CSUCI trains nursing students in Medi-Cal care

Gold Coast Health Plan, in partnership with California State University, Channel Islands, will begin introducing students to the “world of Medi-Cal managed care,” according to an announcement released on Friday, Sept. 7.

Beginning with the spring semester, five nurses from Gold Coast’s Health Services Department will work with up to seven nursing students from CSUCI on projects ranging from areas of care management to clinical information technology and more, with the objective being to instruct students on how to become a “contributing member of an inter-professional team.”

“We are excited about exposing the next generation of health-care providers to the importance of the work that we’re doing here,” said Dr. Nancy Wharfield, Gold Coast’s chief medical officer. “We hope that this will one day be a pipeline for people to come and work at Gold Coast Health Plan.”

Lynette Landry, CSUCI’s nursing and health science programs chair, says that working in a “managed care system will give [students] a different perspective.

“They’re going to learn more about the health-care system and how it operates and understand their role within it,” said Landry.

For more information on the program, visit www.csuci.edu.

Thomas Aquinas College procures 700 acres around campus

Thomas Aquinas College President Dr. Michael McLean announced on Friday, Sept. 7, the procurement of 714 acres of land situated around the school in Santa Paula, reassembling the adjacent Ferndale Ranch and its 131 acres that were deeded to the college in 1975.

“We have hoped for some time to acquire the land surrounding our present campus so that, as our students have prayed at nightly Rosary for many years, Thomas Aquinas College ‘might be more firmly established at Ferndale,’ ” said McLean. “That day has arrived, and we are deeply grateful for the opportunity to secure the college for generations to come.”

Currently, there exist two oil operations on the property and the college will not receive mineral rights with the land, which remains under control of California Resources Corporation.

County launches library card design contest

Hey kids, have an idea for what your library card should look like? Stop bogarting the creativity and enter your design into the Ventura County Library’s card design art contest, open now through Saturday, Sept. 29.

The contest is open to children aged 5-12 and teens aged 13-17. One entry will be selected to appear on the front of a new children’s or teen’s library card for use throughout the county.

For more information and an official entry form, visit www.vencolibrary.org/news/library-card-art-contest.

Sausage fest comes to California Beer Festival in Ventura

This weekend, the California Beer Festival and the Boots & Brews Festival return to Ventura for the final time, and with it, a wiener wagon courtesy of Johnsonville’s Big Taste Grill. The 65-foot-long (no pun intended) grill can serve up to 750 bratwurst sausages at a time, accommodating more than 12 people cooking simultaneously. At the beer festival, proceeds will benefit Ventura County FOOD Share.

The truck will be at both events, Saturday, Sept. 15, and Sunday, Sept. 16, 1-9 p.m., at Plaza Park, South Fir Street and East Thompson Boulevard in Ventura. For more information, visit www.johnsonville.com/bigtastegrill.html.