A Growing Pool of Talent

The 78 Corridor is home to numerous higher education institutions that are training the region’s skilled workforce of tomorrow.

Together, the local colleges and universities create a talent pipeline of hundreds of thousands of people and provides a lasting economic impact through the creation of ideas, innovations, talent, and companies. The region is home to more than 200,000 companies along the 78 Corridor employing more than 260,000 workers.

By The Numbers


of CSU San Marcos graduates stay in the region


students working towards associate or bachelor’s degree


companies along the 78 Corridor


Total Number of Students: 11,300

Most Popular Undergrad Degree: Business Administration

In addition to baccalaureate degrees, such as Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science, CSUSM offers 13 master’s programs, eight credential programs and a joint doctoral program with UC San Diego. From biotechnology to nursing to business, CSUSM’s post baccalaureate degrees provide a superior academic and professional education.

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Palomar College

Total Number of Students: 26,231

Transfers to UC or CSU: 1,337

Palomar College offers more than 300 Associates Degree and certificate programs, as well as not-for-credit community development and personal enrichment classes for life-long learning. We have transfer agreements with the California State University and University of California systems, and our high-level coursework in transferable classes fully prepares our students for success at four-year colleges and universities.

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MiraCosta COllege

Total Number of Students: 14,529

Active Duty Military & Veterans: 1,741

MiraCosta College offers associate degrees equivalent to the first two years of a bachelor’s degree (2+2 program). With an associate degree, students can transfer to a four-year university or begin work. MiraCosta also offers over 50 different certificates for students interested in short-term training in a specific career area. Certificates can be completed in one or two years.

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John Paul The Great Catholic University

Total Number of Students: 250

One year after graduation, 89% of the undergraduate Class of 2012 was employed

John Paul the Great Catholic University, which opened in September 2006, is a visionary teaching institution focused on and dedicated to molding students into future innovators and creators, leaders and entrepreneurs. Students have the opportunity to acquire a deep and personal knowledge of Jesus Christ. Catholic ethical, moral, and social values provide a guiding compass for everything we do.

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