(Ed. Note: Our scribe failed to put anything in about our program, which could be excused as a rookie mistake, except that it was his fiancée giving the program! Hopefully the fine master won’t learn of this.)
Cheryl Broom from MiraCosta Community College presented us with a program commemorating MiraCosta’s 80 years in our community, beginning as Oceanside-Carlsbad Junior College at the site of Oceanside High School in 1934 and moving to its current location on Barnard Drive in Oceanside in 1964. Dr. John MacDonald was named President at that time, a position he held for the next 18 years.
In 1988 MiraCosta opened its San Elijo campus in Cardiff. Recent additions on the main campus have included a new student center and library, a new performing arts center and a biotechnology center and in 2013 it received a $2.75 million dollar federal grant from the US Labor Dept. to start a Technology Career Institute to train machinists and industrial technicians. Famous grads of Mira Costa include Willie Buchanon, professional football defensive back for the Green Bay Packers and the Chargers and Kevin Towers, former GM for the Padres.
Famous retired staff members include our own Lee Russell and the late Gayle Prentiss, also an El Camino Rotarian for several years. Currently there are over fourteen thousand students enrolled in credit classes at MiraCosta and another two thousand enrolled in non-credit classes and workshops.