Student Ambassador: Alexander Callis
Introduction by Ms.Cohn, Associate Director of Student Activities:
Mr. Alexander Callis entered Plaza College in the Winter Semester of 2019 and is currently pursuing his Associate’s Degree in Healthcare Management. He desires to eventually go on for his Bachelor’s in Healthcare Information Technology. During this short time, Alex has become a well known friendly face circulating in the Commons, introducing himself to students and faculty alike. As the semester moved forward, Alex and other students formed a peer group whose main focus is academics (homework, studying for exams, etc), peer to peer support, and volunteerism (Student Life events). Learn more about what motivates Alex to be a Plaza College Ambassador!
Q: What inspired you to “come back to school?”
A: To better my life by achieving a better career and comfortable retirement.
Q: What was your motivation to choose the course of study for your Associate’s Degree in Healthcare Management?
A: I like working with people. I also like being a position to help medical and insurance companies coordinate their back end infrastructure more effectively for the patient’s care.
Q: Talk to me about your current career. What are your main responsibilities?
A: I work with parole officers to provide resources to their given parolees dealing with HIV, drugs, alcohol and hepatitis C. The focus is also on harm reduction. The ultimate goal is the help them lead healthy lifestyles and be productive citizens in society and the workforce.
Q: What have you learned about people from working with this population?
A: You can’t be judgmental, everyone has their own story. We are here to be an ear and be a source of support for the decisions they make. We all make wrong decisions but it’s about how you correct them to go on with your life.
Q: What draws you into being an ambassador and volunteering for so many events and initiatives at Plaza College?
A: Fun! I like seeing my peers happy with a smile on their face. I want them to know that somebody cares.
Q: What do you hope to contribute to the student body this semester?
A: I hope I can encourage students to enjoy the education they are getting, their peers and instructors. I hope they can approach the semester with an open mind. The goal is to gain more knowledge of their studies to apply towards to a successful career.
Q: How can students connect with you?
A:Just come by and say hi! Be yourself and get involved with Student Life activities!
Being accepted to Plaza College was an exciting moment in my life. It allowed me to achieve my goal; to complete a Bachelor's in the Business Administration program. Plaza College professors and administrative staff are dedicated to helping students to be successful in their endeavors.
“My mother graduated from Plaza. My father graduated from Plaza. My brother graduated from Plaza. I graduated from Plaza. We are very proud of our educational background.”
"Being a student at Plaza College has paved a new road of achievement towards a successful career in Medical Assisting for me. My time here has been filled with academic accomplishments on things I didn't think I could do! Plaza College is your career starter!"
“Professor Warmouth has always gone above and beyond in supporting what I need to do, whether it’s for her class or another in the program. She’s taught me additional skills on top of what we learn.”
“Everyone you meet here supports your career trajectory in one way or another. Dr. Anderson told me you have to know what you want and be on your ‘p’s and q’s.’ I realized I had to focus and buckle down on my studies to be successful. “
“I went to another school that didn’t give me the care and personal attention the way Plaza College does. They truly care about me becoming a better person."
"The Court Reporting Faculty at Plaza College has helped me in so many way. Even after I graduated, I have still been in touch with all of them and they have helped me with job placement and test taking!"
"I am currently in my last semester of the Medical Assistant Program. Our last semester comes with an externship component, where we demonstrate all the skills we learned at Plaza College. I strongly feel that Plaza College has prepared me with both my clinical and clerical skills."
"My admissions advisor guided me, set up appointments and sat with me through the process. Other schools simply threw the requirements at me, but at Plaza I received personal attention.”
“Academically, teachers are always willing to help you and will stay longer after the classes. They are responsive over email and you can always go to the Academic Resource Center (ARC) for extra support.”
“Being a single parent and coming back to school after a good amount of time was definitely a challenge and the professors have been willing and easy to communicate with. If I’m having a difficult situation, need some flexibility or need clarification, they’ve been easy to reach out to with no hesitation."
“The hands-on training has been a tremendous help in preparing me for my externship. Everything I was taught in all my clinical classes was exactly what I was able to use in my externship and more. The skills that I learned at Plaza College will help me in all of my future endeavors.”
“I chose Plaza College because I wanted to be in an accelerated program, where I am able to commit full-time, and start working as a dental hygienist much faster. One thing I can truly say is that the administration, staff, and the new long-life friends that you make here will help you get through all the obstacles one step at a time!