Letter to the editor (Oct. 21): Vote yes on MM

Ballot Measure MM provides funds for MiraCosta College to build new, up-to-date science and nursing instructional facilities as required by industry norms. MiraCosta’s bare-bones bond measure is its first in about 50 years.

Community colleges such as MiraCosta serve two customers. First, MiraCosta serves the local businesses by providing an educated workforce. Second, MiraCosta serves the local community by providing a means for people to gain the skills and education that match the business needs. This results in higher living standards, economic growth and new career and business opportunities.

As a founder of a North County high-tech manufacturing company, I can attest to the important role MiraCosta plays in educating our local workforce to the level required by businesses. Furthermore, one in three of our local high school graduates will get their start in higher education or attain their trade skills at MiraCosta. 

MiraCosta prepares students for careers in STEM fields, which dominate our local economy. In order to continue to fill the needs of the students and meet the expectations of our local businesses the infrastructure at MiraCosta must be drastically improved. 

Please join me in voting yes on MM.

Alec J. Babiarz

VP MiraCosta Foundation

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