Father and Son Graduate From Plaza College Together

June 13, 2011
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Fathers and sons engage in a wide variety of activities together, but graduating from college usually isn’t one of them.

Conventional practices did not deter 50-year-old Andres Lasalle from attending Plaza College, and subsequently recruiting his son Matthew Lasalle to join him there. On June 17, they will be the first father and son pair to graduate from Plaza College together and the first members of their family to receive a college diploma.
                                                                                                                                “By studying all those late nights, we made a bond with each other,” said Andres. “It brought us closer together.”
                                                                                                                          Graduating was not enough for the father and son team of Plaza College, as they are known around the school. They are also giving the commencement speech at their graduation, and each received multiple commendations at Plaza’s annual Graduates Awards Ceremony on June 2 at Terrace on the Park. Matthew won the Alumni Association Service Award, as well as awards for citizenship, typing speed and writing. His father won awards for citizenship, collegiate spirit and having a GPA over 3.7.
                                                                                                                             “They represent the finest that our school has to offer,” said Professor Jonathan Howle, director of Alumni Relations at Plaza College. “We are always saying that our college, because it’s so small, is like a family. This takes that to another level. They’re such a powerful symbol for the college.”
                                                                                                                                The elder Lasalle, who lost his job as a security manager in January 2009, decided to go back to school when he found it difficult to gain employment without a college degree.

“Since he always had a job he never had time for school,” said Matthew. “Seeing him sacrifice time to get the degree, because that’s what he needed to take care of all of us, made his work ethic rub off on me. It was great to finish this journey with him.”

Andres will graduate with his associate’s degree in business administration and is continuing his education as he pursues his bachelor’s degree. Matthew is graduating with his associate’s degree in medical assistance, and will attend medical school to fulfill his dream of becoming a doctor. Through their determination, Andres and Matthew inspired Daniel Fernandez, Matthew’s cousin, to also attend Plaza College.

Andres and Matthew didn’t have any classes together, but they did share several professors. Although Andres has an excellent reputation with his teachers, it is Matthew who is graduating with the higher GPA, a fact he will surely prevent his father from ever forgetting. Regardless of grades, all who have met them expect the father and son team of Plaza to accomplish their goals.

“If Matthew says he’s going to be a doctor, he will be,” said Professor Howle. “I can see Andres running his own business and giving Donald Trump a run for his money.”


Humanitarian Day 2011 – 1112 Reasons to Celebrate!

June 10, 2011
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Plaza College
# 202, 74-09 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
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Dear Plaza College Community, 

I just wanted to send a HUGE “thank you” for your incredible generosity this past Tuesday for Humanitarian Day.

Together, in one day, we raised $1112 for the Arthritis Foundation and the American Red Cross. Each group will receive a check for $556 from Plaza College.

I hope you are all aware of how far your donations will go! This money will help those suffering from arthritis, from young children to senior citizens. It will also go to help people in the south and midwest, who lost everything after the recent tornados. Even more urgently, the money we raised may mean that a few families, currently living in temporary shelters in rural Missouri, will have three meals each day, for one or two weeks.

I must give a few shout-outs to some extraordinary members of the Plaza community, without whom we could not have had this great success.
I would especially like to thank two amazing students who helped coordinate Humanitarian Day. From making and distributing flyers – to working 12 hours non-stop on Tuesday, they did it all!

Asmaa Abbas and Tereesa Ifill.

These incredible women are only in their third semester and have made such a difference. THANK YOU, ASMAA and TEREESA!!!!

