Heald College to Host Hayward Chamber Event
The Hayward Campus hosted a mixer to honor the Chamber of Commerce's Business Person of the Year. This is the highest award the Chamber bestows on an individual for their innovation, imagination, creativity, resourcefulness, and dealing with challenges and service to the community. The Chamber also announced the Police Officer, Firefighter, and Educator of the Year.
Heald College President Douglas Den Hartog and his team offered tours of the campus during the event.
"We were so honored to be able to hold this event at our campus. We have been a member of the Hayward Chamber of Commerce for over 46 years and enjoy a special, professional relationship with them," said Douglas.
Campuses Celebrate Heald?s 150 Years
Both the Fresno and Modesto campuses held celebrations to acknowledge Heald College's 150 years serving the educational needs of the community, and unveiled the timeline wall that traces the highlights and milestones of the college's history. Both campuses also showed a video called "150 Years of Student Success."
A lunch reception was held at the Fresno Campus where three outstanding graduates were honored for their success and support of Heald College. Three local employers were also honored for their used of externs, their participation in job fairs, and their work with Heald College over the years.
The Modesto campus held a similar event and also honored three outstanding graduates who utilized the Career Services department's guidance to hone their interview skills and land their dream jobs. They also awarded an employer who has hired over 20 students to be interns.
Symposium Addresses Domestic Violence
The Milpitas campus hosted a symposium of regional leaders throughout Santa Clara County entitled "You Are Not Alone." The event, held in conjunction with Domestic Violence Awareness Month, featured Santa Clara County Superior court Judge Sharon Chatman as the keynote speaker.
Approximately 70 people attended the symposium which addressed all forms of domestic abuse, including verbal, physical, financial, and personal dominance, which affect every social, economic, and ethnic class in America. The outstanding message was that these victims are not alone and that there are resources available to help them.
Azar Khoshkbariie, Director of Legal Programs at Heald, said "Domestic violence touches the lives of so many, yet too many people who experience violence suffer in silence because they feel so alone and don?t know where to turn." She said that better education about the social and economic ramifications of abuse, and the ability to listen to the victim without judgment, are the best ways of handling the problem.
The symposium was a great success and is confirmed for next year as well.
Dental Assisting Students Help Make a Difference
Students and faculty from the Heald's Dental Assisting program at the Hayward campus participated in the California Dental Association's recent CDA Cares event. The 13 representatives from the Hayward campus joined forces with more than 1,500 other volunteers to offer free dental services to those in need.
More than 2,000 patients received more than 11,000 procedures, including fillings, x-rays and extractions, during the two-day event. The cost of these procedures would have totaled an estimated $1.5 million, but thanks to the generous volunteers, they were done for free.
"This event is a great opportunity for our students to put their skills to work for a great cause," commented Hayward Campus President Douglas Den Hartog. "Not only are the students getting real-world experience, but they are also able to give back to the community and make a real difference."
Externships Open Doors for Job Seekers
The right externship can be a valuable gateway for job-seeking graduates. Ashlee Crowe, a 2012 Heald College graduate from the Roseville campus, used her experience working at Sutter Medical Foundation to take her first step into the world of professional healthcare. By shadowing Sutter employees, she was able to get hands-on experience that culminated in a full-time job.
"I didn't want to feel like a third wheel just standing around. I wanted to be involved. That was extremely important to me," Ashlee said. "Now I'm working in pediatrics. You're dealing one-on-one with patients."
According to the Sacramento Bee, about 60 percent of 2012 college graduates who worked in paid internships received at least one job offer. "Having an internship is critical," said Christina Rivera, director of career services at Heald College in Roseville. "It's like a working interview. This is a job," she said.
Mike Phillips, training and development manager at Sutter Medical Foundation, added, "Internships are a mechanism, not only to provide the vocational training we need for our care centers, but it provides us an opportunity to vet who will be applying for positions."
The Importance of Social Media in Job Hunting
Employers no longer use resumes alone to vet perspective employees. According to a recent survey by Reppler, 98 percent of employers also check various social media sites, including LinkedIn (97 percent), Facebook (51 percent), Twitter (49 percent), Google+ (19.1 percent), and even Pinterest (3.6 percent) to determine whether a potential candidates' biographies, skill sets and interests are current and accurate.
Roy Honjo, a career services advisor for Heald College in Honolulu, who was recently interviewed on KITV Channel 4, says job seekers must be extremely mindful about posting controversial items on social media or Tweeting inappropriate messages or compromising ideas. They must also make sure their email addresses are professional. What might be a cute email address in college may not be appropriate in the working world.
Sandy Lamba, campus president of Heald College in Rancho Cordova, was recently interviewed by Fox 40 Sacramento on the subject of the role of social media. He pointed out that employers regularly check out prospective job seekers on LinkedIn to see if that person should be considered for an interview. A picture can also tell a thousand words and can suggest whether or not someone is a serious candidate. He cautioned that employers also regularly check out Facebook and warned that pictures on the Internet are often permanent fixtures and therefore should not compromise a candidate's integrity.
Hayward Students Fill Easter Baskets
Students, staff and faculty from Heald's Hayward campus donated items to fill Easter baskets for children in Hayward's Emergency Shelter Program. Since 1972, the program has provided shelter and support services to women and children who are victims of domestic violence, homelessness and human trafficking.
The Heald volunteers filled 28 baskets with items donated by the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society. Each basket contained two chocolate bunnies, a stuffed toy, bubbles, jellybeans and Peeps. Three PTK advisors brought the festive baskets to the shelter along with more than 200 plastic Easter eggs for their annual Easter egg hunt. As one volunteer put it, "I feel like we are putting smiles into every basket."
Elaine Anes of the Fresno Campus Named Woman of the Year
The office of Assembly member Henry T. Perea presented the 2013 Woman of the Year Award for Outstanding Educator to Elaine Anes, instructor in General Education and Business at Heald's Fresno campus. This award is given to a woman who has, over the past year, made a significant contribution to her community with notable accomplishments, and who has not been previously received this award.
Elaine holds a B.S. in Office Administration from California State University, Fresno, where she is a lifetime member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society. She previously taught at DeVry University and Fresno City College.
Tax Help for Students at the San Francisco Campus
Heald's San Francisco campus, in partnership with Emeryville Tax Services, provided a unique service for their students before the April 15 tax deadline. On March 25 and 27, the campus hosted free tax preparation clinics for its students and their families. Participants met with representatives from Emeryville Tax Services and received free advice regarding federal programs and tax credits that they may be eligible for.
"It is no secret that preparing your taxes can be a very daunting task; hopefully, these clinics will help demystify the process for our students," said Debbie Jones, Heald College's San Francisco campus president. "Additionally, there are a number of great tax credits and programs that our students may qualify for they are not even aware of. We want to make sure our students have as much information as possible when they go to file their taxes."
Honolulu Campus Students Teach First Graders about Dental Health
Heald's third- and fourth-quarter Dental Assisting students recently visited Honolulu's Keone'ula Elementary School to give first graders oral health advice. The Heald students visited six classrooms totaling 150 first graders to teach them the importance of brushing and flossing. Activities included replicating the decay process caused by "sugar bugs" and an appearance of the Tooth Fairy.
The Heald students gave the first graders literature on brushing and flossing to give to their parents, plus each received a complimentary toothbrush and floss. The Heald students also left several posters they created so the children and their teachers can be reminded of the importance of oral health.
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