of space has made it difficult for students to register for lab courses in the biology, chemistry and nursing programs.

“The labs will help alleviate a backlog of students who are waiting to take science classes,” added David Broad, Board of Trustees president. “They will serve MiraCosta College well.”

MiraCosta College also this fall will offer a vastly expanded array of courses on Fridays and Saturdays, a welcome relief for students who have been squeezed out of classrooms because of high demand or work schedules.

Until now, the San Elijo Campus had only offered a few Friday classes and the Oceanside Campus had only offered a handful on Fridays and Saturdays. That will change this fall with the addition of 30 classes split between the campuses.

“This is an investment we’re making in our students to help ensure their academic success,” said Mary Benard, MiraCosta College’s vice president of Instructional Services.

Fall enrollment is still underway! To apply and enroll, visit or call 760.757.2121.

Founded in 1934, MiraCosta College is San Diego’s second oldest community college. The college serves coastal North San Diego County, with a district spanning from Camp Pendleton in the north to Carmel Valley in the south. The college serves more than 14,000 credit students each semester, including 1,900 active-duty military and veteran students, plus another 1,000 of their dependents. The college’s noncredit program offers tuition-free classes to an additional 2,500 community members, while its fee-based programs offer enrichment and workforce development courses to more than 2,000 individuals and companies.

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