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Palomar College, in partnership with local union organizations, provides apprenticeship training programs registered with California Division of Apprenticeship Standards(DAS). Apprentices earn college credit while learning occupational skills in the classroom and implement those skills in paid, on-the-job training while working for local contractors. Apprenticeship wages are a portion of the journeyman wage rate and increase throughout the training program. Upon successful completion of the program, students earn a Certificate of Achievement from Palomar College and a Journey-level Worker Certificate from the CA Division of Apprenticeship Standards.


Instilling excellence in the design of our environments!

The Architecture Department is committed and focused on being the leading provider of education to influence positive change and excellence in the built and natural environments. We celebrate diversity in cultures, beliefs, abilities and needs. We foster a culture of integrity, professional practices, ethical behavior, environmental responsibility and global sustainability. Our instructors will educate, nurture, and inspire our creative-minded  students, immersing them in a culture of professional practices designed to evoke passion and inspiration in the pursuit of their professional goals. Our curriculum is inclusive of individuals pursuing educational enrichment, career and technical training and re-training, certificates of achievement, associate degrees, and transfer-readiness to private schools and universities.


What is Accreditation?

“Accreditation is the process for evaluating and assuring the quality of education used by the American higher education community. It is a uniquely American quality assurance process through which institutions collectively set standards for good practice, conduct peer-based evaluations of institutions on a regular basis, confer accredited status on institutions, and make the results of accreditation review of institutions known to the public.

“Through accreditation, the higher education community shoulders the responsibility for monitoring the quality of the programs and services of member institutions.”

 Accreditation Reporting Cycle

The processes of accreditation operate on a seven year cycle. Institutions are required to submit an Institutional Self Evaluation (ISER) every seven years, a possible follow-up report in year two, and a midterm report in year four. Additional Accreditation Reports and Fiscal Reports are required annually. Whenever an institution undergoes a substantive change, a Substantive Change Proposal is required as well. For a visual representation of the seven year reporting cycle, please click on the Accreditation Reporting Map.

About Palomar College

Palomar College is a public two-year community college. The Palomar campus is located in San Marcos, California, approximately 30 miles north of San Diego. Palomar enrolls approximately 25,000 full-time and part-time students. Residents of California are charged only $46 per unit. At Palomar, students may choose from over 150 associate degree and certificate programs, complete the first two years of a bachelor’s degree, train for a career, or enjoy personal enrichment classes for lifelong learning.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide an engaging teaching and learning environment for students of diverse origins, experiences, needs, abilities, and goals. As a comprehensive community college, we support and encourage students who are pursuing transfer-readiness, general education, basic skills, career and technical training, aesthetic and cultural enrichment, and lifelong education. We are committed to helping our students achieve the learning outcomes necessary to contribute as individuals and global citizens living responsibly, effectively, and creatively in an interdependent and ever-changing world. See more on the Institutional Research and Planning website.

Locations and Maps

The main campus in San Marcos offers the majority of our courses and all administrative and student service-focused offices. Committed to serving the entire district, the college has established Education Centers in Escondido, Fallbrook and Rancho Bernardo, and education sites in targeted areas of the district. At the Education Centers and sites, students may take credit courses leading to an associate degree or certificate, complete transfer requirements for further study at a four-year institution or pursue career training opportunities.

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