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City of Temecula investing in its future economic development through youth

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Temecula's annual Science and Technology Fair encourages students to pursue careers in STEM fields.

It was our 35th President, John F. Kennedy, who was quoted saying, “Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource.” Just take the word “nation” and replace it with “city of Temecula” and there you have one of Temecula’s underlying values…..education.

What type of higher educational opportunities are available in Temecula?

Temecula is within a one-hour drive of over 20 private and public colleges and universities with a combined enrollment of over 100,000 students. Approximately 69.58 percent of Temecula adults age 25 and above have attended some college, and nearly 30 percent of Temecula adults age 25 and above have a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Temecula is home to numerous satellite college campuses such as Concordia University, University of Redlands, San Joaquin Valley College and Mt. San Jacinto College located in the Temecula Education Complex.

In 2009, California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) opened a satellite campus in Temecula in a partnership with the City and Temecula Valley Unified School District.

CSUSM at Temecula originally opened with an emphasis on nursing programs and has continued to expand since. Current opportunities include:

-Accelerated bachelor's of science in nursing

-Registered Nurse to ABSN

-Master's of science in nursing

-Bachelor's and master's degree in business administration

-Bachelor's in kinesiology

-Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, for students age 50 and up for the pure joy of learning

What is the City of Temecula doing to foster education, specifically to our youth?

The city of Temecula Internship Program offers part-time internships to high school and undergraduate/graduate college students all year long.

The internships are designed to expose students to the workings of local city government and help youth find out what a real work environment is like and where they fit best.

Interns can choose to work in different departments including planning, building, public works, theatre, community service, special needs, and economic development.

In Summer 2014, through a strategic partnership with University of Riverside’s Medical School and the newly opened Temecula Hospital, the Internship Program will expand and the city of Temecula will provide a Future Physician Internship Program, giving pre-med students a chance to boost their experience and med school application by participating in a summer internship program with local doctors and care providers.

The City of Temecula College and Vocational Fair takes place every year, most recently in September at the Regional Promenade Mall. The event continues to grow with over 180 colleges, universities, vocational schools and military service representatives attending.

Concentrating on providing STEM opportunities (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), the Third Annual Science and Technology Fair will be taking place this spring. With last year’s unquestionable success, the city is thrilled to be able to keep this new tradition going and see what innovations students from throughout Temecula think up with this year!

A Young Women’s Engineering group provides middle-school aged girls to develop their skills and be mentored by the Abbott Vascular (one of Temecula’s largest employers) Women’s Engineering group. This great effort is no mistake, Temecula knows youth are critical in Temecula’s future success. Following the guidance listed in the Youth Master Plan, Temecula is proud to invest in its youth.

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