Enroll Now for Fall 2011 Semester & Save The Date for Freshman Orientation!

August 26, 2011

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The 2011 fall semester is quickly approaching! Are you enrolled? If not, you still have time to enroll at Plaza College

Plaza College is a student-centered institution that goes above and beyond normal expectations to ensure the success of its students. Click here to apply online now, and schedule an appointment with a career counselor.

Classes begin on Thursday, September 8th.

Are you a freshman? If so, don’t miss freshman orientation. It’s an important event in which you will have the opportunity to meet and greet various staff, faculty and administrators, as well as introduce yourself to fellow students.

There are two sessions: Tuesday, September 6th and Wednesday September 7th. For day students, meet us on Tuesday at 1:00pm, or Wednesday at 11:00am. For extended day students, join us at 5:30pm on Tuesday or Wednesday nights.

Earthquake Shakes Plaza College

August 24, 2011

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At approximately 2:00pm, a 5.9 magnitude Earthquake hit Virginia yesterday, Tuesday August 24th. Although it struck 300 miles away, the entire East Coast shook, including Jackson Heights, New York.

The epicenter of the earthquake was near Mineral, Virginia; about 85 miles outside our nation’s capital of Washington, DC.  According to an article posted by ABC WorldNews, “the pillars of the capital in Washington, DC shook. Alarms sounded in the FBI and Department of Justice buildings, and some flooding was reported on an upper floor of the Pentagon as a result of the quake.”

Plaza College quickly took action and evacuated campus buildings once desks started moving and bookcases began trembling.

Queens residents spoke to the Queens Courier, reporting their experience with the quake. “I felt the earthquake. It was weird. I didn’t know what to do,” said Lisa Heron of Springfield Gardens. She added that she was “relieved when it stopped.” Another Queens resident from Bayside said he was “sure it was either construction or the train,” (Queens Courier).  

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke with city police and fire commissioners, and said they’ve activated the Office of Emergency Management’s Situation Room (Queens Courier). Bloomberg said, “Thankfully, there are no reports of significant damage or injuries in NYC at this time… Shortly before 2.pm. we evacuated City Hall briefly, but quickly returned to work. As we await more news from Virginia and elsewhere, our thoughts in NY are with those who were more directly affected by this natural disaster,” (Queens Courier).

The last recorded earthquake to rattle the Northeast Coast was in November of 2010, when a minor 3.9 magnitude quake was detected off the coast of Long Island from Massapequa to East Hampton.

Plaza College has an emergency response plan to ensure the safety and security of all students and faculty in the event of an emergency, including natural disasters.

For more information on the earthquake that struck Virginia, click here. Post your earthquake story, including where you were and your experience with it, below or on the Plaza College Facebook page.

Plaza College Unleashes 5 New Videos on YouTube Channel

August 22, 2011

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Plaza College is known for its small, family like environment. Both students and faculty recognize the unique attention, and describe the relationships in the recent video testimonials posted to YouTube.

The Medical Assisting program at Plaza College prepares students to obtain career opportunities such as a Medical Assistant, Clinical Assistant and Medical Office Assistant. Due to the gradual aging of the population, advances in medical technologies, and the extension of life expectancies, health care employment will be in strong demand. Among the 20 occupations projected to grow the fastest from 2008-2018, 10 of them are health care related (PlazaCollege.edu)! 

Matthew Lasalle, a student in the Medical Assisting program, notes his success because of Plaza College in his testimonial. He says the faculty’s main goal is to help you succeed; therefore they have pushed him to do better and challenge himself within the coursework in order to feel well prepared for the workforce. Click here to view Matthew Lasalle’s testimonial on YouTube. 

Asmaa Abbas is another student in the Medical Assisting program whose goal is to attend medical school. She realizes how special the program at Plaza College is offering a GED in medical assisting, which saves time and money. Asmaa also points out how generous and supportive the program is, opening doors and options for their students through volunteer and work opportunities. Click here to view Asmaa Abbas’s testimonial on YouTube. 

Tiffany Graham and Alexandra Palma are both enrolled in the Business Administration program at Plaza College. This program offers students the critical business skills needed to succeed in a position within any type of business organization including marketing, finance, management, technology and healthcare. Through an individualized curriculum focused on business courses, students develop the ability to analyze and solve problems faced by today’s business administrators. 

