The Oceanside-Carlsbad Junior College organized its first classes in 1934 at a local Oceanside high school. Voters approved the funding of a new campus for a community college in 1960. The junior college changed its name to MiraCosta College (MCC) and moved to its current hillside, suburban location four years later. In the years since its inception, MCC has grown by leaps and bounds. Together with a satellite campus in San Elijo, the school serves the academic needs of thousands of students. With an elevated campus overlooking the town and oceanfront, it’s not surprising that MiraCosta translates as “behold the sea.”
MiraCosta College offers associate’s degrees, certificates and diplomas in over sixty academic disciplines. Students who ultimately want to complete a bachelor’s degree can finish half of their journey at MCC before transferring to a four-year institution. Certificate programs deliver targeted vocational training for students eager to enter the work force. A Community Learning Center in Oceanside provides a host of services to everyone in the community.
The Computer Studies Department is one of the more popular and versatile academic pathways for students at MiraCosta. The department offers seven associate’s degrees and sixteen certificates across the entire discipline of information technology. Preparation for any one of the standard professional certification exams is also available through special courses in the Computer Studies Department.
Like many community colleges, MiraCosta College strives to offer courses and programs that reflect the needs and opportunities within the region. The Horticulture Department fits the bill, as students can pursue degrees and certificates in wine technology, agribusiness and landscaping, to name a few. Students can earn one of five distinct associate’s degrees in addition to certificates of achievement and certificates of proficiency.