News reports from Tehachapi, California; Southern Adventist University, Northern Caribbean University, Namibia and Alamogordo, New Mexico.

Adventist Health is opening a new hospital in Tehachapi, California. The new facility will replace a medical center in downtown Tehachapi that was built about 60 years ago. The current facility has been unable to take care of a lot of the acute needs of patients in the area. “It’s great to know that people are going to be able to have many of their medical procedures here that before they were having to get in their car and go somewhere for,” said Adventist Health Tehachapi President Jeff Lingerfelt. “Tehachapi’s weather sometimes in the winter is pretty tough, so I just think it’s going to be great that we can offer this service.” According to KGET TV, Adventist Tehachapi Valley is targeting November 7 as the opening date for the new facility. 

Southern Adventist University’s School of Education and Psychology is offering a crisis intervention training session, with certification provided by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF). According to the Chatanoogan.com, the training involves 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. attendance at three Sunday sessions: Nov. 11, Nov. 18, and Dec. 2. Continuing education credit is available for the training which is made available to nurses, counselors, social workers, teachers, clergy, law enforcement, and other relevant parties. The registration deadline is Nov. 7. Email Liane de Souza, PhD, at ldesouza@southern.edu to register.

Jamaica’s Adventist-owned Northern Caribbean University (NCU) in Mandeville, Manchester, has announced that it will be significantly ramping up the amount of student jobs it has available. According to the Jamaica Observer, the new jobs will come from breadfruit flour production. The breadfruit flour will be produced in a campus building that was previously used to manufacture cereals. The Adventist institution already employs approximately 90 percent of its 3,200-strong student population.

According to an October 14 report from the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation, students from Rundu Adventist Primary School recently held an event to protest escalating crimes against children in the area. The students marched carrying signs from the Rundu State Hospital to the town’s center. The city of Rundu is the capital of the Kavango-East Region in northern Namibia.

Alamogordo Seventh-day Adventist Church in Alamogordo, New Mexico, broke ground on construction for Canyon Christian Academy last week. According to the Alamogordo Daily News, the school is expected to open in August next year. “We’re planting shovels to initiate a new school that will lead children to Biblical knowledge and provide for them in their educational growth in a safe and nurturing environment,” said Alamogordo Seventh-day Adventist Church education committee chairman, Jesse Cone, at the groundbreaking. The school will offer pre-kindergarten through eighth grade instruction. The school will cost $1.3 million to build.

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