MiraCosta College Speaker's Bureau

Edward Pohlert, Psy.D.


  • A.A., Los Angeles City College
  • B.S.W., California State University, Los Angeles
  • M.S., San Diego State University
  • PsyD., Alliant International University


  • Culture and Human Behavior: Multi-Ethnic Identity
  • Culture and Human Behavior: Leadership
  • Life Narrative As A Learning Tool
  • Personal Power and Mentorship
  • Establishing Your College Identity
  • Personal Learning Styles
  • Organizational Development and Effectiveness

Short Summary

  • More than 31 years in higher education implementing programs for student success
  • Experience as a counselor, coordinator, administrator and faculty member
  • Basketball coach for youth groups
  • Diversity consultant
  • Workshop facilitator
  • Mediator


Edward Pohlert is a man who wears many hats. “I am a mentor, counselor, administrator, and faculty member,” says Edward. As director of MiraCosta’s Retention Services, Edward moves between many different responsibilities and often finds himself drawing upon his own diverse background to fulfill the diverse needs of the college and its students.

Edward was born in Amsterdam and immigrated to California 40 years ago. Coming from Dutch and Indonesian parents, he was raised in a multi-ethnic household. Subsequently, Edward obtained a deep appreciation for cultural diversity. He has traveled extensively and speaks several languages including English, Dutch, Indonesian, and Spanish.

As the first in his family to graduate from college, Edward takes pride in his education and has dedicated his career to academics. Edward has a master’s degree from San Diego State University and a bachelor’s in social work from California State University, Los Angeles. 

“I have a thirst for education,” he explains.

Edward’s thirst for education extends to MiraCosta students as well. In his position, Edward ensures that all MiraCosta students have the opportunity to advance their education through free tutoring and academic support services. 
“Retention Services provides traditional tutoring, online tutoring, student success workshops, and more,” says Edward. “Our services help students make sure they can realize academic success.”

For the past 25 years, Edward has served as a role model to students on multiple college campuses. A community college graduate himself, Edward says that he felt that he was “coming home” when he accepted the position as Retention Services director at MiraCosta.

“I love it here,” says Edward. “The support we offer for the students is not just all talk. We walk the walk. We help students succeed. MiraCosta is exemplary and unique.”

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