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06.01.2009 American Heritage University Comments Off on AMERICAN HERITAGE UNIVERSITY SETS GRADUATION

AMERICAN HERITAGE UNIVERSITY SETS GRADUATION

A year ago, American Heritage University of Southern California held a grand opening on the back portico of 255 D Street to celebrate its move to the current larger location. Before moving, AHU had established a successful online program of university education. It will award doctorate and bachelor’s degrees to some of its online students on Saturday, June 6 at this same location. AHU will also present honorary doctorate degrees to Hajia Turai Yar’ Adua, the First Lady of Nigeria and Chief Alao Bayo Akala, the governor of Oyo State in Nigeria. Photo by Chris Sloan

(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) American Heritage University of Southern California will hold its 2009 graduation 10 a.m. Saturday, June 6 at 255 N. D Street, San Bernardino.

Hajia Turai Yar’ Adua, the First Lady of Nigeria, will receive an honorary doctorate degree from American Heritage University of Southern California. Baba Gana Wakil, the Nigerian ambassador to the United States at its Washington, D.C Embassy will accept on her behalf.

Also receiving an honorary doctorate degree, is Chief Alao Bayo Akala, Governor of Oyo State, Nigeria.

“American Heritage University of Southern California wishes to recognize the contributions our honorary doctorate recipients have made to the betterment of their countries and their people,” said AHU President Dr. Tony Ogiamien, who is a native of Nigeria. “We have a relationship with those countries through the students attending our university, and we appreciate the work these officials have done to provide these students a highly favorable future.”

The graduation honors students from the United States, Nigeria and Malaysia who have completed requirements for one of the degrees offered by AHU. These students will be receiving Doctor of Juris Prudence (law) and both bachelor’s and doctorate degrees in business administration.

Prior to 2008, American Heritage University of Southern California offered its degrees through online instruction only, which is how these graduates obtained their education.

Last year, it moved to a new location at 255 N. D Street, and began offering in-class instruction as well. This year, to expand that program, it offered full scholarships to seven Inland Empire residents.

American Heritage University offers bachelor’s and graduate degrees in Law, Public Policy, Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Media Studies, and Criminal Justice.”

Undergraduate degree programs at AHU are designed to allow students to proceed at their own pace. In the case of the popular Doctor of Jurisprudence program offered online by the School of Law, the California Bar requires four years of continuous study.

The School of Law also offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law, with courses covering such subjects as contracts, criminal law, criminal procedure, legal writing, torts, Constitutional law, civil procedure and real property law.

For both online and in-class students, electronic communication is important. Students can discuss assignments on a message board, or address instructors by email and will be answered within 24 hours. Students living in the San Bernardino area can join study groups that meet at the college or in online forums.

A weekly Grade Book is posted as well, and students can access not only their test grades, but can also review any errors while studying the correct answers. Online students are graded based on test results, quality of work and their demonstration of knowledge through the assignments.

“We pride ourselves in providing adult students with the in-depth courses they need to complete their university education,” notes Ogiamien. “Our online program even permits them to do their work at any time from anywhere there’s a computer with Internet access. And in the classroom we have instructors who have reached the highest academic levels of their professions.”

American Heritage University has been granted full approval to operate by the California State Bureau for Postsecondary and Vocational Education.

For more information, call (909) 884-9000.

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03.26.2009 American Heritage University Comments Off on CARL DAMERON CHOSEN FOR AMERICAN HERITAGE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ADVISORY BOARD

CARL DAMERON CHOSEN FOR AMERICAN HERITAGE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ADVISORY BOARD

Carl Dameron presents Dr. Tony Ogiamien, president of American Heritage University of Southern California, with a proclamation honoring the school’s 2008 relocation to larger quarters at 255 N D Street. Dameron Communications, which is also located at 255 D Street, one floor below American Heritage University of Southern California, has assisted the school in its community outreach efforts and Carl Dameron will now further assist by serving as a member of its advisory board. Chris Sloan photo

(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif) – Carl Dameron, founder and creative director of Dameron Communications, has been chosen to be part of the advisory board of the school of business at the American Heritage University in San Bernardino California.