Tiffany notes the uniqueness of the small, multi-cultural college, allowing everyone to know everyone, and endless help for everything. Click here to view Tiffany’s testimonial on YouTube. Similarly, Alexandra says the personal, one-on-one attention given to each student encourages everyone to succeed. Click here to view Alexandra’s testimonial on YouTube.

All the students, whether in the medical assisting or business administration program, agree that the faculty go above and beyond to see their students thrive. Their warm, caring and compassionate ethics fully demonstrate the family feel Plaza College offers. 

Professor Howle, Director of Alumni Relations also offers a testimonial, claiming that the specific attention provided, as well as the family-like support really adds a personal touch for students. Click the YouTube link to see Professor Howle’s testimonial, as well as links for other videos on the Plaza College YouTube channel.

Plaza College Featured in The Queens Courier

August 19, 2011

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As a nearly 100-year-old school in Jackson Heights, Plaza College is uniquely structured as a family friendly institution, exemplifying core family values and support, generation after generation. The Queens Courier recognized this family founded college recently in their publication.
Steve Mosco, writer for The Queens Courier, wrote an article about Plaza College and its family foundation, concrete education and successful structure in “Plaza College – Family founded going on 100.”
Plaza College provides the resources, whether it is academic, financial, technical or social, necessary for all students to reach their highest level of success. Provst Charles E. Callahan III is committed to maintaining the college’s status as a private independent family institution through hard work and dedication on part of all members of the Plaza College community. “From the moment a student walks in the door of admissions to the time they are scheduled to graduate, Plaza College provides that specialized and individualized attention to each student, making students an extension of that Plaza College Family,” (The Queens Courier).
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Noted in the article is the myriad of opportunities Plaza College provides in an array of undergraduate and graduate fields. “The extensive education program and comprehensive training provided prepares students for careers in business management, accounting, information technology, marketing, sales managing, medical assisting and business ownership,” (The Queens Courier).
Plaza College provides their graduates with endless opportunities. With a career placement success rate of 95%, recent graduates of Plaza College have earned positions at distinguished employers such as Elmhurst Hospital, Morgan Stanley, Cantor Fitzgerald, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Macy’s, NJ Transit and NYC Department of Design and Construction (The Queens Courier).
With the flexible student schedules offered, anyone can earn their degree at this family-friendly, affordable institution. Whether you’re looking to go back to school, start your degree or take some extra credits, Plaza College has a place for you.
To read the full article published by The Queens Courier about Plaza College, click the link below.
Plaza College in The Queens Courier

Earn a Bachelor’s Degree, Make More Money

August 17, 2011

Earning a four year degree is essential to financial success in life. The value of earning a college degree is quickly growing. Obtaining a bachelor’s degree from a school like Plaza College could set you up to earn over $1.37 million dollars more over your lifetime.

According to an article published by US News, “How HigherEducation Affects Lifetime Salary,” those holding a bachelor’s degree earn about $2.27 million over their lifetime, almost double those who only earn a high school diploma. Without the BA, those with only some college earn $1.55 million in their lifetime – $720,000 less than if they had finished their degree. You can do a lot with that amount of money – like buy a boat, luxury vehicles, family vacations, lavish property, and college degrees for your children, etc.

With just a high school diploma, they’re looking at only $1.30 million over their entire lifetime, $1.37 million less than if they went for their degree.  “Those with bachelor’s degrees, no matter the field, earn vastly more than counterparts with some college or a high school diploma,” (US News).

Without a BA, you can’t even think about continuing your education on to a master, doctoral or professional degree. Once you have completed your BA, you can move on and increase your lifetime earnings. “Those with master’s, doctoral, and professional degrees earn $2.67 million, $3.25 million, and $3.65 million, respectively,” (US News).

Take advantage of the bachelor programs Plaza College offers, including degrees in Management and Patient Information Management. Plaza College offers career-focused degrees; day, evening and Saturday courses; a dedicated faculty; academic counseling and guidance and professional career services.

