Kelly Craig visits WCU Miami

It was a pleasure to welcome NBC South Florida’s Kelly Craig to campus at West Coast University in Miami for this “look live” segment.

In-studio with David Aizer

It was a pleasure to sit down with with Dave Aizer for this in-studio interview on ‘Inside South Florida’ discussing the new BSN program at the new  West Coast University campus in Miami, careers in nursing and the WCU nursing simulation center.

In honor of National Nurses Week

I manage the news bureau at American Career College, West Coast University and Contemporary Forums and this week I produced these feature stories in honor of National Nurses Week.

While in Las Vegas for the Neonatal Nursing Conference I sat down with Dr. Jennifer Arnold, a physician who co-star’s in TLC’s “The Little People” and asked her about the importance of nursing. Check out what she says below.

West Coast University is ahead of the curve when it comes to the number of male nursing students; at WCU some 25% of undergraduate nursing students are men, compared to the national average of 14%. Learn more about men in nursing in this video celebrating National Nurses Week.

And finally, at American Career College I met Edmond Tafoya, who became a Licensed Vocational Nurse at the age of 60. He shared his story about the long, unexpected journey to becoming a nurse. See the video below.

Nursing Students Lend a Hand at ‘Cupid’s Ball’ in Santa Clarita

The core philosophy of the nursing curriculum at West Coast University is compassion for others – to serve the community with dedication. That philosophy was embraced by students and faculty in Santa Clarita over the weekend, who volunteered at the 10th annual Cupid’s Ball, a special event held by nonprofit Bridges to Ability. Bridges to Ability provides social, recreational, vocational and educational programs for teens and adults with developmental disabilities in the Santa Clarita Valley. Differently-abled individuals are empowered to maximize their potential to lead a more independent, healthy, and enriched quality of life. Cupid’s Ball is an event designed to promote social interaction and a healthy lifestyle.

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“It Just Takes One” Campaign Underway for Boys & Girls Club of the Harbor Area


The Boys and Girls Club of the Harbor Area hopes you will be “the one” to make a financial gift of support this year. The local nonprofit, which has been serving kids in Orange County for more than 70 years, today launched its annual fundraising campaign known as “It Just Takes One” with the goal of raising $110,000 over the course of six weeks. It Just Takes One is launching with great momentum thanks to a gift of $70,000 from Newport Beach philanthropist David Pyle, who offered the donation as a matching gift. Mr. Pyle is the founder and CEO of American Career College, and the Executive Chairman of the Board of West Coast University.

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Video Blog: Filling Backpacks for Kids With Cancer

I am very proud to have participated in the efforts at American Career College and West Coast University administration; we collected hundreds of items to fill backpacks for kids with cancer. Check out this video story about PADRES, a non-profit organization doing amazing work.

Nursing Students Inspire $50,000 Donation to Red Cross in Response to Typhoon Haiyan

Administrators and Faculty from West Coast University and American Career College provided a check to leaders from the Red Cross

Administrators and Faculty from West Coast University and American Career College provided a check to leaders from the Red Cross

After the enormous devastation from Typhoon Haiyan became clear, organizations like the Red Cross immediately went into action. Students at American Career College (ACC) and West Coast University (WCU) saw news coverage about volunteer nurses and doctors who were headed to the devastated country to assist, and they were inspired to do something to help. For nursing student Joan Azagra, it was much more personal; a native of the Philippines, her entire family still lives there.

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