Dr. Tony Ogiamien, president of American Heritage University, chose Dameron because of his experience in business and his expertise in business and communications.

The Chief Academic Officer of American Heritage University, Jyotirmay “Jay” Deb, is excited about the newest addition to the advisory board.

“Carl is well known in the community and will be valuable as an advisor” Deb said, “He is a business leader in the Inland Empire with twenty years experience as a business owner and will be an important asset on the business advisory board.”

Carl Dameron is the founder and owner of Dameron Communications, a full-service advertising and public relations agency. He holds community leader positions such as President of the Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce and Vice President of the WestSide Action Group.

Dameron is an active Board Member for organizations such as the Riverside greater area Chamber of Commerce, the San Bernardino Salvation Army and the Inland Lung Association. He is involved with many other organizations such as the San Bernardino greater area Chamber of Commerce, the San Bernardino Community College District Affirmative Action Advisory Committee, the San Bernardino NAACP and the Rotary Club.

Carl Dameron graduated from California State Polytechnic University in Pomona in 1985. He studied electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, psychology, computer science, economics, oceanography, public relations, radio, journalism, television and radio production graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications.

“Dameron’s experience made him the top candidate for the advisory board. It is important that someone with expertise in the field of communications help bring this already excellent program to a higher level,” Dr. Jay Deb said.

The school of business offers many degrees ranging from bachelor programs all the way to doctorates. However the American Heritage University offers several other majors as well.

American Heritage University is an approved private, independent, institution of higher learning offering quality degree programs from the School of Law; the School of Business; the Department of Criminal Justice and Public Policy and the Certified Nursing Assistant Program. The university was founded in 2003 and offers a diverse instructional approach in the classroom as well as online courses.

Since 1989 Dameron Communications has creatively met the needs of its clients locally, regionally and nationally. It is an award-winning communications agency that creates integrated marketing solutions to increase sales and profits, win elections, inform the public or gain acceptance of potentially controversial issues. It uses advertising, public relations, government relations and community relations to advance their clients’ objectives. The web site is www.DameronCommunications.com.

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03.17.2009 American Heritage University Comments Off on PRESIDENT’S WORDS PROMPT AHUSC TO OFFER 15 SCHOLARSHIPS

PRESIDENT’S WORDS PROMPT AHUSC TO OFFER 15 SCHOLARSHIPS

Austen Oghuma, director of Library & Communication Services; Dr. Jay Deb, vice president of Academic Affairs; Dr. Ray Briggs of the Business Administration department; Dr. Tony Ogiamien, president; Mildred Espinosa, registrar and Chris Wang, director of Business Development, look forward to welcoming 15 new students to American Heritage University of Southern California through scholarships the school is offering worth $200,000. They announced these scholarships availability during a press conference Monday, March 16. Photo by Brenda Erickson

Dr. Tony Ogiamien tells about the 15 scholarships American Heritage University of Southern California will offer, in a press conference held Monday, March 16 at the San Bernardino campus. Photo by Carl Dameron

(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) American Heritage Foundation has created 15 new full scholarships for Inland Empire residents with 60 or more college credits valued at almost $200,000.

