Miramar College was named an NC3 “School on the Rise” at the 7th Annual Leadership Summit hosted by the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3). Only 11 institutions, nationally, won awards for their leadership and innovation in career and technical education. Each year at NC3’s Annual Leadership Summit, awards are presented to top-performing institutions in the NC3 Network.
“This is a wonderful achievement!” said Jesse Lopez, dean of the School of Business, Technical Careers, and Workforce Initiatives. “This award demonstrates our dedication to offering industry-aligned curriculum and our focus on third-party credentials. Most importantly, this award is a testament to the dedication of our faculty and staff and their commitment to student success.”
The NC3 “School on the Rise” Award is a monthly achievement granted to schools that have shown consistent growth in issued certifications as well as dedication to career and technical education since joining the NC3 Network.
Miramar College joined the NC3 Network in 2014 and has steadily increased its number of issued certifications year-after-year. As an NC3 Leadership School, Miramar College offers 20 different Snap-on Automotive Certifications to its students.
To support its commitment to strong workforce development, the College annually hosts a “Discover Your Drive” event for SDUSD students whereby students participate in hands-on demonstrations and presentations geared toward careers in advanced transportation. This special event allows high school students to learn about exciting careers in automotive, diesel technology, and aviation. This event offers prospective students a special preview of career education programs which lead directly to high-wage careers. In October, the School of BTCWI also holds a similar event, “Discover Your Passion”, for San Diego Unified students interested in the child development and early education pathway.
Additionally, Miramar College hosts an annual signing day event for Career Technical Education students. The NC3 Signing Day Ceremony normally attracts nearly 100 high school students from the San Diego Unified School District. Students visit the campus to sign letters of intent for a career education program such as Aviation, Auto Technology, Biotechnology, Child Development, Diesel Technology, and Fire Technology.
During the 2019-2020 academic year, the School of BTCWI also piloted a Career Ambassador program to enhance peer-to-peer mentoring on campus. The mentorship program focuses on supporting academic and career success, while increasing access, retention, persistence, and completion.
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