Plaza College Presents It’s Official YouTube Channel

June 23, 2011
Plaza College
# 202, 74-09 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
www.plazacollege.edu    (718) 779-1430
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Plaza College is excited to unveil the release of our latest Video on the college’s YouTube Channel. The video acknowledges the well deserved and hard earned accomplishments and achievements of Plaza College Students at the Graduate Recognition Ceremony hosted at Terrace on the Park on June 2, 2011.  

YouTube is the most popular video sharing Web site Founded in 2005 by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim, it was acquired by Google in 2006 for $1.65 billion. YouTube is another amazing Internet phenomenon with meteoric growth like Amazon.com, Yahoo, Google, MySpace and Facebook. Within a couple years, more than 25 quadrillion bytes (petabytes) of videos were being streamed from the site each month.

Below, is the video of the Plaza College Awards Ceremony. Stop by our YouTube page and leave some feedback! It will only help your chances of being crowned the winner to our “Whoopi” contest which will be announced tomorrow.

Congratulations to All 2011 Graduates

June 21, 2011
Plaza College
# 202, 74-09 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
www.plazacollege.edu    (718) 779-1430
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Plaza College is tremendously proud of every Plaza student who received a diploma at last Friday’s Graduation Ceremony. Your hard-work and determination has earned you a college degree! It’s time to start on the career path to a bright and successful future.
                                              College Grads around the nation are deciding what the next step in their lives may be. Whether it is to start your career now and join the workforce, continue on to higher education or even take some time to travel, college grads can relate to one another. We have compiled some of the most uplifting and inspirational quotes from celebrities who have made a commencement speech. You should be proud of your accomplishment!

Don’t be afraid to learn. Knowledge is weightless, a treasure you can always carry easily.” Brian J. Dyson (Businessman, Former CEO of Coca-Cola Enterprises)

“I’d like to encourage this group to attack and to play to win. But it’s also about how you play the game of life. You play with great integrity and honor and class. You must give back to your community and make this a better place to live for all of us.”Mike Tomlin (Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach)

“You will have failures in your life, but it is what you do during those valleys that will determine the heights of your peaks.” Rahm Emanuel (Former White House Chief of Staff)

“So as you graduate today, never lose that optimism and that fighting spirit. Congratulations and God bless all of you.” Arnold Schwarzenegger (Actor and Politician)

“This is your time and it feels normal to you but really there is no normal. There’s only change, and resistance to it and then more change.” Meryl Streep (Actress)

Find something that you are really passionate about. This gives you a strong sense of purpose and it is a big part of happiness. To do that, you need to be honest with yourself, observant, and make the most out of a situation.” Marissa Mayer (VP at Google Inc.)

Last Chance to Win Sister Act Tickets on Broadway

June 15, 2011

Plaza College
# 202, 74-09 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
www.plazacollege.edu    (718) 779-1430
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On May 20th, 2011, Plaza College announced their “Sister Act” Social Media contest to help build Plaza’s Social Media presence. Since the release of the contest we have over 50 Plaza College students in the running to win a pair of tickets to see Sister Act on Broadway, produced by Whoopi Goldberg!

You will now have one last chance to enter to win the contest. If you are not yet aware on how to enter to win please follow these instructions:

1. Subscribe to our Blog HERE 

2. “Like” our Facebook Page HERE 

Write the name “Whoopi” on our wall one time, or once a day.

It’s that simple! One of the “Whoopi’s” written on the Plaza College Facebook wall will be randomly chosen, and if that person “Likes” the page and has subscribed to the Plaza blog, they win!  

If you really want to impress the judges you can connect with Plaza College on even more social pages! Feel free to connect with the following pages:


Good Luck! And remember, enter to win right away as this contest will end soon!

Father and Son Graduate From Plaza College Together

June 13, 2011

Plaza College
# 202, 74-09 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
www.plazacollege.edu    (718) 779-1430
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Fathers and sons engage in a wide variety of activities together, but graduating from college usually isn’t one of them.

