“Being involved in school, being engaged in class, it just made me feel like I belonged, it made me feel good about myself,” Castro said.
Viland, born in the Transylvanian city of Oradea, originally came to MiraCosta College for its English Language Institute that offers international students the opportunity to improve their proficiency in English. That led to her enrolling in MiraCosta College’s Global Studies program that was launched last fall. Viland graduates in May with a certificate in Global Studies and is looking at possibly returning to a career in broadcasting. Furthering her education and securing a bachelor’s degree from a local university isn’t off the table, either.
“The people who work at MiraCosta have gone out of their way to try to help me navigate the challenges that you can find when you’re here on a student visa,” said Viland, 33. “I feel like I’m being supported by everybody.”
Introduced by state Assembly member Monique Limon, the California Assembly on April 11 unanimously approved a resolution recognizing April as California Community College Month. The resolution notes that California’s 115 community colleges are leaders in higher education and workforce training with more than 2.1 million students in all.
“Rather than defining our worth by whom we exclude from our institutions, California’s community colleges practice a radical inclusivity that offers the diverse peoples of our state the opportunity to pursue quality postsecondary education from Chula Vista to the Siskiyous,” said Larry Galizio, president and CEO of the Community College League of California.
About MiraCosta College
The MiraCosta Community College District has served the coastal North San Diego County area for over 80 years. More than 21,000 credit students per semester in over 70 disciplines enroll in associate degrees, university transfer and workforce readiness certificate programs. The college also serves a wide spectrum of educational needs in the region ranging from programs for adult education, basic skills, and ESL to a California Community College pilot program offering the nation’s first baccalaureate degree in biomanufacturing. MiraCosta College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).