American Career College and West Coast University celebrated Oct. 23 the grand opening of their Inland Empire campus, where West Coast University is offering an LVN-to-RN associate degree and American Career College plans to begin its first vocational nursing class this month.
The new multimillion-dollar, 64,000 square-foot facility in Ontario, Calif., contains modern classrooms and labs and is designed to accommodate 1,500 students, faculty, and staff.
More than 150 guests attended an evening reception of hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, live jazz, and campus tours. Guests included Teresa Bello-Jones, RN, executive officer of the Bureau of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians; state Sen. Gloria Negrete McLeod; and Ontario Mayor Paul S. Leon.Teresa Bello-Jones, RN (second from left), executive officer of the Bureau of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians, receives a tour of the new campus from American Career College and West Coast University officials. From left: Executive Director Kathy Allin; President, CEO, and Founder David Pyle; Dean of Nursing Jo Anne Grunow, RN; and Director of Nursing Wendy Maleki.
West Coast University also received approval this year from the Board of Registered Nursing to offer a bachelor’s degree. The first class begins at the college’s Orange County campus this November, with the program to get underway at the Los Angeles and Ontario campuses next year.
Through the bachelor’s degree program’s accelerated, year-round semester system, students will be able to enroll every 20 weeks, include both pre-nursing and nursing classes in their schedules, and graduate in three years, according to a university news release.