MiraCosta College’s Adult High School Program
will honor its graduates in a special ceremony scheduled for Thursday, May 16, 6 p.m., at the MiraCosta College Concert Hall (Bldg. 2400), 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside. Approximately 52 students have qualified to graduate from the program this year.
Perla Velez de Enriquez, one of two graduates to speak at the ceremony, dropped out of school in Mexico when she was 16 for economic reasons and she never really thought of returning. That changed after she and her husband moved to California 13 years ago from Morelia, in the Mexican state of Michoacán. Enriquez was visiting MiraCosta College’s Community Learning Center for information on a citizenship class when she learned that the college offered an adult high school program. She enrolled 18 months ago and will receive her diploma at the ceremony. Next she plans to get her degree in accounting at MiraCosta College.
“Later, maybe I can go to university,” she says.
Enriquez isn’t the only one in her family getting a higher education. Her husband is taking courses at both MiraCosta College and Cal State San Marcos en route to earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
“I really love school,” Enriquez said. “It’s wonderful to be taking classes and learning again.”
Jacquiline Doeing is another graduate. Originally from Manila, she dropped out of school at the age of 11 so she could find a job and help take care of her seven brothers and sisters. And when she came to the United States five years ago, she barely spoke any English. But that didn’t stop her from enrolling in MiraCosta College’s Adult High School Program.
“When I came over here I had a lot of anxiety,” Doeing said. “I thought, `what am I going to do with my life?’ I didn’t have an education. I’m in a new country. I didn’t speak the language very well. But MiraCosta was very helpful. They helped me very much.”
Doeing still sees much of her family; three siblings live with her in Oceanside. She has helped take care of a diabetic brother since he arrived here. That experience has motivated her to become a nurse.
For now, though, Doeing says she’s going to relax. “I need to take a vacation!” she said.
MiraCosta College Board of Trustees President David Broad will present the diplomas at the graduation ceremony, and MiraCosta College Superintendent/President Francisco Rodriguez will be on hand to offer congratulations. Vice President of Instructional Services Mary Benard will present scholarships. Also participating in the ceremony will be Vice President of Student Services Dick Robertson and Dean of Community Education Alketa Wojcik.
The Adult High School Diploma Program is designed for students 18 years of age or older who wish to complete the requirements for a high school diploma or prepare to take the GED.
In addition to Enriquez, graduating student Alex Soria will speak at the ceremony. Tickets are required for admission. For information, contact the Community Learning Center at 760.795.8710.
MiraCosta College’s Adult High School Diploma Program prepares adults for higher education and increased employability in a supportive, challenging, accessible environment that respects and honors diversity. For more information, visit www.miracosta.edu/adhsdp