Many, many thanks to all of the following (Alumni, Students, Faculty, Staff, Administrators) for their time & their incredibly generous donations to the event:

Akinbajo, Titi
Arboleda, Veronica (Alum)
header_admissionsArgudo, Yvonne
Barclay, Malik
Blandon, Juan G.
Butchy, Laura (Professor)
Cordoba, Caroline
Cruz, Danneza

Eckhardt, Anne (Professor)
Escobar, Kristy
Espinal, Shayeeda

header_financial aidFordunski, Marisa (Professor)
Fortyz, Brandie
Gadson, Kenya
Garcia, Danny
Gomez, Edward
Gordon, Autherine
Graham, Tiffany
Hassan, Abdul

Hicks, Elizabeth (Faculty/Staff)
header_student servicesHolloway, Shirley
Hunter-Montilla, Marlen
Hussein, Emad
Kaur, Mandeep
Kennedy, Kiesha
King, Christopher
Konrad, Jozefa
Leggett, Cynthia
Loffert, Lin (Professor)

header_financial aidMarrero, Melissa
Marte, Estefania
Marte, Jose (Alum)
Martin, Katrina
McManus, Lynn (Professor)
Melara, Richard
Montgomery, Randi
Murphy, Rita (Professor)
Nixon, Candace

Noonan, Andrea
header_community relationsPadgett, Diana
Papoutsakis, Evangeli
Persaud, Archmanie
Rodriguez, Elka
Savillano, Angela (Alum)
Shankar, Yeshodha
Sibblis, Dorothea (Professor)
Sosa, Emily
Thompson, Ruth
Tortora, Melissa (Professor)
Vass, Anthony

Young, Solomon 

AGAIN, PLAZA – WE DID IT!!!!!!

Many thanks,
Professor Howle



Plaza College Cap & Gown and Ticket Distribution for Graduation

June 8, 2011
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# 202, 74-09 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
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Plaza College’s graduation ceremony will be taking place next Friday June 17th, 2011!

header_financial aidWe are all so proud of our 2011 graduates for being hard-working individuals who achieved their goals. We would like to announce that we have tickets for graduation as well as cap and gowns. Plaza College will be distributing tickets for graduation as well Cap and gowns to each student starting this Thursday June 9th, 2011 until Thursday June 16th, 2011.

Here are the days and times you MUST abide by:

  • Thursday, June 9th – 11:40am – 7:30pm
  • Friday, June 10th– 9:00am – 4:30pm
  • Monday, June 13th – 9:00am – 6:00pm
  • Tuesday, June 14th – 9:00am – 7:30pm
  • Wednesday, June 15th – 9:00am – 6:00pm
  • Thursday, June 16th – 9:00am – close (time not decided)
  • Friday, June 17th – GRADUATION 9:00AM SHARP!

The Plaza College graduation ceremony will be held at the Kupferberg Center of Queens College located on 65-30 Kissena Blvd Flushing, New York. There is a ticket limit per student of 7 tickets.

We look forward to seeing all of our 2011 graduates next Friday June, 17th!


The Art of Finding Summer Work

June 6, 2011
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Teens and young adults are likely to have a tougher time getting a summer job, with unemployment rates for the age group at nearly three times the national average. There is extreme competition for jobs between recent college graduates and established adults. Kelli Grant, Senior Consumer Reporter for SmartMoney.com, shares how to increase your chances.

Your resume is the first thing employers look at so make sure it looks good. Teens won’t have the work experience older workers do, but here’s the chance to brag about your high GPA, computer skills and other talents that show you’re talented, accountable and a potentially good worker. If you’re able to stay on after Labor Day, mention that in a cover letter for employers looking for a more long-term hire. 
Get out and pound the payment. Applying online through sites like SnagaJob.com is a great start, but teens are better off handing in an application in person, or stop by to check in on one sent online, so you can make a good impression on the manager. Dress the part so that you come across as responsible and professional. 
If it’s less a matter of money than of finding something productive to do, consider lending your time and talents at a local nonprofit, or taking an unpaid internship. These are great resume builders and provide experience that can help you find employment later.
Starting your own business is an option. It’s a good summer to be your own boss. SBA.gov, DECA.org and Future Business Leaders of America all offer resources to help you create a business plan and get started. Need seed money? Kickstarter.com lets you appeal to others to make contributions to fund your start-up. 
For more information on finding summer employment and other consumer tips click here.



