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Driver Booster 8: The Best Driver Updater and Works Well with NO Internet Connection

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- IObit, the world's best driver updater software provider, today unleashed Driver Booster 8, the new driver updater can work well without internet connection and the database has been enhanced to make sure more than 4.5 million device drivers can be safely and accurately updated.

Many users complained that they cannot update drivers when they have no internet connection, which may be caused by missing/faulty network drivers or current network drivers are not being compatible with a new updated/reinstalled system. To help those users solve the problem, Offline Driver Updater officially joined in the new Driver Booster 8.

This new tool can download and install drivers without network connection. And to make the whole process more clearly, Driver Booster 8 lists a brief instruction at the bottom of the tool as a reference.

Driver Booster 8 also improves a lot on its core feature: the database. The latest version 8 has a larger database which supports 4,500,000 + device drivers and game components. While helping users update missing, faulty and outdated drivers, Driver Booster 8 offers two solutions to help them get the right drivers. Solution one, scan the latest drivers first, that is suitable for users who'd like to enjoy the latest features and more premium game experience; Solution two, scan most stable drivers first, that is suitable for users who prefer to stay at the most stable device.

To ensure the safety for both of solutions, all drivers in its database are coming from the official manufacturers' website and have passed both Microsoft WHQL test and IObit test.

"According to TechRadar's article: Windows 10 has killed off driver updates via Device Manager," said Bing Wang, Product Director at IObit, "it could be harder for common users to get the latest device driver. Driver Booster 8 is a more suitable choice for those users and even for all PC users, as Driver Booster includes all fresh but safe drivers in its Database, it is easiest to use, and it can help users solve common driver issues like no sound issue and network failure problem."

Driver Booster 8 is now available on IObit and Softonic. It can fully support Windows 10, 8/8.1, 7, XP and Vista.

About Driver Booster 8

Driver Booster 8 is a great driver-update tool which updates outdated, faulty and even missing drivers and game components fast and accurate. With the super large database (4,500,000+), Driver Booster 8 can offer users 2 solutions on detecting and installing drivers, no matter you prefer to enjoy the latest features or prefer to have a most stable drivers, you can get your most suitable solution here. And no need to worry about safety, as all drivers in the large database come from the official manufacturer's website and have passed both Microsoft WHQL test and IObit test.

Besides expanding the core database, Driver Booster 8 has the following outstanding features: Offline Driver Updater and Auto Driver Update. Far more than that, at least 9 useful tools are offered to fix the most common headache problems like no sound, network failure, bad resolution, and device error ... In a word, Driver Booster 8 is a must-have tool to update drivers, boost games, and fix common PC problems.

About IObit

Founded in 2004, IObit provides consumers with powerful system utilities for Windows users. It is a well-recognized industry leader with more than 100 awards, 500 million downloads and 10 million active users worldwide.

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PayneWest Insurance, a Top 100 National Insurance Brokerage, selects TrustLayer Compliance and Certificate Management Software to leverage next generation technology in their leading Compliance Service Practice

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- PayneWest Insurance, a leading insurance brokerage in the Pacific Northwest, today announced partnering with TrustLayer, Inc., the next generation solution for compliance tracking. PayneWest will leverage TrustLayer to expand value added services within their many Specialty Practices - specifically their Insurance Compliance Service offering to its Construction customers. PayneWest is the leading brokerage in the region to roll out this suite of additional consulting services at scale.

Legacy certificate tracking software systems are often cumbersome and expensive. Industry pioneer TrustLayer provides an innovative risk management system that enables immediate vendor coverage verification. Using a unique robotic process automation (RPA) and AI to automate this manual process allows companies to automatically verify the insurance and licenses of their partners. With TrustLayer, PayneWest is able to elevate and expand its risk consulting services to many more of its customers.

"Small and medium businesses often cannot justify a full-time Risk Manager. TrustLayer gives our brokerage an ability to offer additional risk consulting services to our clients. Most importantly, it helps us better protect our clients from insurance claims caused by their vendors," said Isabel Barichievich, Specialty Practice Project Manager.

Barichievich added, "TrustLayer provides a collaborative risk management platform that allows us to help review and track certificates of insurance (COIs) to make sure our clients' vendors have the correct insurance coverage."

"With the current state of the economy, many vendors are not carrying the right commercial insurance coverage," said John Fohr, Chief Executive Officer of TrustLayer. "By using TrustLayer, PayneWest will be able to automate the traditionally manual process of tracking insurance coverage for their customers, enabling the agency to reduce inefficiency, increase revenue and retain its customer base."