Eating Healthy in College IS Possible

August 15, 2011

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The common phrase, “freshman 15” isn’t a joke for most college students. Eating healthy while going to school is a difficult struggle that many face while stressing over exams, assignments, work, etc. Grabbing fast food on your way to class is easier than cooking, but why compromise your health?  You can still find healthy options on the go. It might take some extra effort to figure out where those options are, but that’s better than extra pounds!

In the article “Eating Healthy in College,” the College Advice Blog offers four helpful strategies to stay on a healthy path.
First, “make an effort to find healthy food.” College life can land you anywhere, so it’s important to seek out healthy selections, like fresh salads and grilled wraps, instead of settling for fast food. No, you won’t find the turkey avocado wrap on the dollar menu but the extra dollar or two is well worth it. Don’t have the extra cash? Pack a healthy lunch in the morning and take it with you. Now you’re saving money and making healthy choices. Taking a weekly trip to the grocery store with friends can help you save money and your friends can credit you on keeping their figures.  
Next, “ask around”. Don’t hesitate to ask friends, professors, upperclassman and colleagues for local, healthy recommendations. Read reviews online and check out restaurant menus before you arrive to scope out the healthier picks. Numerous restaurants, deli’s and fast food places have mobile friendly websites or apps with nutritional information right at your fingertips. Take advantage of your resources!
“Watch what you eat at home” is an obvious but vital strategy. Of course it’s easy to pick up the phone to order a pizza, or pop a TV dinner into the microwave. Don’t do it! Opt for vegetables and grilled chicken, or whole wheat pasta with fresh tomato sauce. An easy option, (instead of picking up the phone) is the frozen bag of vegetables you can steam in the microwave in less than 3 minutes. That’s easy and healthy!
Lastly, “snack time.” While running from class to class, or from the library to work, it’s natural to grab a snack to keep you satisfied until your next meal, just grab something healthy! Choose a piece of fruit instead of a bag of chips. Keep granola and fruit bars in your bag for convenience instead of a candy bar. These little switches will keep your scale from inching up.
Eating healthy in college is possible, it’s just a matter of making a conscious effort when choosing what to eat.

Making The Transition From High School Into College Can Be Tough

August 12, 2011
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Transitioning into College

The first thing that comes into most peoples mind when they head to college, is freedom. No binding schedule, no need to get up at 7AM anymore, or earlier, and no parents to dictate actions. While this is a great thing to experience, it leaves some confused on how to structure there schedule.
Transition into College life from high school is very stressful to both the child and parents. It is a major transition for the child, as happy as they may seem about being on their own. First-year students must learn to live with a stranger, navigate a large area of college grounds, and balance academic achievement and a social life without the parents reminding them to do their homework.
Any high school student who’s getting ready for College has dozens of questions. Most are concerns about stepping into this unfamiliar territory. While there will be many changes and challenges when you leave the comforts of home and high school, take heart: There are several steps you can take to get over your “first year fears” and get comfortable at your new home. So take a deep breath and relax. You can get relief by reminding yourself there are others who share the same concerns. Sometimes, just talking about fears can make you feel less anxious. Sharing your feelings with other first year students might be as helpful to them as it is to you. But while your friends can understand, they may not have the answers you are looking for. It’s important to talk to both those who are experiencing the same feelings and those who have been through it all and survived.

Making Fast, Healthy, And Delicious Meals

August 10, 2011
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Eating healthy means making a commitment to preparing healthy food. But for many of us, the term “healthy meal” brings to mind hassle, effort, and tastelessness.
Preparing healthy, good-for-you foods doesn’t have to be a stumbling block to a healthy diet. Plenty of resources exist to help us eat well and transform our favorite foods and recipes into healthier fare. Read on to discover simple recipes and tips for a healthier diet.

In today’s fast-paced culture, the prospect of planning, cooking, and savoring a home-cooked meal can seem daunting. The “quick-and-easy” way of life full of microwaves, fast-food restaurants, and packaged meals easily overshadows the importance of cooking and preparing food the old fashioned way: at home in your own kitchen. But the convenience comes with a price. Many prepared foods, whether from the drive-thru or a microwave-safe package, contain a myriad of unhealthy ingredients.
In addition, many of us have been put on special diets to address specific health concerns ranging from heart disease prevention and diabetes, to weight loss. Diets often have you eating the same things over and over, which can become monotonous over time. Being exposed to different types of foods and creative methods of preparation can infuse your diet with a new twist and give you the delicious tastes you’ve been craving.
Taking a few minutes to prepare quick and healthy meals gives you more control over what you and your family are eating. Seeking out a variety of healthy recipes and preparing nutritious meals can help prevent common medical conditions and concerns, and engages your senses in a sumptuous world of flavors, textures, aromas, sights, and sounds! It can also be a wonderful way to bring your family together, while helping you save money.
Making your favorite recipes healthier

There are many easy ways to alter recipes so that they are healthier while maintaining their wonderful tastes, flavors, and textures.

