Magazine article The Catalyst

Training for High Tech Industries

Magazine article The Catalyst

Training for High Tech Industries

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MiraCosta College Technology Career Institute

MiraCosta College and the City of Carlsbad are celebrating the opening of a new Technology Career Institute in a city-owned building where workers will be trained in the skills needed to fill the growing demand for industrial technicians in North San Diego County.

The 22,627-square-foot institute opened on Monday, March 23, at 2075 Las Palmas Drive. The building will also house the San Diego North Small Business Development Center, which provides resources, workshops and leadership programs for growing and established small businesses.

MiraCosta'snewTechnology Career Institute will train skilled workers for such industries as high-tech manufacturing, maritime technology and biotech manufacturing. The new institute expands the college's machinist certificate program and creates industry-recognized electronics engineering technician and robotics/automation certificate programs.

MiraCosta College Superintendent/President Dr. Sunny Cooke said the new Technology Career Institute will boost local industries and careers.

"This wonderful new facility has been designed with extensive input from local industry professionals," Cooke said. "It will provide students with real-world experience and assist them in securing local, well-paying jobs."

The institute offers accelerated 12 to16 week programs where students will be immersed in a hands-on, skillsbased environment.

The U.S. Department of Labor awarded MiraCosta College a $2.75 million grant to establish the Technology Career Institute. The college worked with the City of Carlsbad to see if the city could house the program to reduce the cost, and could locate the institute in a research park where most workers would benefit.

City of Carlsbad Economic Development Manager Christina Vincent said the city had a vacant building on Las Palmas Drive that proved to be a good match for the college's needs. The city approved a six-year lease at $5,656.75 a month, or $67,881 annually, which is way below market rate.

"The MiraCosta Technology Career Institute is getting to the heart of what our workforce needs," said Vincent. "That's why we partnered with MiraCosta - to help give our local and regional workforce the training that's needed today. …

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