About TrustLayer

TrustLayer is a collaborative risk management application that helps reduce friction between businesses. The company allows their business partners' users to automate the verification of insurance, licenses, and compliance documents (i.e., vendors, subcontractors, suppliers, borrowers, tenants, ridesharing and franchisees). TrustLayer's solution is recognized by the industry and is a member of BrokerTech Ventures (BTV) accelerator, BrushCreek Tech Insurance accelerator, winner of the 2019 R3 CordaCon Insurtech Challenge, and received top honors at The Institutes 2020 annual convention.

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Tickle.Life Joins with Wellcelium to Grow Its Sex Ed Efforts

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- Tickle.Life (Tickle-dot-Life), World's First Community based Discovery Platform for Sex and sexuality, today announced a new collaboration with Wellcelium (well-see-lee-um), a new online school teaching sex, intimacy, and relationship skills through offering live classes, one-on-one coaching, and a variety of quality resources to deepen and grow human relationships.

Talking on the collaboration, Founder and CEO Shakun Sethi, Tickle.Life stated, "Tickle.Life has been created as a bridge between the best of the industry and amazing sexual wellbeing providers and people who are exploring their services. With this partnership, we are a step closer and excited for nurturing the growth of human relationships."

"We need each other right now because human connection is vital to all of our lives," says Dr. Pavini Moray, Wellcelium creator. "But the Covid-19 pandemic has broken up our communities and stressed our relationships."

This partnership will bring together two sex-positive platforms to elevate access to illuminating resources supporting intimacy, relationships, sexual and mental wellness around the globe. These SexTech platforms share a common mission of normalizing sexuality and pleasure so people can enjoy sex-positive lives without shame. This is an initiative to bring more visibility to the collaborators of Tickle.Life and the world-class sex educators of Wellcelium, through various marketing and content-sharing strategies undertaken by both websites.

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About Tickle.Life

Tickle.Life based in San Francisco, California, was founded in 2019 by serial entrepreneur Shakun Sethi and Parag Gupta, Co-Founder and CTO. Tickle.Life creates an ecosystem for all sex positive people across the world by supporting sexuality exploration, sexual and mental wellness, LGBTQIA+ communities and sex education. Tickle.Life is the world's first community-based Discovery platform which features sex and sexuality related content from over 350 plus world renowned sexual well-being professionals and over 1000 podcasts for sex positive people.

About Wellcelium

Created by Dr. Pavini Moray, a sex educator and somatic sex therapist, Wellcelium promotes the spreading of pleasure on purpose and offers skills-based learning opportunities for all types of people and relationship styles. Wellcelium is a mash-up of two words: wellness and mycelium, the thread-like structures that make up the far-reaching roots of mushrooms. The Wellcelium team envisions networks of erotic wellness, spreading around the globe, offering everything you wish you had been taught about relationships, sex, and intimacy.

Pavini Moray is a somatic sex educator and activist on a mission to help others get free in their bodies. Moray founded Wellcelium with the goal of bringing world-class teachers of sexuality, embodiment, and intimacy together to create a community that is relationally and erotically well. Pavini has a Ph.D in Somatic Psychology, Certificates in Sexological Bodywork and Sex Education, has trained with the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute and the Strozzi Institute. Pavini also has a Master's in Montessori Education, and Educational Therapy training from UC Berkeley.

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IObit Uninstaller 10: Better on Uninstalling and Good at Blocking Annoying Browser Notifications

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- IObit, the world's leading system utilities and security software provider, today released IObit Uninstaller 10, with the optimized uninstall algorithm, users can remove unwanted programs more completely, and the brand new Browser Notification Block ensures a smoother surfing experience.

As more sites abuse notifications in browsers, overwhelming pop-up notifications will interrupt users' browsing experience and distract their focus. So, many users are trying to get rid of these annoying browser notifications. In IObit Uninstaller 10, the new Browser Notification Block aims at helping users blocking annoying browser notification with one simple click. This new feature fully supports Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Edge, users can find it in Software Health mode.

In addition, IObit Uninstaller 10 comprehensively improved the uninstalling feature. Compared with the previous version, the new edition increases the uninstall speed with 50%. Besides, 30% more residuals and junk files can be detected and removed after the uninstallation. Regarding stubborn software and bundleware, IObit Uninstaller 10 realizes more accurate recognition through deep structure optimization, supports 5 times more stubborn software uninstallation like MPC-HC, qBittorrent and Winamp than the previous version.

