San Diego Miramar College, located on 120 acres in the fast-growing Mira Mesa/Scripps ranch suburban area of San Diego along the I-15 corridor, opened as a training facility for San Diego's law enforcement personnel and firefighters in 1969. Today, Miramar College offers over 120 certificates, associate degrees, and comprehensive transfer programs to students transferring to University of California, California State Universities and private universities. Each semester, around 13,000 students of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds attend Miramar College classes. Partnerships local industry and the City and County of San Diego prepare students for high demand and well-paying careers in the highly competitive labor market, including biotechnology, paralegal (ABA approved), aviation (FAA-certified), automotive, diesel, and alternative fuels technologies.
Miramar College is home to the Southern California Biotechnology Center, Advanced Transportation and Energy Center, and San Diego Regional Public Safety Institute. Since 1969, the college has provided training for nearly all law enforcement officers and firefighters within San Diego County. The Institute also trains EMTs and offers the only open water lifeguard degree in the world.
Due to the passage of public bond measures in 2002 and 2006, Propositions "S" and "N" respectively, new buildings recently completed or in development assure students first-class facilities and state-of-the-art technology.