Campus: CSU Channel Islands -- May 2, 2005
California State University Channel Islands Receives Funds for
Study, Planning of New Nursing Program
California State University Channel Islands has been allocated funds for a
feasibility study and planning of a new four-year generic baccalaureate in nursing
program (BSN) that will help to alleviate the shortage of healthcare workers across
The support of the nursing program came from the Ventura County Board of Supervisors,
which met recently to discuss funding sources.
"This marks a tremendous day for Ventura County," said CSUCI President Richard Rush.
"These funds, in addition to those from the federal government and from private
sources here in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, will permit us to move forward
with this program, with the anticipated enrollment of students in the fall of 2007.
"We are honored to be participating in this partnership with the county, with public
health agencies, and all those who have worked for months to make this happen, and
we thank the Board of Supervisors in fostering these efforts."
The funding comes from the $1 million distribution of tobacco settlement funds
recently approved by the board. From that fund, the board last year allocated
$230,000 to develop a CSUCI nursing program that would educate and train nursing
In addition, $750,000 of the tobacco money was set aside to establish a new Ventura
County Community Foundation fund, the earnings from which will support scholarships
for students interested in careers in nursing and other related fields, and who
agree to practice their future professions in Ventura County. Another $20,000 will
be used to cover start-up costs of the loan fund.
Major funding support also came from the federal government, with the University
receiving a $200,000 grant from the Fund for Improvement of Post Secondary Education,
largely achieved through the efforts of Congressman Elton Gallegly.
The most recent funding came this week when the Ventura County Medical Center
announced that it would give $38,334 for the CSUCI program.
President Rush had also been working closely with local hospitals to secure their
support and funding for the program. In response, Community Memorial Hospital, Los
Robles Regional Medical Center, Simi Valley Adventist Hospital, and Santa Barbara
Cottage Hospital each have committed $38,000, and John's Regional Medical
Center/Pleasant Valley Hospital has committed $50,000, for a total of $241,500.
Hugh Ralston, president of the Ventura County Community Foundation, also thanked the
board for their efforts. "Our key functions-careful stewardship, thoughtful
grant-making, and community leadership-are all demonstrated in this innovative
program. It fulfills many of the dreams of our founders, who wanted to put capital
to work in Ventura County for the benefit of the County."
Baccalaureate-prepared nurses have a critical role to fill in our health care system
in Ventura County, said Dr. Barbara Thorpe, CSUCI faculty and coordinator of the
program. "We are moving forward in a very focused way to ensure that we have a
quality program in place for students to enroll in by the fall of 2007."
Media Contact: Richard Suenaga, 805-437-8940