BAMA Video: Medical Assistant Grad Finds His Passion in Healthcare

Posted on August 14, 2017

Soon after Steve Barbosa walked into Bay Area Medical Academy, he discovered a passion for the new direction he was taking in his life.  

It's a passion that helped Steve graduate BAMA's medical assisting program with the knowledge and skills needed to start a career working in healthcare. 

Steve, like many other BAMA graduates, including his wife, Athena, is a great example of someone who decided that going back to school was the key to unlocking a brighter future. 

"BAMA definitely did give me a second chance," says Steve. "Actually, I would refer to it more as a third chance. Something most people wouldn't get in life."

Want to learn more about Steve's BAMA success story?

Then watch his video below. 

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Job Training Through The California Department Of Rehabilitation

Posted on August 07, 2017

The California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) has 85 locations throughout California administering the largest vocational rehabilitation program in the country for people with a full range of physical and psychiatric disabilities.

Vocational training, sometimes called job training or career training, is a proven way for someone to gain the knowledge and learn the skills to succeed in a new trade or occupation. 

If you're thinking you might be eligible for DOR services, here are some basics to get you started in applying. 

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Kick Start Your Job Training With A Work2future Grant

Posted on August 01, 2017

Do you live in the San Jose area and want to go back to school to train for a new job?

Have you heard of the work2future Foundation?

The work2future Foundation offers San Jose area residents the opportunity to attend over 100 colleges and private educational institutions that offer reputable and accredited training in various industries, including the healthcare industry.

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Job Training For Foster Youth Using the California Chafee Grant

Posted on July 28, 2017

The California Chafee Grant is a federal and state funded grant for California foster youth to go to school at eligible California colleges (as well as out of state colleges), including career and technical schools. 

Career and technical schools specialize in training students for a specific trade or occupation, such as for jobs working in the healthcare industry, for example.

Some of the benefits of attending a career or technical school are:

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Become A Pharmacy Tech Or Medical Assistant With The Post-9/11 GI Bill

Posted on July 21, 2017

Are you a veteran who received an honorable discharge from U.S. military service?

Are you thinking about going back to school?

If you're nodding you're head in response to both of these questions, then the Post-9/11 GI Bill can provide you with financial support for your education.

Over 1 million people have used the Post-9/11 GI Bill since August 1st, 2009, with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) paying out over $34 billion in benefits. 

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Can You Be The Emotionally-Connected Certified Nursing Assistant?

Posted on July 13, 2017

 During certified nursing assistant training, a student receives hands-on training that involves learning how to assist a patient using various mobility aids, such as a wheelchair, crutches, walker, or cane. 

When a student is going through this training, it can be useful for them to think about what it emotionally means to a patient to have this equipment in their lives. 

The reason being, when it comes time for the student to begin working as certified nursing assistant, they may find their patient struggling to adapt to a life that now involves coping with injury, illness, or disability. 

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Bay Area Medical Academy 101s: Class Participation

Posted on July 07, 2017

Your Bay Area Medical Academy instructor is your guide to school success. 

They expertly navigate your chosen subject for you, taking you in the direction you need to go.

At times, they may even take you a little off course to demonstrate something interesting and valuable, vividly illustrating what you're being taught with their own stories and experiences. 

When this happens, learning is no longer confined to the pages of a book. Your subject is suddenly alive. Learning is fun. 

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Bay Area Medical Academy 101s: Start A Study Group

Posted on June 22, 2017

On your first day of class at Bay Area Medical Academy, you'll see classmates around you who have taken thesame major life step of going back to school

People perhaps with some of the same back-to-school-concerns as you.

Such as: how am I going to manage my homework?

It's a concern that may be at the forefront of your mind if you've been out of school for a while.

To get back in to the swing of things, how about asking your new classmates if they'd be interested in starting a small study group?

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Why Nursing Assistant Certification Is Important

Posted on June 16, 2017

If you want to become a certified nursing assistant (CNA) in the state of California, it's required you complete a state-approved nursing assistant program or have received equivalent in-house training, and then go on to pass an evaluation program, such as the Californina Nurse Assistant Competency Examination Program (CEP) offered by the American Red Cross. 

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) then awards successful candidates certification.

There are definite career advantages for a student gaining nursing assistant certification after their training. 

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BAMA's Open Enrollment, Fast-Track Pharmacy Tech Program Training

Posted on June 13, 2017

Have you just found out you can't enroll in a school's pharmacy tech program until the start of their spring, summer, or fall semester?

Are you worried you may be turned away for your training because a school has implemented a lucky-for-some-unlucky-for-others lottery system that dictates their pharmacy technician student intake?

Do you have to live with a school controlling your learning in a way that's more on their terms than yours?

Absolutely not. 

For other schooling options, all that's needed is a little more research.

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