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MiraCosta College and Solano College to Offer Baccalaureate Degrees in Biomanufacturing


May 28, 2015


Dr. Gloria Bañuelos, San Diego Miramar College

(619) 388-7541 ([email protected])


Two California Community Colleges stand poised to make history by offering baccalaureate degrees in Biomanufacturing.  Biomanufacturing has been identified as a major employment segment within Biotechnology in a Labor Market Study conducted by the Centers of Excellence, 2014.*

MiraCosta College in San Diego County and Solano College in Solano County were both selected to launch baccalaureate degree programs.  Only 15 Community Colleges statewide were chosen for the baccalaureate degree program.  Each has until the 2017-18 school year to launch their programs, although they may launch as early as the fall semester in 2015.

Mike and Sunny

Professor Mike Fino from MiraCosta College and Dr. Sunny Cooke, President of MiraCosta College


Dr. Sunny Cooke (President, MiraCosta College) said of the new program, “The biomanufacturing baccalaureate program will help fulfill an unmet workforce need for the greater San Diego region.”

Dr. Jowel Laguerre (President, Solano Community College) had this to say, “It is a great day and a tremendous honor for SCC to be recognized as being worthy of offering a bachelor’s degree. “

For information about the Biomanufacturing program at Solano Community College, please contact Jim DeKloe — [email protected].  For information about the Biomanufacturing program at MiraCosta College, please contact Mike Fino — [email protected].


*To see the full report, please visit www.CalBiotechCareers.org/Industry