"IObit Uninstaller 10 uses new technology to continuously improve itself to offer better programs uninstall service," said Bing Wang, Product Director at IObit. "As a leader of uninstaller field, IObit Uninstaller always persists in product improvement and innovation with high standards, and aims to restore a pure and clean PC environment for its users."

IObit Uninstaller 10 is now available on IObit and CNET. It can fully support Windows 10, 8/8.1, 7, XP and Vista.

About IObit Uninstaller 10

IObit Uninstaller 10 is an outstanding software uninstallation tool to give Windows users a clean PC and a secure & smooth online surfing experience. It powerfully removes unnecessary programs, Windows Apps, Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps, and malicious/ads plugins and cleans up all leftovers. Moreover, with a new algorithm update, IObit Uninstaller 10 can remove more software leftovers, bundleware, stubborn programs and malicious/ads plugins with a higher speed. What's more, the newly added Browser Notification Browser blocks annoying browser notification pushes for smoother surfing.

About IObit

Founded in 2004, IObit provides consumers with innovative system utilities for Windows, Mac, and Android OS to greatly enhance operational performance and protect their computers and mobile devices from security threats. IObit is a well-recognized industry leader with more than 100 awards, 500 million downloads and 10 million active users worldwide.

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Booksy Ranks No. 299 on the 2020 Inc. 5000 with Three-Year Revenue Growth of 1508 Percent

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- Inc. magazine revealed that Booksy is No. 299 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy's most dynamic segment-its independent small businesses.

"We started Booksy simply because we saw a need that wasn't being properly met," says Booksy CEO and co-founder Stefan Batory. "And through the years, we've kept our heads down and focused on helping tens of thousands of barbers and nail technicians and hair stylists run their businesses and millions of consumers book appointments. So, it was a surprising honor and welcome validation of our mission to be included on this illustrious list alongside so many distinguished companies, both past and present. We're eternally humble and grateful to be acknowledged and thank all of the many small business owners who trust us with their schedules every day."

"The companies on this year's Inc. 5000 come from nearly every realm of business," says Inc. editor-in-chief Scott Omelianuk. "From health and software to media and hospitality, the 2020 list proves that no matter the sector, incredible growth is based on the foundations of tenacity and opportunism."

About Booksy

At Booksy, our mission is to bring peace of mind to scheduling, giving time back for living life fully. Booksy provides beauty professionals a mobile-first SaaS solution that combines a calendar, POS, client database and lightweight marketing automation tools to help providers attract, connect with, and retain clients.

The company's consumer marketplace is available online and via an app which makes it easy for people to discover and book local stylists, nail technicians, barbers, and artists and includes information on reviews, services, pricing, and availability. Booksy has partnered with Facebook, Google, Instagram, and Yelp to create a seamless booking experience directly on their platforms.

Founded in 2013, the company is headquartered in San Francisco and has raised $48.7 million in venture capital from a variety of institutional and individual investors, including Piton Capital, Enern, Industry Ventures, XG Ventures, Open Ocean and Zach Coelius.

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Talentnook goes nationwide to offer curriculum support and homeschooling programs for K-12 students this Fall

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- Talentnook, a California based ed-tech start-up, is offering parents and students affordable online homeschooling school curriculum supplement programs that can be started anytime from any location.

With all the reopening uncertainty looming over most of the school districts across the U.S., parents are now embracing alternative and innovative online learning pods, microschooling, and homeschooling to help with their children's academic growth.

Talentnook curriculum support and homeschooling program offers hundreds of courses to supplement students in pre-K through high school. A combination of personalized guidance and adaptive teaching methods by subject matter experts has been the distinctive factor for Talentnook in the fast-growing education niche sector.

Talentnook programs follow the school's curriculum for public school students and the curriculum of choice for the homeschoolers offering a flexible learning schedule, and highly experienced elementary, middle, and high school educators that are ready to supplement and guide the learning needs of assigned students.

The personalized programs are designed by educational experts and their team of tutors to offer individual instruction as well as group sessions for enhanced learning.

With over 6 million students off school for the foreseeable future in California alone, parents have been struggling with juggling childcare, homeschooling, and their own workloads. Talentnook teachers aim to ease the burden from parents by taking on some of the academic stress by helping students progress with the curriculum, ensuring that concepts are understood, and homework is accurately completed over the next few weeks and months.

