Congratulations to the 2019 graduates of Plaza’s Dental Hygiene program! These students were celebrated at the College’s first Dental Hygiene Pinning Ceremony, signifying the end of their clinical training and their entrance into clinical practice.
Thank you to everyone that attended our 3rd Annual Court Reporting Symposium last Wednesday, and to Queens Daily Eagle and The Chief-Leader for helping us spread the word about this amazing profession and the shortage of qualified individuals to fill the thousands of job opportunities! You can read an article by The Chief-Leader of the event here!
Students, Betty Grullon and Sahida Nasim, represented Plaza at the Sigma Tau Delta 2019 International Convention! Below you can read Betty’s takeaways and recaps of the event.
Written by Betty Grullon
Dental Hygiene- Graduation December ’19
The SKD 2019 conference was the first honor society conference I have ever attended. It was such a great experience! I enjoyed all of the panels I attended. Some were informative, others were very funny. My favorite panel was the fictional short story. The stories shared were actually very relatable. One of the stories spoke about the struggles of being a young adult, while another discussed the hardships of being a transgender individual in this society.
I also participated in the SKD Member Roundtable entitled, “Grit Happens: Strategies for Developing Your Potential.” I was extremely nervous to present. The most difficult part of presenting for me was sharing my personal story with so many strangers. My essay highlighted most of my struggles as I continually tried to reach my most important goals. It detailed most of my high school years, how difficult it was for me to support myself financially at the age of fifteen and the struggles of actually trying to get into dental hygiene school. Through all of my struggles however, I’ve also been triumphant. Although I was very nervous about the content in my essay, it was well received. I also had an amazing team by my side that helped ease my nerves and were very supportive the entire time.
I loved meeting new people from all over the US, and teaming up to participate in the many activities that had been prepared by the SKD national office. I got the opportunity to hear other individual’s heartfelt stories. For example, one of the students in my panel shared her adoption story that was both heart wrenching but also very inspiring. By the end of the conference, I knew I wanted to participate in next year’s conference. I also knew I wanted to make sure I was as active as possible in my school’s chapter, so I went through a nomination and election process to become the chapter’s secretary! Overall I hope to introduce the students at Plaza College to this amazing honors society and encourage them to partake in the conference each year.
Mr. Daniel Laboy is currently studying to receive his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. When he first entered Plaza College, he started out in the Associate’s program but felt the courses were authentic to the field which motivated him to pursue his bachelor’s degree.
After graduation, Mr. Laboy envisions himself in a role that manages people to become the best employees. Ideally, he would like to work at a financial institution organizing data.
His advice to students who are struggling is take a deep breath and take things step by step. Don’t overwhelm yourself if you feel you don’t understand the information and instead seek your professor’s support. Dean Zipf says, “Daniel is very committed to getting the most out of his education. As Daniel’s academic advisor, I know that Daniel has definitely stepped out of his “comfort zone” to consistently demonstrate outstanding performance even in very challenging courses.”
His time spent at Plaza College have been fantastic, citing that both the professors and his courses are very enjoyable. He prides himself making his assignments first priority because he enjoys the work. “Daniel is an excellent team leader, stays on top of his assignments and always meets deadlines. He is Always willing to help fellow students,” says Professor. Eckhardt. Mr. Laboy balances his home and academic life by planning ahead and making sure to put his school work first. His favorite junk food consists of chocolate chip cookies, chocolate, and Starbucks frappuccinos.
General Information and Instructions
Graduation is Right Around the Corner! Below You can find General details on the ceremony!
Time & Place:
Caps & Gowns:
ALL GUESTS, INCLUDING BABIES AND CHILDREN, NEED A TICKET TO ENTER. THIS RULE IS FOR YOUR SAFETY IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY. PLEASE GIVE ALL GUESTS THEIR TICKETS BEFORE THE EVENT SO THEY CAN ENTER THE AUDITORIUM.
Conduct and Other Relevant Information
-Alcohol, noise makers, and inflatables are not permitted. Graduates must adhere to the Student Code of Conduct.
-No smoking is permitted. Violation of this policy may disqualify a graduate from participation in the commencement exercises.
-The use of cell phones during the ceremony is prohibited.The ceremony lasts approximately 2 hours, so please plan accordingly for guests and children who may be attending the ceremony.
-Restrooms are available for graduates and guests and are located outside of the auditorium in the waiting area/lobby of the Colden Auditorium.Queens College staff and security reserve the right to remove any person or persons who they deem are disturbing the ceremony or other guests.
Colden Auditorium has no facilities to check personal items.
