Issue No.27         November 2018

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.

Message From The Dean

College of Business Offers New Certificate in Business Analytics
Improve your Data IQ
Unless you have been living on a deserted island for the last decade or two, you are aware of how BIG DATA is transforming the way that we live and work. Just think of how when you shop online for a new pair of running shoes, seconds later a pop-up for those same shoes appears on your Facebook page. Or if you use a shopper’s card when you buy groceries, the receipt comes with a coupon for the cat food you always buy.
Every time you click on a webpage, use your credit card, register your automobile, or go to the doctor’s office, information is recorded about you and your activities. This information, commonly referred to as BIG DATA, has transformed industries and jobs ranging from sports to education, human resource management, healthcare, logistics, marketing and more. In fact, there is so much data available and there is such a high demand for people who can organize and make sense of it, that there is a huge shortage of workers who possess these skills. Growth in jobs related to big data is expected to average 28% by 2020!
Trident’s Certificate in Business Analytics
To help meet the demand for big data skills, the College of Business has developed a 5-month Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics to quickly teach the skills that are in highest demand. This program has been co-developed with SAS – an industry leader in analytics software. The coursework covers database management, statistical analysis, data mining, business intelligence and more. Students get hands-on experience at using some of the top business software including SAS Studio, SAS Enterprise Miner, and SAS Visual Analytics. They also graduate with having met the educational requirements for several industry certificates such as SAS® Certified Base Programmer for SAS®9, SAS® Certified Visual Business Analyst, and SAS® Certified Predictive Modeler Using Enterprise Miner™ 13.
Who would benefit from this certificate?
Obviously, people who are interested in careers as Business Intelligence or Data Analysts would benefit from this certificate, but not all users of big data are Analysts. There are also many other fields that need people who know how to use big data to make decisions. Some examples are human resource managers, health care providers, operations managers, marketers, supply chain managers, education administrators, business or political consultants, product managers, insurance underwriters, and many, many, more. What they all have in common is by learning analytics, they can build high demand skills, provide added value to their employers, and enhance their careers.
Is Financial Aid available?
We are happy to offer an alumni scholarship to qualified candidates for this program. VA benefits and federal financial aid is also available for those that are eligible.
For more information on this certificate or to discuss your options, please call Brian Le at 714-229-5056 or write him at

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Military Experience

“November: A Month Dedicated to Giving Thanks”
by Chaunte Myers, Centurion Military Alliance CEO
November is a very meaningful month for my family and me. For starters, my family heritage is one built upon answering the nation’s call to serve. Knowing I could go back as far as the Civil War, for the sake of this writing, I will start with my grandfathers, both who answered the call to serve in Vietnam and ultimately returned to the U.S. to fight (in a much different way) for the country they loved.
Their servant-leader passion alone served to reinforce a family lineage to be servant-leader focused, even in a day and age when doing so was not considered virtuous, let alone popular.
My grandfathers, amongst countless Vietnam veteran brothers and sisters, with limited access to support resources, leaned on one another and continued to strive to serve and further promote the higher ideals of servant-leadership. Without fanfare or accolades, whether willingly or begrudgingly, their sacrifices, too numerous to count, were tallied against and ever-growing outcry manifest in riots and protest nationwide.
Fast forward now 40 plus years, the example set by my grandfathers continue to resonate in the spirit and intent of their servant-leader illustrated lives.
As I sit here and type this very article, I am reminded of the love and sacrifices made by the entire family and I am deeply humbled. For each generation has contributed to the greater good and has left a legacy to be further carried in the generations to come.
As I intentionally set aside time this week to thank each member of my family for their military service, I also thank them for their unwavering love and the torch they continue to carry through servant-leader support of our non-profit organization, Centurion Military Alliance. Though we have all shed our uniform, we have not shirked our oath nor skirted our responsibilities to continue mentoring, guiding, and stewarding our brothers and sisters in transition. Which leads to why I’m beyond thankful…
From Veteran’s Day to Thanksgiving, I believe this month is one that presents a somber reminder to look around and be thankful for all we have been given. Despite the challenges, we live in the greatest nation – a nation that represents strength, encouragement, and fosters unity. A country that stands its ground, protects those who cannot protect themselves, allows all a voice, and champions the more noble causes for the betterment of all humanity.
As a veteran, I’m thankful for all of the benefits I’ve received. I’m thankful that I have been able to pursue educational pathways in order to become vocationally proficient and that I’ve been greeted by a nation that has thanked me and provided me a platform to rise within the civilian sector.
Our growth becomes our legacy – and I’m thankful for my family that has armed me with the tools so that I may serve others and ultimately… leave a legacy.
With respect, honor, and gratitude - Thank you to our nation’s heroes – our veterans! I’m thankful for all who have served, and I’m thankful Veterans Day is the same month as Thanksgiving. Remember to be thankful as you look around, during this month dedicated to thanks!
Chaunte Myers, a 15-year military veteran, is CEO of Centurion Military Alliance, an organization that helps active duty and veteran men and women address the challenges related to successfully reintegrating from the military to civilian life. She is a current student in Trident’s Doctor of Business Administration program.

