Spring 2016 Classes Begin Tuesday!

May 1, 2016

Day and extended day classes resume on Tuesday, May 3, and new student orientation is on May 2. Whether your first class is Tuesday or Wednesday, remember to come prepared with your student ID, class schedule, and all the school supplies you will need to take notes and stay organized for your classes. Also, don’t forget to be in dress code!

Remember to check your most recent class schedule and your Winter 2016 grades on Plaza College’s MyPortal.

The add/exchange period for continuing students for Spring 2016 will end on Thursday, May 12. Students who wish to make a change to their schedule must visit Student Services by that day; if you have any questions, please see Student Services.

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Student Reviews: “Kinky Boots”

April 29, 2016

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Last semester, students in Dean Howle’s Film Study class attended the award-winning Broadway musical Kinky Boots starring Wayne Brady. Read some of their reviews below!

Flavia Brickhouse: “The musical was spectacular. I’ve never been to a Broadway show before; it was an amazing experience. My most favorite part was the ending (the finale). The dancing, the singing, and Wayne Brady’s make-up were flawless! The musical was put together very well. This experience made me feel like I should go see Broadway shows more often. I never realized how popular and amazing Broadway was until I experienced it myself.”

Yesenia Rivas: “I liked the musical better than the movie. I felt the musical gave more insight into both protagonists. My two favorite parts were when Lola was introduced in the musical and then the ending in Milan. I really enjoyed myself and plan to go to more shows. The performance was amazing, and the energy from the audience was great.”

Ruth Ramirez: “I loved the musical. It had me dancing in my seat. My favorite part was the ending. I loved seeing the whole cast come out in their kinky boots! I love going to Broadway – I wish I could go every day!”

Erika Molina: “The musical was very good. My favorite part was when Lola was singing to her father in the song “Hold Me In Your Heart.” I’ve always loved Broadway shows, but I never considered seeing Kinky Boots. Also, it was my first time going to a show for adults, which now makes me want to see more!”

Ernest Butt: “The musical was a wonderful experience. I loved both interpretations of the script (the film and the musical).”


Apply Now for Spring 2016 School of Allied Health

April 27, 2016

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

-Medical Office Technologies, 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 spring/summer semester begins May 3, so contact us today! Call admissions at 718-505-4188 or send us a message.

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April 25: This Week at Plaza

April 25, 2016

Monday, April 25 to Thursday, April 28: ARC Intersession and Late Finals Hours

Tuesday, May 3: Spring Semester Classes Begin!

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Life is too short to not have fun; we are only here for a short time compared to the sun and the moon and all that.” – Coolio


Congratulations to Microsoft Office Specialists!

April 23, 2016

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Plaza is proud to announce that more than 20 students have earned Microsoft Office Specialist Certification this semester. Their many hours of preparation and practice and outstanding performance on the tests helped them achieve an important credential for future employment opportunities. If you see the students below, be sure to congratulate them!

Microsoft Excel 2013 Certification:

  • Unbreen Anjum
  • Sergio Avila
  • Tomi Burayev
  • Jaime Cabrera
  • Angel Diaz
  • George Fielack
  • Anisa James
  • Padmani Lakharam
  • Angie Lopez
  • Rajendra Mangal
  • Azime Nekere
  • Banesha Ramsamooj
  • Germain Vilson

Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 Certification:

  • Raymonda Diab
  • Nefertina Lambus
  • Rajendra Mangal
  • Karen Meyer
  • Ana Mira
  • Gerald Solarte
  • Nigeria Sumpter-Lee

Microsoft Word 2013 Certification:

  • George Fielack
  • Gene Flores
  • Natalie Loaiza
  • Takiya Roebuck
  • Lynn Walker
  • Shaquana Watson

Thank you to Professor Madeline Lebron, Professor Susan Mookram, Professor Walter DeLaTorre, and all the faculty and staff who helped our students reach this level of expertise! Students interested in preparing for MOS certification should take the following courses: MGT1001 Management Tools and Resources for PowerPoint; IT151 Word Processing Operations for Word; IT116 Advanced Spreadsheet Applications for Excel.

Congratulations to all!

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Apply Now for Spring 2016 School of Business and Technology

April 22, 2016

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 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 spring/summer semester begins May 3, so contact us today! Call admissions at 718-505-4188 or send us a message.

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Students Study “The Color Purple”

April 20, 2016

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During finals week, students from Dean Loffert’s Introduction to the Arts class presented their projects about The Color Purple. Earlier in the semester, the class had read the novel, watched the movie version, and seen the Broadway musical. Then, individual students and groups presented scenes from the show, research about the story’s themes, and original writing related to the story. Below are some photos from the class presentations!

