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MiraCosta College Trustee Gloria Carranza Who Represented Carlsbad to Retire

Carranza went to the junior college in the 1960's and suggested the school be called "MiraCosta."

Retiring MiraCosta College Trustee Gloria Carranza will be honored during a special ceremony following the November 20 board meeting in the John MacDonald Board Room. The ceremony, to be held at 5 p.m., honors Carranza for her many years of service to the college, where she represented Trustee Area 4, Carlsbad. 

Carranza has been a member of the MiraCosta College Board since 1995, but her ties to MiraCosta College go back to the 1960s when she attended the college, which at the time was called Oceanside-Carlsbad Junior College. After moving to its current location on Barnard Drive, college officials began a search for a new name for the campus. Carranza, at that time the president of the college's Associated Student Government, suggested the name “MiraCosta,” and the college’s new identity was born.

Carranza holds a degree in business administration and is a Certified Administrative Hearing Interpreter/Translator, as well as a Certified Polygraph Interpreter. She served for many years on the County of San Diego Human Relations Commission and on the Advisory Board of the County Department of Trans-Border Affairs.

She has been a strong advocate of innovation and the use of new technologies in education, and has worked tirelessly on behalf of the Hispanic community, in the areas of immigration, human relations, and the plight of migrant farm workers. Carranza has shown dedication to the mission of MiraCosta College, and has always ensured that students have access to higher education.

For more information, contact Evelyn Dalby at edalby@miracosta.edu or call 760.795.6610.

–MiraCosta College

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