The Coast News Group

Oside MiraCosta Tech Institute opens

CARLSBAD — MiraCosta College and the city of Carlsbad celebrated the opening of a new Technology Career Institute in a city-owned building where workers will be trained in the skills needed to fill the growing demand for industrial technicians in North San Diego County.

The 22,627-square-foot institute opened March 23, at 2075 Las Palmas Drive. The building will also house the San Diego North Small Business Development Center, which provides resources, workshops and leadership programs for growing and established small businesses.

MiraCosta’s new Technology Career Institute will train skilled workers for such industries as high-tech manufacturing, maritime technology and biotech manufacturing. The new institute expands the college’s machinist certificate program and creates industry-recognized electronics engineering technician and robotics/automation certificate programs.

MiraCosta College Superintendent/President Sunny Cooke said the new Technology Career Institute will boost local industries and careers. The institute offers 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. The college worked with the city of Carlsbad to see if the city could house the program to reduce the cost.