Conventional practices did not deter 50-year-old Andres Lasalle from attending Plaza College, and subsequently recruiting his son Matthew Lasalle to join him there. On June 17, they will be the first father and son pair to graduate from Plaza College together and the first members of their family to receive a college diploma.
                                                                                                                                “By studying all those late nights, we made a bond with each other,” said Andres. “It brought us closer together.”
                                                                                                                          Graduating was not enough for the father and son team of Plaza College, as they are known around the school. They are also giving the commencement speech at their graduation, and each received multiple commendations at Plaza’s annual Graduates Awards Ceremony on June 2 at Terrace on the Park. Matthew won the Alumni Association Service Award, as well as awards for citizenship, typing speed and writing. His father won awards for citizenship, collegiate spirit and having a GPA over 3.7.
                                                                                                                             “They represent the finest that our school has to offer,” said Professor Jonathan Howle, director of Alumni Relations at Plaza College. “We are always saying that our college, because it’s so small, is like a family. This takes that to another level. They’re such a powerful symbol for the college.”
                                                                                                                                The elder Lasalle, who lost his job as a security manager in January 2009, decided to go back to school when he found it difficult to gain employment without a college degree.

“Since he always had a job he never had time for school,” said Matthew. “Seeing him sacrifice time to get the degree, because that’s what he needed to take care of all of us, made his work ethic rub off on me. It was great to finish this journey with him.”

Andres will graduate with his associate’s degree in business administration and is continuing his education as he pursues his bachelor’s degree. Matthew is graduating with his associate’s degree in medical assistance, and will attend medical school to fulfill his dream of becoming a doctor. Through their determination, Andres and Matthew inspired Daniel Fernandez, Matthew’s cousin, to also attend Plaza College.

Andres and Matthew didn’t have any classes together, but they did share several professors. Although Andres has an excellent reputation with his teachers, it is Matthew who is graduating with the higher GPA, a fact he will surely prevent his father from ever forgetting. Regardless of grades, all who have met them expect the father and son team of Plaza to accomplish their goals.

“If Matthew says he’s going to be a doctor, he will be,” said Professor Howle. “I can see Andres running his own business and giving Donald Trump a run for his money.”

Humanitarian Day 2011 – 1112 Reasons to Celebrate!

June 10, 2011

Plaza College
# 202, 74-09 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
www.plazacollege.edu    (718) 779-1430
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Dear Plaza College Community, 

I just wanted to send a HUGE “thank you” for your incredible generosity this past Tuesday for Humanitarian Day.

Together, in one day, we raised $1112 for the Arthritis Foundation and the American Red Cross. Each group will receive a check for $556 from Plaza College.

I hope you are all aware of how far your donations will go! This money will help those suffering from arthritis, from young children to senior citizens. It will also go to help people in the south and midwest, who lost everything after the recent tornados. Even more urgently, the money we raised may mean that a few families, currently living in temporary shelters in rural Missouri, will have three meals each day, for one or two weeks.

I must give a few shout-outs to some extraordinary members of the Plaza community, without whom we could not have had this great success.
I would especially like to thank two amazing students who helped coordinate Humanitarian Day. From making and distributing flyers – to working 12 hours non-stop on Tuesday, they did it all!

Asmaa Abbas and Tereesa Ifill.

These incredible women are only in their third semester and have made such a difference. THANK YOU, ASMAA and TEREESA!!!!

Many, many thanks to all of the following (Alumni, Students, Faculty, Staff, Administrators) for their time & their incredibly generous donations to the event:

Akinbajo, Titi
Arboleda, Veronica (Alum)
header_admissionsArgudo, Yvonne
Barclay, Malik
Blandon, Juan G.
Butchy, Laura (Professor)
Cordoba, Caroline
Cruz, Danneza

Eckhardt, Anne (Professor)
Escobar, Kristy
Espinal, Shayeeda

header_financial aidFordunski, Marisa (Professor)
Fortyz, Brandie
Gadson, Kenya
Garcia, Danny
Gomez, Edward
Gordon, Autherine
Graham, Tiffany
Hassan, Abdul

Hicks, Elizabeth (Faculty/Staff)
header_student servicesHolloway, Shirley
Hunter-Montilla, Marlen
Hussein, Emad
Kaur, Mandeep
Kennedy, Kiesha
King, Christopher
Konrad, Jozefa
Leggett, Cynthia
Loffert, Lin (Professor)

header_financial aidMarrero, Melissa
Marte, Estefania
Marte, Jose (Alum)
Martin, Katrina
McManus, Lynn (Professor)
Melara, Richard
Montgomery, Randi
Murphy, Rita (Professor)
Nixon, Candace

