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Advises Leaders and Communicates Career Changes at Air Force Base

“One of the best things about the professors was their willingness and flexibility to work around military schedules, whether we’re sent overseas on deployments or on last minute trips to other countries.”

Matthew Heenan is the career assistance advisor at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He’s the key advisor to base leaders, communicating retention and career changes while reinforcing Air Force benefits to officers and enlisted corps. Heenan is a 17-year member of the United States Air Force and received the John L. Levitow leadership award in Airman Leadership school. During his time in the military, he’s been named Airman Instructor of the Year (2005), Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year (2016) and received the Lance P. Sijan Leadership award for Peterson Air Force Base (2016).

Heenan chose to pursue a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership at Argosy University, Denver because the school offered a flexible schedule that included nights and weekends. “Argosy University provided me with a sound foundation in organizational leadership,” he said. “The faculty is truly amazing. Dr. Richter, in particular, stood out for his ability to take the curriculum and translate it into today's society. Instead of just teaching, he would allow for open discussions and debate.”

He also appreciated Argosy University’s military inclusiveness. “One of the best things about the professors was their willingness and flexibility to work around military schedules, whether we were sent overseas on deployments or on last minute trips to other countries.” Heenan understood the need for that flexibility because he had been deployed to the Middle East with only 24-hour notice.

Heenan utilized military education benefits to help to pay for his higher education. His educational path began at Peru State University on a partial football scholarship—but at the time, according to Heenan, he didn’t have the discipline to balance football and academics. He lost his scholarship and worked in a casino for two years before joining the United States Air Force. “I've traveled all over the world and I've taken full advantage of the educational benefits that the military offers,” he stated.

Heenan admits that his education at Argosy University, Denver was challenging. “I had to think outside of the box, along with changing my way of thinking,” he said. “The faculty challenged me to not only meet my limits, but also to jump past them.” He describes his capstone seminar as a pivotal moment in his education—he’d designed a business plan that he believed would be easy to implement in the real world. But when he discussed the plan with his instructor, he found that he’d overlooked many business details—and was forced to review and plan further. The experience shaped the way he looks at situations today. “I would advise anyone who is looking at a degree to consider Argosy University as one of their top choices.”

He encouraged current students to stick with the program, even during difficult times. “Keep in constant contact with your instructors because they will do their best to work with you, as long as you are putting forth the effort,” he said.

Heenan enjoyed the feeling of accomplishment when he earned his degree. “Seeing the look on my dad's face when I walked across the stage gave me chills,” he added. “Few senior non-commissioned officers have a master’s degree in the Air Force. For me to have earned one is a huge accomplishment.”

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Luciano Lima, who is working toward a Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Chicago, recently received the A. Toy Caldwell-Colbert Distinguished Student Service Award. He received the award at the 2017 American Psychological Association convention and was chosen because of his work as a co-leader of the group Psychologists for Black Lives Matter (P4BL).
The award honors a graduate student who has made outstanding service or clinical contributions targeted at psychological issues of importance among ethnic minorities.
In the photo, Luciano is shown with Keri Kirk, co-leader of P4BL.

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The Master of Public Health program prepares you to close the gap between the concepts of public health and the realities of actual practice to improve health and well-being.
Why a Master’s Degree in Public Health?
The MPH is a management and administrative degree that helps move people beyond entry level work in public health to more supervisory or managerial roles. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (2015) states that the number of health managerial positions is growing at a 17% rate from 2014 to 2024. With this exceptional growth in the field, more public health professionals are required to help develop, implement and evaluate public health interventions and processes to build a healthier nation.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2015). Occupational Outlook Handbook, Health Educators and Community Health Workers & Medical and Health Services Managers.
Why a Public Health Degree at Argosy University?
The MPH program at Argosy University provides a broad range of curriculum and field practice that will allow students to graduate with a working knowledge of public health services, actual hands-on experiences using their skills and knowledge in the public health environment, and the ability to occupy a leadership role and uphold the essential services of public health.
“Working on a class project, I saw problems associated with homeless youth and young adults in Minnesota. I was moved and motivated to act, which led to the [creation of] Lifeconnect Incorporated.”
Oluwole Aderemi-Ata 2014, Master of Public Health
Executive Director, Lifeconnect Incorporated

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If evenings and weekends are your best times to study, you’ll love flexible learning formats at Argosy University! From campus learning to 100% online degree programs, learn how our flexible learning formats are designed to fit your busy schedule. Balancing the demands of work, family, and an education is easier with a flexible learning schedule! online class online college online learning

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Register now for our next career services webinar, How to Become an Effective Leader. This session will be led by Denise Alexander, career services advisor, on November 9th at 1PM EST (10 AM PST).

