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Oceanside, MiraCosta partner to offer no-tuition certificates for in-demand jobs

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Posted at 2:48 PM, Jul 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-15 17:48:02-04

OCEANSIDE, Calif. (KGTV) — As part of the city's Hire Local initiative, Oceanside City of Oceanside and MiraCosta College have partnered to get locals into in-demand jobs amid the pandemic.

MiraCosta College is offering free tuition, thanks to a federal grant, for several certificate programs that the city has identified as hard-to-fill jobs, including:

  • Biomedical Equipment Technician
  • Engineering Technician
  • Machinist
  • Phlebotomy Technician
  • Welding Program
  • Computer Network Controlled (CNC) Operator and Programming Program

Oceanside officials say the city will also absorb the college's administrative costs to help eliminate any financial barriers to the program. The city has also allocated a $20,000 bonus pool for graduates who are hired by a participating local company and complete six months of successful employment.

“With the unprecedented social and economic challenges experienced this year, we feel there’s an opportunity and obligation to align City resources and to do so with a sense of urgency to make sure our residents can access these valuable certificate programs before the grant expires,” said Oceanside Economic Development Manager, Michelle Geller. “Our team is uniquely capable of connecting resources that can stimulate economic empowerment for residents and businesses and we’re demonstrating our values and commitment through our Hire Local IDEA.”

For more information on the city's Hire Local program, click here.