Hunter Business School: Training The Long Island Workforce

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In an age where advances in technology and medicine are helping people live longer, more productive lives, Hunter Business School is teaching the skills necessary to make these advances a reality.
If you’ve visited a medical facility on Long Island or had specialized tests or treatment, you may have been taken care of by a Hunter graduate. From practical nursing to sonography to medical assistants, office administration, and billing, the school trains the support staff vital to a successful office.
And if you were aided by Internet technology, a Hunter-trained computer technician or design expert was there to ensure a seamless experience.
The strength of a school can be gaged by the success of its students in the job market and Hunter boasts an over 80% placement rate. In fact, they employ eight placement coordinators, and graduates can take advantage of their services for life. And if there are new advances in any particular field, Hunter will update its students.
Success at Hunter starts with the admissions process where students are carefully matched with the classes and programs that most closely fit their aptitude. “I spend a lot of time with applicants to make sure they have a clear path to success,” said Noreen Iadanza, admissions representative. “It’s important to fully understand a student’s talents and abilities and instill in them a belief that they can succeed.”
Iadanza noted that only 20 percent of Hunter’s 1,200 students per year come straight out of high school. “The majority of our students are changing fields for careers that actually have employment opportunities,” she said, adding that many traditional two and four-year colleges are not preparing students for real-world jobs.
Rosmery Roque, who started her career as a medical assistant at Hunter, had this to say: “I recommend to the future students and graduates to study and take their classes seriously because at the end of the day they will be performing the things they learned and will be using those skills in the work world.”
The school works closely with many of Long Island’s employers to tailor its curriculum to fit the jobs that are available. “Our advisory board lets us know what the companies are looking for and we can adapt our training to our students if we need to,” Iadanza said.
Hunter practices what it preaches and has filled many of its current 120 staff positions at its campuses in Medford and Levittown from its own student graduates. The school’s bursar, for example, was a graduate and several of its financial aid coordinators came from Hunter’s Computerized Accounting Program.
In addition to placement services, the school offers free tutoring and works with graduates on resume writing and job interview skills. Hunter has a low student to teacher ratio and offers financial assistance.
Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, Hunter was started 40 years ago. Jay Fund, a social worker by training who recognized the need for specialized teaching to prepare people for the workforce, purchased the school over 20 years ago.
“Our students are rooted on Long Island and it is our mission to train them for careers that will enable them to stay here,” Fund concluded.
For more information, visit Hunter at hunterbusinessschool.edu or call 631-736-7360.

“My classroom experience was absolutely fantastic. All the teachers here are so patient and understanding. I’ve learned so much in the time I have been here and I’m very thankful to all of the teachers who have helped me along the way.”—Amanda Papp, Medical Assistant

“From the moment that I went to admissions, I have had a great experience. The Career Services Department has me feeling confident in my skills, my resume, and my ability to obtain a job after my career at Hunter.” —Scott Heredia, Computerized Accounting

“I decided to come to Hunter after I had my son so I could get a good job that I loved, that would also help me support my family. The idea of Hunter Business School over regular college sounded good to me because at Hunter you only take courses directly related to the field of work you choose. I love the idea that you get to work hands on and it isn’t just book work.”—Ashly Herzog, Medical Assistant

“My classroom and educational experience was nothing short of excellent. I feel like I was provided with all the tools and knowledge I need to be successful in the sonography field.”—Nicole Sherman, Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

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One Response to "Hunter Business School: Training The Long Island Workforce"

  1. Larry Jaeger says:

    As Vice President of the Medford Chamber I am proud to say that Hunter Business School has been one of our members for many years and Noreen Iadanza, quoted in the article, is an active Board Member in the Chamber. I have personally had a tour of the school, know many of the staff and spoken to students to get their feelings on the school. The staff is very professional and guide the students from first contact through career choices, financial aid, class progress and career placement at graduation. Approximately 80% of graduates have positions waiting for them at attractive salaries. Hunter Business School provides an attractive alternative to college at a substantially lower cost and the promise of a career position at graduation.

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