“The objective of these scholarships is to help our community by providing free college degrees to Inland Empire to help them cope with the present economic downturn,” said Dr. Tony Ogiamien, President of American Heritage University of Southern California. “Five scholarships are offered in each of the following programs: Paralegal, receiving an Associate of Arts degree a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Masters of Business Administration at American Heritage University of Southern California in downtown San Bernardino.”
“The foundation, in collaboration with, American Heritage University of Southern California is charting this course as part of our response to President Barack Obama’s call for all Americans to be more involved in our community and for each citizen to commit themselves to at least one year of higher education,” said Dr. Ogiamien.
“On completing their education the 15 individuals would have acquired some skills that will in turn enable them to advance their career, better provide for their family and ultimately help our community to grow and develop,” he said.
“We selected programs for scholarships where students have a great employment opportunity even in this down economy and can complete their degrees in less than 18 months,” said Dr. Ogiamien.
These are also good paying jobs. According to the US Department of Labor the median salary in the United States for paralegals with less than one year experience is $34,718. With 10 years experience, average income advances to $49,042.
Paralegals with the least experience typically work under the direction of attorneys, using instructions and established guidelines to perform their job duties. The more years they gain in the field, the more employers expect paralegals to rely on their experience and judgment to conduct tasks and to work with less supervision.
The salary range for graduates with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration is $31,000 – $72,500; with the Median $52,000 according to http://www.payscale.com/.
Starting salaries for graduates with a Masters in Business Administration ranges from $50,000 – $75,000; with a median starting salary of $65,000 according to http://www.mbaschool.com/
The mission of the American Heritage University of Southern California is to meet the educational needs of motivated, self-directed, mid-career, adults whose past geographic, personal or professional time constraints have prevented them from completing their education.

While the scholarships are for on campus degrees, AHU also offers online degree programs.

According to Dr. Ogiamien the focus on degree completion is paramount “If you have not completed your degree, you have a new opportunity to do so here at American Heritage University on campus or online.”

They are required to complete a minimum of two courses per session, and must finish their undergraduate program within two years. Undergraduate students must have already completed 60 units.

Total Value of AHU Scholarship

Scholarship for Paralegal (AA Degree):
30 units @$330/unit = $9,900.00 Scholarship amount per student
Five (5) scholarships for this program: $9,990 X 5 = $49,500

Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA Degree completion):
40 units @330/unit = $13,200.00 Scholarship amount per student
Five (5) scholarships for this program: $13,200 X 5 = $66,000

Master of Business Administration (MBA Degree):
36 units @$467/unit = $16,812.00 Scholarship amount per student
Five (5) Scholarships for this program: $16,812 X 5 =$84,060

Total Scholarship amount offered by AHU Foundation: $199,560
American Heritage University also offers bachelor’s degrees in business administration, film studies, social studies and computer information systems, master’s degrees in business administration, public policy and computer information systems and a doctorate degree in business administration. It offers certificates for nursing assistants and English as a foreign language.

American Heritage University has been granted full approval to operate by the California State Bureau for Postsecondary and Vocational Education.

For complete information or a private interview go on line to www.AmHeratigeUniv.net or call 888-484-8689.

Eligibility for the Scholarship

The following programs are offered beginning Monday, May 11, 2009

Paralegal (AA Degree):
Scholarship for Paralegal (AA Degree):
30 units @$330/unit = $9,900.00 Scholarship amount per student
Five (5) scholarships for this program: $9,990 X 5 = $49,500

Adult students with following background will be eligible for the scholarship provided by the American Heritage University in collaboration with AHU Foundation. Five scholarships are available for this program. The following are the pre-requisites to qualify:

1. Applicant must be a legal resident of Riverside or San Bernardino County
2. Applicant must be a mature adult who has completed at least 30 units of general education from a community college or any institution of higher education
3. Applicant must show evidence of financial hardship and need for assistance
4. Applicant must have a strong affinity for paralegal profession
5. Applicant must furnish three letters of recommendation from individuals who are in a position to evaluate applicant’s ability to complete professional studies
6. Applicant must provide proof of community service

Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA Degree completion):
40 units @330/unit =$13,200.00 Scholarship amount per student
Five (5) scholarships for this program: $13,200 X 5 = $66,000

Adult students with following background will be eligible for the scholarship or free education provided by American Heritage University in collaboration with AHU Foundation if the following requirements are met: Number of scholarships available: 5.

