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Alumni Association

The Alumni Association provides continued access to the college’s resources, news, and special events while facilitating a dynamic network amongst graduates. Members receive benefits, including extended career services, access to exclusive alumni workshops, social media networking, and invitations to complimentary professional networking events. Our mission is to foster a lifelong, mutually beneficial relationship between alumni, current students, and Stanbridge College.

Video: Connecting Past and Present: Alumni Network with Classmates, Instructors, and Students President’s Reception

Connecting Past and Present: Alumni Network with Classmates, Instructors, and Students President’s Reception

Professional Networking Events

Stanbridge College Alumni Association members receive invitations to professional networking events, such as President’s Receptions. These fully catered evenings feature live entertainment, games, dancing, and provide the opportunity for graduates to reconnect and network with fellow alumni.

Alumni Executive Board

The organization, led by an Alumni Executive Board of elected members, offers benefits such as extended career services and resume advice, and access to exclusive Allied Health continuing education workshops.

Annual Alumni of the Year Awards

Every year, Stanbridge College encourages alumni and current graduates to apply for the prestigious Alumni of the Year Awards. These awards recognize individual graduates who have gained distinction through professional accomplishments, community service, and leadership.

Skill Development and CE Workshops

Graduates and current students refine skills and earn continuing education units in areas such as Dementia Care, Wound Care, and Hands-On Static Splinting. Stanbridge College subsidizes prices for its graduates, making the workshops more affordable.

Creating a Lasting Relationship

The mission of the Alumni Association is to foster a lifelong relationship between alumni, current students, and Stanbridge College. The Alumni Association provides graduates with continued access to the college’s resources, news, and special events.

Peer Tutoring

As part of the Peer Tutoring Program at Stanbridge College, dedicated alumni return to work with current students in either group or individual sessions. They help refine classroom or clinical skills for those who may require extra guidance.

Alumni Photo Gallery

The President's Reception is a fun and relaxed way to encourage close relations amongst the Stanbridge community.

The President's Reception is a fun and relaxed way to encourage close relations amongst the Stanbridge community.

Stanbridge alumni enjoy the opportunity to network and reconnect with classmates and faculty members.

Stanbridge alumni enjoy the opportunity to network and reconnect with classmates and faculty members.

Stanbridge graduates are eligible to be nominated for Alumni of the Year Awards, which are presented during the annual Commencement Exercises.

Stanbridge graduates are eligible to be nominated for Alumni of the Year Awards, which are presented during the annual Commencement Exercises.

Guests enjoy a variety of fresh and delicious food at the President’s Reception.

Guests enjoy a variety of fresh and delicious food at the President’s Reception.

Games are a staple of campus events, with everyone in friendly competition to win prizes.

Games are a staple of campus events, with everyone in friendly competition to win prizes.

Alumni workshops are a valuable opportunity to develop new skills that appeal to potential employers.

Alumni workshops are a valuable opportunity to develop new skills that appeal to potential employers.

Former students – now busy professionals – relish the chance to catch up with old friends.

Former students – now busy professionals – relish the chance to catch up with old friends.

Stanbridge graduates raise a glass at the President's Reception.

Stanbridge graduates raise a glass at the President's Reception.

Alumni are eager to hear the latest news about each other’s career and family.

Alumni are eager to hear the latest news about each other’s career and family.

Upcoming Workshops

August 2nd, 2016 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Dementia Care - $20.00

This course is designed to provide healthcare professionals with a better understanding of Alzheimers disease and dementia, and how changes in the brain and body resulting from this disease impact an individuals behaviors and ability to communicate. Practical techniques are provided that enhance effective communication and reduce or prevent challenging behaviors associated with dementia.

The material covered in this workshop is suitable for alumni or current students of the VN, ADN, OTA or MSOT programs.

Education Level: Introductory/Basic

Instructor: Kim Bailey, MS Gerontology
Kim Bailey is a Program and Education Specialist with Alzheimers Association and Adjunct Professor of Gerontology at Vanguard University. She has over 20 years of experience serving the needs of older adults and their families.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:
Understand changes in the brain caused by Alzheimers Disease and dementia that affect communication and behavior
Identify the principles and practical techniques on how to best communicate with individuals with dementia
Demonstrate increased understanding of techniques to address challenging behaviors related to Alzheimers disease and dementia

In order to receive credit, participants must complete a post-course assessment quiz.