Plaza College Career Services Will Help You!

June 2, 2011
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We would like to start this blog off by congratulating all of the Plaza College students who will be participating in our Graduate Recognition Ceremony. The Ceremony will be taking place tonight from 6:00pm – 9:00pm at the Penthouse Sweet located at 52-11 111th Street in Flushing Meadow Park. Tickets for this event will be $50 in advance and $60 at the door. Come on down and enjoy some complimentary refreshments with the Plaza College student award recipients and faculty.

                                                                                                                                The Office of Career Services at Plaza College is here to help you achieve your professional goals and obtain the job you want! The department offers a wide variety of services to all students upon graduation, from career planning and information, helpful tips for writing and creating resumes, interview tactics and techniques, and to help you figure out your role in career-related choices.

KEY QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF WHEN YOU MAKE AN APPOINTMENT:

Do you know what career you are interested in?

Do you know what the job will bring on a day to day basis?

What is the average salary?
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What kind of skills are needed?

What kind of experience is needed?

PLACEMENT TAILORED FOR YOU:

Before you accept a position, you have to make a well-educated decision and do your homework. Schedule an appointment with Career Services to get the most information and examine all your options and alternatives in any career path. Plaza both offers placement services and assists students in self-directed searches.

Career Services at Plaza College boasts a 90% placement rate! Our graduates are prepared and ready to go out into the world of work, whether it is in a business, medical or computer related field. Career Services at Plaza will help you achieve your goals!

CAREER SERVICES OFFICE HOURS:
 Registrar/Request a transcript
Monday – Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Evening appointments are available also.


How Many Jobs Are There For College Graduates?

May 31, 2011
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According to the Wall Street Journal not only are every 3 out of 4 companies hiring recent college graduates, but most of those employers consider writing ability (75%) and analytic skill (79%) to be important abilities for their new hires to possess.



Here are some valuable tips on how to find one of these jobs.

Only take an unpaid internship if it will truly advance your career goals. Just because an internship will look good on your application to a better job or graduate school, initiate the construction of a network you have some hope of using within the next year, or in which you’re really learning your trade, not simply performing clerical tasks.

That said, take any paying job in the field you want to work in, even if it’s a low level clerical position. Once you “get your foot in the door” you can quickly work your way into a better position for yourself. If you let management know that you are ambitious, hard-working, eager to learn and smarter than the average bear you will succeed within the company.

Let People Know You Need Work and are Willing to Do Anything.  Let everyone know that you’re available for work. This means your parents, friends, colleagues, online social networks, professors, and people with whom you have casual conversations standing in line at the grocery store. You never know who knows someone who knows someone who needs someone just like you to help out in their business or professional affairs, particularly since businesses have been working short staffed because of the recession for some time now.

Don’t be shy or hesitant. You’re smart, well-educated, capable and eager to work. Don’t let the people who say it can’t be done get you down. You may not be able to pay down your student debt with the income you’ll earn from this first job, but you will from the one after that or the one that follows that.



10 Ways College Students Can Honor Memorial Day

May 27, 2011
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Memorial Day is perhaps best known as the three day holiday which formally kicks off summer time. Usually, the day is celebrated with family, friends, and neighbors meeting together and having a barbecue with hotdogs, hamburgers and beer being the most popular food items. Kids love the day because it symbolizes the beginning of beach season and the opening of the neighborhood pools.

