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MiraCosta College Opening Technology Career Institute in Carlsbad

The city of Carlsbad and MiraCosta College have partnered to open a new Technology Career Institute, in a city-owned building where the college will train workers to fill a growing demand for industrial technicians.

City officials said the building, at 2075 Las Palmas Drive, will also house MiraCosta College’s North San Diego Small Business Development Center, providing workshops, leadership programs and related services. The small business center will be relocating from Oceanside.

The college will begin renovations on the vacant 22,627-square-foot building this fall, with the institute expected to open in early 2015, said Christina Vincent, the city’s economic development manager.

Institute programs will be geared to providing skilled workers for industries including high-tech manufacturing, maritime technology and biotech manufacturing. It will also expand the college’s machinist certificate program and create other certificate offerings geared to electronics engineering, robotics and automation.

The college last year received a $2.75 million grant from the U.S. Labor Department to establish the career institute, and later approached the city about housing the program. The city will lease the building to MiraCosta College for $67,881 annually, after City Council recently approved a six-year lease.

The city has owned the building since 1986, and it has been vacant for more than four years. The building at various times previously housed private businesses and the city’s planning department.

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