Issue No.15         November 2017

Trident University International provides an exceptional online educational experience for its students – diverse adult learners including current and former members of the military family.
Adhering to the highest standards of academic excellence, faculty and staff foster a learning community where students develop critical thinking and problem solving skills to enhance their lives and advance their careers.

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by Dr. Lisa Mohanty, Dean of University College
 
I’m delighted to have started my new role as the Dean of University College. It has been almost nine years since I joined Trident University as a Professor in Economics. After previously serving as a Department Chair and Program Director, I am deeply grateful to work with our outstanding team of dedicated faculty in our college. We are working to continuously improve our curriculum and develop new courses that meet our student’s needs and interests.
 
We also have several new programs in University College that are launching this fall. These programs are a great opportunity for students at the undergraduate level with clear pathways to the bachelor, master, and doctoral programs already available at Trident.
 
The Associate of Science in Professional Studies (ASPS) is a degree completion program for students that have a certificate or diploma with at least 15 semester hours of transferrable college credit, or equivalent military training .The depth and breadth of the general education requirements along with the professional experience gained though their vocational, technical, or professional certificate program will lead to an associate degree that will prepare students for the workforce and potentially for their next level of education, the Bachelor’s degree.
 
The Certificate in Computerized Accounting (CCA) prepares students for essential work in the accounting and bookkeeping field. Students who complete the Computerized Accounting Certificate will have a strong background in QuickBooks and Sage 50 accounting software, Tax Preparation, and Accounting Procedures. They will also learn how to properly record and post basic journal entries.
 
The Certificate in Medical Billing (CMB) prepares students for essential work in the health information field. Students who complete the Medical Billing Certificate will have a strong background in Anatomy/Physiology, Medical Billing, and Reimbursement. They will also learn basic coding and how to properly review and handle electronic health records. The curriculum in this certificate program aligns with current legal and ethical standards as well as the latest U.S. billing and reimbursement standards.
 
We have an exciting year ahead of us as we continue to expand our certificate and diploma offerings in University College. I look forward to working with Trident’s faculty and staff in supporting the university’s mission of academic excellence and compassionate commitment.
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Trident in the Community

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Military Experience

Get a Good Hold on the REINS of Your Transition: Part 2 - Your Education
 
The next concept to take hold of in the REINS (Resume, Education, Interview, Networking, and Service) of transition discussion is Education. Many people fail to realize how fortunate we are to have had the military professional development models (pick one) in place, and leaders pushing us to continue the education process, whether military education or civilian. I have discovered, since my recent retirement, the civilian world pretty much expects you to already have your education completed. You either have it, or you don’t. With that in mind, I want to encourage everyone to make the transition in your minds to becoming a life-long learner. Like the resume timeline, the best time to start your post-secondary education is immediately after graduating high school, the second best time is now. As a military member or veteran, we have tremendous resources available to start, continue, and complete our education goals, or needs. Even though civilian organizations don’t put the same emphasis or resources toward your education, they are looking for life-long learners. If you are not pursuing some sort of next level education degree, then you are getting further and further behind. If you’ve completed the highest level of education you desire, then I recommend certificate programs or other credentialing programs.
 
If you are a procrastinator (welcome to the club) then you might need to get an accountability partner to help you stay on course. I hear time and again about how much is going on in life and there isn’t any time for school. I will admit there are some very rare occasions when I might recommend someone wait a semester or so to let things settle down, but most of the time, I find it to be a discipline issue. We get comfortable at where we are at, the lifestyle we currently have, and forget to think far enough ahead to the future until it’s too late and we’re playing catch up. I recommend getting yourself into a battle-rhythm of learning; a set time each day to devote to learning/school. It doesn’t have to be the same time, but the same amount of time each day or week will give you a good start on getting started and staying committed to reaching your education goals/needs.
 
This world is ever evolving, and education will continue to evolve as well. If you spend the time now to become a life-long learner, the investment will pay off in the future. You’ll be better prepared when opportunities come your way (take a look at https://smartasset.com/retirement/the-average-salary-by-education-level), you’ll set a great example for your team and your children, and you’ll become a better, more rounded and enlightened human being; and we all know how much this world needs more people in this category. At Trident University, we are passionately committed to helping you reach your goals/needs so give us a call and let us partner with you for success.
 
CHARGE!!!
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Student Experience

Military Success Scholarship
by Brittney Drake
 
Trident University is dedicated to helping our students reach their educational goals. So dedicated in fact, that we are offering a great scholarship opportunity for the 2018 Military Fiscal Year. The Military Success Scholarship (MSS) was created to encourage academic progress and continuous enrollment for eligible undergraduate Active Duty, Reserve, and National Guard members currently serving in the U.S. Armed Services, while also minimizing out of pocket costs.
 
What does it take to earn MSS? Commitment! Commit to staying on track with your educational plan and maintain a minimum of 2.0 GPA. Beginning October 1, 2017 when you successfully complete four courses (16 semester credits), a $500 scholarship will be applied to your 5thcourse and beyond through September 30, 2018.
 
Enroll today in order to maximize your scholarship eligibility. Students who enroll in the October and November sessions and take two courses per session, will earn the maximum scholarship amount. 
 
If you are eligible for Military Tuition Assistance (TA) Benefits, we encourage you to utilize your benefits. We also suggest you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to see if you are eligible for FREE Pell Grant money that you do not have to pay back. Our knowledgeable Student Finance Advisors will provide you alternative options to cover the cost of tuition that your TA and MSS does not cover.
 
Don't miss this opportunity to control the amount of scholarship support you can receive to reduce the cost of your education and to accelerate your graduation date!

