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.

Hayward Campus Hosts Free CPR Clinic for Senior Citizens

On September 25, 2010, the Heald College campus in Hayward, Calif., hosted a free cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) clinic for local senior citizens. Residents from three different senior living complexes participated in the class as part of the disaster preparedness plan for their housing units.

At the conclusion of the class, the participants walked away with the skills and confidence to better serve their communities in an emergency. Jay Henderick, the disaster preparedness coordinator for one of the complexes, commented, “I’ve taken CPR courses before but I have never attended such a comprehensive course. Our teams are much better prepared to deal with medical emergencies now thanks to your excellent trainers.”

Heald College Launches Updated Website

Heald College is proud to unveil our newly updated website designed to improve the user experience. Now visitors can easily find the information they seek through improved navigation, better organization, enhanced functionality, and new social media and search features. The site also sports a new, updated look!

In addition to the functionality and aesthetics, the site also added a new blog, a dedicated contact form for International Students, and increased server capacity. Additionally, the site features a new suite of quick-click buttons to share website pages with social media sites, easy printing, ability to apply to Heald, and a Career Planning Tool button to help students find the right program and career.

"After months of hard work, the team at Heald is proud to announce the launch of our newly updated website," said Eric Rajasalu, Heald V.P. of Marketing. "This complete redesign is the culmination of some 800 man-hours which began in January of 2010 with a six-person team made up of two copywriters, two developers and two Web designers."

"While many of the improvements to the website are on the backend and cannot be seen, you will notice an improved, updated look and feel to the site," said Rolando Mendez, CCi Senior Web Designer, who worked closely with Eric. "In addition to improved functionality, the goal of the new visual design was to improve ease-of-use, organization and consistency."

In the coming weeks, you can look forward to a student portal design update that will tie everything together with a more seamless look and feel. Additionally, our design team encourages you to visit the site regularly for more updates at

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