Stevens Henager Alumni Newsletter
Nampa Summer 2015
Its Coming! Have you sent your RSVP?
Contact Dawn Soran to RSVP or for questions
firstname.lastname@example.org or 208-467-0501 x1618
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From the Associate Dean's Desk
A group of outstanding students from our PRG 101 course took on a service-learning/community service project working with veterans. This endeavor was inspired by an initiative from the Library of Congress that’s been documenting veterans through writings, videos, interviews, etc. In support of this initiative, the PRG101 class decided to create a blog of veterans in Boise.
Here is the link to this amazing blog: https://givebackidaho.wordpress.com/
Here at Stevens-Henager, we are dedicated to keep this blog going, so we encourage anyone that knows of a veteran to contact us so we can interview them and add them to our veterans’ blog. Keep checking the blog, as we hope to incorporate new interviews as much as possible!
Just want to thank the whole staff at Stevens-Henager for the chance to better myself. You see I graduated from high school in 1984 and did what everyone else did at that point, found a job by joining the Unites States Army. After # of years I got out of the service, got married and started a family. Several years passed and I started to wonder why I could not do better for myself and family. I was unemployed at this time so I went in and talked to a counselor at the school. I was very impressed so signed up for the Medical Specialties Program. It was strange at first, being the oldest person in the class, sometimes older then the teacher, but the staff and other students made me feel wanted. The instructors took the time to make sure I understood what was being taught.
With the knowledge that I learned from the school in the Medical Specialties Program, I was able to do my externship at the Boise Veterans Affairs Medical Center. After graduating from Stevens-Henager with an Associate Degree in Medical Specialties, I applied for a position with the VA. This past June I was hired on at the VA. My official title is Medical Support Assistant, where I am in charge of 5 areas. I make sure the nursing staff is following the doctors’ orders of giving meds to the patient, the doctors are writing the right meds, and orders are in place for treatment.
Without Stevens-Henager giving me the education that I needed I would not be a Federal Employee with great benefits and most of all the ability to be able to support my family the way I want to. So for that I am very grateful for what Stevens-Henager College and the staff did for my me and my family.
Mark Flowers MSA, MA
Ward Clerk 2MS, 2P, SDU, ICU, CLC
Stevens Henager is Busy this Summer!
June 19 Fantastic 4 Movie Release at Edwards in Nampa - Come join us!
June 19 Game night - Are you a gamer? Watch Facebook for more information
June 26 Silver Screen Nampa Summer Movies—SHC sponsor-Paddington Movie
June 27 Yard Sale at Karcher Mall 8-4
July 10 - Aug 21 Carwash in SHC parking lot
Aug 7 Assassins Creed Movie Release Edwards Theater in Nampa -
Come join us!
Aug 8, 9 Art Festival - Visit us at our booth
Aug 14 Game Night Are you a gamer? Watch Facebook for more information
2015 Commencement Celebration
NCCT Certification Bootcamps
NCCT Certification Boot Camps Nampa Location
- June 2nd Boot Camp 3:00-6:00pm
- June 5th Boot Camp 1:00-4:00pm
- July 10th Boot Camp 1:00-3:00pm
- July 18th NCCT Testing 10:00-1:00pm
- Sept 11th Boot Camp 1:00-3:00pm
- Sept 19th NCCT Testing 10:00-1:00pm
- Nov 13th Boot Camp 1:00-3:00pm
- Nov 21st NCCT Testing 10:00-1:00pm
Not a graduate of the medical program? The Associate Deans for the Business and Computer Science programs will help set you up with assistance to prepare for your certifications as well! Please contact Dawn to help connect you to your Associate Dean.
Questions? Contact Dawn Soran 208-467-0507 x1618 firstname.lastname@example.org
Continued Learning Opportunities
Soft Skills Seminars 2015
Facebook should be utilized in a very careful manner as what you post can haunt you for a very long time!
Twitter will give you the opportunity to learn the organizational and industry language. This will help you to communicate better with your future employer!
