What a year we’ve had!
this month, I had the opportunity to address a room of local leaders,
educators and community members to share the myriad of accomplishments
the college and its students, faculty and staff achieved this past
fiscal year. These accomplishments are captured in the beautiful pages
of the college’s Annual Report. This report is our demonstration to
you—our students, education and business partners, and the public—of the
many ways that the college continues to provide educational
opportunities, leadership and prudent fiscal stewardship to the North
San Diego County communities we are proud to serve. The report also
underscores the philanthropic and generous spirit of our local
community, as demonstrated by the MiraCosta College Foundation. I invite
you to read the report on our website, or request one be mailed to your home. You can also watch online the alumni video we played at the event or glance at our Report to the Region photo gallery. I hope you can also take a moment to read below some of the highlights from the 2012-2013 academic year.
One of the college’s many accomplishments this past year includes the addition of a new, high-tech science laboratory.
The building is the first of its kind at a California community
college—it can run completely on photovoltaic power generated from the
sun. Plans are now under way to add a new science facility at the
college’s San Elijo Campus in Cardiff.
recent increase in student enrollment has also meant that the college
has increased the availability of courses. Students are taking more
online classes than ever before, and our on-campus offerings have
expanded to include more core classes offered on Fridays and Saturdays, allowing students to get into the classes they need most.
has been a lot of growth at the college over the last couple of years,
but perhaps none as dramatic as the growth in students who are currently
serving in the military or who are military veterans. Since 2008, the
college student-veteran population has increased by 93 percent. Today, MiraCosta College
enrolls 1,900 student-veterans and an additional one thousand of their
family members. In response to this, the college has made it a priority
to meet the needs of these students, and has been named a Military
Friendly Institution by Victory Media, a distinction given to the top 15
percent of colleges and universities doing the most to ensure the
success of military service members, veterans and spouses.
2012-2013 Annual Report also demonstrates the strength of the college’s
partnerships with local elementary, middle and high schools. In 2011,
we received a seven-year, $7 million federal GEAR UP grant
that provides multiple services to ensure middle school students and
their families are prepared for college and career choices. In fall
2013, the first cohort of GEAR UP students moved from middle schools to
either Oceanside or El Camino High School as freshmen students. Thanks
to the generosity of our donors, including the MiraCosta College Foundation
and its board members, prestigious foundations, college faculty and
staff, and community members, $100,000 in scholarships will be available
for these students if they enroll at MiraCosta College following high
discussed in the pages of our Annual Report is the role the college
plays in preparing local adult students for high-tech jobs. In 2013, we
created a new Machinist Technology Program, graduated our second cohort
from the Biomass Production Certificate Program, and celebrated our
registered nursing students’ 100 percent passage rate for the National
Council of State Boards of Nursing licensing exam.
success of the college and of our students would not be possible
without the support of our local community. In 2012-2013, the MiraCosta
College Foundation again exceeded its fundraising goals by securing
nearly $1.1 million in private support for the college and its students.
Thanks to the generosity of several local philanthropists and
endowments held by the foundation,
more than $328,000 in scholarships and direct aid was distributed to
students and $571,000 expended on college programs and priorities. In
recognition of the outstanding contributions one of our donors, Knox
Williams (pictured on left with his family), has made to the college
over the years, the foundation awarded him its first ever Lifetime Achievement Award.
the year roles on, MiraCosta College continues to expand and grow,
attract new populations of students, and adapt our facilities and
programs to meet the changing needs of students and the community. It’s
never been a more exciting time to be at the college, and I want to
offer my congratulations and sincere thanks to our faculty, staff,
students and supporters—all of whom contribute to what makes MiraCosta
College so incredibly unique.
Francisco C. Rodriguez, Ph.D.