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April 18: This Week at Plaza

April 18, 2016

Monday, April 18: Late Finals Begin

Tuesday, April 19: ARC Intersession Hours Begin

Friday, April 22: Check MyPortal for Winter 2016 Grades

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Learning never exhausts the mind.” – Leonardo da Vinci


Spring Break Hours

April 17, 2016

Plaza College will be open during the spring break from April 18 to May 2! Please check the days and times below for details, and if you have questions, call 718-779-1430.

ARC Intersession Work April 19-28

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.

  • Tuesday, April 19: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 20: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 21: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Friday, April 22: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Monday, April 25: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 26: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 27: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 28: 10 a.m. to 5 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 by 6:30 p.m. to begin an exam, and exams must be completed by 8:00 p.m. For more details, contact Student Services.

  • Monday, April 18: 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 19: 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 20: 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 21: 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, April 22: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Monday, April 25: 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 26: 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 27: 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 28: 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 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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Student Writing: Convention Paper by Denise Fernandez

April 15, 2016

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Denise Fernandez presented her original paper titled “Home” to Sigma Kappa Delta members and sponsors from around the country at the 2016 national convention in Minneapolis. Read her inspiring story about overcoming domestic violence below.

As a child, I grew up in a domestic violence home. I didn’t know what it meant to have a loving family or a warm place to call home. As far back as I can remember, there were always fights, yelling, and hitting, but not towards my brother and me – towards my mom.

One summer day, when I was about 10 years old, I remember being at a carnival and coming home to my dad being enraged and fighting with my mom. He then broke everything we had in the house. That day, my mom finally said, “Enough is enough!” And she called 911. We had to take what was left – which was not very much – and we moved three hours away to Providence, Rhode Island, where we lived for the next two years.

Home to me was scary and painful. I constantly heard friends in school talking about their moms and dads, how they did things together, and how happy they were. This hurt me, but then again, my mom was playing the roles of both parents in our situation. She did the best she could for my brother and me. She tried to make the pain, hurt, scars, and suffering go away. She did everything by herself.  All she wanted was to see smiles on our faces.

We moved back to New York two years later. A few years passed by, and I became a teenager. However, in time, my mother got into yet another abusive relationship, and our home became a domestic violence home all over again. One day, she and her boyfriend had such a terrible fight that it left my mom with a black eye. This time, I gave my mom an ultimatum: I told her: It’s either HIM or ME. And sure enough, she chose him.

At the age of 16, I moved out and decided to start a home of my own. I dropped out of high school and started working in little clothing stores. Not long thereafter, I found out I was pregnant with my first son. I was charged with emotions. I thought, “What am I going to do?  How am I going to deal with being a teenage mom?”

I was worried because I had so much anger and hurt inside. However, as my baby grew inside of me, I learned to let go some of that hate and fear of becoming a mother. Now, 17 years have passed, and I have created my own home. I am happily married, not with one son, but with two young men and twin girls.

Two years ago, I was working in a warehouse, earning 10 dollars an hour. One day, I finally realized that making 10 dollars an hour wasn’t going to get me anywhere, so I said to myself, “All my kids are in school. Why don’t I give myself a second chance in life to go back to school and get a better education, not only for my children but for myself, to build a stronger home for all of us?”

I decided to return to school, earn my GED, and start my career. I gave my life a second chance to build a better home for my family because nothing lasts forever. Furthermore, even though I was happily married, I didn’t want to ever have to use the excuses my mom did and  stay in a relationship simply because I had no way to build a home for my children and myself.

There have been struggles, ups and downs, tears and smiles, and a lot of fear – but with much faith, today I stand strong. Throughout my life, I want to help encourage those who may think their lives are over for whatever reasons – and remind them that they can overcome and build anything they want, just as I did.

Today, I balance life as a full-time college student and a mom. My two boys are in a traveling baseball team, which means I have truly learned how to multi-task. I often sit for hours in parks watching them play, doing my homework, and cheering for their team – all at the same time! But I am not complaining.

As time passed, I learned how to forgive my mom, and today my mom and I have a very close relationship. My mom remarried but is separated at this moment. Still, I look back, and I thank my past for teaching me to be strong and motivating me to finally seize my second chance in life.

Never could I have imagined that I would go back to school and become a member of Sigma Kappa Delta. Becoming a member of an English honor society was an overwhelming experience for me at first. I have never been in an honor society before, so I didn’t know what to expect or what was expected of me. However, today, being a part of Sigma Kappa Delta makes me feel overjoyed. This society is a blessing. Sharing my essay with all of you has been an honor. This experience is more than an honor, actually. It, too, feels like home.


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