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Together, we share a rich and complex world. At Heritage, we recognize that we have responsibilities to the diverse communities we serve. We understand that our obligations extend beyond our immediate business interests.

We've worked for many years to instill our philosophy of service into our school's culture. We believe the quality of our educational offerings is enhanced when our employees, students, and graduates embrace these values.

 

Community Service Stories

Missouri Rehabilitation Association Bowl-A-Thon

Kansas City Campus – For last 5 years Heritage College has been raising money and participating in the annual "Bowl A Thon", out of 50+ teams has taken first place over the last 4 years. This year with the help of Student Services "Belinda Goodwin & Shevone Stevens", the college raised just under $1500 and received the Presidents Award for continuing support of the MRA Kansas City chapter. This organization helps provide health and rehab services to people in need. [full story]

Heart of America Stand Down Volunteer Massages

Kansas City Campus – On Friday, Margaret McQueen-Allen took her therapeutic massage class on a field trip to the Heart of America Stand Down at the Scottish Rite Temple. This semi-annual event provided career counseling, clothing donations, housing assistance, eye and dental exams, flu shots, and thanks to our students, massages to local homeless veterans. [full story]

Volunteers Raise Funds for Colorado Victims

Denver, CO – Heritage College students, graduates, and employees worked this summer to help victims of the devastating Colorado wildfires and the Aurora tragedy. Over 600 families lost their homes in the fires and we all know about the sadness in Aurora. The Heritage community stepped up to lend a hand to the victims of these horrific events.

"We know nothing we do can replace what these people have lost," said Heritage College Student Services Manager Linder Gendron, "But if we can provide a needed tool, or clean shirt, or kibble for a displaced puppy, at least they'll know people care."

Heritage College students, employees and graduates participated in relief drives conducted by HelpColoradoNow.org and GivingFirst.org. The volunteers held a fire relief drive from July 7 through July 13 of 2012 and a bake sale to raise funds for the Aurora victims. The events collected money, power tools, hand tools, nonperishable food, new clothing, and pet food for needy families in the aftermath of the disasters.[full story]

Students Volunteer at Regional Food Bank

Oklahoma City, OK — Volunteers from the Heritage College campus in Oklahoma City spent a day bagging carrots at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. The food bank fights hunger and feeds hope among the 675,000 children, seniors, and working poor Oklahomans who don't have enough to eat.

"Big thanks to all the students and their families who came out to help yesterday," said Heritage GED Program Coordinator Charmaine Motte, "Our students are truly amazing!" [full story]

ABC TV's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Jacksonville, FL: Massage Therapy students donated their time this past year to give massages to other volunteers on the set of ABC-TV's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" show. As volunteers were building a new house for a local family, Heritage students were busy performing chair massages for them. "The volunteer craftspeople were really excited about the massages," said Heritage Institute Director of Education, Barbara Schaefer. "It was great for their overworked muscles, and they said it helped them work even harder to complete the project." The Heritage team worked day and night on the construction site.

Personal Trainers Volunteer with Special Olympics

Wichita, KS – Personal Trainer students from Heritage College and also students from other Heritage academic programs demonstrated the school's philosophy of community service this year by donating countless hours of their expertise to the Kansas State Special Olympics.

Students volunteered their time to organize and manage the Kansas State Special Olympic Games that took place on June 3, 2011 in Wichita at the campus of Wichita State University.

Events included power lifting, healthy athletes, swimming, tennis, and track & field events. Heritage students managed the participants, organized the individual events, refereed the races and games, and worked to ensure that all participants enjoyed their experience at the games.

"This was an amazing experience for everyone involved," said Heritage College Personal Trainer Program Manager, Jason Zahradnik. "Not only did our students gain some valuable real-world knowledge, but it really opened their eyes to just how big of an impact they can have in a person's life by working as a personal trainer." [full story]

Habitat for Humanity

Fort Myers, FL: Employees and their family members spent a recent Saturday volunteering for the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity. The worldwide non-profit organization builds and rehabilitates houses for people in need. The Heritage group was assigned to build a roof for a new home in Lee County, where Fort Myers is located. They were fortunate to have a sunny, clear day for their work. A few of the participants were injured by hitting their hands with a hammer. Most had blisters by the end of the day, but they all agreed it was well worth it. They hope to work on another house soon.

