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5 Things to Know About Watsonville: Education Edition

New nursing program will be offered, charter school turned down and more.

CSU-Monterey Bay will launch a nursing program next summer that emphasizes addressing the medical needs of Baby Boomers. The bachelor's degree program will be a collaboration with four community colleges in the area: Cabrillo, Monterey Peninsula, Hartnell and Gavilan.

Students will begin the program at one of the community colleges, spend several years in "blended" learning when they take classes at their community college and the university, then finish their studies at CSUMB.

The new program aims to prepare students for positions beyond the typical hospital setting, such as in-home, community and public health settings. Their training will focus on relationships between patients, their families and communities, and health care providers. Students also will learn how to manage patients with multiple chronic conditions, to work on the Baby Boomers.

The new program will accept 25-30 students each year.

The county Board of Education rejected a petition for a new charter school in Watsonville, the Santa Cruz Sentinel reported.

The board met Thursday and announced the proposal from the , a kindergarten-through-eighth-grade school that wanted to launch this fall, was not up to snuff.

The Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees turned down the school in April.

Cabrillo College is looking for new members to serve on the Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee. The deadline to apply is Aug. 5.

There are three vacancies on the committee:

  1. an active member of a senior citizens’ organization
  2. an active member of a college support organization
  3. a member of a student organization or club.

Oversight committee members cannot be employees, officials, vendors, consultants or contractors of Cabrillo College. The new members will be appointed by the Cabrillo Governing Board in September.

Contact the Cabrillo College President’s Office at 831-479-6306 or go online to get an application. Online, click on the link entitled "Application for the Citizens' Oversight Committee 2011."

CSU-MB extended its online MBA program this summer to include a second track for students without extensive management experience.

The curriculum mirrors the university's original online MBA program, with a focus on global business, corporate leadership and technology, but includes more case studies for less experienced students to analyze and discuss.

Classes are developed to create a technology-rich learning experience delivered exclusively online, allowing access from around the globe. Students complete eight courses over the two years, one course at a time, for eight weeks, four times per year.

Interested candidates can call 866-757-5172 or go online to learn more and start the application process.

It's almost time to get geared up for more Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees meetings.

The board will meet Aug. 10 at 7 p.m. at the district office on Green Valley Road. The agenda hasn't been posted yet, but after more than a month off, you can imagine there will be a lot to tackle.

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