OCEANSIDE — MiraCosta College is now offering dual enrollment at Ocean Shores High School, an alternative school for students in need of credit recovery.
MiraCosta partners with four area school districts — Carlsbad Unified School District, San Dieguito Union High School District, Cathedral Catholic High School and Oceanside Unified School District — to bring high school students to the college classroom.
MiraCosta College has previously offered classes to students at Oceanside and El Camino high schools, but this year is the first time it will offer classes to Ocean Shores students.
According to Instructional Services Vice President Diane Dieckmeyer, Oceanside Shores is an alternative high school for students who have lost too many credits and are likely not going to graduate without recovering those credits.
“They are a very fragile population,” Dieckmeyer told the MiraCosta College board of trustees at its Aug. 15 meeting.
MiraCosta is offering two back-to-back eight-week courses in “career and life planning” at Ocean Shores this fall.
“We’re taking baby steps in getting their involvement and awareness of what it feels like and what the experience is taking a college course,” Dieckmeyer said.
The college has not yet established any specific pathways with Ocean Shores for its students like it has at other schools.
“The goal is to get those students interested in one of the career pathways,” said Zhenya Lindstrom, associate dean of career education.
In a survey, Ocean Shores High School students identified automotive technology as one of their top interests. According to Lindstrom, MiraCosta has “no way” of building a lab to fit an auto tech pathway on the Ocean Shores campus but could allow the students to take the lab portion on the college’s own campus.
The same survey also found administration of justice, media arts, business, health science and hospitality as other top career pathway interests at Ocean Shores.
MiraCosta College has also expanded its offerings at its other “feeder districts,” like introducing English as a Second Language (ESL) courses at Carlsbad High School.
El Camino High School has a computer and cyber-security pathway as and an automotive technology pathway planned for fall 2020 through MiraCosta. The college also plans to introduce automotive technology in fall 2020 to Torrey Pines High School in San Dieguito Union High School District as well.
The K12 Strong Workforce Program (K12 SWP) has helped increased high school partnerships with community colleges like MiraCosta.
K12 SWP was created when Gov. Jerry Brown allocated $164 million on his 2018-2019 budget to the California Community College Chancellor’s office to fund regional K-12 career education collaboration. Of that amount, $150 million is funding “increased college and career readiness among students” throughout the state on an annual, ongoing basis.
San Diego and Imperial counties together were distributed $14,701,200. Oceanside Unified received $252,280, San Dieguito Unified received $647,987 and Carlsbad Unified received $956,203.
Samantha Nelson covers Oceanside, Camp Pendleton and the decommissioning San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. She earned her journalism degree from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, and has previously reported for The Athens Messenger in Athens, Ohio, and USA Today in McLean, Virginia. Follow her on Twitter: @samm1son