MiraCosta TCI has been acknowledged over the past 7 years for its accelerated work skills programs that help individuals go directly from intensive training right into jobs within a semester. Now, the community can expect an even better use of the Carlsbad facility as we remodel to make room for the Welding and Brewtech programs that were previously housed at the John Landes Recreation Center in Oceanside.
Executive Director, Linda Kurokawa, explains, "We are really looking forward to having all of our signature work skills programs under one roof. The space for both of those popular programs will increase, adding the latest equipment and technology - including a second Brew House for the BrewTech program. It's going to be really wonderful for the future participants of those programs!"
With more than 150 craft breweries and countless pubs and tasting rooms across the county, San Diego is considered by many to be the craft brewing capital of the United States. On February 16, 2021, MiraCosta College’s BrewTech craft brewing program became the first and only community college program of its kind to be certified by the Master Brewers Association of the Americas (MBAA) making it one of two programs in the state (the other being at UC Davis), and one of only 14 in the entire country.
“We’re honored to be recognized by the MBAA, as it validates the quality of how we are serving our students and serving the industry by putting people to work in a profession they love,” said Carisa Chavez, special programs coordinator at Mira Costa.
As the only program in the region with its own on-site brewery, the program is a true one-barrel brew house with three fermentation tanks and one packaging tank that allows the program to can its own beer. Having a second brew house will increase the opportunity for students to create different types of beer and practice their "mad" fermenting and mixing skills.
The students in the BrewTech program also have the opportunity to submit their brews annually for a national competition. In the fifth year of the competition, eleven colleges and universities from the United States and Canada participated in the US Open College Beer Championship. MiraCosta College took home the Grand National Championship with four gold medals and one silver. In their first time entering the school took home gold medals for their Hefeweizen, Pale Ale, Spring IPA, and Stout plus a silver medal for their Raspberry Berliner.
"We are also excited to be bringing in the most state-of-the-art welding simulators to enhance the regular welding curriculum we offer. Having the simulators in the new lab will allow students to refine their welding skills prior to practicing with real TIG and MIG welders. Gaining confidence in welding is key to skills development and ultimately better potential for job placement", explains Mrs. Kurokawa.
The remodel is expected to begin early in 2023 with both programs resuming mid-way through the year. You are invited to contact the Community Education & Workforce Development department for more information or to reserve your seat in the first class of students to use the new labs! Call (760)795-6820.