Apply Now for Fall 2016 School of Allied Health

August 27, 2016

Are you ready for a career in allied health? Whether you are entering college for the first time, thinking about changing careers, or transferring from another institution, Plaza College is ready to help find a program that is right for you!

At Plaza’s School of Allied Health, doctors and medical experts prepare students at the associate and baccalaureate level to enter the allied health workforce with up-to-date knowledge of the important laws and technology in the field. Students have several areas they can major in:

  • Patient Information Management, BBA
  • Medical Assisting, AAS
  • Health Information Technology, AAS
  • Administrative Studies – Medical Office, AOS
  • Medical Billing and Coding

With extensive student support services and a prime location in Forest Hills, Plaza has everything you need to succeed.

The fall semester begins in September, so contact us today! Call admissions at 718-505-4188 or send us a message.

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Student Writing: Scholarship Winner George Fielack

August 24, 2016

This year, Plaza was proud to have two students win Alpha Sigma Lambda national scholarships! Today we feature the award-winning essay of George Fielack, a 4.0 student in the BBA Management program, seen here accepting the Anna S. Callahan Award at the July Graduate Awards Ceremony.

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A couple of years ago, my father was diagnosed with Alzhmeimer’s. In the meantime, I was battling a dilemma of my own that is humiliating and scary: alcoholism. News of my father’s condition did not help my situation as I spiraled out of control. If I couldn’t get my act together, I wouldn’t be able to be there to help my father.

I managed to get the help that I needed through re-hab and an AA twelve step program. As for my father, I had to become the primary care provider and take over all the essential health, home, and financial situations that arose. The child became the parent and the parent the child. It was difficult for me to find steady work because I couldn’t commit to steady hours of employment. I’m an only child with no immediate relatives close by. It was either me or a nursing home, and that was out of the question.

So, instead of sitting around with self-pity or resentment, I recognized that I was wasting (drinking) away my life, and I would be useless in my current state. I took control and began to value my life again. As a recovering alcoholic, I had to stay focused on things other than drinking to maintain balance, so I decided to focus on finishing my education.

I then discovered Plaza College, enrolled, and the journey of a new life began. From the start, I knew this was going to be a perplexing time for me because I had not been in school for a long time. Only time would tell if I would be able to handle the pressure of school, my dad, and my struggle.

As it turns out, in 15 months I have learned that I’m stronger than I think I am. Academically, I’ve been able to maintain a 4.0 GPA and have been on the Trustees’ List since my first semester. In turn, this has led me to become a member of the Pi Chi chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda. In October of 2015, I ran for Vice President of our chapter and was elected. It was an incredible honor to be recognized by my peers.

My fellow officers and I started our college’s first humanitarian project for the major hospital in our area, Jamaica Hospital. We created a college-wide toy drive for all those children who would be in the hospital during the holidays. For several weeks before Christmas, I encouraged students to bring toys for the drive by passing out flyers and personally speaking with students and faculty across the campus, encouraging them to donate. To our great delight, students and faculty responded most generously, and we had many toys to distribute. With this, my fellow members and I went and met with the children to personally hand out the toys; the smiles on their faces were priceless.

Beyond the toy drive, this spring our chapter plans to have a workshop on substance abuse for our entire campus. It is our hope that we will raise awareness and offer hope for those who might be suffering or know someone who is.

In addition, I have also helped out in other ways across campus and the community. At Plaza College, I have taken an active role in fundraisers for Breast Cancer research, Alzheimer’s research, AIDS patients, and victims of Domestic Violence. As an ambassador to the Department of Student Life, I have had the opportunity to tutor students in a wide range of subjects, from Math and Information Technology to English Composition.

Outside of school, I bring my personal experience, strength, and hope to AA meetings, centers, and detoxes around the city. In fact, as a way to give back to the program, I sponsor other struggling alcoholics to try and stay sober. In my role, I aim to inspire them by guiding them through the twelve steps and traditions of AA that make for a better life.

Plaza College, Alpha Sigma Lambda, and AA have given me the skills, understanding, and patience to make it in today’s world. Together, they have made me realize that life is about progress and not perfection. This summer, I’ll be finishing my Associate’s Degree and going straight into the Bachelors program. I will be the first to achieve such a degree in my family. If granted this scholarship, it would be an honor to my family as well as a positive example to other AA members who want to achieve success without alcohol as I have done.


August 22: This Month at Plaza

August 22, 2016

Monday-Friday: ARC opens for invited intersession; Invited late finals in Student Services

Monday-Friday: Book Buyback – See August 3 email from Dean Howle for details.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “Do not anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.”  – Benjamin Franklin


Apply Now for Fall 2016 School of Business and Technology

August 20, 2016

Are you interested in a career in business or technology? Whether you are entering college for the first time, thinking about changing careers, or transferring from another institution, Plaza College is ready to help find a program that is right for you.