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We're now non-profit! The future is yours! Get your goals in motion today! We are dedicated to your success from start to finish, and beyond.

Los Angeles Based Dream Center Foundation Completes Transition of South University, Argosy University, Western State College of Law and Art Institutes to Nonprofit Institutions

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Dream Center Foundation announced Tuesday the completion of the transfer of assets of several of the nation’s most well-known for-profit higher education institutions. South University, Argosy University, Western State College of Law and Art Institutes campuses will now be operated as nonprofit institutions continuing their focus on education, student outcomes and community involvement.

“We are pleased to announce the completion of this transfer,” said Dream Center Foundation managing director Randall Barton. “We are thrilled the various regulatory agencies looked favorably upon our vision to refocus these schools exclusively on providing quality and accessible education empowering people throughout our nation. These schools have been serving communities across America for more than 100 years, and they have a bright future ahead of them.”

South University, Argosy University, Western State College of Law and Art Institutes collectively have 56 campuses in more than 30 cities and more than 44,000 students as well as over 5,000 employees and approximately 6,000 adjunct faculty members. Each institution offers courses online and on campus, and together they offer more than 100 programs of study in everything from health and behavioral sciences to business, education and digital arts.

University operations will be managed by Dream Center Education Holdings (DCEH), LLC under chief executive officer Brent Richardson. Richardson has a long career in higher education as former CEO and chairman of the board for Grand Canyon University (GCU). Richardson was the catalyst for the turnaround of GCU, which now has over 85,000 students and employs over 5,000 people. Richardson’s focus will be student-centered and based on student outcomes.

Barton continues, “We believe the relationship between the schools and the Dream Center Foundation will allow these schools to continue to provide students with an excellent education and strengthen their sense of social responsibility. Nothing transforms an individual's life more quickly than a quality education.”

Dream Center service partners are spread throughout the United States and can provide enriching opportunities for students to serve in their communities. As a not-for-profit DCEH will raise donations to contribute to programs that provide scholarships for the underserved.

“Education has always been a central focus of the Dream Center Foundation,” said Matthew Barnett, founder of the Dream Center in Los Angeles and president of the Dream Center Foundation. “These institutions will remain nonsectarian providers of quality higher education, but we hope that this new season will bring an expanded vision and an opportunity for graduates to realize their own dreams while living a life in service of the dreams of others.”

The Dream Center Foundation announced its intent to complete the transfer of the institutions earlier this year.

Note: The acquisition of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, The Art Institute of Philadelphia, The Art Institute of Colorado, The Art Institute of Michigan, and The Illinois Institute of Art is expected to occur in late 2017 following a final regulatory review.

The Dream Center Foundation funds programs providing educational opportunity, emergency food and medical services, transitional housing for homeless families, youth and veterans as well as support for victims of human trafficking through its principal partner, the Dream Center Los Angeles. Each month more than 50,000 people are assisted in Los Angeles alone, and countless others through its network in 41 states and 21 countries. The founder and president of the Dream Center Foundation is Pastor Matthew Barnett.

