Archive for May, 2012

A Change of Mind: Business Communication Course

I have never been too interested in taking online classes; although, it would have been more convenient, I just felt the interaction with the instructor would be lost.  I was of the opinion that taking online classes would be like teaching myself, thus I always felt that it would be better if I had someone explaining things to me face to face than just communicating through a computer. 

My perspective about online education quickly changed after taking the Business Communication course with Mrs. Barcena in the Winter Term A.  The professor set up the course in units not in weeks, which gave us ample time to complete the assignments and to receive feedback from her.  In unit I, we learned about effective communication at work.  We worked on different scenarios on how to resolve conflict in the workplace.

In unit II, we learned how to convert negative messages into positive messages.  Also, as part of our assignment we had to open a Facebook account, upload a professional picture of ourselves, post statuses looking for employment, and add professional pages as friends related to our field.  In unit III, we learned how to write business reports, proposals, and presentations. We also learned about how to improve telephone skills. 

A part of this unit assignment was to call our professor and leave her a message.  The messages consisted of a job opening that we had recently applied to and send our resume; we had to follow up with a voicemail to check the status of our application because we hadn’t received a response from the employer. 

In the last assignment unit IV, we learned how to do job searches, resumes, cover letters, and interviewing.  A big part of this assignment was to find three different job openings related to our major, write a cover letter for each job opening, create a resume that could be used for the three job openings and lastly, we had to go to a mall and try on some professional clothing suitable for an interview.

This course sounds like a lot of work but it really was one of the best courses I have taken at Florida National College.  I learned from how important communication is in general to the importance of dressing appropriately for a job interview.   This course was well prepared and structured.  We received timely feedback from the instructor in every assignment.  It only took to have an excellent professor teaching this course to change the perception I had of online education.

Esteemed Graduates – Congratulations!

Florida National College held their Commencement Ceremony this past Sunday, May 6th, 2012. Among the esteem graduates, the following are worth mentioning:

Diaris Fernandez and Gilberto Rodriguez is a couple from Puerto Rico who graduated from the Dental Technology program and opened a Dental Laboratory in Puerto Rico.  Florida National College would like to congratulate them for their efforts in the dental community they serve.

Yusnier Gutierrez, Florida National College’s Salutatorian at this past graduation and founder of the Mu Zeta Chapter Criminal Justice Honor Society at FNC, is currently working with the Broward Sheriff’s Office as well as contributes greatly to the private security community as a private investigator.

Carmen Guerrero graduated from the Criminal Justice Bachelors program and is currently working with the Miami-Dade Police Department’s Stolen Vehicle Unit as a Records Technician.

Congratulations to the Class of 2012!

The Florida National College Commencement Ceremony was held on Sunday, May 6th 2012. The celebration was held at the James L Knight Center in downtown Miami followed by a Graduation Banquet at the Hyatt Regency Miami. Graduates, family, friends, faculty and staff all came together to celebrate the academic accomplishments our students have worked so hard to achieve.

One of the most important and memorable milestones is graduation day. It is a pivotal point in which a new chapter of life begins. The graduates were fortunate to have three amazing speakers to inspire and motivate them on their new journey.  Jessie Alabre, Associates in Science Nursing was the Valedictorian , Yusnier Gutierrez ,Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice was the Salutatorian and the guest speaker was Alumni Yuneymis Diaz Gomez, Associates of Arts in Paralegal Studies.

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”  Thomas A Edison.  Nobody said it would be easy they just said it would be worth it. On behalf of the Academic AdvisingOffice we congratulate the Class of 2012!


The Mu Zeta Times!

Dear Members and Friends,

Please click on the link below to check the fourth issue of our newsletter: The Mu Zeta Times.

The Mu Zeta Times is the official newsletter of the Mu Zeta Chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society.

This newsletter is designed to inform you of all chapter activities, future plans, and feature news that is important to you! Employment information is now available. Scholarship information will be available in future issues. This newsletter is also designed to inform our families, friends, sponsors, and associates of the Mu Zeta Chapter accomplishments.

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