Course Schedule
6:00 p.m. 6:15 p.m. Introduction of course topics and objectives
6:15 p.m. 6:40 p.m. Alzheimers disease effects on the brain and symptoms
6:40 p.m. 7:05 p.m. Communication challenges brought on by Alzheimers disease
7:05 p.m. 7:20 p.m. Principles of communication
7:20 p.m. 7:50 p.m. Compassionate and effective communication
7:50 p.m. 8:35 p.m. Understanding and managing difficult behaviors
8:35 p.m. 8:45 p.m. Resources offered by Alzheimers Association
8:45 p.m. 9:00 p.m. Conclusion and questions

Event Details:
Date: October 6, 2015
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Location: Stanbridge College
CEU Contact Hours: 3
CEU Credits: 0.3
CEU Provider: Stanbridge College
BRN Provider # 15624
Content Focus: Domain of OT: Performance Skills

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 15624 for 3 contact hours.

Stanbridge College is pending continuing education provider approval from the American Occupational Therapy Association. AOTA continuing education units will only be awarded if the institution receives approval prior to the course.

Attendance Policy: Learners are expected to attend 100% of scheduled class hours. Variable credit is not awarded. Learners are required to notify the College of an absence in advance of the scheduled course when possible or as soon as possible. Remediation of courses is not available for Continuing Education courses. Learners are tardy when they arrive 5 minutes late at the start of a course or are 5 minutes late returning from any break. Learners that have 2 or more tardies within a course will not receive a certificate of completion and forfeit any possible refund. Learners will be considered absent if they leave a course prior to the course being dismissed by the instructor.

Cancellation by Learner: Cancellations made less than 72 hours prior to the start of this course shall not be entitled to a refund. Learners who cancel within the 72 hour window may request to attend the next scheduled course with full credit for fees already paid; such a rescheduling can only occur once i.e. you cannot cancel and reschedule twice for the same course.

Cancellation by Provider: In the event that a continuing education course is cancelled by Stanbridge College for any reason, all enrolled learners will be notifi ed via email and will receive a full refund within 7-10 business days.

Special Needs Request: If you would like to request academic adjustment or auxiliary aids, please contact the colleges Vice President of Instruction at 949.794.9090 Ext. 5217

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August 11th, 2016 from 6:00 pm to 10:15 pm

Relaxation Training in Schizophrenia - $25.00

Occupational therapists/assistants are continually challenged with increased anxiety levels in patients with schizophrenia and other mental illnesses, resulting in various forms of behavioral outbursts, depression, or self- harm. Simple relaxation techniques can help these people control their anxiety levels in order to stay healthy, fulfill meaningful life roles, and maintain higher qualities of life.

This course is designed for entry-level occupational therapists/assistants looking to learn simple relaxation techniques to use with people with schizophrenia and other mental illnesses. Participants will acquire strong confidence in working with the targeted population and will learn to apply relaxation techniques to their personal lives for stress management, overall health, and well-being. Some of the relaxation techniques that will be taught in this course include simple breathing and yoga exercises, progressive muscle relaxation techniques, and mindfulness techniques.

Education Level: Introductory/Basic

Instructor: Vikas Sharma, OTD/OTR/L
Dr. Vikas Sharma is a full time faculty instructor at Stanbridge College with more than 22 years of experience as an occupational therapist. He was previously a director of rehabilitation at a skilled nursing facility where he used relaxation techniques for various mental illness conditions with excellent results. He recently presented on this topic at the American Occupational Therapy Association Conference in Chicago.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:
Define relaxation training and its relation to occupational therapy
Perform 3 effective techniques to reduce anxiety in individuals with mental illness
Apply relaxation techniques to enhance occupational therapy results
Educate caregivers of individuals with mental illness on use of relaxation techniques
Apply the learned techniques on themselves for stress management

Please bring your own yoga mat and wear comfortable, appropriate clothing. In order to receive credit, participants must be present for the entire course, and must pass a post-course assessment quiz.

Course Schedule
6:00 p.m. 6:15 p.m. Introduction and course objectives
6:15 p.m. 6:30 p.m. Lecture: Mental illness manifestations, anxiety, and relaxation techniques commonly used in occupational therapy
6:30 p.m. 7:30 p. m. Demonstration of yoga techniques and simple pranayam and practice session; application in mental illness
7:30 p.m. 8:15 p.m. Demonstration of progressive muscle relaxation techniques and practice session; application in mental illness
8:15 p.m. 8:30 p.m. Break
8:30 p.m. 9:45 p.m. Demonstration of mindfulness techniques and application in mental illness
9:45 p.m. 10:00 p.m. Self-application and caregiver education
10:00 p.m. 10:15 p.m. Conclusion and questions

Event Details
Date: June 30, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 10:15 p.m.
Location: Stanbridge College
Contact Hours: 4
CE Provider: Stanbridge College
Content Focus: Occupational Therapy Process: Approaches to Intervention

Stanbridge College is pending continuing education provider approval by the American Occupational Therapy Association. AOTA continuing education units will only be awarded if the institution receives approval prior to the course.

