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MiraCosta focuses on career guidance

OCEANSIDE — Career choices of accounting and biotechnology get the focus at MiraCosta Community College this spring.

The college will host an Accounting Information evening, 4:30 to 6 p.m., April 22, in the Aztlan A&B conference rooms (Bldg. 3400), at the MiraCosta College Oceanside Campus, 1 Barnard Drive.

This free event will give attendees the opportunity to get an overview of what is needed to succeed in the accounting and finance industries from local business owners and leading industry professionals including, Shondra Larsen, audit manager for KPMG; Gil Lackritz, owner of TCP; and former MiraCosta College student Lyudia Hillman, senior accounting manager for Ambrx. A question and answer session will follow the panel presentation.

For more information, contact Julie Essman (760) 757-2121, ext. 6493 or go to

The Biotechnology Program will be hosting the next event in its yearlong speaker series at noon April 25, in Room 3601 at MiraCosta College, 1 Barnard Drive. This year marks the fifth anniversary of this speaking event.

Marjan Haghnia, staff scientist at GenMark Diagnostics, Inc. of Carlsbad, will present “A Day in the Life of a Molecular Diagnostic Scientist.” Dr. Haghnia will cover molecular diagnostics as a branch of biotechnology and the specific technologies that DenMark uses to diagnose illnesses such as cystic fibrosis, respiratory viral infections and thrombophilia. She also will talk about how ideas are translated into a commercial product, and the role of a research ans development scientist within that process.

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MiraCosta College’s Biotechnology Program has been designed by working scientists and biotechnology companies to give students the theoretical background and practical experience necessary to gain employment in the biotechnology field. The program is designed for students who want to obtain biotechnology certificates, earn an associate in arts degree, and/or prepare to transfer to a four-year institution. Courses are also of interest to current workers in the field of biotechnology who wish to upgrade or expand their skills.

For additional information about MiraCosta College’s Biotechnology Program or the Biotechnology Speaker Series, contact Fino at (760) 757-2121, ext. 6499 or