Heritage Student Food Drive

Columbus, OH: The school recently hosted a Food Drive competition among students. Each session competed against other sessions for the chance to have a "Movie Day" during class the following week. Students brought in a whopping 2,500 items, with one X-Ray Medical Technician® – Medical Assistant class donating 764 items. All donations were given to the Mid-Ohio Food Bank in nearby Grove City, which distributed over 40 million pounds of food last year, enabling its partner agencies across 20 counties to provide food for more than 76,000 meals each day.

Heritage Student Yard Sale for Family Tree

Last spring, students and staff at Heritage College in Denver, CO held a massive fund raising "Yard Sale" for an incredibly deserving charity called Family Tree.

On Thursday, Heritage College hosted its first school-wide yard sale at its Denver campus. Heritage staff and faculty members generously donated household goods. Items donated, and available for purchase, included televisions, electronics, clothing, furniture, planters, and books. The yard sale was an all day event where students, staff, faculty, and community members came to shop for low-priced, gently used items.

Cash proceeds went to the Heritage Helps Fund. The Heritage Helps Fund allows for the purchase of bus tickets as well as food and hygiene items for the school's food pantry. [full story]

Heritage Mascot Builds Morale

"Sully" the Fighting Leaf Ties History, Humor, and School Spirit

Attending a career college can be a very different experience from a traditional University education. The single-minded focus on career preparation found at schools like Heritage College and Heritage Institute offers many advantages, but students do miss out on some fun aspects of traditional student life.

"We don't have a football team," said Heritage Executive Vice President, Shannon Beeler. "We also don't have fraternities, dances, dorm rooms, protests, or intra-mural sports. Our students think it's a good thing that we don't have all these things because we can keep their tuition lower and graduate them sooner without all the distraction.

"But that doesn't mean we can't have fun!"

This is the story of how, on a lark, some Heritage students and employees created a mascot for a career college. It's the story of how college administrators encouraged and cultivated this grass-roots movement until it evolved into a morale-building phenomenon that draws inspiration from history and patriotism. [full story]

"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"

Jacksonville, FL – Massage Therapy Students from Heritage Institute in Jacksonville, Fl donated their time this year to give massages to other volunteers on the set of ABC-TV's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" show.

As volunteers were busy building a local family a new house, Heritage students were busy performing chair massages for them.

"The volunteer craftspeople were really excited about the massage's," said Heritage Institute Director of Education Barbara Schaefer. "It was great for their overworked muscles and they said it helped them work even harder to complete the project."

The 8-year-old television program airs at 8 p.m. Sundays on ABC stations nationwide. Each episode focuses on a family that applied to ABC for a new home after facing a major health or housing problem. The project demolishes the family's existing home while they are on vacation and builds a new one with an army of volunteers. [full story]

Wellness Demos and Services to the Public

Heritage Institute Health Fair: Students offer wellness demos and services to the public

Jacksonville, FL — Students at the Heritage Institute will welcome members of the public to their campus on Wednesday for the school's Third Annual Health Fair.

Students will demonstrate the skills they have learned and offer complimentary services to guests. Heritage students study for careers in therapeutic massage, esthetics, pharmacy tech, medical assisting (with limited-scope x-ray training), and personal training.

"What an opportunity this is," said Jacksonville Campus Director Michele Grant. "Our graduates serve our community throughout their careers, and it's a pleasure to welcome our neighbors to our facility. Our mission is service, and our students love this opportunity to teach our guests about health and wellness." [full story]

Heritage Institute Military Scholarship

Jacksonville, FL – Heritage Institute pharmacy tech student, Edwin Ramosrey has won the prestigious Imagine America Foundation LDRSHIP scholarship to attend Heritage Institute in Jacksonville, FL.

"I'm so proud of my service to my country," said Ramosrey. "I'm grateful to have the opportunity to live in a country that recognizes the importance of education and rewards service. It means a lot to have my service validated in this meaningful way. I expect to see enormous rewards as I transition to my second career in pharmacy technology."

The $5,000 scholarship for active duty or honorably discharged military veterans is extremely competitive. In order to be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must have a 95% college attendance rate and a minimum GPA of at least 3.5. Six scholarships will be awarded from among 425 applicants. Mr. Ramosrey has maintained a 4.0 GPA at Heritage Institute, and a 100% attendance rate. [full story]

Personal Trainers Help Parkinson's Patients

Ft Myers – Personal Trainer students at Heritage Institute in Ft Myers launched an innovative new program in early 2007 to help Parkinson's patients.

"The healing power of fitness training is amazing," said Heritage Personal Trainer Instructor, Carol Stockdale. "Seriously, I'm humbled by what I'm witnessing here."

