Press - 12/4/2017

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Read More: Measure MM Updates (Cont.)

What’s happening with Measure MM? 

Over the course of the last several months the District along with Program Manager, Kitchell, has been working on creating groups of qualified professional service consultants associated with the implementation of Measure MM. Qualified professional service consultant groups have been established as follows: 1) Architectural and Engineering Services, 2) Geotechnical Engineering Services, 3) Civil Engineering Services. Each of the qualified professional service consultants went through a review committee consisting of District personnel along with the Program Management office as well as being approved by the board of trustees. These qualified groups will now be utilized to identify and select individual firms to perform associated services with the initial projects at each of the District’s three sites.

Read More: Pathways Updates (Cont.)

A definition of “student equity” and an “equity minded person” are provided: 

Student Equity refers to addressing disproportionate impact in outcomes among various student populations. 

An equity-minded person has a perspective or mode of thinking that calls attention to the patterns of inequity and is willing to take personal responsibility (as actors of the institution) to critically reassess their own practices, while being aware of the social and historical context of exclusionary practices in American Higher Education. 

These are tasks related to the Guided Pathways work:

-Equity Workgroup members will examine each pillar of the pathway

- Members will identify statements/tips/professional development opportunities related to best practices as related to equity mindedness unique to each of the Pillars

- The Equity Workgroup will share findings with each Pillar and work with individuals in each Pillar to highlight best practices as related to equity mindedness

The Equity Workgroup seeks to transform current knowledge about “best practices” for students and colleagues that can make subtle or major impact/change. The group proposes professional development to unlearn what has been used in the past that may not be best practice now in the current context of changes in society, economy, laws, rules, culture etc. 


These are tasks related to the Guided Pathways work:

-Equity Workgroup members will examine each pillar of the pathway

- Members will identify statements/tips/professional development opportunities related to best practices as related to equity mindedness unique to each of the Pillars

- The Equity Workgroup will share findings with each Pillar and work with individuals in each Pillar to highlight best practices as related to equity mindedness

Interested in becoming a member of the Pathway’s Equity workgroup? Contact Thoa Ha at

Read More: Damon Kellogg (Cont.)

Former MiraCosta business student, Damon Kellogg, recently received the Volunteer of the Year award for his work with Sustainable Surplus at the North County Philanthropy Council's annual awards luncheon. Sustainable Surplus is a nonprofit that supports the community with surplus items donated by local corporations for ReUse. Their mission is to repurpose still-usable assets to the community and to support the environment by diverting items from the landfill and to conserve natural resources. Damon began working with Sustainable Surplus through an accounting internship with MiraCosta. He says, "The five months I spent interning at Sustainable Surplus allowed me to practice and apply my knowledge and skills to real world business applications." Damon continued to volunteer with Sustainable Surplus after his internship ended, and was awarded the distinction of "Volunteer of the Year".  Damon is now continuing his education at CSUSM in the College of Business Administration program. 

Read More: Grant Awarded AB540 Students (Cont.)

Grant Awarded for Scholarship Support to AB540 Students! 

The MiraCosta College Foundation was recently awarded an $11,000 grant from The Institute for Mexicans Abroad (IME) and the Mexican Consulate. This funding will support AB540 students participating in a new project on campus starting this upcoming spring semester called the EOPS AB540 Project. 

The EOPS AB540 Project will include monthly workshops focused on topics such as understanding the laws for undocumented students, connecting with departments on campus who can assist with specific issues, dealing with college costs and applying for financial aid.  

Participants of the project will be eligible for scholarship support through the IME and Mexican Consulate grant funding.

“These workshops will not only provide a necessary avenue for AB540 students in need of more information, but will also serve as a format for students to connect with one another, empower students to be more active on campus, and find their voice as they pursue their educational dreams- ‘Si Se Puede’ - it can be done.” Yesenia Balcazar.

In attendance at the award ceremony held by the Mexican Consulate in San Diego were EOPS Faculty Director, Yesenia Balcazar and MiraCosta College student Sofia Lopez, who both spoke at the event.

Sofia Lopez pictured here with Marcela Celorio, Consul General of Mexico in San Diego.

Read More: Zero-Textbook Cost (ZTC) Classes (Cont.) 

In compliance with state law, spring classes in SURF include a symbol denoting Zero-Textbook Cost (ZTC) classes.


If you are teaching a ZTC class, you need to designate it as such in SURF. Directions to do so can be found on the Faculty SURF help web page.


A ZTC class will include the logo when a search in SURF returns the class. Students may also now search specifically for ZTC classes.


There is also a new webpage which displays all classes designated as ZTC. 


How is a ZTC class defined? In SB 1359, these are classes “that exclusively use digital course materials that are free of charge to students and may have a low-cost option for print versions.” Such materials “may include open educational resources, institutionally licensed campus library materials that all students enrolled in the course have access to use, and other properly licensed and adopted materials.”

Many of you have designated spring classes (about a 100 at the moment) as ZTC already – thanks! Some great questions have come up and I wanted to share these with everyone.


How do students (or anyone) search for ZTC classes in SURF?

Use the Course Attribute & Course Attribute Value search criteria. See complete instructions.


I entered my class as ZTC but how can I be sure it worked?

Just look it up in SURF and you should see the ZTC icon. Or follow the instructions linked in the above answer and make sure your class comes up in the search.


If my texts aren’t free, but there is a low-cost option for students, should the class be designated ZTC?

