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Carlsbad announces partnership with MiraCosta College

The city of Carlsbad and MiraCosta College are partnering to open a new Technology Career Institute in a city-owned building.

MiraCosta will train workers at the career center to fill a growing demand for industrial technicians in the North County, such as high-tech manufacturing, maritime technology and biotech manufacturing.

The building will house MiraCosta’s North San Diego Small Business Development Center, which provides resources, workshops and leadership programs for growing and established small businesses.

The institute, at 2075 Las Palmas Drive, will also expand the college’s machinist certificate program and create industry-recognized electronics engineering technician and robotics/automation certificate programs.

“There’s a need for trained, midlevel technicians in several growing industries in North San Diego County, including maritime technology such as underwater robotics and reverse osmosis,” said Linda Kurokawa, MiraCosta College director of community services and business development. “The Technology Career Institute will fill a large need by preparing skilled workers for careers in North San Diego County’s growing manufacturing and maritime industries.”

MiraCosta is working closely with industry leaders to create the curriculum to meet businesses’ growing needs. The institute will offer accelerated 12-to-16-week programs where students will be immersed in a hands-on, skills-based environment.

The U.S. Department of Labor awarded MiraCosta College a $2.75 million grant to establish the Technology Career Institute last year. The college approached the city of Carlsbad to see if the city could house the program.

Carlsbad Economic Development Manager Christina Vincent said the city’s vacant 22,627-square-foot building on Las Palmas Drive is a good match for the college’s needs.

“We will lease the building to MiraCosta at a reduced rate because this program is so valuable,” Vincent said.

The city will lease the building to MiraCosta College for $5,656.75 per month, or $67,881 annually, which the city estimates to be 65 percent below market rate. The Carlsbad City Council approved a six-year lease for the building Tuesday, July 8.

The building’s floor plan currently consists of 61 offices, three conference rooms, lab space, a lunchroom, open office area and restrooms with shower facilities.

MiraCosta will modify the floor plan at its own expense to accommodate the new Technology Career Institute. MiraCosta will also pay for utilities, salaries, equipment and other costs associated with operating the institute.

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