Some basic tips for making your favorite recipes healthier include:

  • Decrease the meat and increase the vegetables called for in stews and casseroles.
  • Choose whole-grain versions of pasta and bread; substitute whole-wheat flour for bleached white flour when you bake.
  • Serve imaginative whole-grain side dishes like bulgur or kasha instead of white rice or pasta.
    Cook with less fat by using non-stick skillets.
  • Blot all fried meats on paper towels. Or better yet, try baking instead of frying.
  • Avoid cooking with soy or Worcestershire sauce and products that contain monosodium glutamate (MSG).
  • Use garlic or onion powder instead of garlic or onion salt, and use unsalted or low-salt vegetable broths and products.
  • Buy reduced-fat cheese or use mozzarella, which is naturally lower in fat.
  • In recipes calling for milk or cream, substitute reduced fat versions or try using other “milks” such as rice milk, nut milks or soy milk. Also use low-fat cream cheese, yogurt, and mayo.
  • Unhealthy fats like certain oils, butter, or margarines can usually be cut by 1/3 to 1/2 in recipes. At first try a small cut-back and then use less and less over time; you’ll hardly notice the difference.
  • You can also use fat substitutes like prune purees and applesauce in baked goods.
  • Use fresh-frozen fruit without added sugar if fresh is unavailable.
  • Cut the sugar called for in most recipes by 1/3 to 1/2.
  • Sweeten waffles and quick breads with cinnamon, cardamom, vanilla or almond extracts in order to cut the sugar content.
  • Try salsa on a baked potato or salad rather than high-fat dressing or butter

Which Computers Are Best For College Students? We Have Answers…

August 9, 2011
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HP Pavilion DV4-2161NR 14.1-inch Laptop Digital PlaidAre you heading to college and wondering what kind of computer to get? While there is no easy answer, computer preference varies from person to person. Even if someone tells you what a “perfect computer” is, it doesn’t mean it will be the “perfect computer” for you. There are many things for students to consider when purchasing a computer.

Where Will You Take Your Computer?  
Will you be carrying this computer everywhere? Will you take it with you to class everyday, to the library, to coffee shops, etc.? If so, then you will need something portable and light weight. In our opinion anything over 14.1 inches will be too wide and heavy to carry around. Note that laptops averaging about five pounds are an alright weight. Something like the HP Pavilion DV4-2161NR above has an ideal weight and screen size for college students.

Specs of Computers for College Students 
Now, let us talk about the specs. College students write a great deal on their computers, some of which exceeds 20 pages. Having a large amount of hard drive space will keep the computer running smoothly when all those papers are piling up inside. The hard drive is where everything will be stored, essays, music, videos, everything you have will be stored there. Back up your hard drive OFTEN! This is a precaution to take in case your computer decides to crash at any point and time. Use a very large memory USB flash drive to save all your important documents, or use an external hard drive. Another option would be to copy and paste your essays to your email often during the writing/revision process and send it to yourself or simply save as draft.

Hard Drive & Internal Memory
You should buy a computer with at least 250 GB of hard drive space. It might seem like a lot, but these days computers with over 500 GB are selling for $600. Memory is also important, so something like 3GB or more is a good deal. Remember you can always use external memory cards, or update your internal memory later on. Battery life is another factor to put a lot of consideration into when buying a laptop for college students. When searching you will see that some laptops will say “4-5 hours of battery life” when in reality the battery will only last half of that time. It all depends on many things: Was the battery fully charged without disturbance? Are you using the battery on a balanced light, instead of on bright light, etc. Some things will kill the battery pretty quickly, so keep that in mind when looking at battery life.