Memorial Day is in fact not meant to be a celebration at all. The fact is, the day was initially meant to be a day of solemn remembrance of fallen war veterans. While there are no past records to indicate when and where Memorial Day had its’ official start; it allegedly began sometime during the Civil War. The wives and families of fallen Civil War soldiers would visit the mass grave sites and place flowers, Bibles, family photos and other items on the graves.  This tradition was known as “Decoration Day.”   The first official “Decoration Day” came about in 1868, when flowers and flags were placed on graves in Arlington National Cemetery.  In 1951,   a poet by the name of Moina Michael started selling red, white and blue flowers, with the earnings going to military families in need.  However, the Memorial Day holiday did not become official until Congress passed the bill in 1971.
Besides cookouts and trips to the beach, there are many ways that college students can help keep alive the real meaning of Memorial Day.
  1. Fly the United States flag at half mass until noon.
  2. Volunteer to place flags on the graves of war veterans.
  3. Visit a Civil War battlefield.
  4. Fly a MIA/POW flag in remembrance of soldiers that have never come home.
  5. Participate in the “National Moment of Remembrance”  by taking a moment of silence at 3:00 p.m. on Memorial Day.
  6. Make a charitable contribution to a charity that offers support to war veterans and their families.
  7. Show your pride by wearing your red, white and blue.
  8. Volunteer to help with your neighborhood parade.
  9. Listen to patriotic music/watch patriotic movies
  10. Visit a war memorial.
Have a Happy Memorial Day Weekend!


Career Tips and Advice for Upcoming + Recent Graduates

May 25, 2011
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# 202, 74-09 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
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Upcoming and Recent graduates are having struggle now days when it comes to finding jobs. While the unemployment rate is getting lower, getting a job is still extremely tough for those with little or no work experience. Here are some tips for recent graduates looking for work.

Do Your Research
Before you go into any job interview, be sure to research and understand the company you are applying to. By having a deep understanding of the companies background information, you will be viewed as a prepared and interested potential employee for that company.


Practice Interviewing
Take time to practice and rehearse interviewing before you actually get there. Have family and friends ask you the most common interview questions so you can be prepared and know what you are getting yourself involved with.


Come Prepared With Questions
At the end of a job interview when the interviewer asks, “Do you have any questions for me”, the answer should be yes. You can ask them vague questions such as, “What do you like best about your job?” or “how would you describe the work atmosphere here?”. By asking these questions you show interest to the interviewer and the company.

When in Doubt, Dress Up
If you are not sure what the dress code is of the employees, be sure to more formal than informal. By dressing up, you show that you are professional and that you take the interview process seriously. 


Be Flexible
Of course we all have places to be and people to see but, when an potential employer ask’s your schedule, you make it completely 100% available to whatever they need. Do not limit yourself to just one city or company. Keep an open mind about all potential opportunities and brightening your future.

Keep Building Your Resume
While you apply for jobs, continue to build your resume. Take on an internship, volunteer, or take on a part time job. By continuing to build your resume and increase your skill set, you make yourself more marketable to potential employers.
Figure Out Where You Are Going Wrong
If you aren’t landing any jobs, take a look at where you are going wrong. If you aren’t getting any interviews, go back over your resume and spruce it up by getting more experience or adding information to it. If you are getting interviews but not jobs, practice your interviewing skills so that you can be more successful in your interviews and potentially get job offers.
Utilize Your Network
Reach out to the people in your professional network for their assistance in your job hunt. Oftentimes when it comes to getting hired, it’s not what you know but who you know. So send along your resume and have your contacts pass it along to anyone they know at their HR department
Don’t Rely Solely on the Internet
When searching for a job, don’t depend solely on the Internet. Be sure to attend job fairs, industry events, and utilize other networking opportunities to get your resume out there.
Have an Elevator Speech
An elevator speech is a 30 second spiel about your experience and career goals. Having an elevator speech is not only a great way to quickly introduce yourself at networking events but is also a good way to answer the “tell me about yourself” interview question.
Sign Up for LinkedIn
LinkedIn is a great way to get all of your professional contacts in one place for networking. Sign up for LinkedIn, add everyone you know, and make sure to fill out your profile completely. LinkedIn also has a job search tool, so take advantage of that.
Send Thank You Notes
After every interview, be sure to send thank you notes to each person who interviewed you. Sending a thank you note shows that you appreciate the interviewer’s time and gives you an advantage over candidates who don’t send thank you notes.
Do What You Love
No matter what, take a job that you will love. If you don’t, you will be miserable and probably won’t end up staying at your job very long. Be sure you are happy with what you are doing.
Don’t Get Discouraged
If you are getting lots of rejections, don’t get discouraged. Remember that times are tough right now and getting a job is hard. Keep sending out your resume and stay positive.
Utilize Your School’s Resources
Most schools will give graduates access to their career center up to one year after graduation. So head on over to your career center to get your resume critiqued, practice your interviewing skills, and check out recent job postings.



