Community Education functions as an integral part of MiraCosta by providing the college with educational, cultural, and recreational programs and activities. Community Education offers flexible, timely responses to community interests and needs beyond the traditional college curriculum through not-for-credit classes, workshops, training, excursions, and special events, all supported by participants’ fees. The English Language Institute (ELI), a full-time intensive English language program designed for international students, is one program administered by Community Education and Workforce Development. The Community Education Bulletin, published three times per year, identifies all Community Education offerings.
Workforce Development links business, industry, and government agencies with MiraCosta’s educational resources. As part of the college’s commitment to address the community’s needs, MiraCosta offers flexible, comprehensive on-site education to meet the requirements of both growing and established employee-training and management-development programs. The college creates classes and workshops to comply with a company’s specific goals. Courses can begin anytime there is a need and may be offered not-for-credit, noncredit, or for credit. These programs are not limited to large businesses. “Pooling” employees with common interests from several small companies to form a quality training program is also possible.