Operating System
You have to think about the Operating System you want to get. In the end it all comes down to YOUR preference, so whatever you think  is best for you is what you should choose. (Ex: Windows 7, XP, Vista, etc)
Last, but certainly not least is the processor. You have to pick a processor which will keep up with you and not slow down any time soon. Something like an Intel Core Duo, Intel Duo Core 2 or above is alright.

Plaza College Explains Why Communications Skills Are So Important

August 5, 2011
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The purpose of communication is to get your message across to others clearly and unambiguously.
Doing this involves effort from both the sender of the message and the receiver. And it’s a process that can be fraught with error, with messages often misinterpreted by the recipient. When this isn’t detected, it can cause tremendous confusion, wasted effort and missed opportunity.
In fact, communication is only successful when both the sender and the receiver understand the same information as a result of the communication.
By successfully getting your message across, you convey your thoughts and ideas effectively. When not successful, the thoughts and ideas that you convey do not necessarily reflect your own, causing a communications breakdown and creating roadblocks that stand in the way of your goals – both personally and professionally.
In a recent survey of recruiters from companies with more than 50,000 employees, communication skills were cited as the single more important decisive factor in choosing managers. The survey, conducted by the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Business School, points out that communication skills, including written and oral presentations, as well as an ability to work with others, are the main factor contributing to job success.
In spite of the increasing importance placed on communication skills, many individuals continue to struggle with this, unable to communicate their thoughts and ideas effectively – whether in verbal or written format. This inability makes it nearly impossible for them to compete effectively in the workplace, and stands in the way of career progression.
Getting your message across is paramount to progressing. To do this, you must understand what your message is, what audience you are sending it to, and how it will be perceived. You must also weigh-in the circumstances surrounding your communications, such as situational and cultural context.
As the source of the message, you need to be clear about why you’re communicating, and what you want to communicate. You also need to be confident that the information you’re communicating is useful and accurate.
This is the process of transferring the information you want to communicate into a form that can be sent and correctly decoded at the other end. Your success in encoding depends partly on your ability to convey information clearly and simply, but also on your ability to anticipate and eliminate sources of confusion (for example, cultural issues, mistaken assumptions, and missing information.) A key part of this is knowing your audience: Failure to understand who you are communicating with will result in delivering messages that are misunderstood.
Messages are conveyed through channels, with verbal including face-to-face meetings, telephone and videoconferencing; and written including letters, emails, memos and reports.
Different channels have different strengths and weaknesses. For example, it’s not particularly effective to give a long list of directions verbally, while you’ll quickly cause problems if you criticize someone strongly by email.
Just as successful encoding is a skill, so is successful decoding (involving, for example, taking the time to read a message carefully, or listen actively to it.) Just as confusion can arise from errors in encoding, it can also arise from decoding errors. This is particularly the case if the decoder doesn’t have enough knowledge to understand the message.
Your message is delivered to individual members of your audience. No doubt, you have in mind the actions or reactions you hope your message will get from this audience. Keep in mind, though, that each of these individuals enters into the communication process with ideas and feelings that will undoubtedly influence their understanding of your message, and their response. To be a successful communicator, you should consider these before delivering your message, and act appropriately.
Your audience will provide you with feedback, verbal and nonverbal reactions to your communicated message. Pay close attention to this feedback, as it is the only thing that allows you to be confident that your audience has understood your message. If you find that there has been a misunderstanding, at least you have the opportunity to send the message a second time.
The situation in which your message is delivered is the context. This may include the surrounding environment or broader culture (i.e. corporate culture, international cultures, etc.).
Removing Barriers at All These Stages
To deliver your messages effectively, you must commit to breaking down the barriers that exist in each of these stages of the communication process.
Let’s begin with the message itself. If your message is too lengthy, disorganized, or contains errors, you can expect the message to be misunderstood and misinterpreted. Use of poor verbal and body language can also confuse the message.
Barriers in context tend to stem from senders offering too much information too fast. When in doubt here, less is oftentimes more. It is best to be mindful of the demands on other people’s time, especially in today’s ultra-busy society.
Once you understand this, you need to work to understand your audience’s culture, making sure you can converse and deliver your message to people of different backgrounds and cultures within your own organization, in this country and even abroad.

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