Help Plaza College Build Their Social Media Presence and Win Tickets In Return

May 20, 2011

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Help Plaza College build our social media presence and win 2 free tickets to see sister act, produced by Whoopi Goldberg! Plaza College is staying heavily involved in Social Media and communicating with students through social platforms. Now for the first time, Plaza College will be running a contest that will reward a winner for connecting to certain Plaza College social media pages.


Plaza College is looking to build their following on their Social Media websites, and we need your help to do it!  One lucky winner will be chosen to win the tickets!  Here’s how you enter-


1. Subscribe to our Blog at www.PlazaCollege.BlogSpot.com

2. “Like” our Facebook Page at www.Facebook.com/PlazaCollege

Write the name “Whoopi” on our wall one time, or once a day.

It’s that simple!  One of the “Whoopi”s written on the Plaza College Facebook wall will be randomly chosen, and if that person “Likes” the page and has subscribed to follow the Blog, they win!

If you really want to impress the judges you can connect with Plaza College on even more social pages! Feel free to connect with the following pages:

Twitter: www.twitter.com/plazacollege

Foursquare: https://foursquare.com/venue/14306819

Flickr: www.flickr.com/photos/plazacollege/

Good Luck!

How to Prepare for Life After College

May 18, 2011
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One of the first things to ask yourself when preparing your life after college is “Where do I see myself in five years?” The answer to that question should help you set goals for post college life and put you on the right path to success while you are still in school. You can plan for post college life while you are still in school. Once you graduate, you want to have developed firm skills and connections to help you meet your goals for life after college. You might want to go to grad school after college, or you may want to go straight to work. If you aren’t sure what you want to do yet, think about what you really enjoy. What are your hobbies and passions in your everyday life? What activities make you excited? Getting a taste of fields you might be interested in while you are still in college will help you decide what field to pursue.
Consider internships to help build up experience. Even if the experience doesn’t pay now, it will likely pay off later on. Internships and volunteer experiences while you are still in school are some of the best ways to get experience in fields that don’t normally hire people for paid positions who are inexperienced. These types of experiences will also help you to determine whether or not you truly enjoy the type of work you will be doing in your chosen field.
Whether you decide to go to work after graduation or enroll in a post graduate program, making connections is very important. You want to make a good impression on the people you meet in college, because later on, you are likely to need references and letters of recommendation. You will want to give people you meet a reason to remember you favorably. Also keep in mind that the friends you make in college could also wind up helping you find job leads in the future. No matter what career you choose to pursue, the people you know are important and can be a major source of help, advice, and support.
 
For graduate school, research and good grades are very important. Begin looking at the programs that you are interested in as early as possible to see what is required. This will help you set realistic goals and decide how much time you need to put into studying and keep your dreams in sight. It will help keep you motivated.
If you aren’t sure about what you want to do, that’s fine, too. Taking the general courses for a couple of years to see what you enjoy the most before choosing a major is absolutely fine. You’ll save more time by just taking the basic courses rather than plunging into a major and then switching later on. While figuring things out, consider joining some of the on-campus clubs and activities. Getting involved in activities is a great way to meet people and can also lead you to finding your passion.




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