Noonan, Andrea
header_community relationsPadgett, Diana
Papoutsakis, Evangeli
Persaud, Archmanie
Rodriguez, Elka
Savillano, Angela (Alum)
Shankar, Yeshodha
Sibblis, Dorothea (Professor)
Sosa, Emily
Thompson, Ruth
Tortora, Melissa (Professor)
Vass, Anthony

Young, Solomon 


Many thanks,
Professor Howle

Plaza College Cap & Gown and Ticket Distribution for Graduation

June 8, 2011

Plaza College
# 202, 74-09 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
www.plazacollege.edu    (718) 779-1430
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Plaza College’s graduation ceremony will be taking place next Friday June 17th, 2011!

header_financial aidWe are all so proud of our 2011 graduates for being hard-working individuals who achieved their goals. We would like to announce that we have tickets for graduation as well as cap and gowns. Plaza College will be distributing tickets for graduation as well Cap and gowns to each student starting this Thursday June 9th, 2011 until Thursday June 16th, 2011.

Here are the days and times you MUST abide by:

  • Thursday, June 9th – 11:40am – 7:30pm
  • Friday, June 10th– 9:00am – 4:30pm
  • Monday, June 13th – 9:00am – 6:00pm
  • Tuesday, June 14th – 9:00am – 7:30pm
  • Wednesday, June 15th – 9:00am – 6:00pm
  • Thursday, June 16th – 9:00am – close (time not decided)
  • Friday, June 17th – GRADUATION 9:00AM SHARP!

The Plaza College graduation ceremony will be held at the Kupferberg Center of Queens College located on 65-30 Kissena Blvd Flushing, New York. There is a ticket limit per student of 7 tickets.

We look forward to seeing all of our 2011 graduates next Friday June, 17th!

The Art of Finding Summer Work

June 6, 2011

Plaza College
# 202, 74-09 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
www.plazacollege.edu    (718) 779-1430
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Teens and young adults are likely to have a tougher time getting a summer job, with unemployment rates for the age group at nearly three times the national average. There is extreme competition for jobs between recent college graduates and established adults. Kelli Grant, Senior Consumer Reporter for SmartMoney.com, shares how to increase your chances.

Your resume is the first thing employers look at so make sure it looks good. Teens won’t have the work experience older workers do, but here’s the chance to brag about your high GPA, computer skills and other talents that show you’re talented, accountable and a potentially good worker. If you’re able to stay on after Labor Day, mention that in a cover letter for employers looking for a more long-term hire. 
Get out and pound the payment. Applying online through sites like SnagaJob.com is a great start, but teens are better off handing in an application in person, or stop by to check in on one sent online, so you can make a good impression on the manager. Dress the part so that you come across as responsible and professional. 
If it’s less a matter of money than of finding something productive to do, consider lending your time and talents at a local nonprofit, or taking an unpaid internship. These are great resume builders and provide experience that can help you find employment later.
Starting your own business is an option. It’s a good summer to be your own boss. SBA.gov, DECA.org and Future Business Leaders of America all offer resources to help you create a business plan and get started. Need seed money? Kickstarter.com lets you appeal to others to make contributions to fund your start-up. 
For more information on finding summer employment and other consumer tips click here.

Plaza College Career Services Will Help You!

June 2, 2011

Plaza College
# 202, 74-09 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
www.plazacollege.edu    (718) 779-1430
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We would like to start this blog off by congratulating all of the Plaza College students who will be participating in our Graduate Recognition Ceremony. The Ceremony will be taking place tonight from 6:00pm – 9:00pm at the Penthouse Sweet located at 52-11 111th Street in Flushing Meadow Park. Tickets for this event will be $50 in advance and $60 at the door. Come on down and enjoy some complimentary refreshments with the Plaza College student award recipients and faculty.

                                                                                                                                The Office of Career Services at Plaza College is here to help you achieve your professional goals and obtain the job you want! The department offers a wide variety of services to all students upon graduation, from career planning and information, helpful tips for writing and creating resumes, interview tactics and techniques, and to help you figure out your role in career-related choices.