Next Soft Skills Workshop: Financial Responsibility by Lindsey Pontious
Please contact Dawn Soran 208-467-0501 x1618 email@example.com
From Career Services
How To End An Interview On A Strong Note, Learn the art of questions that leave them wanting more
Rhona Bronson Jan 16th 2015 10:00AM
There are many tricks to a strong interview, but the one most frequently overlooked and underutilized is the final question. This is rarely the question an interviewer asks you. Instead, it's the question you ask the interviewer. Unfortunately, in many cases, prospects make the classic interview mistake of missing this opportunity to make a strong, lasting impression.
Here's how many interviews end. The hiring manager's last question is:
"Do you have any questions for us?"
An all too common reply is: "No, you answered everything. Thank you for your time."
Here's why: You just shut down the conversation. The only thing left is a handshake. Instead, you could have used the opportunity to learn more about your fit with the company and better position yourself to be the candidate of choice.
Great post-interview questions can serve many purposes. They allow you to:
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Show Your Research. Businesses like people who are interested enough to know something about their industry or marketplace. You can start a question by making a statement such as: "I saw online that your company is looking to expand into ..... Do you see this position being involved in any way, and if so how?"
Show Interest. Interviewers want to know that you understand the challenges ahead and are able to meet them. One way to use the last question is to dispel any questions about your fit. This could start with repeating something mentioned in the interview. "We discussed XYZ earlier, could you expand on that problem a bit and let me know what skills you feel are most important to meet that challenge?" Then, when they list the skills wanted, you have another follow-up opportunity to let them know you have those very strengths!
Gain Insight. You don't want to accept a position that is doomed for failure. You can ask a question that gives you insight into potential success. Here's how: "What do you think are the most important things to accomplish in the first 30 days of the job?," or "A year from now, what would have happened for you to feel that the new person in this job was very successful in accomplishing your most pressing challenges?"
Display Expertise and Exude Enthusiasm. Similar to other questions, this type of ending lets you make a statement before asking a question. "I'm very excited about the job as presented, particularly because of what you said earlier about ... I faced a similar challenge when.... and approached the situation with a collaborative management style. Do you feel that type of style would be effective here, or would you prefer a different approach?"
The ending interview questions -- the ones you ask the interviewer instead of vice versa -- allow you to leave a strong lasting impression. Have more than one question in your quiver and never wing it. You should go into every interview with at least 3-5 questions that can be mixed or matched as needed. Just because you have a list doesn't mean you need to ask them all, but it gives you flexibility to decide which question is most appropriate given the tone of the interview to that point. For instance, if one of your questions was completely answered in the interview, your list of backup questions can easily be put to good use.For ideas on end-of-interview questions, check out How to Make a Lasting Impression at Job Interviews Using Questions.
Experts note that last impressions are important due to something called the recency effect, where people remember what happened last over any earlier impressions. As fellow AOL Blogger Jeff Lipschultz, wrote on recruiter.com:
" In a long discussion, what you say last can be remembered even more than what you said or did at the beginning."
That's the reason why you should never end an interview with questions about the structure of the job, e.g. benefits, salary, vacation, hours. These can all be discussed after an offer has been extended. Any discussion of job structure at this point implies that you're not focused on the important aspects of the job from the employer's point of view. Structure questions generally leave a very bad last impression.
Still stuck on what to ask at the end of the interview? Channel your inner journalist and craft questions using the famous 5Ws -- Who, What, Where, When and Why.
- Who do you consider a perfect candidate? (OK it should be whom, but don't get hung up)
- What are the key traits you feel a candidate needs to be successful in this job?
- I"m curious why, when we were discussing ..... you said .... Can you expand on that?
- I notice that the job is listed as .... with x% of travel. Where will the job be based?
Questions are an important part of "the art of conversation." It's one way to leave the interview with a strong lasting impression. Remember your job is not to "end" the interview, but to "extend" it. The last softball pitch in an interview – "do you have any questions for us?" is your chance to take one more swing at bat. It's an important swing, because it can lead to a game-winning home run. Don't squander the chance.