September 3, 2019

Thank you to the Queens Chamber of Commerce , for hosting their event “MATTERS OF THE HEART…HEART DISEASE DIALOGUE & CPR DEMO” at Plaza College!⁣

More about the event from the Queens Chamber of Commerce:⁣

“About 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for people of most ethnicities in the United States. To learn more about heart disease and it’s risks, Dr. Michael Goyfman shared causes, effects andprevention.⁣

We’re also aware accidents can happen anytime and anywhere. What makes these more dangerous is that they come at the most unexpected occasions. Following the conversation with Dr. Goyfman, Northwell’ Nursing Education team will provided cardiopulmonary resuscitation training, better known as CPR.”

Court Reporting Professional Visits Plaza

August 21, 2019

Thank you to Denise Huntington, RPR, CRR, CSR for visiting Plaza students & prospective students! Denise held a workshop where she shared insight on her careers path, gave advice to aspiring court reporters, and answered student questions.

More about Denise:

Denise Huntington, RPR, CRR, CSR
Denise began her career in Civil & Family Court where she worked for 10 years before transitioning into the NYS Supreme Court Criminal Division in Manhattan.

In her 22 years with the NYS Supreme Court, Denise has had the opportunity to work on many prestigious high profile trials such as: the Puff Daddy trial, two high profile crane collapses in Manhattan, Etan Patz (the first missing child to be on a milk carton), Roderick Colvin (for which she was featured on NBC’s Dateline).

When she is not in the courtroom, Denise is the Administrator for the Realtime Pilot Program currently being used in the Manhattan Criminal Courthouse. She also serves as the Treasurer of the Union representing the State Supreme Court.

Graduate Spotlight

August 20, 2019
Just think; this could be you!
Jenna B.
Patient Information Management, B.B.A.
Class of 2017
Access Service Representative
Northwell Health
Before deciding to continue her education at Plaza, Jenna B. was tirelessly working long hours at a Costco warehouse. “I would work all day and then just go home. I was 28 years old, I was beginning to feel the pressure of my age, nearing 30, and felt like I needed something more.”
She had previously owned her own business and thought she would pursue a degree in Business Management.
As a former business owner, Jenna always imagined going to school to sharpen her business skills. But one day, she overheard two women speaking about their upcoming graduation from Plaza College, with a degree in Medical Assisting. They were discussing their opportunities and aspirations for after graduation, and Jenna was intrigued. That same night, she went online to begin researching careers available on the administrative side of the medical field. She was pleasantly surprised.
Jenna recalls, “I called Plaza and was invited to come in the next day to learn more about the programs offered. I visited the campus the next day and my whole world was changed!”
As an Access Service Representative at Northwell Health, Jenna B. values the ideals of professionalism that she learned at Plaza.
She explains that during her mock interviews with Career Services, she learned how important it is to maintain a professional appearance in the workplace.  She encourages, “They showed me the value of learning how to express my own style in the most professional way. It was very important during my interview process.”
Jenna also highlights that when entering the work field, Plaza gave her the confidence to know she was prepared for any role she would fulfill.
She states, “ I knew entering my workplace that I had sharper and newer skills than people that had been working there for 10 years. I waited for opportunities to arise and then I would show them how I’ve learned in a more fresh and adaptive way.”
Jenna B., with her soft spoken manner, considers herself to have a shy personality. However, she feels working in the medical field has helped her gain confidence.
She clarifies, “Interacting with patients brings you out of your shell more than you would think it could. You begin to think of how you would feel if you were in their position, and how you would want someone to go out of their way to make you comfortable.”
Whether on the clinical or administrative side of the industry, working in the medical field can open your eyes greatly to the world around you.
Jenna shares, “You are feeling the rewards of helping others and at the same time, you are learning and you become inspired to take better care of yourself. It enforces the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.”

Alumni Association BBQ

August 15, 2019

Plaza College held its first annual Alumni Association BBQ, with alumni from the past few decades attending!

This was a great opportunity for alumni to network with fellow alumni & peers, catch up with old classmates, and share stories & advice for current & prospective students. Attendees enjoyed great food, music, views on the terrace, and a laptop raffle. To view more photos from the event, use this link.

Dental Hygiene White Coat Ceremony

August 9, 2019


Congratulations to the third dental hygiene cohort on earning their white coats! The white coat ceremony is a rite of passage, signifying a student’s completion of preclinical training and entering into clinical patient care. You can view more pictures through this link!