1. Applicant must be a legal resident of Riverside or San Bernardino County
2. Applicant must be a mature adult who has completed at least 80 units of college credits from a Community College or any institution of Higher Education
3. Applicant must show evidence of financial hardship and need for assistance
4. Applicant must have a strong affinity for higher education
5. Applicant must furnish three letters of recommendation from individuals who are in a position to evaluate applicant’s ability to complete college studies
6. Applicant must provide proof of community service

Master of Business Administration (MBA Degree):
36 units @$467/unit = $16,812.00 Scholarship amount per student
Five (5) Scholarships for this program: $16,812 X 5 =$84,060

Adult students with following background will eligible for free education provided by the American Heritage University in collaboration with AHU Foundation. Number of scholarships available: 5

1. Applicant must be a legal resident of Riverside or San Bernardino County
2. Applicant must be a mature adult who has completed a Bachelor Degree from any accredited college, university or institution of Higher Education
3. Applicant must show evidence of financial hardship and need for assistance
4. Applicant must have a strong affinity for graduate level professional education
5. Applicant must furnish three letters of recommendation from individuals who are in a position to evaluate applicant’s ability to complete graduate level studies
6. Applicant must provide proof of community service

Below is the immediate benefit to any of the students using the AHU scholarship.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual paralegal salary, including bonuses, ranged from $33,920 to $54,690 in May 2006.
The lowest 10 percent earned less than $27,450, while the top 10 percent earned more than $67,540.
September 2008 data from Salary.com indicates that paralegals can definitely boost their annual earnings as they gain more experience in the field.
Experience Level % Average Salary Highest 10%
0 – 2 years $45,080 $58,844 or more

8+ years
$68,779 $86,440 or more

Median Salary in all segments – Degree: Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA).

Per Payscale.com

Median Salary by State or Province – Degree: BA, MBA (United States)

Additional information on potential benefits to MBA graduates

There has never been a better time to get your MBA Degree. According to CNN.com, “MBA graduates can look forward to rosier job prospects and higher starting salaries.”
Eighteen percent more MBA graduates were hired in 2006 than in 2005 and base salaries jumped to over $80,000, with total compensation packages coming in just a shade under $100,000. Most colleges offering MBA degrees report an increase from business recruiters of 10 to 30%.
Business Week Magazine also continues to have more recent good news, according to an article published on May 9, 2007: “MBA students continue to be in an enviable position in this year’s job market, riding the crest of a two-year up tick in hiring. Recruiters said they plan to increase their hiring of MBA graduates by 18 percent this year.”
Clearly, now is the time to pursue an advanced business degree. Career prospects have never looked better. An MBA most definitely means long-term career success!

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07.01.2008 American Heritage University Comments Off on Law School Expands in San Bernardino

Law School Expands in San Bernardino

Stephan Cutler, dean of the School of Criminal Justice & Public Policy for American Heritage University, gives remarks at the school’s grand opening at 255 N D Street. Also on the stage with Cutler are Robin De-Ivy Allen, keynote speaker for the grand opening, and American Heritage University’s management team: Registrar Margaret Espinosa, Law School Dean Pamela Gressier, Chief Academic Officer Jay Deb and President Tony Ogiamien.

(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) Aspiring and other professionals have new opportunities to earn their degree, with the expansion of American Heritage University into its new quarters at 255 North D Street, Suite 403.

“A law school! Right here in San Bernardino County! I am excited about this,” said Robin De-Ivy Allen, one of the guests at American Heritage University’s Grand Opening ceremony, held Tuesday, June 24.

De-Ivy Allen was the motivational speaker for the Grand Opening, but other guests shared the enthusiasm. Many agreed, the Juris Doctorate and other programs American Heritage now offers in downtown San Bernardino will motivate many people to pursue higher education.

President Tony Ogiamien noted that since American Heritage University moved into its new building, its enrollment has grown significantly. Many men and women work in the courthouse and other professional buildings nearby, and noticed the sign outside the building.

“This is a great new location for us,” he said.

The 255 North D Street address is also considerably larger than its old offices a few miles away. With the expansion, American Heritage University moves from a purely online school to a hybrid program, offering students a choice of online or in-class instruction.

“If you have not completed your degree, you have a new opportunity to do so here at American Heritage University,” Ogiamien said. “Our instructors are seasoned professionals.”

“But you do not have to sit in a classroom,” he said. “We also have quality online instruction.”

