Campus: Channel Islands -- October 31, 2007

CSUCI Nursing Program Receives $534,588 From California Endowment

California State University Channel Islands Nursing Program has received $534,588 from the California Endowment. These monies put the CSUCI Nursing Program over the million-dollar mark for recent donations.

The $534,588 received from the California Endowment will be used for the Nursing Pipeline Project, which will focus on underrepresented minority students and prepare them academically to apply for the nursing program and to be successful CSUCI students.

“This Nursing Pipeline Program is a solid strategy focused on increasing the number of qualified students from underrepresented minorities who successfully compete for admission into a nursing program,” explained Karen Jensen, associate professor and director of the Nursing Program at CSUCI.

The California Endowment money creates a forum for the Nursing Program at CSU Channel Islands to partner with local community organizations and schools in identifying students from the ethnically diverse population of Ventura County.

Since August, the program has received a total of $1,220,588 from the following sources: the California Endowment, six local hospitals, County of Ventura, and through the efforts of Congressman Elton Gallegly.

Six local hospitals: St. John’s Regional Medical Center, St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital, Ventura County Medical Center, Community Memorial Hospital, Los Robles Regional Medical Center, and Simi Valley Hospital, pooled resources and donated $400,000 to CSUCI’s Nursing Program. These contributions allowed CSUCI to admit 66 students into the Nursing Program this fall, which was twice the number originally planned.

The County of Ventura recently pledged $136,000 for the Nursing Program, and in September, Congressman Elton Gallegly obtained an additional $150,000 to add to his first earmark grant of just under $200,000 that was received two years ago.

Contacts: Ceal Potts, communications specialist at CSUCI, 805-437-8940 or

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