Do you know what career you are interested in?

Do you know what the job will bring on a day to day basis?

What is the average salary?
header_admissionsWhat level of education is required?

What kind of skills are needed?

What kind of experience is needed?


Before you accept a position, you have to make a well-educated decision and do your homework. Schedule an appointment with Career Services to get the most information and examine all your options and alternatives in any career path. Plaza both offers placement services and assists students in self-directed searches.

Career Services at Plaza College boasts a 90% placement rate! Our graduates are prepared and ready to go out into the world of work, whether it is in a business, medical or computer related field. Career Services at Plaza will help you achieve your goals!

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Monday – Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Evening appointments are available also.

How Many Jobs Are There For College Graduates?

May 31, 2011

Plaza College
# 202, 74-09 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
www.plazacollege.edu    (718) 779-1430
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According to the Wall Street Journal not only are every 3 out of 4 companies hiring recent college graduates, but most of those employers consider writing ability (75%) and analytic skill (79%) to be important abilities for their new hires to possess.

Here are some valuable tips on how to find one of these jobs.

Only take an unpaid internship if it will truly advance your career goals. Just because an internship will look good on your application to a better job or graduate school, initiate the construction of a network you have some hope of using within the next year, or in which you’re really learning your trade, not simply performing clerical tasks.

That said, take any paying job in the field you want to work in, even if it’s a low level clerical position. Once you “get your foot in the door” you can quickly work your way into a better position for yourself. If you let management know that you are ambitious, hard-working, eager to learn and smarter than the average bear you will succeed within the company.

Let People Know You Need Work and are Willing to Do Anything.  Let everyone know that you’re available for work. This means your parents, friends, colleagues, online social networks, professors, and people with whom you have casual conversations standing in line at the grocery store. You never know who knows someone who knows someone who needs someone just like you to help out in their business or professional affairs, particularly since businesses have been working short staffed because of the recession for some time now.

Don’t be shy or hesitant. You’re smart, well-educated, capable and eager to work. Don’t let the people who say it can’t be done get you down. You may not be able to pay down your student debt with the income you’ll earn from this first job, but you will from the one after that or the one that follows that.

10 Ways College Students Can Honor Memorial Day

May 27, 2011

Plaza College
# 202, 74-09 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
www.plazacollege.edu    (718) 779-1430
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Memorial Day is perhaps best known as the three day holiday which formally kicks off summer time. Usually, the day is celebrated with family, friends, and neighbors meeting together and having a barbecue with hotdogs, hamburgers and beer being the most popular food items. Kids love the day because it symbolizes the beginning of beach season and the opening of the neighborhood pools.

Memorial Day is in fact not meant to be a celebration at all. The fact is, the day was initially meant to be a day of solemn remembrance of fallen war veterans. While there are no past records to indicate when and where Memorial Day had its’ official start; it allegedly began sometime during the Civil War. The wives and families of fallen Civil War soldiers would visit the mass grave sites and place flowers, Bibles, family photos and other items on the graves.  This tradition was known as “Decoration Day.”   The first official “Decoration Day” came about in 1868, when flowers and flags were placed on graves in Arlington National Cemetery.  In 1951,   a poet by the name of Moina Michael started selling red, white and blue flowers, with the earnings going to military families in need.  However, the Memorial Day holiday did not become official until Congress passed the bill in 1971.
Besides cookouts and trips to the beach, there are many ways that college students can help keep alive the real meaning of Memorial Day.
  1. Fly the United States flag at half mass until noon.
  2. Volunteer to place flags on the graves of war veterans.
  3. Visit a Civil War battlefield.
  4. Fly a MIA/POW flag in remembrance of soldiers that have never come home.
  5. Participate in the “National Moment of Remembrance”  by taking a moment of silence at 3:00 p.m. on Memorial Day.
  6. Make a charitable contribution to a charity that offers support to war veterans and their families.
  7. Show your pride by wearing your red, white and blue.
  8. Volunteer to help with your neighborhood parade.
  9. Listen to patriotic music/watch patriotic movies
  10. Visit a war memorial.
Have a Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

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