Press - 08/20/2018

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 Construction Zone 🚧

On the Oceanside Campus, the new Studio Building opens to the public on August 20 with the plaza and shade structure nearly complete. The Oceanside Campus swing space project network and audiovisual equipment has been installed in classroom and faculty offices.

At the San Elijo Campus, the swing space temporary path has been completed and power/Internet are up and running. Furniture is in and the buildings are ready for school. Meanwhile, roof work on the Building 600 project is progressing.

Health Services Mental Health Counseling Team 👩‍🏫

Colleges and universities everywhere are grappling with how to respond effectively to the significant increase in demand for mental health services. At MiraCosta College, the mental health counseling team is housed in Health Services on both the Oceanside (OC3326) and San Elijo (SAN922) campuses.


Check out the bios for the Health Services Mental Health Counseling team. Please share this information with your students and colleagues. 

By getting to know a bit more about our diverse team, we will decrease barriers to accessing support when needed.


The team is able to provide up to six mental health counseling sessions per semester for any currently enrolled student who has paid the health fee. Walk-in counseling for urgent or safety-related concerns is provided on the Oceanside Campus. We recommend students come in at the beginning of the semester before our schedules get full.

Latino Book and Family Festival Needs Nominations for Greatness Awards 📚

MiraCosta College is hosting the 65th Latino Book and Family Festival at its Oceanside Campus on Saturday, September 15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

The festival is part of Latino Literacy Now, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1997 by Edward James Olmos and Kirk Whisler to empower underrepresented communities and promote educational, financial, and health literacy.

The festival features the Recognizing Greatness Awards for outstanding community leaders and teachers. The El Espíritu de la Comunidad Awards recognizes grassroots community leaders. The Maestro Awards are for exemplary educators.

Organizers hope to give the El Espíritu de la Comunidad Awards to a group of people or individuals pushing for increased opportunities, equal rights, better security and protection or for improved education. Giving these community leaders recognition — each with their own unique backgrounds and stories — encourages them to continue their efforts to help their community succeed.

The Maestro Awards recognize teachers who go above and beyond the classroom to further their community. These educators are not only great teachers, they serve as mentors, and activists committed to multicultural education. Nominees can also be lifelong learners, leaders or innovators.

The festival is now taking nominations for both El Espíritu de la Comunidad and Maestro Awards. Nominations can be completed online or postmarked by 5 p.m., August 10, 2018.

The Latino Book and Family Festival is still looking to increase our volunteer staffers to help make this year’s event a success. If you are interested in volunteering, sign up at

Strong Workforce Program 2018 Request for Applications 📚

The Strong Workforce Program (SWP) is the innovation fund designed to advance Career Education programs for student success and address regional middle-skill employment gaps.

The MiraCosta Strong Workforce Advisory Group (SWAG) is seeking applications for 2018/19 projects that will result in “more and better” career education by meeting the intent and metrics of the SWP. Any employee/department at MiraCosta College is eligible to apply for funding as long as the proposal(s) target career education student outcomes. 

All applications are to be submitted using the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) online system NOVA ( Applications are due no later than September 21, 2018.

For the details on funding, eligibility, and application process, please refer to the SWP 2018 Request for Applications.

Questions? Contact the MiraCosta Strong Workforce Program team:

Zhenya Lindstrom, Associate Dean of Continuing Educatoin, 760.795.6678 (any SWP questions)

Kristin Bebout, Administrative Assistant, Continuing Education Grants, 760.757.2121 x6577 (budget questions)

James Clifton, Continuing Educaton Research Analyst, 760.757.2121 x6504 (data-related SWP questions)

DACA Renewals are Still Being Accepted 🎓

There has been a lot of confusing information regarding DACA renewals. Here are some community partners who are offering assistance. At this time, DACA renewals are still being accepted. 

If your DACA expires in 2019, click here to see if you are eligible and can RENEW today!

Partners at Catholic Charities Diocese of San Diego, International Rescue Committee, and Jewish Family Services of San Diego are offering FREE DACA Renewal legal assistance. Free application preparation from DOJ accredited representatives. If eligible, the $495 renewal fee may be covered by a California Department of Social Services grant for low-income individuals or full-time students. Call them now to schedule an appointment.

Catholic Charities Diocese of San Diego


International Rescue Committee

619.641.7510, x250

Jewish Family Services of San Diego


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