April 9, 2004

Community Notes:


Whittier on Wheels (WOW) takes a road trip to spread word about diabetes

When “Whittier on Wheels” – a 40-foot mobile medical unit designed to take the message of diabetes prevention, education and treatment on the road – recently visited the Wal-Mart in Otay Mesa, it got a lot of attention.

“It’s amazing,” said Sonia Coucino, a Wal-Mart employee who arranged for the mobile medical unit to make a stop in South Bay. “I knew this would be a great service for our employees and the community.”

The Whittier Institute’s Mobile Medical Unit features clinical care facilities, including two exam rooms, labs, a plasma screen for diabetes education and a retinal camera for eye exams. State-of-the-art telecommunications allow staff to send information to physicians’ offices for review.

At the South Bay kickoff event, community members had the chance to tour the medical unit, sign up for clinical trials, fill out diabetes risk assessment questionnaires and receive free blood pressure and body fat screenings.

“I’m in a high-risk group, so I felt it was important to learn more about diabetes,” added Coucino. “After filling out the questionnaire, I was referred to my Scripps doctor for follow-up care.”

According to the Whittier Institute, more than 220,000 people in San Diego have diabetes and only half are even aware they have it. Latinos, African-Americans and Native –Americans are among those at high risk for the disease.

“The mobile medical unit raises awareness about diabetes and offers people greater access to care,” said Athena Philis-Tsimikas, M.D., the Whittier Institute’s chief medical officer. “The Whittier Institute now has the ability to bring clinical trials directly to the South Bay community.”

Scripps Health, Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Pfizer Inc., and the Confidence Foundation are sponsors of the mobile unit. The Whittier Institute for Diabetes is based on the campus of Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, but also has many community locations, including at Scripps Mercy Medical Group offices in Bonita.

For more information or to schedule a mobile medical unit visit, please call 1-800-SCRIPPS or visit, www.whittier.org.

San Diego National College Fair Offers One-Stop Shopping For Students and Families in the College Search

Out of the thousands of colleges and universities available for students to attend, how can students find the one that is right for them? A good place to start is the annual San Diego National College Fair to be held Thursday, April 22 at the San Diego Convention Center, 111 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego.

Sponsored by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), the event will include college representatives from more than 200 postsecondary institutions nationwide who will provide students and parents with timely information on a wide range of topics including admission requirements, campus life, major fields of study, scholarships, grants and other available financial aid, and tips on selecting the appropriate college. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and again from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The fair’s organizers say that the annual event should be of interest to all San Diegans interested in exploring a college education. “Over the past few years, it has become increasingly clear that a college education is no longer a luxury – it is often a necessity,” says Erica Murrietta of the California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP) of San Diego and Imperial Counties, who is helping to coordinate the event. “To survive in our society – and especially in our state – college is essential. The NACAC fair provides access to many college-related resources to help college-bound San Diegans make informed choices.”

For detailed information about the fair, including directions and a list of exhibitors, visit the NACAC website at www.nacac.com, or contact Erica Murrietta at Cal-SOAP at 858-569-1866.

NASSCO Job Fair to be Held April 17, 2004; Hundreds of Skilled and Unskilled Jobs Available

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO will stage a Job Fair on Saturday, April 17, 2004, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 1895 Camino Del Rio South in Mission Valley.

There are several hundred jobs available with “on the spot” interviews. Applicants are advised to bring their resume or work history. NASSCO will be hiring skilled workers in six trades — electricians, pipefitters, sheetmetal fitters, outside machinists, welders and shipfitters. Journeyman rates for these positions start at $15.62 to $18.12 per hour depending on experience and trade assessment.

NASSCO also will be offering paid training for unskilled workers who want to learn the trades of welder, shipfitter or outfitter, with wages starting at $9.37 per hour for an initial 8-to-9-week training course. Employees who successfully complete the training program will move into a production job as a trainee at $11.87 per hour.

Southwestern College Looking for Future Teachers

“Getting a Job as a Teacher” Forum to Take Place April 20

WHAT: Representatives from Southwestern College (SWC), University of California San Diego, University of San Diego, and San Diego State University will be on hand to answer questions and discuss career opportunities in teaching at a “Getting a Job as a Teacher” forum, sponsored by SWC’s Future Educators of America Club and the Southwestern Teacher Education Preparation Program. Topics will include the credential process, resume building, the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST), and the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET). This event is free and open to the general public.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 20, 2004 at 11:00 A.M.
WHERE: Southwestern College—Room L-238*, 900 Otay Lakes Road—Chula Vista
WHY: California and the nation are experiencing a severe teacher shortage. In order to meet its increasing demand, the state will need to hire 300,000 more teachers over the next decade. Nationwide, some 2.2 million teachers will be needed in the next 10 years because of teacher attrition, retirement, and increased student enrollment.

To attract and retain qualified teachers, California is offering additional incentives, including higher starting pay and better benefits. California offers new teachers a beginning salary of $34,180 and has the highest average teacher salary at $54,348.

The Southwestern Teacher Education Preparation Program gives students an opportunity to explore the world of education while completing the first two years of college. It also offers support for future teachers: financial aid, volunteer opportunities, and tutor positions to gain experience, career-planning assistance, transfer enhancements, and cross enrollment opportunities at UCSD.

The Future Educators of America Club at Southwestern College offers advice on classes, instructors, and curriculum issues, and a chance to make friends with other future teachers. Members visit local university campuses to meet students and faculty in the Teacher Education programs there.

For additional information on “Getting a Job as a Teacher,” contact Randy Beach at (619) 421-6700, ext. 5189.

Princeton Review to Hold Free Law Symposium

Princeton Review, founded in 1981, to help students and schools successfully handle standardize tests and graduate school admissions, will hold their First Annual Law Symposium on April 14, 2004 at 6:00 pm, at the California Western School of Law. This Symposium is intended for prospective law school students, who may have questions about law school, the admissions process, and the LSAT, the law school admissions exam. Princeton Review will have a panel of students and teachers, to discuss their experiences with the LSAT and law school, and a question and answer session will follow. Food will be provided. Admission is free, but space is limited. Please reserve a space by calling (800)2-REVIEW, or (858) 558-0500. Students may also sign up for a full-length proctored LSAT test on April 24, 2004 from 10:00am-1:30 pm. Students will return April 28, 2004 at 6:00 pm for a scores-back session, and will receive a detailed score report. Call (800) 2-REVIEW to register.

One of the nation’s most popular test prep programs, The Princeton Review, offers free Strategy sessions at its 500 worldwide test prep locations. The company also offers free online LSAT tests. You can find out more online at www.PrincetonReview.com or by calling 1-800-2REVIEW. The Princeton Review prepares students each year in over 40 states and 12 countries and offers courses in hundreds of locations around the world for most major standardized admissions exams. Princeton Review is located in La Jolla, and holds courses for the LSAT in La Jolla, and Downtown San Diego.

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