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and then headed to Kuwait to coordinate

Make Waves

architectural services for Pan Arab Consulting Engineers. When he returned to the U.S., he helped design the Solana Beach Town Center and the R.W. Johnson Pharmaceutical Research Building in La Jolla, among others. It wasn’t long, however, until an e-mail from a colleague changed his life

The professors at MiraCosta College are nationally known as some of the country’s finest

direction, and Parker and his family soon found

community college teachers. MiraCosta’s commitment to teaching and to its students has

themselves back on the other side of the world.

attracted professors who hold advanced degrees from universities such as Dartmouth,

“I got an e-mail from a colleague in the

Harvard, Yale, Berkeley and UCLA. Nearly forty of MiraCosta’s full-time faculty members

United Arab Emirates inviting me to look into

hold Ph.D.s, and twice as many hold master’s degrees. MiraCosta’s part-time faculty

teaching at the American University of Sharjah.

members also boast impressive industry and educational credentials.

I accepted, and it was there I found my passion for teaching.”


David Parker, Drafting ach professor brings

“I love to learn...

Professor Parker spent three years teaching

about foreign cultures, says David.

she passes on to students.

with a number of different

One of the college’s new

families in different countries,

faculty members, architecture

and I loved it.” Parker returned to the

the worldly experience of

United States for college.

teaching and working in the

He earned a bachelor’s

experience of attending two of the nation’s most

degree in architecture from

prestigious universities.

Carnegie-Mellon University, and

“I love to learn, travel and learn about

a master’s degree in architecture

foreign cultures,” says Professor Parker, who

from Harvard University’s

was born in Baghdad and spent much of his

Graduate School of Design.

childhood in Lebanon. “My father worked for a

University of Nigeria. throughout Southern California, Parker and

information that he or

Middle East and Africa, and the educational

two years on the faculty at the American After living in multiple countries and

to MiraCosta a wealth of

Professor David Parker, brings

in the United Arab Emirates, and an additional

After graduating from

nonprofit educational foundation and we traveled

Harvard, Parker worked at an

extensively. I had the opportunity to grow up

architectural firm in San Diego,

Continued on page 6 --> David Parker credits his extensive travels and diverse experiences with giving him “a greater sensibility and interest in the varied cultures and lives of my students.”


Planning to Transfer? Transfer Success Starts Here!


f a bachelor’s degree is your goal,

MiraCosta College is the perfect place to start. MiraCosta has transfer admission guarantee programs with seven University of California campuses: UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Merced, UC Riverside, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara and UC Santa Cruz. Plus, MiraCosta’s transfer courses are accepted by all California State Universities as well as many private and out-of-state colleges and universities.

Six Reasons to Start at

MiraCosta College


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Affordable fees. You’ll pay a fraction of what you’d pay at a UC, CSU or private university. The average cost in 2009–2010 for fees at a CSU was about $4,800; at a UC campus, about $8,700; and private colleges can cost $10,000 or more annually. At MiraCosta, annual

Flexible schedule. Students lead busy lives, so MiraCosta offers a variety of scheduling options, including online, day and evening classes.

fees generally cost around $780.

Helpful counselors. Both general and Academic Excellence. Not only does MiraCosta send a lot of graduates to four-year

University Transfer Center counselors help you develop an educational plan so that you transfer on time.

universities, but upon transfer, MiraCosta graduates often

earn GPAs equal to, or better than, those students who started at the universities as freshmen.

Small classes and personal attention. Most classes at MiraCosta have fewer than 30 students —compare this to lower-division lecture

Beautiful campuses with plenty of parking. MiraCosta’s Oceanside and Cardiff campuses feature state-of-the-art facilities in scenic locations. New buildings include a concert hall on the Oceanside Campus, and a new student center on the San Elijo Campus.

classes of several hundred at large public universities.


Oceanside-Carlsbad Junior College (OCJC) opens to 122 students in a wing of Oceanside High School.


OCJC welding student Eleanor Hagen appears on the cover of Newsweek magazine as women train for new jobs during the war years.

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iraCosta College Superintendent/President Dr. Francisco

Rodriguez is a strong believer in tradition and a champion

of education. As an immigrant and first-generation college

attendee, Francisco grew up in a large family that spent each evening around the kitchen table, doing homework, discussing current events and sharing daily experiences.

It was an ordinary kitchen table with six chairs, but it holds a special significance to me,” says Dr. Rodriguez. “This was the table where our family gathered to eat my mother’s and tia’s savory dishes, to learn of local happenings and world events, and to hear the stories of struggle and of resilience that my family was undergoing in adjusting to life in this country.

the greatest lessons of love of humankind, and the powerful principles of generosity, forgiveness, resilience and mutual respect.