Academic Spotlight

Trident University is proud to announce the addition of two Undergraduate Certificates. Starting October 30, 2017, we will be offering a Medical Billing Certificate (6 month program) and a Computerized Accounting Certificate (6 month program). These certificates are designed to align with areas that are currently generating strong job growth.
 
We are also excited to announce a special scholarship for these two certificate programs. The Trident Kick-Off Scholarship will be available for any student who enrolls in either of these two programs during the initial sessions. Valued at $4,700, the scholarship brings the cost of the program down to $4,000.
 
The certificates are also eligible for MyCAA benefits, so be sure to check them out!
 
Thank you to all of the students and alumni who filled out our survey in August, requesting feedback about these programs. Based on the overwhelmingly positive response, Trident moved the planned launch up three months to deliver certificates that our students and alumni felt would be beneficial to friends and family members. Thank you to everyone who completed the survey, and congratulations to our Amazon gift card winner, chosen from among those who completed the survey!

Trident in the News

Trident University Names Dr. Ryan Dwight Recipient of the University’s Teaching Excellence Award
Medical Billing Certificate Introduced by Trident University International
 
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Command Sergeant Major (Retired) Gilbert L. Canuela is currently serving as the Executive Mentor to the Chief NCO of Afghan National Police in Kabul, Afghanistan. Canuela served over thirty years in the US Army, still have so much to give and love serving for his country.
Gilbert L. Canuela, Hall of Distinguished Alumni - Class of 2008 
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Dr. Afrookhteh is a higher education executive with a unique background, combining PhD and JD degrees with over 20 years of diverse professional experience at BS, MS and PhD levels, at both private as well as public higher education.
Dr. Afshin Afrookhteh, Senior VP, Chief Compliance Officer
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Dr. Anglin believes in helping students find their voice by enabling them to broaden their knowledge, gain insight into different aspects and dimensions of the field of public health & health administration. 
Dr. Gayl M. Anglin, Department Chair in Health Administration - College of Health & Human Services
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Career Center Corner

Ways to Stay Motivated in a Frustrating Job Hunt
 
1: Get Specific with Your To-Do List
When your motivation is low, general job-searching tasks like “network” and “redo resume” can be overwhelming. A great way to instantly make your search seem more manageable? Rework your to-do list to include smaller, more specific tasks. A weekly quota of two to three jobs is a realistic goal that allowed you to focus on doing the best job applications each week.
 
2: Look Up Your Career Role Models
When you’re job searching, reading description after description requiring “five to seven years of experience” in a certain field, it’s hard to remember the truth about career paths: They’re rarely linear. In fact, most successful people made loops, jumps, and a few skids to get to where they are today. So, step away from the job boards, hop over to LinkedIn, and search for people who have your dream jobs or who work at companies you are interested in.
 
3: Seek Constructive Criticism from Your Supporters
Your biggest fans can also be your most helpful critics—if you ask them to be. That supportive former co-worker, professor who believed in you, and friend who just gets you all know your full potential and how you could improve. So, if you’re feeling like you’re trying everything but still getting nowhere, try asking them for some constructive criticism. Identify where you’re struggling, whether it is with resume formatting or interviewing, and ask for advice from the appropriate people
 
4: Put Your Career Goals on Paper
Take some time to make a list of all of your dreams, big and small. Actually, putting them on paper will force you to think about what you want to achieve and—better yet—motivate you to see at least one goal. Seeing things on paper will get you excited to check things off.
 
5: Take Days Off (MOST IMPORTANT POINT)
The best way to deal with a motivational slump of any sort is to take a few days off. Pre-determined free days—where you get some time off from thinking about resumes, cover letters, and interview questions—can alleviate all those job-search frustrations and help restore your drive. By taking a few days off here and there, you will find your able to refocus and better tackle the search when you’re ready.
 
The job search doesn’t have to be a daunting task every time you open your laptop. Use these tips to find your dream job.
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Alumni Community

Veteran’s Day is Coming Up – Join Trident in Collecting Hygiene Products for the VA!

What’s Going On?
The Trident Alumni Association & IMPACT Committee have joined forces to “Help our Heroes” in honor of Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2017. We encourage Trident employees, faculty, students and alumni to donate items to our Hygiene Drive which will support veterans in need in Los Angeles and Orange County. Learn More Here
 
What Can I Donate?
Trident is collecting the following items requested by the VA for hygiene care packages:
  • Hygiene Items: Shampoo, Conditioner, Lotion, Razors/Shave cream, Deodorant, Mouthwash-alcohol free, Toothpaste, Toothbrush (full size), Combs, and Reusable bag (travel/hotel size items)
     
  • Snacks: Granola, Fruit & nut bars, Trail mix, Goldfish, Cheez-It, Peanut butter crackers, Crackers, Pretzels, Nuts, Fruit snacks, and Baked chips (individual snack size) 
How Can I Contribute?
  • Donate Time: If you are in the area and want to donate your time by helping us gather, prepare and/or deliver donated items, contact alumni@trident.edu or call 714.229.7065 for more information.
     
  • Drop off or Ship Donations: If you are in the area and want to stop by or ship your donations, please use the following address: Trident University International - VA Donation Drive 5757 Plaza Drive, Suite 100 Cypress, CA 90630
     
  • Quick & Easy Option - Donate Via Amazon Wish List: Click on the image below and you will see a list of suggested items.Orders placed via Amazon will ship directly to our collection center so that you don’t have to bring it in or send the supplies yourself. Click here to donate needed items through our wishlist by Amazon 
When Are Donations Needed By?
Donations are requested by November 17, 2017.
 
Is There Additional Incentive?
  • Yes! All donors will be entered into a raffle for an Amazon Gift Card.
  • Email your receipt to alumni@trident.edu to secure your entry in the raffle.
Together, we are Trident Strong!