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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San Jose Campus Hosts Community Resource Fair

Heald's San Jose campus hosted a community resource fair on March 21 to help students, faculty, alumni and incoming students connect with local service groups and community organizations.

Nearly 20 local organizations were represented at the fair. These included the Stanford School of Medicine, the American Red Cross and the City of Milpitas. Services they offered included health, wellness, child care, housing opportunities and disaster preparedness.

"We are excited to welcome these great community organizations to our campus," said Elmo Frazer, San Jose campus president. "We want to help educate our students about all of the great services that are available to them, as well as help connect the organizations with a new source of volunteers."

National Law Day 2013 Events

On May 1, Heald College in Fresno will celebrate National Law Day by marking two important events: the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 150th anniversary of Heald College.

National Law Day 2013 will provide the school's Criminal Justice and Paralegal programs an opportunity to explore America's civil and human rights movements, and their impact on promoting equality. Paralegal students are scheduled to conduct a mock trial. Keynote speakers will discuss the legal system. Criminal Justice students have invited local law enforcement agencies to participate and bring equipment showing the different specialty units available for officers in the various agencies. Heald is asking all its students to enter writing and poster contests in conjunction with these historic anniversaries.

Approximately 450 people attended last year's National Law Day event, according to Criminal Justice program instructor David Noblett. The annual event is open to the public.

Honolulu Students to Go to National Competition

Five students from Heald?s Honolulu campus were named winners in the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) competition at the recent 2013 Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) Conference. More than 500 students competed in various career development events staged at the Hawaii Convention Center.

Kudos to first place winners Shantel Mendoza for Job Seeking Skills and Kristine Aguon for Dental Terminology; second place winner Jonathan Poyer for Medical Terminology, and a tie also for second place between Olivia Robinson and Lorenzo Satomi Hood, both for Job Seeking Skills.

The five Heald winners will be going to the 2013 HOSA national competition in Nashville this June.

Heald Students Install Computers at Local Charter School

Students from the Rancho Cordova Network Security science program recently installed 22 refurbished computers at Futures High Charter School in North Highland. The students worked with local Sheriff's Department deputies to make them compatible with Microsoft applications as part of the department's Toy Project. The machines will be used in the charter school's Civil Air Patrol program, which helps at-risk students learn about leadership and aeronautics.

"The service these students provide helps them to learn more about refurbishing and installing computers, and teaches them the importance of community service," said Bob Johnson, the Heald College instructor who spearheaded the effort. "We are always looking for donated computers as well as institutions that need this service."

Heald College has been serving the north/central Sacramento County since 2003, installing donated computers that its Network Security students have refurbished. More than 100 schools, group homes, nonprofit organizations and other institutions have received some 1,200 computers as part of this Heald initiative.

Internships Are Precursors to Success

For the sixth consecutive year, two surveys* by the National Association of Colleges and Employers indicated that performing a college internship not only increases one's opportunity to land a job, but also to keep that job. The results of the survey showed that 63 percent of paid interns received at least one job offer, and that after five years, 62 percent of hires coming from an internship program were still with the company.

"We've found that students who have the competitive edge of an internship/externship are in the best position to launch their career," said Jennifer Lozada, corporate director of Career Services for Heald College. "This experience is so beneficial to the student that Heald offers an internship/externship for every program. All indicators show that students with internship/externship experience have a definite competitive advantage in today's job market."

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Heald's Fresno Campus Community Career Fair Attracts Crowds

On January 30, Heald College's Fresno campus held its fifth community career fair, bringing employment opportunities to area residents. More than 800 candidates attended the fair where 40 employers, which ranged from restaurants to financial planning firms, accepted applications for positions. Television and print media covered the event.

"We are hiring today," said Lisa Rinehart, a recruiter from the Principal Financial Group, who was hoping to find candidates for six openings in her firm. "The jobs are out there," she said.

The community career fair also offered advice on financial aid, scholarships and tips on how to increase the chance of receiving a scholarship or a grant. The fair has been designed to help the roughly 65,400 unemployed Fresno County residents find work.

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