Dr. Rodriguez started his tenure as MiraCosta’s superintendent/

Because there was no desk and lamp at his childhood home, the

president on March 1, 2009. Prior to coming to MiraCosta, he served as

kitchen table was also the place where Dr. Rodriguez’s family did homework

executive dean (now titled president) of Yuba Community College District

and school projects—and the place where he discovered his zeal for

and president of Cosumnes College, both in Northern California. He also

learning, innate curiosity and passion for public service.

worked for 12 years in student affairs at the University of California, Davis.

While my parents were not afforded a formal education, they are the wisest and most prudent people I know. Through their example, they demonstrated daily hard work, an unflappable faith, and a concern for family and others. I learned from them perhaps

Dr. Rodriguez has a Ph.D. in education with an emphasis in community


college leadership from Oregon State University, a master’s degree in community development and a bachelor’s degree in Chicano studies, both from the University of California, Davis.

Need Money for College?

The Financial Aid office has multilingual staff including

f you need money for college, you’re not alone!

counselors to answer your questions five days a week. Evening

Between tuition, books and supplies, students often

hours are available four days a week. For more information

find themselves short on cash and turn to MiraCosta’s

Financial Aid and Scholarship offices for help. In fact, each

about financial aid, visit

year, thousands of MiraCosta students apply for financial

or call (760) 795-6711. MiraCosta Foundation scholarships are available to

aid and scholarships.

current MiraCosta students, students transferring from

Applying for financial aid is a multi-step process that

MiraCosta to a 4-year institution, and high school seniors

can be confusing, but don’t worry—MiraCosta’s Financial

planning to attend MiraCosta after graduation. Most

Aid Office wants to make sure that

scholarships are funded by the MiraCosta College Foundation

you get the help you need! Whether

and are based on academic achievement. Applications are available

it is with an enrollment fee waiver (BOGW), a Pell Grant, or a book

during August–October and January–March; visit

loan, the Financial Aid Office wants to assist you.

scholarships or call (760) 795-6751.


The college receives national attention and a visit from Life magazine when students elect 72-year-old sophomore Irene Horvath as their Homecoming Queen.


Voters approve a separate junior college district and a bond to finance the construction of a new campus.


The 121-acre site of the current Oceanside Campus is purchased from renowned figure skater Sonja Henie for $525,000. Timeline continued on page 4 -->

Career I Beyond the Badge:

Provides Many Career Opportunities nterested in the legal system? Want to help protect lives and

participate in field trips, talk to experts and intern to gain experience.

property? Looking to fight crime and protect the innocent? Earn a

“The Administration of Justice Program gave me real-world experience.

degree or certificate in administration of

I participated in the ride-along program with

justice and you’ll be on your way to a

college police and got to talk with FBI agents

great career in the justice system.

and military attorneys,” says former MiraCosta

Administration of justice is the

administration of justice student Alena

study of the structure, functions,

Goodman. “These experiences have helped

laws/procedures, and decision-making

me get a better understanding of the types of

processes of agencies that deal with

careers available to me.”

crime—the police, prosecutors, courts

For students interested in transferring

and correctional facilities. MiraCosta’s

to a four-year university, the Administration

program offers classes on criminal

of Justice Program helps prepare for majors

law; crime and delinquency; criminal

in criminal justice, criminology or law

evidence, investigations and procedures;

enforcement. For more information on the

organized crime, vice and narcotics;

program, visit

police operations and relations; terrorism; and more. Students in the program also Do Not Cross Crime Scene Do Not Cross Scene Crime Scene Do Not Cross Crime Scene Do Not Cross Crime Crime Scene Do Not Cross Crime Scene Do Not Cross Do Not Cross Crime Scene Cross Do Not Scene Crime

Make the Grade

with Free Tutoring


to study for exams. Each semester, nearly

MiraCosta’s three tutoring centers, and tutoring is available for about 130 classes.

one quarter of MiraCosta’s

Students can either walk in for quick

student body uses the

appointments or call ahead to schedule longer

Tutoring and Academic

appointments to get help. Tutoring is available

iraCosta student Jonathan Perez

Support Center, which offers free one-on-one

Monday through Friday, day and evening hours,

knew he needed some help with math,

and group tutoring, student success workshops,

at both the San Elijo and Oceanside campuses

and wanted to make sure his homework

drop-in services and more.

when classes are in session.

was turned in mistake-free. So the business major

“Students come to the center for a number

“The center provides a great environment;

turned to MiraCosta’s Tutoring and Academic

of different reasons,”

it’s a comfortable place

Support Center, where he received free help with

says center director

to study and learn,”

some of his toughest classes.

