MiraCosta College students trying to make ends meet during the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic are receiving immediate cash payments funded through a $50,000 grant from the Genentech Foundation to the MiraCosta College Foundation’s Student Emergency Response Initiative.
“The Genentech Foundation is proud to partner with MiraCosta College, which is among the leading workforce training providers in the region and shares our commitment to equity in education,” said Kristin Campbell Reed, Executive Director, Genentech Foundation. “Even before the coronavirus pandemic led to widespread job loss and economic uncertainty, a large population of community college students at MiraCosta and throughout California were already struggling financially. We are honored to help make a difference in these students’ lives.”
The grant is providing payments of up to $500 to students in need, many of whom are among the 15 percent of San Diego County residents who are now unemployed. A small portion of the grant will also help fund a student worker in the MiraCosta College CARE program, which has been addressing an array of needs during the coronavirus crisis.
“My family and I are very appreciative of this grant,” said student Ismael Ramos. “It will help my family with these financial burdens during this pandemic. Thank you MiraCosta!”
Genentech has long been a critical MiraCosta College industry partner and was one of several biotechnology companies in the area that advocated for and supports MiraCosta College’s groundbreaking bachelor’s degree program in biomanufacturing. It also contributed funding for the award-winning Nordson STEM Learning Center in the MiraCosta College Library on the Oceanside Campus, and last year the Genentech Foundation donated $20,000 for scholarships for students in the MiraCosta College Biotechnology Program.