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To anyone who thinks they have zero musical talent, meet Fiona Chatwin.

She’s the founder and executive director of Villa Musica, a nonprofit center that provides music lessons to anyone who wants them — no matter their finances, no matter their talent. Whether it’s a high school guitar prodigy or a grandmother looking to improve her voice, Chatwin’s school welcomes all.

Villa Musica has a space in Sorrento Valley that offers lessons, performances and community activities. And on Oct. 9, it will open a satellite center at the Logan Heights Library.

The University City resident, who moved to San Diego in 2000 from Melbourne, Australia, tells us why she’s so passionate about music.

More at…http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/oct/03/fiona-chatwin-villa-musica/

So You Want to Be a CPA? live event and webcast which was held on Sept. 17 on the campus of the University of San Diego.

Here is the video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmUibyxdAoQ&feature=youtu.be


San Diego County’s key economic drivers are experiencing rapid growth, but also projecting a shortage in available workers.

That creates an opportunity for job seekers.

The nonprofit San Diego Workforce Partnership and the San Diego Imperial Counties Community Colleges Association held a daylong conference Thursday at the Hall of Champions in Balboa Park to inform educators and the public about what’s needed to fill those jobs.

The Workforce Partnership says these sectors, Life Sciences, Health Care, Clean Energy, Advanced Manufacturing, and Information and Communication Technologies account for 14 percent of total employment in the county.

More at…http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/oct/02/workforce-partnership-jobs-in-demand-conference/

After years of searching for the right spot, Classical Academy High School has settled into its new home inside a completely remodeled building that once housed the now defunct North County Times newspaper.new home in downtown Escondido.

The transformation of the blighted structure into a beautiful and bustling high school is thrilling to residents and city officials who say the changes have brightened the entire neighborhood.

More than 700 students moved into the new classrooms this week and the school held a grand opening celebration and community fundraiser Thursday night.

More at…http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/oct/03/escondido-school-academy-north-times-classical/

8 Websites for Free Online Learning – US News 

One of the biggest benefits of the Internet is the huge amount of information we all have available at our fingertips. Yet the biggest challenge for many of us is making sense of all that information.

There are many opportunities for learning, but the information is often spread out in various places and not presented in an organized way that makes learning easy.

Thankfully, several organizations – both nonprofits and businesses – have jumped into this niche and have developed online courses that draw upon this vast wealth of available knowledge. These eight free websites allow you to take educational courses in the comfort of your home, expanding your knowledge and understanding of the world at your convenience.

More at…http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/my-money/2014/09/23/8-websites-for-free-online-learning


MiraCosta College Names New Superintendent/President 


At its October 1 meeting, the MiraCosta Community College District Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Sunita (“Sunny”) Cooke as the college’s next superintendent/president. She has accepted.


Dr. Cooke currently serves as president of Grossmont College, located in El Cajon, California. Since her arrival there in 2007, the college has developed long-term plans, streamlined planning processes and created a culture of continuous improvement. As a result of this, the college has improved access, success and completion metrics for students.


“We are extremely excited about someone of Dr. Cooke’s ability and track record becoming MiraCosta’s superintendent/president. She has proven in her previous posts that she is a visionary and effective leader with the ability to work in an academic environment,” said MiraCosta College Board of Trustees President David Broad.


Born in Lucknow, India, Dr. Cooke immigrated to the United States with her family in 1968. After being awarded a doctorate in biology at Georgetown University, she completed a postdoctoral training program at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, in the molecular aspects of cell adhesion and metastasis. She then became a founding faculty member of Lone Star-Montgomery College in north Houston, Texas.


Prior to joining Grossmont College, Dr. Cooke spent 12 years with the Lonestar System, where she served as professor of biology; director of a biotechnology institute; dean of sciences, health and wellness; and associate vice chancellor for workforce development.  She has taught full time and part time for more than 13 years and continues to teach each summer in the community college leadership doctoral program at San Diego State University.


“I could not be happier about joining the fine faculty, staff and administrators of MiraCosta College as we continue to build on the 80-year tradition of excellence in service to students and our community,” said Dr. Cooke.


Dr. Cooke is scheduled to assume the post of superintendent/president in January 2015, taking over from Interim Superintendent/President Dick Robertson.


“The board is very grateful to Dr. Dick Robertson for the outstanding leadership he has shown during this period as interim superintendent/president,” said Board President Broad. Following Dr. Cooke’s arrival, Dr. Robertson will return to his role as the college’s vice president of Student Services.


The MiraCosta College Board of Trustees will ratify Dr. Cooke’s contract in open session at its October 22 meeting.

This upcoming season is full of storylines from the out-of-control 49ers to the Bill Belichick Patriots to the up-and-coming Colts.


A May 2014 survey called the Realtors Confidence Index conducted by the National Association of Realtors detailed where Realtors expect the most growth in home prices throughout the nation.  The parts of the country where Realtors expected the most growth, between 5%-7%, included Oregon, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Texas, Georgia, and Florida.

More at… http://us3.campaign-archive1.com/?u=a6e50781e4339a7187c8da876&id=26d1084639&e=ea5255bda2


A Profile of Top Performers on the Uniform CPA Exam



Warren Buffett’s Favorite Business Books – Business Insider

When Warren Buffett started his investing career, he would read 600, 750, or 1,000 pages a day.Even now, he still spends about 80% of his day reading.

“Look, my job is essentially just corralling more and more and more facts and information, and occasionally seeing whether that leads to some action,” he once said in an interview.

“We don’t read other people’s opinions,” he says. “We want to get the facts, and then think.”

To help you get into the mind of the billionaire investor, we’ve rounded up his book recommendations over 20 years of interviews and shareholder letters.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/warren-buffett-favorite-business-books-2014-8?op=1#ixzz3CNBAKDHT