Edward Pohlert. “We

says Jonathan. “No

help students with

matter where you’re

well in my classes,” says Jonathan. “Tutoring

everything from math

from or what your

showed me that there are different approaches to

to time management

skill level, MiraCosta

solving a problem, and helped reassure me that

and study skills.”

provides the

“Thanks to the tutoring center I did really

I was on the right track.” Jonathan also used free tutoring to practice giving speeches for classes and work in groups


John MacDonald is appointed the first superintendent/ president of the college district and the new campus opens to more than 600 students—a 25% increase over the previous semester.

environment in which

Currently there

you can succeed.”

are more than 100 tutors working in one of


The college gets a new name— MiraCosta College.


The San Elijo Campus opens to 2,500 students— nearly 1,000 more than were expected to enroll.

MiraCosta’s Horticulture Department’s display took home top

Administration of Justice

Grow a Great prizes at the 2009 San Diego County Fair.

Career in



iraCosta College’s Horticulture Program

is regarded as one of the best in the area. It’s housed in a beautiful, new state-of-the-art

building and offers students plenty of hands-on experience that helps them succeed in their careers. “All the hands-on experience in MiraCosta’s Horticulture Program helped me get the job at Quail Botanical Gardens,” says Jason Kubrock, a MiraCosta graduate who was hired at Quail Botanical Gardens and is now a MiraCosta instructional associate. “My courses really made a difference. I still refer back to the notes I took in my classes… I saved everything!” MiraCosta’s Horticulture Program offers classes in everything from agri-business management and landscape design to wine production. MiraCosta horticulture graduates run successful businesses, start great careers in the horticulture industry, or transfer to universities like Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Pomona. Current students are recognized each summer at the San Diego County Fair, where MiraCosta’s exhibits consistently win top prizes. For example, at the 2009 fair, MiraCosta’s Horticulture Department won five awards for their “Rhythm of the Rain: Rainwater Harvesting Garden” display, a low water-use garden irrigated with rainwater (pictured above). If you are interested in beginning a career in the horticulture industry, or in earning a four-year

2010–11 Certificates At MiraCosta, you can learn the skills you need to start a career in as little as one semester! Earn a certificate in a wide array of career fields. You can also earn an associate degree and/or transfer to complete a bachelor’s degree. ACCOUNTING Accounting Billing, Cost and Accounting Assistant Bookkeeping Income Tax Preparer ADMINISTRATION OF J USTICE Law Enforcement ARCHITECTURE Architectural Technology ART Digital Photography AUTOMOTI V E TECHNOLOGY Automotive Alignment, Brakes and Suspension Automotive Electronics Automotive Electronics, Computers & Emissions and/or HVAC Automotive Quick Service Assistant Automotive Repair: Drive Train Specialist Automotive Technology Basic Engine Performance California Smog Technician BIOTECHNOLOGY Bioprocess Technology Laboratory Skills Research and Development BUSINESS Business Fundamentals Entrepreneurship Entrepreneurship Fundamentals Management Marketing Retail Assistant Retail Management BUSINESS OFFICE TECHNOLOGY Office Assistant Office Manager Secretary/Administrative Assistant CHILD DE V ELOPMENT Child Development Assistant Teacher Child Development Associate Teacher Child Development Entrepreneurship Child Development Master Teacher Child Development Site Supervisor Child Development Teacher Early Intervention and Inclusion COMMUNICATION STUDIES Organizational Communication COMPUTER STUDIES INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES Certified Computer Desktop Support Specialist Computer Applications Professional for Business Computer Applications User Computer Competencies for the Workplace Computer Studies E-Commerce Emerging Technologies in Computer Studies Microsoft Certified Application Specialist (MCAS) for Business Network and Desktop Systems Administration COMPUTER SCIENCE Computer Programming Fundamentals COSMETOLOGY Cosmetology DANCE Dance Instructor Pilates Instructor DESIGN DRAFTING TECHNOLOGY Applied Design Computer-Aided Design and Drafting Computer-Aided Drafting Drafting Fundamentals Electro-Mechanical Drafting

degree, MiraCosta’s program is a great place to start! For more information on the program, visit

