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Meet Al Taccone, Ph.D.

Dr. Al Taccone currently serves as dean of career education at MiraCosta College. Al was born in Providence Rhode Island and lived and worked in Rhode Island and Massachusetts prior to moving to Ohio for his first administrative position.

Al holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Education degree from Bryant University in
Smithfield, RI, an M.B.A. from Anna Maria College in Paxton, MA, and a Ph.D. in Management and Decision Sciences from Walden University in Minneapolis, MN. 

From 1987 to 1995 Al was assistant professor of business administration at Dean College in Franklin, MA where he taught classes in accounting, business administration, mathematics, economics, and computer science. In 1991 he became coordinator of business programs at Dean College. 

From 1995 to 1998, he held the position of Dean and Associate Professor of Humanities, Social Sciences and Business Technologies at Jefferson Community College in Steubenville, OH where he also continued to teach courses in accounting, statistics, and economics.

From 1998 to 2001, Al held the position of Dean of the School of Business, Computer Studies, and Technologies at San Diego Mesa College. 
From 2001 to 2007 Al served as Division Dean of Instruction at Cuyamaca College before
joining MiraCosta College as Dean of Career Education in 2007. In addition to his duties as dean Al teaches accounting at Cuyamaca College. 

Thanks to input from the region’s business community, MiraCosta College under the direction of Dr. Taccone, has developed new four-year degree programs where students can earn their bachelor’s degrees at a fraction of the cost of a private four-year university and be ready for the job market.

The MiraCosta College has established an ongoing partnership with Point Loma Nazarene
University as part of its 2+2 program. The program -- approved by the MiraCosta College Board of Trustees – kicked off with degree paths in business, nursing, computer information
technology, and child development.

The 2+2 program allows students who earn their two-year degree from MiraCosta to take upper division courses taught by Point Nazarene University professors. They can take the courses online and in the classroom without ever having to leave MiraCosta. The students love it because they can seamlessly continue to their education, keep local, and stay off the freeways.

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