"We're really working to fit the needs of the family as well as make the whole online learning experience fun and wholesome for students. Our learning programs' overall goal is not just to provide tutors, but to mentor young learners for holistic growth and help them pave a career path," said Sumit Kumar, co-founder of Talentnook.

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Talentnook(TM) is an online live interactive learning community for students in K-12. It was founded in 2017 to usher in a transformative afterschool learning experience by providing affordable, convenient, and, high-quality personalized neighborhood tutoring to learners.

Talentnook introduces families to local tutors, instructors, and mentors looking to share their knowledge and help educate children across a wide range of subjects and levels. The full range of Talentnook tutors includes high school and college students, working professionals, homemakers, teachers, retired professionals, and more. All tutors are fully vetted and share a passion for mentoring young learners.

Contact us to have any questions answered and to register your child for free trial classes in one of the most affordable curriculum support and homeschooling programs in the US.

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iBeesoft Updates iBeesoft iPhone Data Recovery, Making It a Comprehensive Tool

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- iBeesoft, a professional software developer has announced a big update of iBeesoft iPhone Data Recovery to 2.2.0, adding many great features, making it a comprehensive tool to recover all kinds of files lost on iPhone.

iBeesoft iPhone Data Recovery is updated with the new key features as:
* Fully compatible with the latest iTunes 12.10 and the latest iOS version 13.6. Even the latest beta iOS 14.0 is supported as well.

* New update makes it more stable and efficient to recover files from iOS device, iTunes, and iCloud backup, boosting the scanning process to a new level.

* Expanded the data recovery range, letting it easy for people to recover photos from photos stream, photo library and App photos, & all kinds of file types, including notes, messages, contacts, videos, WhatsApp messages, app documents and more.

* Recover files no matter how the data is lost or trapped, including file deletion, forgotten iPhone password, iPhone broken, iPhone crashed, iPhone smashed, iPhone lost, iOS upgrade failure, factory resetting, jailbreak failure, etc.

* Extract all data from iTunes and iCloud backup, letting people recover files selectively.

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There is a free trial available for iBeesoft iPhone Data Recovery. Users can download it for free, scanning iPhone to check out what they can recover from iPhone/iPad/iPod touch.

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iBeesoft has worked hard, continuing to provide users the best data recovery solutions. In the past 5 years, iBeesoft has developed data recovery software for users to recover files lost on Windows PC and Mac, USB flash drive, cameras, iPhone, iPad, Android devices, SD card and other external hard drive. It's still not the end yet. iBeesoft officially admits it's going to release major update for iBeesoft Data Recovery, the very first product for the company.

The update targets at boosting the features in serious corrupt files recovery and solving the opening issues for recovered videos, increasing the success rate of data recovery.

Data loss is a disaster for users and it happens so frequently, like accidental deletion, formatting devices, hard drive failure, OS crash, virus or malware attack, hardware failure, system errors, partition deletion, etc. iBeesoft Data Recovery product line has helped thousands of people retrieve lost data. It officially has great ambitions to help more people prevent data loss in the next five years as a small but pragmatic goal.

Currently, the data recovery product line comprises Data Recovery for Windows PC, Data Recovery for Mac, iPhone Data Recovery for Windows, and iPhone Data Recovery for Mac.

Besides providing users utilities to solve data loss issues, iBeesoft also devotes itself in producing data security and management software, helping protect users' privacy and data security, as well as manage files on computer with easy clicks. iBeesoft has announced new product lines: Data Cleanup & Data Backup.
* For Data Cleanup, iBeesoft has launched File Eraser for Windows PC, iClear for Mac and Duplicate File Finder for PC. On the contrary of recovering files, many people want some confidential files disappear permanently, protecting privacy fully. That's why the iBeesoft File Shredder is developed. It ensures the deleted files 100% gone forever. And to free people from being bothered by trash and junk files, even duplicate files on computer and device, iBeesoft released iClear for Mac and Duplicate File Finder for PC.

* For Data Backup, iBeesoft produced iBeesoft Dbackup, letting users back up operating system, folder/files, as well as clone drives with simple clicks, making it a plain process to back up important files and hard drive. No jargon and computer technique required to complete the whole process. To prevent forgetting do the backup, you can even schedule the software to do it.

About iBeesoft

Established in 2015, iBeesoft has helped thousands of users over 120 countries and regions in the past 5 years. iBeesoft is dedicated to produce high-quality utility software for computer users, including data recovery software for PC, Mac, and iOS devices, data cleanup tools for PC and Mac, as well data backup software for PC. iBeesoft has established itself as a fast-growing international company with a group of young passionate talents who wants to provide users better products and services.