Undergraduate degree programs at AHU are designed to allow students to proceed at their own pace. They also are specifically tailored for students who started a degree elsewhere, but left college before graduating.

They are required to complete a minimum of two courses per session, and must finish their undergraduate program within two years. Undergraduate students must have already completed 60 units.

The postgraduate work must be completed within one year. The Juris Doctorate degree is a four-year program for those seeking California State Bar eligibility.

The School of Law offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Law and the Juris Doctorate. Courses cover such subjects as contracts, criminal law, criminal procedure, legal writing, torts, Constitutional law, civil procedure and real property law.

American Heritage University also offers bachelor’s degrees in business administration, film studies, social studies and computer information systems, master’s degrees in business administration, public policy and computer information systems and a doctorate degree in business administration. It offers certificates for nursing assistants and English as a foreign language.

American Heritage University has been granted full approval to operate by the California State Bureau for Postsecondary and Vocational Education.

For more information, call (909) 888-0321.

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06.17.2008 American Heritage University Comments Off on American Heritage University sets Grand Opening

American Heritage University sets Grand Opening

American Heritage University has expanded to this office at 255 N. D Street.

(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) After merely five years American Heritage University of San Bernardino is adding to its facilities, expanding into its new space at 255 North D Street, Suite 403.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is set for 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 24 at the new location’s entrance. There will be refreshments, facility tours and guest speakers highlighted by corporate trainer and motivational speaker Robin De-Ivy Allen.

Allen, an author, consultant and business woman, has dedicated herself to “helping others to successfully balance work, family, interests and obligations,” she says. She has appeared before such national organizations as the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association and Riverside County’s Center for Governmental Excellence. “My brief remarks will focus on achieving one’s goals and accepting success,” she explains.

As lawyer and AHU President Tony Ogiamien says “The objective of the American Heritage University is to help mid-career adults who are personally motivated and self-directed complete their education and achieve their university undergraduate and graduate degrees. Using both traditional and online classrooms, and a combination of both, AHU offers degrees in Law, Public Policy, Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Media Studies, Criminal Justice and General Education.”

“Some adults have full-time jobs, but still need their degrees,” notes Ogiamien. “For others, an active family life may have prevented them from continuing their university studies, or a single parent may had had to postpone their work toward a degree. Regardless of the reason, American Heritage University can help them reach this important milestone.”

Undergraduate degree programs at AHU are designed to allow students to proceed at their own pace. They are required to complete a minimum of two courses per session, and must complete their program within five years. The postgraduate work must be finished within four.

In the case of the popular Doctor of Jurisprudence program offered online by the School of Law and Public Policy, the California Bar requires four years of continuous study.

The School of Law and Public Policy also offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law and a Master of Arts. in Public Policy, with courses covering such subjects as contracts, criminal law, criminal procedure, legal writing, torts, Constitutional law, civil procedure and real property law.

At the doctoral level, there are also required classes in wills and trusts, corporations, agency and partnership, evidence and professional responsibility. Electives include bioethics and the law, religious freedom, income taxation and medical law and ethics.

For the convenience of fully employed students, American Heritage University provides a full online curriculum. Faculty-student communication is available via computer, and there are 90-minute weekly chat room sessions with main topics covered in question and answer formats, accessible at any time during the course.

Additionally, via the Discussion Boards students can post questions of their own and answers to previous questions at any time of the day or night.

E-mail communication is important, too, and those addressed to instructors are to be answered within 24 hours. A weekly Grade Book is posted as well, and students can access not only their test grades, but can also review any errors while studying the correct answers. Online, students are graded based on test results, quality of work and their demonstration of knowledge through the assignments.

“We pride ourselves in providing adult students with the in-depth courses they need to complete their university education,” notes Ogiamien. “Our online program even permits them to do their work at any time from anywhere there’s a computer with Internet access. And in the classroom we have instructors who have reached the highest academic levels of their professions.”

American Heritage University has been granted full approval to operate by the California State Bureau for Postsecondary and Vocational Education.

For more information, call (909) 884-9000.

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