The revolutionary Heritage experiment was born when a Heritage Therapeutic Massage instructor, Ron Stephens, who has Parkinson's himself, approached Stockdale with an idea about serving the Parkinson's community.

Parkinson's disease is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that often impairs the sufferer's motor skills and speech. The disease belongs to a group of conditions called movement disorders. It is characterized by muscle rigidity, tremor, a slowing of physical movement and, in extreme cases, a complete loss of physical movement. There is no cure, but fitness training can provide some relief from symptoms. [full story]

Heritage Helps Wichita Student in Her Fight

In an emotional fight for her life, Wichita student finds hope and support at Heritage.

WICHITA – Cynthia Ybarra sat in her bedroom last fall in the house she shares with her family in Wichita and thought about her life. She had never done particularly well in school. She had gotten involved with the wrong crowd, made mistakes and had brushes with the law. And to put things in even sharper perspective, she had recently been diagnosed with a serious medical condition and told she didn't have long to live.

It was a lot to think about, especially considering Ybarra is only 25 years old.

Rather than give up and spend her remaining time feeling sorry for herself and her unfortunate situation, however, Ybarra spent that afternoon in her bedroom thinking of something meaningful she could do.

"I was sitting on my bed with a friend who was also going through some hard times and we were talking about how we could do something positive with our lives," Ybarra recalled. "She threw out the idea of going to college. I kinda laughed at first and said, 'Are you serious?' Turns out she was serious because before I knew it we were out looking at schools." [full story]

Student Turns Personal Tragedy Into Triumph

Heritage Heroes: Student turns personal tragedy into a meaningful new life.

Oklahoma City – He was only 21 years old, but James Stuck thought his life was over. A corporal in the Army, Stuck was serving in the war in Iraq in 2005 when he was the unfortunate victim of a roadside bomb. He lost his right leg from the knee down. The tragedy happened just five days before Christmas.

"Losing my leg was a huge mind game," Stuck said recently from the Heritage College campus in Oklahoma City, where he is a student in the Massage Therapy program. "I was very emotional and thought everything was over."

Stuck was airvaced to a military base in Germany and then flown to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C. He spent the next year at the medical facility, learning how to walk all over again, as well as healing spiritually. During his rehab, he was awarded with a Purple Heart, an honor bestowed to those who are injured or killed in the line of duty.

"It was while in rehab that I realized that my injuries could have been much worse and that I was truly the lucky one," said Stuck, who is now 25 years old. [full story]

Corporate Social Responsibility

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Wichita, KS – Therapeutic Massage is a field that promotes relaxation and well-being. People who go into the field are drawn to it for different reasons. Many want to help people feel better. Some have seen the positive results massage has had on friends and loved ones who have experienced pain, while others feel a deep, spiritual connection to the art of massage.

That spiritual connection is what drew Emily Schlenker into studying Therapeutic Massage at Heritage College in Wichita. Emily, who has been blind since birth, felt that she could turn her handicap into a positive.

"I've relied on my sense of touch my whole life," said Emily, who is 28 years old and grew up in Wichita. "I think it gives me an advantage going into massage." Full Story

 

Heritage Culture

Community

Higher Education encompasses more than the simple learning of facts. The history of Western civilization also includes an ideal that educated people should participate in civic life. At Heritage we forge professionals who place value on character along with skills, training and knowledge.

 

Workforce

The entire focus of Heritage is workforce development. We believe history has proven conclusively that communities who invest resources in their workforces attract investment, capital, and talent. The workforce acts as the engine that drives development, growth, and wealth creation.
At Heritage, we train the highly-skilled workers a vibrant economy requires and we take it to the next level by participating in the local business community and cultivating relationships with the businesses who hire our graduates.

 

Education

At Heritage, we know Education is an investment. It's an investment for the student and it's also an investment for the community. Our core principal is a belief that no investment pays better dividends than a great education.

 

Ethics

At Heritage, we know that, as Justice Potter Steward said, ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do. We strive to follow not only the letter of the laws that govern our institution, but also the spirit in which they were conceived.

 

Diversity

The differences in our world give us greater hope for the future. We are committed to bringing together a diverse group of students, instructors, and administrators whose unique backgrounds contribute to the richness of the Heritage experience. We believe that our diversity of viewpoints offers our organization an advantage in crafting the tomorrow's most innovative education.

 

Health & Safety

Heritage is committed to providing a school and work environment that is safe and healthy for all students and employees, as well as all other persons who may be affected. Heritage works to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that the health, safety or conditions of any person or property will not be adversely affected.

 
 
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