North County EDC Business Journal

FALL 2017 // ISSUE 17

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l MANUFACTURING NORTH COUNTY BUSINESS JOURNAL x FALL 2017 x I n a welcome development for skilled workers and employers alike, MiraCosta College has doubled enrollment in its advanced manufac- turing and fabrication training courses this year, thanks to a federal grant known as "Amer- ica's Promise." Since January, when the college began waiving tuition on a variety of high-tech training courses under the U.S. Department of Labor grant, stu- dents have saved tens of thousands of dollars in programs like welding and robotics. For example, the cost of a 530-hour machining program was around $6,000 before the grant. "Now, students pay just an administration fee of $310," said Linda Kurokawa, Director of Commu- nity Education and Workforce Development at MiraCosta. "Our welding program was $2,750, and they now pay a $200 fee. Those are the kinds of dis- counts they're getting under the America's Promise grant. It's been really significant." Kurokawa said the college worked with local in- dustry to target the skill sets that are most needed PROMISING NUMBERS n MIRACOSTA SEES ENROLLMENT DOUBLE IN MANUFACTURING CLASSES FUNDED BY GRANT BY BRAndOn AndREwS fi

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