Directions to Queens College
Queens College is located at the corner of the Long Island Expressway and Kissena Boulevard (Exit 24) in Flushing.
From Long Island and Points East: Take the LIE westbound; watch for QC signs. If you need to get to the main gate on Kissena, get off at Exit 24 (Kissena Boulevard). Make a left at the light and take overpass onto Kissena Boulevard. If you want on-campus parking, get off at Exit 23, turn left onto Main Street overpass. Watch for QC signs to Kupferberg parking.
From Manhattan and Points West: Take the LIE eastbound; watch for QC signs. Get off at Exit 24 (Kissena Boulevard). If you need the main gate, continue down the service road until the first traffic light (Kissena Boulevard). Make a right onto Kissena. If you want on-campus parking, watch for signs for Kupferberg parking as soon as you exit the LIE. Do not go to traffic light.
BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
Via Flushing: Take the Long Island Railroad or the #7 subway to Main Street, Flushing. From Main Street, take the Q25, Q25-34, Q34 or Q17 bus.
Via Forest Hills: Take the E, F, G, or R subway to the 71st and Continental Avenue in Forest Hills. Take the exit marked “North side 70 Ave and 108 St.” At the corner, take the Q64 bus to Kissena Boulevard and Jewel Avenue. Stops one block south of campus.
Via Jamaica: Take the F subway to Parsons Boulevard or the LIRR to the Jamaica Station. From Jamaica Avenue and 160th Street or Hillside Avenue and Parsons Boulevard, take the Q25, Q25-34, or Q34 bus. From Hillside Avenue and either 169th or 179th Street, take the Q17 bus to the LIE and Kissena Boulevard.
Via Kew Gardens: Take the E or F subway to Union Turnpike. Take Q74 Vleigh Place shuttle to main gate.
Q25-34 Runs from Main Street, Flushing (#7 subway and LIRR stations), along Kissena (stops at the main gate) and Parsons Boulevards to Jamaica Avenue and 160th Street (BMT and IND).
Q44 Runs from West Farms Square, Bronx (IRT) to Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica (LIRR station). Stops at Main Street and Melbourne Avenue, two blocks west of campus.
Q74 Runs from Union Turnpike, Kew Gardens (IND), along Vleigh Place, Main Street and the LIE service road, and then turns onto Kissena Boulevard. Stops at the main gate.
Q64 Runs from Continental Avenue, Forest Hills (IND), along Jewel Avenue to 164th Street. Stops one block from campus.
Q17 Runs from Main Street, Flushing (#7 subway and LIRR stations), to 165th Street terminal in Jamaica (passing the IND 179th Street station). Travels along Kissena Boulevard, LIE service road, 188th Street, and Hillside Avenue. Stops at Kissena and the LIE, two blocks from the main gate.
Q88 Runs from Springfield Boulevard and Union Turnpike along Springfield to 73rd Avenue; along (or west on) 73rd Avenue to 188th Street; along 188th Street to the LIE; along LIE service road to Queens Boulevard and Woodhaven Boulevard. Stops at Kissena Boulevard and the LIE, two blocks from the main gate.
Plaza College is pleased to announce that Northwell Health is our newest partner for clinical student externships!
As New York State’s largest healthcare provider, Northwell Health displays characteristics that prove it to be a strong partner for Plaza’s School of Allied Health. With over 69,000 employees across 23 hospitals and 750 outpatient facilities, Northwell has an abundance of resources to help provide students with the experience of a lifetime during their externship. This experience will help them grow in the medical field as well as present opportunities post graduation!
We greatly look forward to continuing this strong partnership for years to come!
For more information on Northwell Health, use this link!
The English Department is offering Grammar Workshops where students can also earn extra credit in their English classes! Please see the topics being offered and register in the link here, when you have a moment! All workshops take place in the BBA Lounge (Plaza Commons).
Workshop 1: APA Workshop
Workshop 2: Subject/Verb Agreement/Finding Subjects and Verbs
Workshop 3: Pronoun Agreement
Workshop 4: Coordination
Workshop 5: Subordination
The Math Department is offering Math Workshops where students can also earn extra credit in their Math classes! Please see the topics being offered and register in the link here, when you have a moment! All workshops take place in Room 303.
Workshop 1: Review for Progress Quiz #1
Workshop 2: Polynomials
Workshop 3: Graphing Simultaneous Equations/Review for Final
When is the show?
Thursday, July 18
7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Where is the show?
Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre
236 West 45th St.
Subway: A, C, E, N, R, Q, 1, 2, 3, or 7 to 42nd St.