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For more information about The Art Institutes please contact us.
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Do you live in the Phoenix, Arizona area? Schedule a visit to Argosy University, Phoenix! Our Phoenix campus is just minutes from shopping, restaurants, public transportation, cultural and entertainment venues. Phoenix is the fifth most populated city in the United States and one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the country. Argosy University offers flexible learning where you can enjoy campus classes, as well as online and distance learning. Many programs have flexible learning formats, such as evening, weekend and online courses, so you can continue your education while keeping your current job. Our coursework is designed to develop valuable teamwork and interpersonal skills, alongside academic learning for your career development. Argosy University provides an array of career services and advisors to help you reach your career and employment goals.
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The Campus Common: The one-stop resource for Argosy University student career needs.
The Campus Common is your student portal and a one-stop resource for all of your career services needs. Here you’ll have 24/7 access to a variety of self-directed, web-based career resources and services that you can utilize whenever and wherever you need them. These resources are supported by career services advisors who will assist you in building relevant knowledge and skills for your job search and your career.
Online tools and resources for students and alumni include:
● Education and tools to assist you with networking, interviewing, resumes, and cover letters
● Convenient access to an online resume builder that has resume templates, examples, and tips that will help you construct an online and physical resume
● A job search engine that assists you in searching for jobs within your field of study
● Access to Argosy University's Worldwide Professionals Network hosted on LinkedIn, where you can network with other students and alumni, solicit career and job search advice, and contribute to field-related discussions
Log on to the Career Resources section of the Campus Common to take advantage of these resources today!
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Community Mental Health: Then and Now
The community mental health movement in America began in the 1960s as a grass-roots effort to meet the different needs of evolving regions. In the Midwest, workshops were provided to lessen the stress of unemployment, manage life adjustment issues, and to beat the “holiday blues.” In the Southeast and larger metropolitan cities of the East and West Coasts, community mental health centers (CMHCs) focused on diversity issues and teen pregnancy. While in the far Southwest, CMHCs worked with Native American populations on economic oppression and the impact of tribal segregation.
What do all of these have in common? They reflect awareness of society’s effects on every member of a community. They possess a shared perception of clients as whole persons with a range of personal strengths, resources and limitations. CMHCs reflect a desire to prevent debilitating problems in schools and communities. They strive to understand unique needs from diverse cultural, ethnic, and racial backgrounds. Lastly, CMHCs strive to empower people and communities in order to become strengthened when counselors help clients learn ways to help themselves.
Imagine a snowball, cold and wet and compacted between your hands. Now, imagine that you roll that snowball down a mountain. As the snowball starts rolling, it begins to gather speed. It also gets much larger as more snow is packed onto its surface. By the time the snowball reaches the bottom of the mountain, it is no longer small, fluffy, and innocent. Instead, it is quite large and possibly dangerous. That is what has and is happening in communities across America. In response to political unease, sexism, racism, domestic violence, addiction, and other mental health concerns, Community mental health centers have evolved to help communities that are suffering from psychological or social discord.
So, how are community mental health centers meeting this challenge? What does it take to be a community counselor (CC)? Community counselors must display excellent communication and leadership qualities. These counseling professionals connect with communities and better understand the problems and causes of problems that some communities may face. Leadership skills are important, because they help community members feel more trusting and willing to follow the advice of community psychologists.
The assumptions of CCs are that environments nurture or limit the people in them. To nurture a community, the environment must be positive, rich in opportunities to learn, supportive, and offer opportunities for people to interact in a positive way with each other. Negative environments limit the members’ development and stunt their growth. Therefore, is not enough to counsel individuals; to promote well-being we must influence contexts where they live.
The goals of CC are to facilitate individual and community empowerment in a multifaceted way. This is a NEW VISION: That we play multiple roles with a multifaceted and culturally sensitive approach. A multifaceted approach is more efficient than any single-service approach can be. This new counseling approach focuses on:
• Group counseling
• Psychoeducational interventions
• Alternative strategies
• Making changes in environments to foster well-being
• Counselors acting as architects to structure opportunities (within bounds of culture)
Ultimately, prevention is more efficient that remediation and with the Multicultural nature of development central to planning and delivery of services, today’s Community Mental Health Centers and Counselors are having a direct and positive impact on their environment.
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What do you want to study? At Argosy University the choice is yours! We offer a variety of degree programs to help you achieve your career goals. Just starting out with an associate degree? Perhaps you are ready to pursue your bachelor’s degree or maybe it’s time to return to school for that doctorate you always said you were going to earn. Argosy University provides educational opportunities in the classroom, online and distance learning to help you create the college experience you desire. Contact an admissions representative today and get started!
Programs include: Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Information Technology, Liberal Arts, Psychology, Medical Technology, Dental Hygiene, Nursing, Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound, Medical Assisting, Histotechnology, Medical Laboratory, Radiation Therapy, Radiologic Technology, Veterinary Technology, Health Services Management, Public Health, Clinical Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Counselor Education and Supervision, Marriage and Family Therapy, Pastoral Community Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Community Counseling, Forensic Psychology, Human Services, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Sport-Exercise Psychology, Advanced Education Administration, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership, Higher and Postsecondary Education, Initial Educational Administration, Organizational Leadership, Teaching and Learning, School Counseling, Educational Psychology, Business Administration, Compliance and Human Resources Management

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