Honolulu Campus Announces New President

Michael C. Van Lear has been named president of Heald College's Honolulu campus. Mr. Van Lear is a long-time member of the Heald family. He began his career in 2000 as an associate dean, served as evening dean, and in 2004 was named director of Career Services. He received the Heald College Career Services Team of the Year Award for 2006. He became campus vice president in 2007 and remained in that position until his appointment to campus president.

Mr. Van Lear received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Hawaii in 1990, and his Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix in 2004.

San Jose Campus Holds Immigration Symposium

In February, Heald's San Jose campus held its first Immigration Symposium. Titled "Understanding Today's Immigration Debate and Why It Matters," the event drew civic leaders from throughout Santa Clara County. They discussed the complexities of today's immigration challenges, outlined potential solutions, and discussed the impact those solutions could have on international relations.

Experts attending the symposium included the Honorable Judge Carol King; Carlos Ponce, Consular General of Mexico in San Jose; Mayor Juan Esteves of Milpitas; immigration expert professor Lynette Parker of Santa Clara University; and several attorneys who specialize in immigration.

Salinas Campus Hosts Recruitment Fair

Also in February, the California Department of Corrections, the Monterey and Santa Clara County sheriffs' departments, and BI Incorporated attended a recruitment fair hosted by Heald College in Salinas. Heald organized the event to help some of the roughly 23,900 unemployed Monterey County residents find work as peace officers. Over the next three years, the California prisons will need to recruit approximately 7,000 new officers, according to the California Department of Corrections.

The attendees learned about potential employment, salaries, benefits and training requirements for correctional officers, peace officers, pharmacy techs, medical assistants and more. Heald College had financial aid* and admission representatives on hand to provide additional information.

"We are extremely excited to have the opportunity to bring these public and private employers and members of the community together for a common cause," said Richard Cox, president of Heald College in Salinas.

*Financial aid available for those who qualify.

Heald Receives Recognition from City of San Jose

San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and City Councilman Kansen Chu presented a commendation plaque to Heald College's San Jose President Elmo Frazer and his management team in recognition of their service to higher education and support for the San Jose library system.

According to Campus President Elmo Frazer, "Heald was chosen because of its tireless work in educating students in the San Jose area for over 107 years, and for graduating more than 2,000 students in the last three and a half years."

Heald was also recognized because of its work with San Jose-based nonprofit organizations, including the Second Harvest Food Bank, and for hosting symposiums on women in law enforcement, domestic violence and immigration. Heald College has worked closely with the Silicon Valley Leadership Group in its "Thousand Hearts for a Thousand Minds" tutoring program.

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.

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