For more information on this event, please contact Student Life!
-The Department of Student Life
Major: Health Information Technology
Graduation: Class of 2015
What led you to choose Plaza College as the college to attend?
I chose to attend Plaza College because they offered the Career Pathways program, where you can earn your HSE, as well as your associates degree. At first, my intentions were to obtain my HSE from Plaza then transfer to a CUNY college. But after my first semester, my decision changed. Plaza College changed my life forever. I didn’t just get an education at Plaza, I met some of the most inspiring people I know there. I received a tremendous amount of support and help from my instructors when I needed it. Plaza helped to build the woman I am today.
You were one of Plaza’s first graduates to take and pass the RHIT exam. Congratulations! How did Plaza help you prepare for the exam? Were there review sessions and resources available to you through the courses and through the practicum course? Please explain the process as you remember it.
Many Thanks to my Plaza family for my success! Yes, there were resources available to help me prepare for the RHIT exam. I remembered there was an online course which I took, as well as a review session. I really liked both resources because they were very informative, however, I was more grateful for the review session. There were several instructors who went over different course content with us.We got the opportunity to ask questions. I must say, those resources really helped refresh my memory and helped me to pass my exam.
Did you work with Director Erman to help you find a practicum and did you feel prepared for the practicum? Did the practicum experience help with your first job?
Director Erman is one of the most inspiring women I have ever met. In fact, she is my role model. Yes, she placed me at North Shore LIJ –Forest Hills hospital. I was a little nervous but I felt very prepared; I had the knowledge and skills required for the job. During my practicum, I took every opportunity that I was given to learn as much as I could. I gained experience in many areas such release of information and analyzing and filing charts. I even had an opportunity to sit with a coder. The experience I gained at my practicum gave me a better understanding of what the Health Information Management field is all about, so when I got my first job, I already knew what to expect.
Did Career Services help you find your first job? Please discuss your preparation and job search.
No, career services didn’t help me find a job. I found a job on my own with the help of one of my instructors, right after graduation. I am sure career services would’ve found me something great if they had had the opportunity.
What is your role at your current job? How did the courses in your associate’s degree assist you make the transition from student to employee at your facility? Do you feel that your major-HIT directly impacted your job duties?
I am a Clinical Data Technician in my current position. I am part of the release of information team. My job is to process all Subpoenas and compiled records for litigation against our facility. The courses I took have had a direct impact on my job duties. Before releasing information, I need to know the rules and laws surrounding it. The Microsoft courses helped me to be able to prepare spreadsheets for different projects that I do. My English courses have enhanced my writing skills when sending or responding to correspondence. It also helped to be able to communicate in a more professional manner. My strategic planning skills came in handy when my boss asked me how I think our work process can be more effective. Every course that I took at Plaza has come in handy
at some point in time.
Are you still at your original employer since graduation? If not, where are you employed now?
No, I am not at my original employer since graduation. I left after a year and went to New York Presbyterian Queens, where I am still employed.
How did having the RHIT credential improve your employment opportunities?
After receiving my RHIT credential, I was nominated by my director and became one of the Respect Ambassadors for the facility.
What stood out to you the most at Plaza? Where can Plaza improve to provide the best experience/education for current and future students?
What stood out to me the most at Plaza was the support and numerous resources to help students apart from the classroom. There is always someone in the learning center (ARC) ready to assist students with their work and provide guidance when needed. Based on my experience, Plaza is doing a great job in preparing students for their professional life. I can’t think of a single thing that they need to improve. Classes are small; instructors are great. I spent two years at Plaza and never had any issue with any of the instructors I had. If you are willing to learn, they
work with you.
Did/do you plan on continuing your education? If you already have, where, what major, and were you able to transfer credits from your associate’s degree? Is the Patient Information Management program at Plaza of interest to you to attain your bachelor’s degree?
Yes, I am continuing. I did return to Plaza for my bachelor’s degree; but with a family and full-time job, it became difficult. I am currently enrolled at CUNY School for Professional Studies. I am enrolled in the Health Information Management program, and I am anticipating graduating in December of 2019. I graduated from Plaza with a total of 65 credits and CUNY SPS took 63 of them.
Do you plan on remaining in the field of health information management? Do you need the services of the Career Services Department to help you find your next job opportunity?
As of now, I plan on staying in the Health Information Management field; but in the future, I plan on going to law school. After working in the Health Information Management and being exposed to patients’ medical records, I have decided that I want to become a malpractice attorney. No, as of now I do not need Career Services to help me find my next job opportunity.
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