At Plaza’s School of Business and Technology, expert professors prepare students at the associate and baccalaureate level to compete in the dynamic business community of New York City. Students have several areas they can major in:

  • Business Administration Management, BBA
  • Business Administration, AAS
  • Accounting and Information Systems, AOS
  • Administrative Studies, AOS

With extensive student support services and a prime location in Forest Hills, Plaza has everything you need to succeed.

The fall semester begins in September, so contact us today! Call admissions at 718-505-4188 or send us a message.

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Graduation Flashback with New Photos!

August 17, 2016

Don't miss these new photos from Plaza College's 99th Graduation Ceremony on June 11!

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August 15: This Month at Plaza

August 15, 2016

Monday, August 15: ARC opens for invited intersession; Invited late finals in Student Services

Monday-Friday: Book Buyback – See August 3 email from Dean Howle for details.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “The ant is knowing and wise, but he doesn't know enough to take a vacation.” – Clarence Day


Earn Your HSED and College Credits at the Same Time!

August 13, 2016

Have you always wanted to further your education but didn’t know how to start? Have you been unable to complete your GED due to other commitments? Are you looking for a way to advance your career that will balance with your schedule?

Then check out the Plaza College Career Pathways program!

Designed to help students earn their high school equivalency while also earning college credits, Career Pathways offers day and evening courses. Learn from expert professors and jump start your associate’s degree at the same time. Career Pathways students complete their HSED requirements and work their way toward majors in the School of Business and Technology or the School of Allied Health. 

With extensive student support services and a prime location in Forest Hills, Plaza has everything you need to succeed! The fall semester begins in September, so start the application process now. Call admissions at 718-505-4188 or send us a message. Seats are limited, so contact us today!

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Student Writing: Jeannette Duran’s Awards Ceremony Speech

August 10, 2016

On July 13, Plaza College students gathered with faculty, friends, and family to celebrate the annual Graduate Awards Ceremony. Read the inspirational words of student speaker Jeannette Duran here!

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First and foremost, I would like to thank you all for attending this very special occasion. I cannot be more grateful for this honor. Plaza College is by far the best decision I have made, and it is the reason that I have come this far.

At my time in Plaza, I learned so much not only academically but of the person I knew I wanted to become. My philosophy is always keep a positive mind. If you have a positive attitude during a negative moment in your life, everything else simply falls into place. It may not be exactly when you want it, but I promise you, it will be exactly when you need it.

Plaza has shaped my philosophy because there were many times I came home crying, wanting to give up and walk away, but I always knew my professors would not let me fail. They knew the potential I had and pushed me until I made it.

I would like to congratulate all the award winners this evening. You all are truly amazing and a prime example of how hard work pays off. It is because of all those sleepless nights studying and finishing up assignments that we are all here today. It is because of all those extra hours we spent in the Academic Resource Center that we are all here today, and it is because of all the wonderful support we got from our loved ones that we are here today. We made it, and I cannot think of a better group of people to share these achievements with.

I would like to end with this quote “Every successful individual knows that his or her achievement depends on a community of persons working together” by Paul Ryan, and I cannot think of a better community than Plaza College. We honestly would not be here if it wasn’t for the wonderful support we got from all of our professors, Deans, Directors and all the faculty and staff who never gave up on us.

Thank you all for joining us on this wonderful evening and once again congratulations to all the award winners!


August 8: This Month at Plaza

August 8, 2016

Monday, August 8 to Wednesday, August 10: Book Drive – donations accepted at the Student Life Office

Monday, August 8: Final Exams

Tuesday, August 9: Final Exams

Wednesday, August 10: Final Exams

Thursday, August 11: Summer break begins

Monday-Friday: Book Buyback – See August 3 email from Dean Howle for details.

Monday, August 15: ARC opens for invited intersession; Invited late finals in Student Services​

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts and to be assured that our questions are just as important as our answers.– Fred Rogers


Summer Break Hours

August 7, 2016

Summer break begins on Thursday, but Plaza will still be open! Read below for detailed schedules offered in Student Services, the ARC, and Admissions. If you have any questions, call 718-779-1430.

ARC Intersession Work

Students will be contacted by the ARC if late work is left for them by a professor. Keep in mind that late finals are handled in Student Services and need to be completed separately.

  • Monday, August 15: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 16: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 17: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 18: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday, August 19: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Monday, August 22: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 23: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 24: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 25: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday, August 26: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Monday, August 29: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 30: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 31: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 1: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Friday September 2: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Student Services Late Finals Hours

Students will be contacted by Student Services if a late final is left for them by a professor. Keep in mind that any late work other than a late final needs to be completed in the ARC. Students must arrive at least 30 minutes before closing to begin an exam. Late finals will be given at the following times.

  • Monday, August 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 16 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 17 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday, August 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Monday, August 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 23 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 24 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday, August 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Monday, August 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 31 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 1 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday, September 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Student Services Open

  • Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admissions Department Hours

  • Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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