San Diego Business Journal

San Diego Miramar College’s business programs have been granted national accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). This is the first and only two-year business department in the San Diego region to become nationally accredited by ACBSP, according to the college.

To achieve the accreditation, the faculty at Miramar College conducted a self-study of the programs, processes and procedures which develop and deliver business education to students enrolled in the program. The evaluation included measurable evidence of how the business program meets the six national standards for quality in business education. At the conclusion of the self-study, peer evaluators from other two-year accredited business schools in the nation conducted a site visit to evaluate the program.

“This accreditation represents the gold standard in measuring the quality of business education at two-year colleges,’ said Jesse Lopez, dean of Business, Technical Careers and Workforce Initiatives at the college.

The college offers more than 21 certificates, associate degrees and transfer programs in business or business-related fields of study. The college itself serves more than 14,000 students.

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San Diego’s Axos Bank is donating $250,000 to help San Diego police officers purchase homes in the community they serve. The gift will support an innovative public-private partnership between the city of San Diego and the National Asian-American Coalition – the nation’s leading Asian-American nonprofit advocating for homeownership affordability. The partnership’s main focus is the Homebuyer Down-Payment Assistance Program, which is managed and administered by NAAC. The program allows qualified San Diego police officers to receive up to $50,000 in the form of a five-year zero-percent loan that the officer can put toward the purchase of a home.

“As the proud son of a police officer, I’m keenly aware of the financial pressures facing our law enforcement families, “ said Greg Garrabrants, president and CEO of Axos. “In providing this valuable financing, Axos is lightening the burden of San Diego police officers – and giving the men and women who protect our community the chance to establish roots here as well.”

Because of high prices, fewer than 30 percent of San Diego police officers live within city limits, according to the San Diego Police Officers Association.

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Father Joe’s Villages will be hiring 100 new employees to support individuals experiencing homelessness. They are seeking compassionate, mission-driven individuals to join its team and help end homelessness in San Diego. Open positions include residential security, health care and other positions.

The organization is encouraging people to apply that may have lost their jobs in the pandemic.

During the pandemic, they have expanded their services to meet the increased needs of the community and are anticipating a surge of homelessness in late 2020 and early 2021.

“During a time where so many are left jobless, these positions at Father Joe’s Villages are not only exciting career opportunities, they contribute to our organization’s mission to prevent and end homelessness,” said Deacon Jim Vargas, president and CEO. Those interested may apply on the organization’s website: my.neighbor.org.