Cancellation by Learner: Cancellations made less than 72 hours prior to the start of this course shall not be entitled to a refund. Learners who cancel within the 72 hour window may request to attend the next scheduled course with full credit for fees already paid; such a rescheduling can only occur once i.e. you cannot cancel and reschedule twice for the same course.

Cancellation by Provider: In the event that a continuing education course is cancelled by Stanbridge College for any reason, all enrolled learners will be notified via email and will receive a full refund within 7-10 business days.

Special Needs Request: If you would like to request academic adjustment or auxiliary aids, please contact the colleges Vice President of Instruction at 949.794.9090 Ext. 5217

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August 16th, 2016 from 6:00 pm to 10:15 pm

Rules to Splint By: Hands-On Static Splinting - $50.00

The fabrication of a custom made splint or orthotic can be a difficult skill to master. However, simply understanding the materials and a few basic principles can significantly ease the stress of splinting. This hands-on course is designed for beginners looking to learn simple techniques to increase their splinting comfort. Participants will walk away with a strong understanding of basic splinting principles and increased confidence in their fabrication of static splints.

The material covered in this workshop is suitable for alumni or current students of the OTA or MSOT programs.

Education Level: Introductory/Basic

Instructor: Terra Bredy, OTR, CHT
Terra Bredy is a part-time faculty member at Stanbridge College with nearly 20 years experience as an Occupational Therapist and 14 years as a Certified Hand Therapist specializing in upper extremity rehabilitation.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:
Identify materials used in splinting
Recall human anatomy relevant to splinting
Demonstrate basic splinting techniques
Fabricate three types of static splints including: volar wrist cock
up splint, ulna gutter splint, hand-based thumb spica splint

In order to receive credit, participants must demonstrate successful fabrication of the splints learned in the course.

Course Schedule
6:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m. Introduction, Course Objectives, Anatomy Review, Splinting Rules and Techniques
6:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. Demonstration of volar wrist cock up splint, followed by hands-on fabrication with guidance
7:30 p.m. 8:15 p.m. Demonstration of hand-based thumb spica splint, followed by hands-on fabrication with guidance
8:15 p.m. 8:30 p.m. Break
8:30 p.m. 9:45 p.m. Demonstration of ulna gutter splint, followed by hands-on fabrication with guidance
9:45 p.m. 10:00 p.m. Conclusion and questions

Event Details
Date: November 17, 2015
Time:6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Location: Stanbridge College
CEU Contact Hours: 3.5
CEU Credits: 0.35
CEU Provider: Stanbridge College
Content Focus: Domain of OT: Performance Skills

The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Attendance Policy: Learners are expected to attend 100% of scheduled class hours. Variable credit is not awarded. Learners are required to notify the College of an absence in advance of the scheduled course when possible or as soon as possible. Remediation of courses is not available for Continuing Education courses. Learners are tardy when they arrive 5 minutes late at the start of a course or are 5 minutes late returning from any break. Learners that have 2 or more tardies within a course will not receive a certificate of completion and forfeit any possible refund. Learners will be considered absent if they leave a course prior to the course being dismissed by the instructor.

Cancellation by Learner: Cancellations made less than 72 hours prior to the start of this course shall not be entitled to a refund. Learners who cancel within the 72 hour window may request to attend the next scheduled course with full credit for fees already paid; such a rescheduling can only occur once i.e. you cannot cancel and reschedule twice for the same course.

Cancellation by Provider: In the event that a continuing education course is cancelled by Stanbridge College for any reason, all enrolled learners will be notifi ed via email and will receive a full refund within 7-10 business days.

Special Needs Request: If you would like to request academic adjustment or auxiliary aids, please contact the colleges Vice President of Instruction at 949.794.9090 Ext. 5217

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Upcoming Reach Events

July 28th, 2016 from 10:00am to 3:30pm

Hoag Hospital Blood Drive at Stanbridge College

Date: Thursday, July 28, 2015 Time: 10:00a.m. - 3:30p.m. Location: Hoag Blood Mobile - Stanbridge College Parking Lot

A single donation of blood can save up to 3 lives - and it is something many people can spare. Sign up for an appointment to conveniently donate blood while you are on campus.

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August 6th, 2016 from 8:30am to 11:00am

Second Harvest Incredible Edible Farm

Date: Saturday, August 6, 2016 Time: 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Location: The Great Park, Irvine, CA

The Incredible Edible Farm is a unique and innovative answer to the challenge of not just feeding the hungry, but providing them with highly-nutritious, top-quality produce. Volunteers will assist with planting or harvesting fresh produce, or farm maintenance like pulling weeds, spreading mulch, etc.

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