Student Experience

Musings of a Trident Student Employee: The Start (Based on True Events)
by Karina J. Diaz, Student Success Advisor
Trident University supports its employees by offering them tuition remission. Many of us will say that it is one of the many benefits of working at Trident. It is the reason many of my co-workers would often ask me “why aren’t you in a masters program?” and, often times, my response would be “I’m not sure which program to enroll in.”
It was a response engineered to deflect the question. In reality, I was feeling anxious towards the application process. “What if I don’t get accepted?” I thought to myself. “How embarrassing would that be?” I feared embarrassment and, most of all, I feared at the idea of getting excited over something that may fall through. “This is what perspective students must feel like!”
As I work with many departments, I collaborate with Admissions to discuss student’s goals and motivations to ensure their needs are met and ready to begin their program. One day, at a university event, I had the opportunity to meet an Admissions Advisor. She asked me the same question of why I haven’t taken advantage of the tuition remission offered here at Trident. Rather than letting me deflect the question, she asked, “Can I walk you through the process?” “Why not?” I thought to myself. “They are friendly.”
She explained the steps involved and gave me the confidence to apply. She walked me through the application process and even had her team work on retrieving my official transcripts required for the application.
After 10 months of self-doubt, now, I am scheduled to begin my program. A new employee asked me about my admission experience and I replied, with a smirk, “It was fast and easy.” Then, my smirk quickly faded. “Why didn’t I start sooner?” I thought. “I could have been halfway through the masters program!”

Academic Spotlight

Five New Programs Approved for VA Funding!
Trident University is excited to announce that we have been approved for the administration of Veteran Affairs Education Benefits for new Professional Certificate and Diploma Programs:
These fast-paced programs have been developed to prepare students for in-demand career field and certifications. Individuals looking for a career change, advancement or to develop new skills; these programs may be a great fit for you. Courses are 4 weeks long and there are session start dates each month. To learn more about these programs please visit our Trident Certificates page.

Trident in the News

Trident University Ph.D. in Education Alumnus Publishes Academic Papers
Dean’s List August Fastrac 2018 Session
Trident University Doctor of Business Administration Professor Selected as SME for Conference in Dubai
Eric R. Jaren serves as the Command Chief, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. As command chief, he is the primary advisor to the commander and senior staff on all matters affecting education, development, training, readiness, effective utilization and quality-of-life of the command’s 13,431 enlisted Airmen and their families.
Eric R. JarenClass of 2010 
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Brittney Drake is responsible for the daily operations of the Student Finance Department in providing financial options to students in order to fund their education. This includes Federal Financial Aid (Title IV), Military Tuition Assistance (Title X), Veteran’s Affairs benefits, corporate benefits, private loans, and payment plan options.
Brittney Drake, Senior Director Student Finance
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Dr. Molina has always balanced her time between teaching and practice. She has over 15 years of experience working in the field of higher education, has taught at several institutions including Tufts Medical School, The University of St Augustine for Health Science, and is the former Director of the Bachelor of Science Program in Integrative Health at Northern NM College.
Dr. Liza Molina, Dissertation Chair - College of Health and Human Services
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Career Center Corner

Trident Virtual Career Fair
Even though Trident is a 100% online university, we still have a Career Fair for our students! The Center for Career Planning and Workforce Strategies invites you to participate in our upcoming Trident Virtual Career Fair on Wednesday, November 28 from 11am–2pm (PST).
The intent of this event is to align students and graduates possessing valuable skills with employers seeking high quality candidates. Please join and help us make this a successful event – this may be one of your best opportunities to connect with employers who want to hire you! And as a job seeker, your participation will encourage employers to participate in future events. We welcome everyone to attend this event and we encourage you to share this opportunity with family and friends as well. They may also attach a resume for submission to employers.
RSVP today and take advantage of this great networking opportunity!
James Shiver, Manager of Center for Career Planning is always happy to assist you with your questions and serve you in your career needs, so don’t hesitate to contact him at

Alumni Community

YOUR Alumnifire has a New Look!
Exciting news: Alumnifire has great new enhancements designed to improve your user experience. Take a peak below and visit the site today!
Not Yet on Alumnifire? Signup takes less than a minute, and you are on your way to making meaningful connections, networking, opening doors, and finding job leads from nearly 1,400 fellow students and alumni. Click to sign up now!
What's Changing at Alumnifire? Based on user feedback, we've made improvements to the layout and navigation of the site, as well as a few stylistic tweaks. Here's what you can expect:
*A New Navigation Bar: The navigation is more iconic and clear and incorporates more links to the main pages of the site. You won't see two separate navigation bars anymore either. This should make it easier to get around the site and find all the available content within.
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*New User Cards: The images are slightly larger, and the icons are cleaner. The card content is separated into clearer sections.
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*New Default Images: Alumnifire will no longer be using silhouette default icons like the one below. "Identicons" are less gender-specific than generic silhouettes and will provide more variation and color to the site. Modern websites are moving towards these icon-based images and away from silhouette-based images.
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*New Announcement Tools: The "Class Notes" feature is now combined with member posts and categorized as "Announcements" in a single feature called "Announcements." Announcements differ from other posts in that they are intended to share an update without catalyzing an ongoing discussion. Other "discussion" posts are intended to start conversations. The language regarding posts throughout the site is now more consistent as well (previously "bulletin board," "group message," and "discussion" all referred to the same type of content).
We hope you enjoy this new networking tool and it’s new enhancements. If you need any support or ideas on how to connect with your Trident Community, don't hesitate to reach out.