Rancho Cordova Campus to Donate 40 Computers to Local School

On December 11th Heald College's Rancho Cordova campus will donate more than 40 computers and 100 LCD monitors to the Ethel I. Baker School. In addition, Heald students and faculty have volunteered to set up the computers and install a school-wide network.

Heald College, in conjunction with the Sacramento County's Sheriff's Department, operate a facility where residents can donate their old computer equipment to be repaired and refurbished before being donated to local charities. The lab is staffed and operated year round by the students and faculty in Heald's IT program . These Heald volunteers also perform on-site installations as required.

"Our faculty and students are very proud that they are able to provide this service to the community," said Ada Gerard, President of Heald College Rancho Cordova. "This program provides our students with invaluable hands-on training and allows us to help our community at the same time; it is truly a win-win situation."

Stockton Campus Hosts Community Resource Fair

On November 17th Heald College's Stockton campus hosted a community resource fair to help educate its students about community organizations in the area. The event allowed students to learn about services available to them and consider groups they may wish to join.

More than 20 community groups participated in the fair, including Public Health Services, Bank of America, the American Red Cross and the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Students had a chance to speak to representatives one-to-one to learn how they can benefit from the many services the community has to offer. Students were surprised to find such a variety of resources available to them, including alcohol and substance abuse counseling, career services, housing assistance and health services.

Fresno Campus Achieves Record-Breaking Enrollment

Heald College's Fresno campus recently broke the 2,000 student enrollment mark, which sets a new campus record. In the last year the campus has increased its enrollment by 47 percent, or 633 students, which is a testament to the dedicated work being done by campus leadership, faculty and staff.

Achieving record enrollment would not have been possible without the opening of a satellite campus in the area. With the steady rise in enrollment numbers over the past few years, campus leadership saw the school would soon outgrow its current locaion and set in motion a plan to expand campus capacity with a satellite facility. The satellite campus opened on July 19th 2010. It currently houses a number of the general education, medical and criminal justice classrooms.

Honolulu Campus to Stage Annual "Battle of the Majors"

The "Battle of the Majors" is an annual event held at Heald's Honolulu, Hawaii in which students in each program form teams and then compete to win points. Points are awarded through a variety of games held on and off campus as well as through participation in charity drives.

This year, the "Battle of the Majors" will culminate in an event scheduled for Wednesday, December 8th from 8:00AM to 2:00PM at a local beach. Students' friends and families are also invited to watch the competition and enjoy a day of food and fun in the sun. As a part of the event, the students will hold a food drive to benefit the Hawaii Food Bank. The campus will also collect toys during the holiday season to donate to the Lokhai Tree, a local toy drive.

Salinas Campus Works to Help At-Risk Youth

Heald College in Salinas is expanding its groundbreaking programs to help local youth overcome the negative impact of the gang lifestyle.

With one of the worst gang violence problems in America, the city of Salinas is exploring every alternative to understand, intervene and change the pervasive gang culture. Salinas campus President Maria Embry has personally forged relationships with all 14 Monterey County law enforcement agencies and with court officials to help clear the juvenile court records of more than 80 students.

In recent months, Heald College Criminal Justice instructor Richard Cox, a former police chief, has partnered with local anti-crime groups to show young people that there are alternatives to gang violence. Cox and Embry are in the process of implementing internship programs with law enforcement agencies and other governmental agencies.  Heald students, including former gang members, are receiving on-the-job learning with police on the streets to augment their Criminal Justice classroom studies.

Salinas Police Chief Louis Fetherolf is deeply involved in these programs and hopes to help Heald College continue its positive work for the community.

Hawaii Campus Students Walk to Support Breast Cancer Research

An estimated 6,500 people participated in the 16th Annual Komen Hawaii Race for the Cure on October 17. Included in that group were more than 45 students from the Hawaii campus of Heald College. Many of these Heald representatives were part of the campus's Phi Theta Kappa and Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) organizations.

The Sugan G. Komen Race for the Cure is a nationwide organization dedicated to raising funds for breast cancer research.

The Hawaii walk was near and dear to the hearts of many in Heald's faculty, including Harriet Gubman, associate program director of health care programs.  A breast cancer survivor, Gubman graduated from the same Medical Assisting program she now oversees.  “It is great to see our students and other members of the community coming together to support a great cause,” said Gubman.

Rancho Cordova Instructor Honored with Outstanding Business Educator Award

Stacy Leitner, a full-time instructor at Heald College in Rancho Cordova, has been selected as a recipient of the Outstanding Business Educator Award by the California Business Education Association.  

At the Rancho Cordova campus, Stacy teaches Microsoft® Office and Excel, Introduction to Computers, and Portfolio Creation.  She also serves as the executive assistant to the city manager for Rancho Cordova and is active in a several community organizations.

The award to Heald, a for-profit college, is particularly noteworthy because it typically goes to instructors at local community colleges.  It not only calls attention to the great work that Leitner is doing, but highlights Heald College's commitment to top level instruction for all. “We are very proud of Stacy and count ourselves lucky that she brings her skill and passion for teaching to our campus every day,” said Ada Gerard, president of Heald College in Rancho Cordova.

Heald College in Portland to Host a Public Career Fair

On Monday, October 18, the Heald College campus in Portland will host a career fair that will be open to the public. More than 30 Heald employers have already signed up to participate. Participating companies include FedEx, AAA Travel, The Washington County Sheriff’s Department and Residence-Inn Marriott.

Portland has been plagued with high unemployment, which currently averages nearly 11 percent. Campus leadership hopes the career fair will not only help their students find work after they complete their programs, but also will help relieve the economic pressures being felt by other members of the community.

“We would love to have as many people as possible participate in the career fair because it will show employers that Heald College students and other Portland residents are serious about getting back to work,” said Marie Todd, director of career services.

Fresno Campus Sponsors Local Habitat for Humanity Fundraiser

The Heald College campus in Fresno sponsored a fundraising event on October 11 to benefit the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity. In addition to financial support, campus leadership and students from the Construction Management program volunteered for the event.

The fundraiser was held at a local shopping center and participants had the opportunity to taste food from local restaurants, sample various wines and take advantage of special sales. Representatives from Heald College participated in media interviews to help promote a positive image of the campus to the local community.

Maria Embry Changes Lives with a Single Penny

Maria Embry, president of Heald College in Salinas, was recently recognized as the Employee of the Year for Heald College during the national Parthenon convention in Washington, D.C. This great achievement came after years of hard work and a journey that started with just a penny.

There was a time in her life when Maria thought all was lost. She had been diagnosed with cancer, laid off from her job and left to raise her six children on her own. One day it all changed when her son gave her his “lucky penny” that he had found on his way home from school. Maria’s luck began to turn around.

The next day, Maria saw a commercial for Heald College and decided that it could be the way to change her life. Maria completed her coursework in the Accounting program, received her degree, and started her career at Heald College shortly thereafter. She was promoted many times, ultimately becoming the president of the Salinas campus in 2007.

Now during every orientation, Maria shares her story with incoming students and gives each of them a “lucky penny.” During the graduation ceremonies on October 4, there was a bowl on the stage for the students to return their “lucky pennies,” which will be passed on to the next group of Heald students.

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