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It’s being called a groundbreaking program. A pathway for Fresno Unified students to obtain a medical degree.

The school district and California Health Sciences University (CHSU) will announce a partnership to fast track high school students through a two- or four-year college and into CHSU.

It is the continuation of career technical education, long championed by school board president Brooke Ashjian.

“Kids will take the curriculum. And, if they take all the curriculum and if they are good students, they will take a couple of years of a junior college or in conjunction with a four-year college,” Ashjian said. “The Assemi family has guaranteed 20 seats for Fresno Unified kids. Twenty seats are guaranteed for those kids to sit in that medical college. It is revolutionary of what they’ve done. The generosity is beyond understanding.”

The Assemi Family founded CHSU. They also own Granville Homes, which is the corporate owner of GV Wire.

Also in town for support is state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.  He says it is important to keep students local.

“It is the idea of growing your own, having local students get excited about career pathways while in they are high school, then working with the community colleges and then from there getting into the university program and medical school program,” Torlakson said.


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Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email