August 7, 2019



*PLEASE NOTE: Student Services will only be hosting late finals for paper and pencil exams
ONLY! Students needing to take missed computerized/online finals MUST speak with their
instructor(s), NOT Student Services. Lastly, Student Services will NOT be open on any intersession
Saturday’s starting August 10, 2019 through September 7, 2019. However, Student Services will resume normal Saturday operation on Saturday, September 14, 2019*

2019 Graduate Recognition Awards Ceremony

July 29, 2019

On July 17th, Plaza College recognized outstanding members of the 102nd graduating class at the annual Graduate Awards Ceremony.

Students, family members, and friends were joined by faculty, administration, staff, and trustees to enjoy speeches, awards presentations, incredible views, and dinner!

Thank you to everyone who made this a wonderful event and congratulations to all the award recipients!


The Second Annual Dental Hygiene Scientific Poster Session

July 24, 2019

The Second Annual Dental Hygiene Scientific Poster Session was held on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, in the Plaza College Commons.  Cohort 2 students featured cutting-edge dental and dental hygiene information as a requirement of their DH240 Oral Health Education course. Students conducted extensive peer-reviewed scientific research and presented their findings to the Plaza College faculty, staff, students, and administration with topics such as, “Sleep Apnea Related to  GERD and BMI,” “The Correlation Between Alzheimer’s Disease & Periodontal Disease,” and finally, “Why is Glycine Powder Air-Polishing Effective Before Hygiene Intervention?”

Have You Visited the ARC?

July 17, 2019

Plaza students are benefiting from Mr. Zarazoga’s extra math classes in the ARC every Tuesday and Thursday at 11:35 a.m. during college hour. Feel free to stop by to boost your math grade!

Additionally, the ARC (Academic Resource Center) is open for tutoring and individual work. If you need assistance with any classwork, a computer, or a place to study, please visit the ARC next to the library. The ARC has tutors available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in a variety of subjects. (Friday the ARC closes at 3 p.m. and reopens at 5 p.m.)

To make an appointment with a tutor in advance, stop by the ARC, call 718-779-1430, ext. 3354, or visit the ARC website and click on Tutoring – Schedule an Appointment. The ARC also offers weekly writing and math workshops.

Graduate Spotlight

July 12, 2019
Just think; this could be you!
Traci B.
Patient Information Management, B.B.A.
Class of 2017
File Administrator
New York Presbyterian
Prior to attending Plaza, Traci was working full time in retail, but wanted something more. She had dreams of becoming a doctor or a nurse. She wanted to make a difference in someone’s day.
As she rode the train, she began noticing signs for Plaza. She decided to do further research online about the Medical Assisting program. While talking to a friend, Tracimentioned she may take a leap of faith and return to school. Surprisingly, her friend had been contemplating the very same thing!
The two decided to visit Plaza together to gather more information. Traci says, “The first day I walked into Plaza, I met with an admissions counselor and went through the registration process the same day. I was sure this was the right step for me. I was right!”
Traci relates to other people’s struggles, and in turn, has a strong desire to help them. She explains, “At some point in your life, you or someone you love will need to be in a hospital. You will want the best care for that loved one. I want to be sure the best care is available.”
During her phlebotomy course, Traci realized the clinical side of the medical field was not for her. Instead, she was more drawn to the administrative side. After graduatingwith her Associate Degree in Medical Assisting, Traci decided to continue her education. In 2017, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Patient Information Management at Plaza.
Preparation from her courses and externship enabled Traci to jump right into her role as File Administrator at New York Presbyterian with ease. She recalls “During my externship at Kingsbrook, I learned, with detail, how to prep charts. When I started my job, I didn’t require any training on how to create and process charts – from start to finish.”
Traci’s educational background prepared her for daily interactions in the workplace.
“Medical Terminology. Billing and Coding. These classes gave me the foundation that my everyday duties are built on. Working in a hospital, even if you’re not drawing blood, you still have to know medical terms to understand the administrative side.”
Traci explains that she relies on skills she learned in school, “I am the liaison between the insurance providers and the coders. In order to perform my daily tasks, I have to be able to flag providers for different proficiencies. I learned this during my Reimbursement Course.”
Traci explains why she remains passionate about working in the medical field, “It is fulfilling to be in a selfless role. I wake up each day excited to bring a smile to someone’s face.”
The administrative side of the medical field requires a balance of skill and personality. Traci emphasizes that, “Anyone who has empathy and integrity is a perfect fit for this field. You have to care about the patients you are working with. At the same time, you are dealing with sensitive information, so you must have integrity.”
There are many career options within the medical field. Traci encourages others to find their path.
“Along the way you will find exactly what role you belong in. I did not end up where I originally thought, but I found my way to exactly where I wanted to be!”

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