MiraCosta College Speaker's Bureau

Jose Jara


  • B.A., California State University, Chico
  • M.A., Arizona State University


  • Latinos and Education
  • Learning Strategies in the Classroom
  • The Role of the Community College
  • Critical Reading and Response
  • Reflections of a Former Community College Student and Current Community College Teacher

Short Summary

  • Community college student, 1984-86
  • Teaching/writing tutor, 1988-90, CSU Chico
  • Former university teaching assistant/instructor, 1990-93, Arizona State University
  • First in family to earn college degree


As a former community college student, I know the challenges that students here at MiraCosta face, and how much time and patience it takes to succeed. After having been a marginal student in high school, I've found that community college offers the chance to start over and plan anew. Most importantly, I also know how a teacher can make the difference in a student's life.

Now that I'm here at MiraCosta College, I am in the fortunate position of having a career I've dreamed about, and I'm lucky in that I'm sharing my experiences as both a student and a teacher. Now that I have experience on both sides of the desk, I have made it my priority to do my best and help students in any way I can. I know the power of what an education can accomplish, and I will strive in every way possible to help students accomplish their goals.

Coming here to MiraCosta College is the first step in what I hope will be a long, rewarding career serving the community.

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