Highlights from the 2012-2013 MiraCosta College Annual Report

What a year we’ve had!

 

Earlier 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.

 

Our 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.

 

There 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.

 

Our 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 school graduation.

 

Also 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.

 

The 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.

 

As 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. 

 

 

Sincerely,

Francisco C. Rodriguez, Ph.D.

Superintendent/President

 

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November 2013 08:37

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