No, students must be able to use free course materials for the ZTC designation to be valid. But MiraCosta may wish to consider a separate “LTC” (Low Textbook Cost) designation. Palomar is already doing this and the ASCCC just passed a resolution encouraging colleges to do so.


If all my course materials are available online but I require that students print some of the text, is it still ZTC?

No, if students have to pay for printed copies, the class wouldn’t qualify as ZTC.


If we have ZTC classes that don’t get designated as such, or non-ZTC classes that are incorrectly designated as ZTC, will we be in big trouble with the state?

As long as we have a system in place to comply with SB 1359, I think we’ll be ok with the state. It’s students that would be upset if this information is not complete and correct.


What if I don’t have free texts, but I also don’t have students purchase class materials through the bookstore?

In addition to the ZTC designation, you can use the same process and choose “Other” to indicate that your class will use non-bookstore materials.


Once I set this up for a course section, will my future sections of that course automatically be designated as ZTC?

No, in SURF every course section is created “fresh” each semester and the instructor, notes, and any special attributes/designations are added on.

Read More: Career Center Spring 2018 Business Internship Opportunities​ (Cont.) 

Please share these with your students who you can confidently recommend for an internship. With the launch of our new Job and Internship Network (JAIN), your students will not be able to view these and other internships until they have completed the three critical activities listed below: 


1. Class Completed in Major (students currently enrolled in their first class in their major may apply) 

2. Faculty Recommendation from Instructor in that Major (we reach out to you on their behalf, no letter required) 

3. Career Center Approved Resume 


Companies /Organizations interested in spring interns: 


WealthTechs Inc., Intern, Carlsbad 

Trusted Payment Technologies, Marketing Assistant, Carlsbad 

Physicians DataTrust, Marketing Internship, Vista, CA 

Surfhouse Boutique Motel, Marketing + Sales Internship, Encinitas 

Jackson Strength, Marketing Intern, Solana Beach 

Lux Art Institute, Administration Intern, Encinitas 

Lightpost Digital North County, Assistant Digital Director, Cardiff by the Sea 

Carlsbad Educational Foundation, Marketing and Communications Internship, Carlsbad 

AXIA Medical Solutions, Marketing & Social Media/Advertising Intern, Carlsbad 

Forterra, Dispatcher, Oceanside 

Young Living, Essential Oil Distributor, North County 

Oceanside Museum of Art, Social Media, Print Promotions, Public Relations and External Communications Internships, Oceanside 


JaniExpress-Accountant/Bookkeeper, Carlsbad 

Sustainable Surplus, Accounting Intern, Carlsbad 

Seaside Accounting Solutions, Inc-Admin/Accounting Assistant, Cardiff by the Sea 

Palomar Tax and Business Management-Bookkeeping/Payroll/Tax Intern, Carlsbad 

AKT, Accounting Services Intern, Carlsbad 

iSAFE, Accounting Intern, Carlsbad 


Students start the process by logging on to JAIN ( and completing their profile. Toward the bottom of the profile will be a series of questions starting with ‘I am interested in an internship/co-op/WKEX.’ These questions, along with uploading a resume, start the ball rolling. Students may also come into the Career Center, OC 4700, if they need assistance. Additionally, there will be two internship workshops at the end of November where students can get all their questions answered. 

Thank you for your assistance sharing these opportunities with your internship ready students. Please feel free to call the Career Center at 760.795.6772 if you have questions. 

Read More: Spring course availability (Cont.)

Spring course availability in Canvas (and Blackboard) 


All class sections scheduled for the spring semester now are available in Canvas where you can begin to work and build! If you expected a class to be set up for you, but aren’t seeing it in Canvas, check SURF to make sure the class is in the schedule and assigned to you. 


There are many options for learning Canvas, including a 4-week online class led by MiraCosta faculty starting Nov. 13. Also, MiraCosta faculty now have access to a variety of great live online trainings conducted daily by Canvas staff through February 15. Create a training account using your email address and then check out all the training events! Please contact me if you are looking for any guidance on which Canvas learning resources are best for you. 


If you’re already using Canvas, you probably have noticed your spring classes showing up in your Dashboard. If you’d like your Dashboard to only show fall classes for now, check out this tutorial for customizing your course lists. 


Remember, this spring is the final semester in which Blackboard and Moodle are options for teaching at MiraCosta. Blackboard classes for spring will NOT be automatically created - any faculty wanting to use Blackboard this spring must make a request using the Online Ed support request form. 

Read More: Major Smarts (Cont.)

Major Smarts Financial Literacy Tool 


The Financial Aid Office is excited to announce Major Smarts, a new (and free!) financial literacy tool for students. 


The Major Smarts program consists of short online learning modules designed to give students a strong foundation of financial literacy. The modules cover career & major exploration, campus resources, general financial literacy, and student loan debt management. The content is interactive, can be completed within a few short hours and is mobile friendly, which students will appreciate! 


Please join us in encouraging students to take advantage of this free resource. Perhaps it could serve as an extra credit exercise? 


Students that complete the entire series of four modules will receive a certificate documenting completion. As an added bonus, students that complete the series prior to December 9, 2017 will also be entered into an opportunity drawing for a brand-new iPad! 


Major Smarts, while intended for students, is also available to faculty and staff. Try it out! The program can be accessed from the Financial Aid & Scholarship webpage or by clicking the following link: 


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