DRAMATIC ARTS Design and Technology HEALTH EDUCATION Massage Practitioner Massage Therapist HORTICULTURE Agri-Business Management Arboriculture Floral Design Assistant Floriculture Irrigation Technology Landscape Architecture Landscape Assistant Landscape Management Nursery Assistant Nursery/Horticulture Crop Production Wine Technology HOSPITALITY Catering Operations Dining Room Operations Food Service Operations Front Office Operations Hospitality Management Restaurant Management Rooms Division Management Travel and Tourism Management Travel Reservations KINESIOLOGY Personal Fitness Trainer Yoga Instructor MEDIA ARTS AND TECHNOLOGIES Graphic Design Print Publishing Video and Animation Video and Media Design Visual Communication Web Design Web Development and Design MEDICAL ADMINISTRATI V E PROFESSIONAL Medical Insurance and Coding Specialist Medical Office Professional Medical Office Specialist MUSIC Business of Music Digital Audio Digital Audio Production Guitar Music Technology Performance Technician Recording Arts/Record Production Songwriting Sound Reinforcement NURSING Certified Nursing Assistant Licensed Vocational Nursing (LVN) Health Care Fundamentals Home Health Aide Registered Nursing (LVN to RN Career Ladder) PSYCHOLOGY/ SOCIOLOGY Research Fundamentals Volunteer Services RADIATION PROTECTION TECHNOLOGY Radiation Protection Technician REAL ESTATE Property Management Real Estate Real Estate Appraisal Real Estate Assistant Real Estate Entrepreneurship Real Estate Finance Real Estate Sales SPANISH Career Spanish for Medical Personnel SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY Surgical Technology


This is a period of expansion for the college—several new buildings are constructed on the Oceanside Campus including the Student Center in 1990 and the new library in 2003, and the Community Learning Center opened on Mission Avenue in Oceanside in 2000.

2009 The college celebrates its 75th anniversary.


MiraCosta College has its highest enrollment to date: 14,000 students take classes in MiraCosta’s 52 programs. Nearly 8,000 students take one or more of their classes online.

Learn from the Best MiraCosta <-- continued from page 1

his family were ready to plant some roots, and

“I love that MiraCosta

were thrilled when he was offered the position in MiraCosta’s Architectural Technology Program.

students are engaged in learning.

The program is designed to give students a working knowledge of the practices and technical

They like to participate in class, they

aspects of architectural design and drawing.

have goals and plans for their

Professor Parker passes on to his students

future, says Professor Ongyod.

his passion for teaching, and his experiences around the world help shape the type of education received in his classroom. “I think my extensive travels and diverse experiences have brought a greater sensibility and interest in the varied cultures and lives of my students. I think I am a more patient teacher because of it. Living in other cultures has also broadened my perspective and one thing I try to bring into the classroom is a sense that there is typically more than one way to solve a problem, at least in design, and each has its merits.”


Professor Ongyod, Communication

Professor Ongyod shows off his catch while fly fishing in Fiji.

iraCosta communication instructor

Professor Anthony Ongyod isn’t afraid to try new things. From traveling the world to

working odd jobs, this former “surf bum” has a penchant for fun and a passion for teaching. “The worst job I ever had was dancing hula on a sunset dinner cruise in Hawaii,” laughs Professor Ongyod, who moved to Hawaii after graduating with a bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University. “There is not a single dancing bone in my body; it was awful!” While in Hawaii, Ongyod decided to enroll at the University of Hawaii, Manoa to earn a

“I’ve led trips to Hawaii, Costa Rica, Belize,

proximity to the ocean, the college also fits in with

master’s degree in communication. He was hired

New Zealand, Fiji and Thailand,” says Professor

as a teaching assistant and discovered he loved

Ongyod. “We do everything—scuba diving, hiking,

working with students.

sailing and camping. We do great things with

in learning,” he explains. “They like to participate

his commitment to student learning. “I love that MiraCosta students are engaged

the kids—not only do I get to share something

in class, they have goals and plans for their

headed to Chesapeake College in Maryland, where

fun—traveling—but I also get to teach them

future, they are funny and like to have a good

he taught communication studies for five years.

team-building and leadership skills. It’s a great

time. The college also offers a lot of opportunities

Though working full-time as a professor, Ongyod,


for students to learn—we have special-interest

Soon, Ongyod hung up his surfboard and

an avid traveler, decided he wasn’t through with

Professor Ongyod, who has traveled to

the type of adventures he experienced in Hawaii.

all 50 states and visited 28 countries, came to

So, in the summer, Professor Ongyod signed on

MiraCosta College in summer of 2009 to join the

to lead adventure tours for teens to exotic spots

faculty as a communication instructor. MiraCosta

around the world.

isn’t just a good fit for him because of its close

classes, and clubs that really expand students’ knowledge and experiences.”

a Up-Close A

Dr. Lisa Fast, Psychology

wrong turn put MiraCosta

psychology instructor Dr. Lisa Fast on the right track. “I was

driving around Oceanside one day, and I don’t even know how I ended up at MiraCosta, I must have taken a wrong

“Wow! I teach at MiraCosta!

turn.” Curious, she parked, walked around campus and decided to enroll.

