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Aviation Institute of Maintenance Fremont

420 Whitney Place, Fremont, CA 94539
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Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) Fremont is a technical career training center that accepts students in the Oakland metro. It has vocational courses for welding, maintenance technician training, and industrial manufacturing technician training, which can be continued and lead to aviation tech and maintenance courses. AIM partners with the Aviation Technician Education Council to improve its aviation maintenance and support courses. It was established in 1969 in Norfolk, Virginia, and has expanded to Texas, Florida, and California.

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Bay Area Medical Academy

530 Bush St. Suite 201, San Francisco, CA 94108
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Bay Area Medical Academy has been providing healthcare career training for students in and around Oakland since 2004. It offers a CPR course, a medical program assisting with phlebotomy, and a phlebotomy technician course, which is one of only two programs in San Francisco with a CA Department of Public Health CPT-1 certification. BAMA courses are taught by a faculty consisting of registered nurses, clinical laboratory technicians, and other healthcare professionals with over twenty years of experience. Graduates of the trade school have the option to be employed at Quest Diagnostics and Preventice Solutions.

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Katie Skills Center

415 E. 12th Street, Oakland, CA 94606
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The Katie Skills Center offers technical courses to students in the Oakland area. People who want to become licensed cosmetologists can enroll in the school's cosmetology program. This covers all aspects of salon work like hairdressing, haircutting, coloring, manicuring, and skin care services. The school also offers 600-hour and 100-hour programs in massage therapy, where students learn about physiology, anatomy, and hygiene. In addition, they are taught how to provide deep-tissue massages and massages for athletes and pregnant women.

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Laney College

900 Fallon St, Oakland, CA 94607
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Laney College in Oakland is a community college that serves residents in the local area. It focuses on a wide range of building and skilled trade programs, such as welding technology, architecture, carpentry, and construction management. It also offers courses in machine technology, wood technology, biomanufacturing, and electrical and electronics technology. With over 400 faculty members, Laney College provides students with more than 100 technical education, business, and liberal arts programs, over 44 associate degrees, and 23 associate degrees for transfer.

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Oakland Adult & Career Education

2607 Myrtle Street Room 122, Oakland, CA 94607
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Oakland Adult & Career Education (OACE) is an educational facility that caters to individuals in and around the community. It has partnered with the Construction Trades Workforce Initiative to conduct math and mechanical test prep courses to help students pass the local construction trade unions' apprenticeship exams. These unions are for tradesmen like pipefitters, welders, sheet metal workers, plumbers, sprinkler fitters, and electricians. OACE also provides high school equivalency preparation programs, as well as ESL citizenship and family literacy classes.

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Quest Nursing Education Center

917 Harrison Street, Oakland, CA 94607
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Since 2008, Quest Nursing Education Center offers technical programs to students in the Oakland area. People can become licensed vocational nurses by completing the school's 13-month program. This allows them to perform patient assessments, wound dressings, and medication administration under the supervision of a registered nurse or physician. The center's medical assistant course teaches students to help doctors provide care to patients in a clinic, including taking vital signs, performing simple lab tests, and administering injections.

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Samuel Merritt University

3100 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609
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Samuel Merritt University is a private health sciences institution that serves residents in Oakland and the surrounding areas. The institution offers a broad range of programs, including nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, podiatric medicine, and basic sciences. Its Oakland campus maintains multiple centers and libraries, which include a health sciences simulation center, an ethnic health institute, and a motion analysis research center. Established in 1852, Samuel Merritt University serves more than 2,700 students from across the United States and the world.

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