Graduate Spotlight

August 20, 2019
REAL STORIES ABOUT REAL GRADUATES
Just think; this could be you!
Jenna B.
Patient Information Management, B.B.A.
Class of 2017
Access Service Representative
Northwell Health
BEFORE PLAZA
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.
WHY SHE CHOSE THE MEDICAL FIELD
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!”
HOW SHE USES HER DEGREE EVERY DAY
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.”
WHY SHE ENCOURAGES OTHERS TO CHOOSE THE MEDICAL FIELD
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!



 


SPRING 2019 INTERSESSION HOURS

August 7, 2019

 

STUDENT SERVICES
SPRING 2019 INTERSESSION HOURS

*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
REAL STORIES ABOUT REAL GRADUATES
Just think; this could be you!
Traci B.
Patient Information Management, B.B.A.
Class of 2017
File Administrator
New York Presbyterian
BEFORE PLAZA
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!”
WHY SHE CHOSE THE MEDICAL FIELD
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.
HOW SHE USES HER DEGREE EVERY DAY
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.”
WHY SHE ENCOURAGES OTHERS TO CHOOSE THE MEDICAL FIELD
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!”

Business Week!

July 10, 2019

The School of Business and Technology celebrated Business Team week (June 24 to 28) and hosted three events spanning day and evening programs to highlight the importance of developing the skills essential to becoming a contributing team member. Dean Marianne Zipf and Ms. Mandeep Kaur, Assistant to the Dean from the Department of Academics, Ms. Regina Pokidaylo, the Director of Career Services, and Ms. Vanessa Lopez, Director, Admissions Department –Bachelor programs presented valuable ideas on how students can transform their brand image and become top team performers. Students competed in several team games and winning teams won a free lunch from Sammy’s.


Graduate Spotlight

July 5, 2019
REAL STORIES ABOUT REAL GRADUATES
Just think; this could be you!
Michelle J.
Patient Information Management, B.B.A.
Class of 2016
Patient Care Associate
Northwell Health
BEFORE PLAZA
Before Michelle enrolled at Plaza, it had been 15 years since she had attended school. Self-doubt and insecurities made her nervous about returning to school. “I was working as a home health-aid, but I knew in order to advance, I had to further my education.”
Michelle learned of Plaza’s Medical Assisting Program through a friend who happened to be in a similar situation to her. “When I heard her story I realized I was not alone. I realized there were other people in the same position as me who were not attending college directly out of high school. That gave me the confidence I needed to go in and pass my entrance exam!”
WHY SHE CHOSE THE MEDICAL FIELD
Working as a home health-aid had reinforced Michelle’s desire to work in the medical field. She had the opportunity to work with patients and devote herself to making their lives better. Her path was always clear; all she had to do was take the proper steps to achieve her goals.
“I knew I wanted to help people, I wanted to see their health improve because of the way I had helped them. That inspired me.”
HOW SHE USES HER DEGREE EVERY DAY
Michelle is currently working at Northwell Health as a Patient Care Associate. Proudly, she states, “My learning experience at Plaza was very hands on, it has helped me deal with the fast paced nature of my unit.”
Michelle emphasizes that her degree has served as a guideline throughout her career, “I utilize my degree every single day. I am completely prepared to work with the nurses and doctors, as well as meet the patient’s needs to better their comfort or answer their questions.”
She went on to explain that the Plaza Community was beneficial in other areas of preparation, even beyond academics. “The way we worked together, as students, through activities and exercises has come into play in the professional world. There are often times where it requires teamwork between me and my coworkers to come together and make sure the patient is as comfortable as possible.”
WHY SHE ENCOURAGES OTHERS TO CHOOSE THE MEDICAL FIELD
Michelle explains how a career in the medical field is the perfect fit for someone who wants to continually grow. “If someone stays stagnant in the medical field, that is their own choice, because there is always room for growth. There is always something more you can achieve.”
She encourages others to apply to the Medical Assisting program at Plaza because, “Plaza offers a sense of community and attentive teachers that you won’t find anywhere else. It can be hard to establish a one on one connection with professors in college, but you won’t have that problem at Plaza!”
Michelle believes those who care to help others, all the while pushing themselves to reach their full potential should begin their journey into the Medical Field. “Always believe that you can achieve it! You’re not alone in the journey.”

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