We held our meeting at the Mira Costa Tech & Innovation Center in Carlsbad.  Christine Jensen, of Mira Costa College, was our host for the evening. She is Special Programs Coordinator for Community Education & Workforce Development at the college’s Technology Career Institute.
The new MiraCosta College Technology Career Institute trains workers in the skills needed to fill the growing demand for industrial technicians in North San Diego County. The institute expands the college’s machinist certificate program and creates industry-recognized electronics engineering technician and robotics/automation certificate programs. 
The accelerated programs run 12 to 16 weeks and immerse students in hands-on lessons that involve the same tools used today in high-tech manufacturing, maritime technology and biotech manufacturing. Students work eight hours a day to earn a certificate, which is more affordable than at private trade schools,
The wide range of test equipment utilized in the lab gives students an opportunity to train with equipment they can expect to find in the workplace. The program is designed around the changing skills and training demanded by area manufacturers. Students learn how to not only use the equipment, but also to repair, troubleshoot, and install systems. Students who attend experience an accelerated program designed to quickly prepare them to meet the skill sets that will qualify graduates to move right into entry level positions with local manufacturing facilities.
     Engineering Technician Training Program: