Vocational ESL

English for Careers at MiraCosta College

What Students Gain from Taking the VESL Class

Students gain the pronunciation, vocabulary, listening, reading, writing, and conversation skills you need to enter the career in which you have already earned a degree OR to enter an academic or vocational career and technical preparation program.

Study three days per week in the classroom (Monday - Wednesday). General employment topics include the following:

  • Searching and applying for jobs, selling yourself
  • Writing resumes and cover letters
  • Succeeding in a job interview
  • Communicating on the job: making small talk, giving and receiving criticism
  • Soft skills, hard skills, having a good attitude and good relationships with coworkers

Activities include English skills practice, group and project work, internet and computer use.

Study online three hours per week and prepare for a career by using state-of-the art software and our online course management system, Blackboard.

Prepare to Study for a Career or Improve Your English for a Career You Already Have

Use our online program to practice listening, speaking/pronunciation, and reading in these career areas:

Administrative Assistants

Auto Mechanics


Restaurant Cooks

Cosmetology/Skin Care

Dental Assistants


Flight Attendants

HVAC/R Technicians

IT Support Personnel

Nursing Assistants

Pharmacy Technicians


Retail Salespeople


Accounting English

Air Traffic Controllers

Commercial Banking

Business in America

Home Health Care

Doctors – GP and Specialty

Commercial Engineering

Finance and Investment

Information Technology

Hotel Management

Attorney and Paralegal

Registered Nurse

Office Management

Living/Working in America

Teaching and Education

Meet Some of Our Graduates

Guaranteed to Help You Feel More Confident Using Your English!



Students need to have completed Level 5 or be eligible for or enrolled in Level 6 or 7 to have the English abilities necessary for success in the course. Ask at the front desk for registration times.

For more information, contact Kristi Reyes, Noncredit ESL Department Chair and VESL Instructor.