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YUASA Systems to Demonstrate New Endurance Test Capabilities for Flexible Displays

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- Bayflex Solutions announces that YUASA Systems, the leading provider of endurance test systems for displays and flexible electronics, will demonstrate new solutions for flexible display testing at the Society for Information Display (SID) Display Week, taking place virtually August 3-7, 2020.

Building on its world-class capabilities for repeated physical motions using unique tension-free technology that enables non-destructive performance evaluations, YUASA will demonstrate three new capabilities at the Display Week Exhibitor's Forum:
* A new optical analysis system (CS-CAM) that integrates an optics package and image processing software into a standard CS clamshell-type flexing mechanism. Using a side-view mounting configuration, the CS-CAM can provide real-time edge strain analysis for early delamination detection while testing multi-layer film stacks.
* A new test cartridge (CS-TD) for both the standard and twin mechanical jigs that enables "teardrop" shape flex testing, with adjustable parameters for neck width, tear length and width to simulate different sizes and shapes of hinges on display devices. Alternatively, this cartridge can adjust the neutral plane for multi-layer flexing.
* A new medium size flexing jig (CS-M) suitable for testing tablet and laptop displays. As with all CS jigs, the CS-M provides clamshell type flexing of linear or planar objects to 0.5 mm radius, and works with the ECP system control and data capture package.

In addition to these new products, YUASA Systems, working with its U.S. partner Bayflex Solutions, is developing new capabilities in multi-environment chambers (PICO) that provide desktop endurance testing in multiple hostile conditions such as humidity, temperature, as well as data analysis capabilities that can provide real-time assessment and predictive analytics based on test data.

Finally, in order to adapt the "new normal" of work from home, YUASA Systems and Bayflex Solutions now offer equipment on a subscription basis in addition to purchase, and have opened test centers in Japan and the U.S. so that clients can ship samples for testing.

"YUASA Systems is pleased to continue to offer advanced testing capability to the display industry, for flexible displays, touch screens, and other flexible components. The development of the CS-CAM, CS-TD cartridge and CS-M products were in response to the requirements of display and touch screen materials suppliers, panel makers, and system integrators, all of whom need to have repeatable, controlled endurance testing simulating real-world physical conditions," said Eisuke Tsuyuzaki, Principal, Bayflex Solutions. "This year's solutions are significant as we are eager to introduce a completely new series of optical imaging and enhanced data analysis capabilities."

About YUASA Systems

Yuasa Systems continues to develop endurance testing systems for over twenty-five years. Trusted in automobile, consumer electronics and other industries it has developed modular systems with tension-free(tm) mechanisms to better isolate test characteristics and conform to functionality tests according to the latest international, domestic and industry-led de-facto testing standards for flexible materials, components, cables or modules. Learn more:

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Since 2015, Bayflex Solutions is a U.S. based systems integrator for flexible products. An exclusive distributor of Yuasa Systems, and proven developer of endurance testing system control, electronic & image processing and data analysis. Bayflex Solutions has been a long-term collaborator with leading North American companies & standard bodies to ensure the latest flexible testing needs.

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‘In America – A New Musical’ Launches Salvo Against Trump’s Culture War

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- In response to President Trump's increase in rhetoric against education, immigration, Black Lives Matter, Tik Tok(TM) and his defense of the Confederate flag and its monuments, Professor Hal Harper of Oakland, California, retired professor of English as a Second Language (ESL), has launched his own salvo in the culture war as he releases "In America - A New Musical" to the public.

More than 20 years in the making, this modern immigrant tale (which introduces 25 characters and 18 brand-new musical numbers) tells the story of young Mr. Johnson, a recent teaching graduate from New York City who has just landed his first job at a small community college in San Francisco, California where he is assigned as a Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) to immigrant students recently arrived In America.

The rookie teacher soon finds himself in a quandary however as he finds his new school facing budget cuts, a growing anti-immigrant sentiment spearheaded by the local "Thug Boys" and the affections of a beautiful Chinese student, Mei Li, unbeknownst to him.

"They always say, 'Write about what you know,' so I did," explains Professor Harper. "As the years passed, I realized that the show I'd written before 9-11 is actually more relevant today than it was when I first wrote it. To modernize this musical time capsule, I added songs and story lines, with references to budget cuts in education, immigration, racism, Russia, China, Vietnam, Dreamers, Thug Boys, 'Tax the Rich,' and Ti(c)k To(c)k, 'the greatest student prank ever,' so that by now, In America has something for everyone and should be great fun for the whole family. And given the increased in shrillness of Donald Trump's rhetoric as of late, there seems to be no better time to launch this effort than now."

