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Kaiser Permanente School Seeks Applicants for Medical Assistant Training Program

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Kaiser Permanente School of Allied Health Sciences (KPSAHS) is accepting applications for its second cohort of Medical Assisting students. To encourage applicants in this fast-growing field, the school is continuing its offer of a 50 percent tuition discount for this new program. Applications are due Aug 18.

Kaiser Permanente Northern California currently has over 300 openings for medical assistants, and across the country, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, the number of medical assistant positions is expected to grow by 23 percent between 2014 and 2024.



To help fill the growing need to train new medical assistants, the School of Allied Health Sciences in Richmond launched a new 15-month Associate of Science Degree in Medical Assisting program this year. The first group of students started classes in April 2017. The second cohort will start classes in October 2017.

This program has been training students for careers in allied health fields such as radiologic technology, diagnostic medical sonography, and nuclear medicine technology for more than 25 years. In March 2015, the school achieved accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission, paving the way for the program to offer Bachelor of Science degrees.

The new Associate of Science degree program started with 20 students and has several unique features. Besides receiving an Associate of Science degree in medical assisting, graduates are eligible to sit for certification exams in basic and advanced phlebotomy and EKG.

Students do their clinical training at Kaiser Permanente medical centers and will learn to use the organization’s electronic medical record software, KP HealthConnect.

“With the closure of some for-profit schools that used to provide medical assistant training, and the increased demand for medical assistants at Kaiser Permanente and throughout the health care industry, we saw the need to create this training program,” said Tammy Arnold, the program’s medical assisting program director.

“There was a surge of applications for our first cohort, and we want to keep encouraging people to consider this career by continuing to offer a tuition discount.”

Tuition and fees for the 15-month program will be $7905 for the cohort starting in October. Medical Assistants at Kaiser Permanente earn $25 – $27/hr, not including benefits.

The program offers loans with forgiveness for those employed after graduation at Kaiser Permanente

To apply, click here. 

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Oakland Native Serves in Navy’s ‘Silent Service’ of Submarine Technology

A major component of that maritime security is homeported at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga., where Zeigler is stationed.

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Justin Ziegler

An Oakland native is serving aboard USS Florida, one of the world’s most advanced nuclear-powered submarines.

Fireman Justin Zeigler, a 2008 Life Academy High School graduate and 2017 University of California, Los Angeles graduate, joined the Navy one year ago.

“I joined the Navy to be a part of something new and completely outside of what I had been exposed to,” said Zeigler. “I really wanted to challenge myself. and I feel the core values of the Navy represent what I strive for.”

Today, Zeigler serves as a machinist’s mate whose responsibilities include working on nuclear propulsion machinery.
According to Zeigler, the values required to succeed in the military are similar to those found in Oakland.

“I learned resilience from my hometown,” said Zeigler. “I think that’s been a part of my life and childhood. It’s what’s keeping me going while serving in the Navy.”

Known as America’s “Silent Service,” the Navy’s submarine force operates a large fleet of technically advanced vessels. These submarines are capable of conducting rapid defensive and offensive operations around the world, in furtherance of U.S. national security.

There are three basic types of submarines: fast-attack submarines (SSN), ballistic-missile submarines (SSBN) and guided-missile submarines (SSGN).

As a member of the submarine force, Zeigler is part of a rich 121-year history of the U.S. Navy’s most versatile weapons platform, capable of taking the fight to the enemy in the defense of America and its allies.
Serving in the Navy means Zeigler is part of a team that is taking on new importance in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of the National Defense Strategy.

“The submarine force is always out there ready to strike,” said Zeigler.

With more than 90% of all trade traveling by sea, and 95% of the world’s international phone and internet traffic carried through underwater fiber optic, Navy officials continue to emphasize that the prosperity and security of the United States is directly linked to a strong and ready Navy.

A major component of that maritime security is homeported at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga., where Zeigler is stationed.

As Zeigler and other sailors continue to train and perform the missions they are tasked with, they take pride in serving their country in the United States Navy.

“Serving in the Navy means being a part of something more than myself,” added Zeigler. “I’m committing to my team, always striving to be better and bringing more to the table.”

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East Bay Area Section of NCNW: 70th Anniversary

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East Bay Area Section of NCNW: 70th Anniversary Flyer

The Oakland Post’s coverage of local news in Alameda County is supported by the Ethnic Media Sustainability Initiative, a program created by California Black Media and Ethnic Media Services to support community newspapers across California.

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Ella Baker Center Turns 25

Community members will have the opportunity to join the celebration virtually or in person at Restore Oakland at 1419 34th Ave, Oakland, CA 94601.

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Alicia Garza

Co-founder of Black Lives Matter (BLM) Alicia Garza and Michelle Alexander, acclaimed author of “The New Jim Crow,” will join youth justice leader Xochtil Larios to discuss a collective vision for liberation at the Ella Baker Center’s 25th Anniversary Celebration, 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 27.

After 25 years of working to empower Black and Brown communities and fighting for a world without prisons and policing, the event will seek to inspire organizers, community members and changemakers to reflect on past victories in the movement for social justice and imagine how to continue moving toward a world based on justice.

The event will include entertainment by musicians, poets as well as comments by founders of the Ella Baker Center, Dianna Frappier and Van Jones. Community members will have the opportunity to join the celebration virtually or in person at Restore Oakland at 1419 34th Ave, Oakland, CA 94601.

The in-person event will be held outdoors and available to vaccinated guests only. 

To RSVP for the virtual event, please email ashley@ellabakercenter.org by Oct. 14 

The Oakland Post’s coverage of local news in Alameda County is supported by the Ethnic Media Sustainability Initiative, a program created by California Black Media and Ethnic Media Services to support community newspapers across California.

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