Dear Plaza College Community:
On the heels of rebuilding after an unprecedented pandemic, our nation has been thrust into yet another trying time in history. The events unfolding across the country, sparked by the tragic death of George Floyd, have made the anger, sadness, and despair of its citizens palpable. Our hearts ache for Mr. Floyd, his family, and everyone affected by the persistence of fundamental inequality in our society.
We have gone from staying home to prevent the spread of COVID-19, to now observing legal curfews in order to protect citizens from violence. In the face of this grave injustice, set against a backdrop of economic uncertainty and general fear for the future, we must remain committed to our core values as a society. Access to an education that promotes tolerance and understanding is critical when addressing these issues, for it is only through open-mindedness that we, as a society, can achieve what we set out to accomplish.
This institution was founded in Queens in 1916, and we’ve called this community home since that day. This Borough is unique – it’s the most diverse county in the entire world. And, as a member of this community, Plaza College has always prided itself on its diversity and commitment to equality and inclusivity. For all 104 years of our existence, we have remained true to our mission – to educate our students and provide them with the tools they need to improve their lives for the better.
During these trying times, I call upon us all to stay united as a community. As an educational institution, we must stand united in our collective pursuit of knowledge and enlightenment. We’re proud of you, students. You are the leaders of tomorrow, and we know that through the most professional, responsible, and appropriate channels, you’ll be successful in effectuating the change our society so desperately needs.
Regrettably, we cannot alter the past. However, we can learn from it and use that knowledge to make meaningful improvements for the future. As we navigate these trying times, I strongly encourage that you engage with others in a socially distant manner. Should you need our assistance, please let your professors know. We are here for you.
"During my time at Plaza, the professors and staff were friendly and inviting. They were always willing to lend a hand when needed. Plaza prepared me with all the education I could need to become a medical assistant."
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!