Jose V. Jara

English and Literature Instructor
Letters Department
MiraCosta College
(760) 757-2121, ext. 6217

Born in Mountain View, CA
5th of 6 boys (no sisters!)
My parents come from Jalisco, Mexico, in the mid-1950s

Master of Arts, English: Literature; Composition studies
Arizona State University; Tempe, AZ
Fall 1990 to Summer 1993

Bachelor of Arts, English: Literature; Technical Writing Certificate
California State University, Chico; Chico, CA

Coursework in Spanish at UCSD
Coursework in Literature and Film at CSUSM

General education requirements; English
Humboldt State University; Arcata, CA

General educaton requirements; English
Foothill College; Los Altos, CA

As a former community college student, I know the challenges that students here at MiraCosta face, and how much time and patience it takes to succeed. After having been a marginal student in high school, I've found that community college offers the chance to start over and plan anew. Most importantly, I also know how a teacher can make the difference in a student's life.

Now that I'm here at MCC, I am in the fortunate position of having a career I've dreamed about, and I'm lucky in that I'm sharing my experiences as both a student and a teacher. Now that I have experience on both sides of the desk, I have made it my priority to do my best and help students in any way I can. I know the power of what an education can accomplish, and I will strive in every way possible to help students accomplish their goals.

Coming here to MCC is the first step in what I hope will be a long, rewarding career serving the community.

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Last updated December 6, 2005