Is neceptatem. Da sim aut volor There is something so special

“At the time I was working in the drive-through at Del Taco,” says Dr. Fast. “I never had any intentions

adi aliquo volorum vel mi, simint, vel in renisqu.

about the teachers here, and I am

of going to college; no one in my family had ever gone to college.”

honored to now be one of them, explains Dr. Lisa Fast.

Before joining the psychology department at MiraCosta, Dr. Fast taught at La Sierra University

While her first few semesters at MiraCosta were challenging, Dr. Fast’s

and UC Riverside. She says she is thrilled to be

perseverance and hard work earned her a spot in

part of the institution that guided her on the path

the honor society Phi Beta Kappa. After graduating

toward higher education.

from MiraCosta with an associate degree, she

“I really love research,” explains Dr. Fast,

“I truly believe if I hadn’t come to MiraCosta

who has coauthored numerous articles in

College I wouldn’t be where I am today,” says

as an undergraduate, she discovered a passion

psychology journals. “However, I realized that

Dr. Fast. “I really looked up to my teachers here

for psychology, which led her to earn a bachelor’s

psychology research never provides an absolute

at MiraCosta; they earned my respect. Sometimes

degree in psychology, and master’s and doctorate

answer, while I have found a tremendous amount

I catch myself thinking, ‘Wow! I teach at MiraCosta!’

degrees in social-personality psychology at

of meaning in helping students. I particularly

There is something so special about the teachers

UC Riverside. With her doctorate in hand, Dr.

like helping students figure out where they want to

here, and I am honored to now be one of them.”

Fast faced a tough decision: pursue a career in

go, what they want to do with their lives. So

research, or focus her energy on teaching.

I turned my attention to teaching.”

Kick-Start Your Future! raCosta


is a great place to kick-start your future! Nearly 2/3 of community college students who transfer to a UC school Why? Because starting at a community college right complete a bachelor’s degree within out of high school will give you three years of entering UC—a rate the training you’ll need to get Transfer students from community comparable to UC students who colleges to the University of California your career on the move. entered as freshmen. account for nearly half of UC’s bachelor’s degrees in science, 70% of the nurses in California technology, engineering and $1.6 million is the average lifetime received their education from mathematics. earnings of a graduate with an community colleges. associate’s degree—$400,000 more than for a high school graduate.

Statistics courtesy of the Community College League of California.

transferred to UC Riverside. During her last year

And tell your parents that MiraCosta is about one-tenth the cost of going to UC. They’ll like those numbers! :)

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a park-like setting three miles from the beach on a 121-acre hilltop location, with views of the coast and mountains, small classes, plenty of parking, and active student government and clubs. The campus has a new Concert Hall, which opened


in 2010; a new Horticulture Complex, completed in 2007; a


remodeled theatre, which opened in 2007; a beautiful Library and Information Hub, which opened in 2003; and new buildings for art and music. San Elijo Campus 3333 Manchester Avenue • Cardiff The San Elijo Campus serves 3,000 students. The primary mission of the campus is to prepare students for transfer. Students may also choose from a variety of computer courses and complete certificate programs including computer networking, accounting and real estate. Students also enjoy a variety of studio art and dance classes. San Elijo Campus Highlights: San Elijo offers small classes

with personal attention; beautiful scenery with the campus facing the San Elijo Lagoon; a new student center, which opened

Outside the 760 area code, call us toll-free: 1-888-201-8480 Oceanside Campus 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside, CA 92056 (760) 757-2121 San Elijo Campus 3333 Manchester Avenue, Cardiff, CA 92007 (760) 944-4449 Community Learning Center 1831 Mission Avenue, Oceanside, CA 92058 (760) 795-8710

spring semester 2008; and a recently remodeled Library and Information Hub, which offers free tutoring, a math and writing center as well as computer labs; plenty of parking; and active student government and clubs. Cert no. XXX-XXX-000

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Mirror Newsletter - 2010  

The MiraCosta College Mirror is a newsletter for prospective students.