Viewers are invited to visit the show's website at and hear the show's complete selection of musical numbers, read its lyrics, sheet music and script excerpts, visit the merchandise page or make a donation to a future production of "In America" on the stage or screen.

Mr. Harper hopes that his work can one day become the first publicly sponsored musical to go all the way to Broadway.

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Bay Area Medical Academy Students Gain Rare Real-World Experience Testing for COVID-19

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- A recent community-led effort to test San Francisco residents for COVID-19, including the unhoused populations in Bayview and Sunnydale/Visitacion Valley gave Bay Area Medical Academy (BAMA) phlebotomy students first-hand experience administering COVID-19 testing to underserved populations.

A critical part of students' phlebotomy training is externships, usually in a lab or a doctor's office, but in recent months these opportunities halted as hospitals and labs closed down access to students and postponed all elective and preventive procedures. However, through a broad community partnership called United in Health D10, which included UCSF, San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH), Bay Area Phlebotomy and Laboratory Services (Bay Area PLS), and other community partners, BAMA students were able to complete externships and gain real-world experience in performing COVID-19 testing and drawing blood for COVID-19 antibody testing, while administering to underserved populations of African-American, Pacific Islander, Chinese, and LatinX residents in San Francisco.

Anne Williams, 57, a resident of San Francisco, just completed the BAMA phlebotomy training and was one of several students who participated in testing by performing venous punctures for blood collection for the COVID-19 antibody test in challenging outdoor settings-a school yard in Bayview, a baseball field in Visitacion Valley/Sunnydale, and a closed Bayview street working with the homeless and partially sheltered. According to Williams, the weather ranged from rain to incredibly strong winds that threatened to overturn the tents, to 95 degree heat while completely covered in layers of PPE. One patient jokingly referred to it as "fresh air phlebotomy." In spite of conditions, Williams felt it was a valuable experience.

"I felt like I was doing service in my community and a political action, rather than just a stepping stone toward getting my license," said Williams. "The heartfelt thank you's and gratitude we received made the work more than worth it. I ended up feeling like I got more back than I gave."

Typically, BAMA Phlebotomy students take 60 hours of class training and then 2-4 weeks of an externship in a clinical setting. Class training focuses on skills such as collecting blood using needles, documenting and identification of samples, hygiene and infection control protocols, and safe handling and transport of samples-much of which pertain also to COVID-19 and antibody testing. The students' work was overseen by doctors, nurses, and other specialists as part of United in Health D10, and students performed approximately 100 tests each.

The community testing initiative has proven valuable to BAMA which was in danger of being unable to find enough externships for students during the lockdown. Now, three of the participating students have been offered jobs, as a direct result of participating in the externships, with Bay Area PLS, according to CEO Salu Ribeiro.

After talking to a range of participants, Ribeiro believes there were added benefits to these unusual externships, including the fact that "students gained experience serving a diverse community and had exposure to technical challenges that develop their resilience required to become strong medical professionals."

BAMA founder and CEO Simonida Cvejic agrees. "Bay Area Medical Academy is about meaningful community impact, through empowering and training students for successful entry in the healthcare field but also through contributing to the healthcare of our community and this COVID19 testing project has provided us exactly that," Cvejic said. "In alliance with Bay Area PLS, our students got a chance to experience working in the front lines of the COVID19 testing, research and prevention."

Ribeiro expects the opportunity and others like it to continue. "We want to express our gratitude for being able to provide this service to the residents in San Francisco," Ribeiro said. "These students will be doing serial antibody testing with other projects - and we will be recruiting more BAMA students in the future."

About Bay Area Medical Academy

Bay Area Medical Academy (BAMA) provides healthcare career training created in partnership with employers. We prepare individuals from different socio-economic, cultural and educational backgrounds for careers working in the healthcare industry. BAMA's goal is to serve its students and the medical community through quality academic instruction and job-oriented, skills-training. We maintain a student-centered philosophy and use both traditional and innovative means to train our students. Bay Area Medical Academy is committed to the success of its students, believing that education is the best way to transform people's lives.

Bay Area Medical Academy ranks in the top 10% of B-Corps (benefits corporations) based on our rigorous standards of social performance, accountability, and transparency. We partner with social agencies to help people who face social barriers attend school. We also collaborate with STEP into a Job!(tm) to provide scholarships to high school seniors.

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