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New bill seeks to fix California’s doctor shortage by expanding student loan forgiveness

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FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2020, file photo, medical personnel prepare to prone a COVID-19 patient at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in the Mission Hills section of Los Angeles. California is desperately searching for nurses, doctors and other medical staff, perhaps from overseas, to meet demands as the coronavirus surge pushes hospitals across the state to the breaking point. With many of the state's hospitals running out of capacity to treat the severest cases, the state has brought in and deployed more than 500 extra staff but it needs a total of 3,000 temporary medical staff members. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

(KTXL) – For as long as Andrea Silva could remember, she wanted to save lives. 

The UC Davis graduate dedicated a decade of her life preparing for a career in medicine, and in 2018, she traded in her cap and gown for a white coat.

“None of us are doing this for the money. None of us at all. We love what we do. It’s such a fabulous job and I’m so lucky to have it,” Silva said.

Silva is now in her last year of residency in Stanislaus County and while she’s excited for her future in health care, she worries about repaying the half-million dollars in loans it took to get there.

“It really is a burden to have such high loans,” Silva explained. “A lot of my residents talk about moving outside the state in order to get better loan forgiveness programs and it’s really disheartening.”

This week Rep. Josh Harder, D-Modesto, introduced a bill to help bring relief to Silva and other physicians in the making.

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Stanislaus State Launches Innovative Near-Peer Coaching Initiative to Boost Student Success

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TURLOCK, Calif. -- California State University-Stanislaus (Stanislaus State), a Hispanic-serving institution that serves more than 8,600 students in California's Central Valley, today announced a major new initiative designed to improve student retention, particularly among low-income and first-generation students at its Stockton campus. Through a partnership with College Possible, a national nonprofit that connects high school and college students with near-peer success coaches, Stanislaus State will provide coaching and mentoring programs for more than 400 students from historically underrepresented backgrounds.

The partnership with College Possible builds on the nonprofit's 20-year history of training AmeriCorps service members as college access and success mentors to help low-income high school juniors and seniors enroll in -- and complete -- college. Dubbed Catalyze, College Possible intends to scale similar, near-peer coaching programs across a growing number of institutions nationwide. Recent results show that 92 percent of first time college students were retained from fall 2018 to spring 2019.

"We are proud to integrate new and innovative approaches to better support our students, which is why Catalyze is such a fitting new model for the unique needs of Stanislaus State students," said Kim Greer, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at California State University, Stanislaus. "By tapping into the talents and experiences of recent college graduates and the near-peer coaching model, our partnership will enable us to close gaps in resource equity, help first-generation and low-income students navigate the first year of college, and prepare more students for a successful experience in pursuit of a degree."

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