Why We Work at MiraCosta College

Mission

The MiraCosta Community College District Mission is to provide educational opportunities and student-support services to a diverse population of learners with a focus on their success. MiraCosta College offers associate degrees, university-transfer courses, career-and-technical education, certificate programs, basic-skills education, and lifelong-learning opportunities that strengthen the economic, cultural, social, and educational well-being of the communities it serves.

MiraCosta College Values

Excellence in Teaching DanaSmith

"With teaching excellence at compass point north, student learning falls into place. We walk into our classrooms with conviction and compassion. Teaching and learning radiate from the core."

Dana Smith, Dean, San Elijo Campus; Letters & Communication Studies

Collegiality and Shared Governance

"One of the great strengths of the college is that when hard tasks are to be undertaken, our culture is to gather people who will not only be doing the task but will be impacted by it. Everyone here respects this and that’s the wonderful part."

Brent Pickett, MiraCosta College Math Instructor

Technology LeadershipMario Valente

"MiraCosta College approaches the use of advanced technology from a systemic perspective so that everyone benefits, and we have the resources to refresh that technology at regular intervals. That’s pretty extraordinary within higher education."

 Mario Valente, Dean of Academic Information Services

Positive Working/Learning EnvironmentMelanieHaynie

"MiraCosta College has an extremely supportive working and learning environment, where personal and professional growth is highly encouraged. You can’t help but feel a certain sense of pride when you’re part of the MiraCosta College family."

 Melanie Haynie, Student Center Manager/Club & Organization Advocate

Career Preparation and Economic Development

Sudershan Shaunak"Many U.S. presidents have recognized that small businesses are the engine that drives the economy. MiraCosta College is a leader in regional economic development and through its North San Diego Small Business Development Center provides some of the fuel that helps run this engine."

 Sudershan Shaunak, Director of MiraCosta’s Small Business Development Center

A Climate That Promotes DiversityBruce Hoskins

MiraCosta College increasingly reaches out to diverse communities by hosting conferences like the United Black Student Conference (UBSC), Barrio Empowerment through Education (BEE), the Single Parent Conference, and Encuentros Educational & STEM Career Exploration Conference. We also continue to build up our support services for underrepresented populations through programs like Umoja, Puente and the First Year Experience (FYE).

 

Bruce Hoskins, MiraCosta College Sociology Professor

Beautiful, Welcoming Campuses

"Our priority is to have aesthetically pleasing areas throughout campus and to make it a beautiful environment, a setting where students and staff can enjoy the grounds and relax in nice areas. We like to see people sitting on the grass, studying, eating and enjoying the overall environment of MiraCosta."

Ralph Pickering, Grounds Supervisor

Innovation and Ability to ChangeAbdy A. Afzali

"I have been working here for nearly 25 years and have no plans to go any where! I have been presented with great opportunities to be innovative and have received great support from all levels up to the Office of the President.  MiraCosta College is very open to changes and embraces new ideas."

Abdy A. Afzali, Instructional Computing Coordinator