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Karen Harris MA (2010) & MOS (2012) I am a mother of four children and have been working for eleven years at Hallmark of Bakersfield, an assisted living facility for the elderly. I joined Kaplan College because I wanted to succeed in life and prepare for my childrens’ future and my own. Thanks to Kaplan College I can work on computers, I can bill and code, take vitals, give injections, and I am familiar with medical terminology. I plan to use these skills when I become a Registered Nurse. I also plan to go to school for a business degree to run my own health care business.
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What: Chief Alvidrez Day Where: Kaplan College Campus When: 6/12/2012 What: Kaplan Family Health Fair Where: Kaplan College Campus When: 6/14/2012; 10:00-3:00pm
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G RASS ROOTS E FFORT S Y IELD LOCAL B E N E F I T S … A N D T E D DY B E A R S By Colin Williams
Current students of the Medical Assistant (MA) and Medical Office Specialist (MOS) programs at Kaplan College Bakersfield used teddy bears to teach young children the benefits of good hygiene. MA and MOS Students used the cuddly critters as pretend patients and 23 local kindergarten students learned how to properly wash hands and sneeze into elbows to stop the spreading of germs. “Some of them were shy and others were excited.” recalls Ixzel Pimentel (MOS student), “But they all got to keep their teddy bear!” “Some of them didn’t know how to wash their hands properly,” continued Mike Aldalco (MOS student). “It was apparent that they learned a lot.
Kaplan College Medical Assistant & Medical Office Specialists students at a local Bakersfield kindergarten class.
They were sad when we left.” Kaplan College has also held a similar event where medical students help Girl Scouts complete their hygiene badge. Cherrine Rodriguez, Medical Assistant Coordinator , is happy to see current students donate their time and skills to the outreach health Clinics.
“We’re proud that the MA and MOS students can participate in events like this that help serve the Bakersfield community.” Kaplan College also created a Grassroots Committee that involves students and staff in events like Relay for Life, and organizations like the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
RECOMMEN D ED : CAREE R STRATEG IES By Colin Williams
Events that you can participate in for the upcoming month ...
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1. Ask for letters of recommendation. 2. Network by meeting new people. These two strategies can help Kaplan College graduates secure jobs. Ask your externship supervisor for a letter of recommendation. Letters can also come from Kaplan College instructors or employers.
Alejandra Ramirez (MA student) asked for a letter of recommendation and presents it to future employers in her interviews. Alejandra also understands the importance of networking. “I am shy and speak quietly, so I force myself to speak up.” Try to meet as many new people as you can. You never know who might be a future employer.
Rosalva Sahagun (CJ student) is searching for jobs in the legal field. She stays in touch with Kaplan College instructors and considers them part of her growing professional network. Always keep signed copies of your letters of recommendation. Keep a record with the names and contact information of individuals in your professional network.