Category Archives: Careers

Spring Break 2019 – Ireland, Wales & England

Another successful trip hosted by FM and the Biz Hub. If you have any questions about the trip ask Professor Swain and see some of the images below:

A Career at Home? FM Offers That!

By: Amy Radik

Misty-Lynn Hilts, a resident of Sprakers, NY, graduated from Gloversville High School and enrolled at FM along with her twin, DJ.  They graduated from FM together; Misty-Lynn with a Medical Administrative Assistant degree and DJ with a Criminal Justice degree.

“I graduated with my Medical Administrative Assistant degree which allowed me to sit for the Certified Professional Coder exam through the Academy of Professional Coders,” says Misty-Lynn.  “I chose this program because it wasn’t just about coding; I learned many other things that allowed me to become valuable in the behind-the-scenes aspect of healthcare.”

Misty-Lynn credits Assistant Professor of Business Technology Applications Charlene Dybas with helping her to become successful.  “Professor Dybas always gave me the extra push to go above and beyond with everything I did in class and continue to do today (outside of class). She even continued to reach out to me after I graduated making me aware of job opportunities and inquiring about where I was with my journey as a medical coder,” said Misty-Lynn.  “The dedication of the professors at FM and how much they believe in their students was the best part of my college experience. You gain a second family while working to create a better future for yourself.”

After graduating from FM, Misty-Lynn went on to become a Certified Professional Coder through the American Academy of Professional Coders.  She says she has achieved her goal of working as a Certified Professional Medical Coder at Nathan Littauer Hospital (from 2016 through 2017) and then set more goals for herself. “I continued to advance my career as a Remote Level II Medical Coder with an amazing company called HCA Healthcare,” she tells us, as she is happily working from home in a position she loves.

Earning a degree is a proud moment for any student, but for Misty-Lynn, it was extra special – a true accomplishment. “I grew up with a chronic physical disability and had to overcome a lot of obstacles that helped me become who I am today,” she explains.  “I’ve used and continue to use my strength through the ‘Hope Where Hope is Needed’ project that I created in 2010. This project helps bring awareness to children who live with chronic disabilities. I’ve been to local elementary schools as well as Albany Medical Center’s Pediatric Unit to read with children and work on activities to continue to promote awareness for my project. This is what has given – and continues to give me – motivation every day.”

Misty-Lynn is also thankful she had a local community college to attend; providing her support and encouragement.  “FM is extremely important for students and their futures. You receive a quality education while still being able to stay local. There’s so much the College has to offer to help students succeed in life in so many ways, as well as achieve their dream careers.  I know they’ve helped me with mine.”

To learn more about the Medical Administrative Assistant program, or other programs at FM, contact the Admissions Office at (518) 736-FMCC (3622), ext. 8301, text (518) 620-2461, or visit www.fmcc.edu.

 

Travel & Explore – Belize 2018

By: Joel Chapin & Mark Swain

Do you have the desire to pack your bags and travel to a new country, meet new people and explore different cultures? If yes, then FM may have the answer for you! During the spring 2018 semester Professor Joel Chapin and the division of fine arts in conjunction with Mark Swain and the FM Biz Hub are offering an international travel opportunity to Belize. People who travel together stay together and that is true of Joel and Mark along with many other previous travelers. During the past five years FM has offered both students and the community many opportunities to travel, study and experience different cultures. After visiting London some of the travelers reflected on their experiences and shared their thoughts:

“I got to see a lot of the things most travelers get to see in London. But more interestingly, I got to see parts of London that aren’t on a tourist map.”

“I have made memories and friends for life…”

“My favorite moments were not being able to say I experienced just “London”, but being able to experience the culture and history with friends and people who I now call friends. That’s what makes the difference.”

Business students will study similarities and differences in the cultural, political and business practices of the United States and Belize. Travelers can sign up and take one of two class options as an international business elective or an art class:

BUS 206 International Business: Study Abroad – Belize

This course is a special topics elective that includes an experiential learning objective with a study abroad component to Belize. Students will study similarities and differences in the cultural, political and business practices of the United States, Central America and Belize. Business students will be visiting and studying at least one corporation in Belize City and an in-depth look at ecotourism and the impact of tourism on a culture and its economy.

IDS.200 Interdisciplinary studies-Belize : A Confluence of Art and Nature

This course is an international study course that will focus on the art and architecture of the Mayan civilization and how this dynamic culture was influenced by the tropical environment of Mesoamerica including Belize. The course also enhances cross-cultural skills and develops a greater understanding of cultural, historical and political concepts of the newest democracy in the western hemisphere. We will travel to the Mayan sites of Lamina and to the magnificent complex of architecture at Xuantunich as well as many other rainforest and costal environments. This course fulfills a SUNY General Education requirement in the area of Other World

Having the opportunity to travel is a gift and FM is pleased to share this gift with its students and community. You don’t have to take a class to join this trip. The only requirement is that you sign up before Dec 1st to get the latest discounted price and to look forward to this once in a life time experience.  To see the complete itinerary visit EF Tours at this link. The cost is approximately $3,600. That includes flights to and from Albany, NY, accommodation, meals and guided tours highlighted in the itinerary.

For more information on these trips and/or the class go to EF Tours and/or contact; Mark Swain, Business Instructormark.swain@fmcc.edu or Joel Chapin, Art Professor joel.chapin@fmcc.edu

Advance in Your Career or Get Started on One… Earn an Administrative Assistant Degree!

By Prof. Dybas

With the expanding role and responsibilities of an Administrative Assistant in today’s modern office environment, have you ever thought about working in a busy medical office or in a bustling business setting? Fulton-Montgomery Community College has the programs and courses needed to start you in this career, get you ahead in your current position, or change your job!

Study Abroad 2018 – Belize

Informational session just announced – Tuesday – Sept 26 @ 12.30pm in room C025.  

BUS 206 International BusinessStudy Abroad – Belize

IDS 200 Interdisciplinary Studies-Belize : A Confluence of Art and Nature

During the spring 2018 semester the esteemed Professor Joel Chapin and the division of fine arts in conjunction with Mark Swain and the FM Biz Hub are offering another International Business: Study Abroad.  This is a special topics elective that includes an experiential learning objective with a study abroad component to Belize during Spring Break 2018. Students will study similarities and differences in the cultural, political and business practices of the United States, Central America and Belize. Business students will be visiting and studying at least one corporation in Belize City and an in-depth look at ecotourism and the impact on a culture and its economy.

To see the complete itinerary click here. The cost is $3,389 with a$150 surcharge if travelers are older than 30. That includes flights to and from Albany, NY, accommodation, breakfast, evening meals and 6 local lunches!

Contact Mark Swain, Business Instructor for more details: mark.swain@fmcc.suny.edu

Click here to enroll on the International Business Enrollment, including prices and travel information.

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2nd Annual Pie-Your-Professor

Special thanks to all the FM staff who volunteered to have pie thrown at them. This years Biz Hub Club students have worked hard on giving back to the community and planning many campus events and fundraisers. Today’s pie-your-professor was a great way to end a successful year. See some of the pictures from the event below:

Administrative Luncheon – 2017

My FM Biz Hub students host their annual administrative luncheon to say thanks for all the support the staff provide for the students and the college.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program

My FM Biz Hub Accounting Students, Kendra Griffin and Jennifer Kuebaugh prepared tax returns for approximately two dozen individuals/families, helping many receive very needed tax refund checks via the IRS Earned Income Tax Credit program. It is challenging to recruit students for this program, which requires hours of self-study and the passing of IRS administered examinations. Please thank and congratulate Kendra and Jennifer.

Kendra, Prof. Zuckerman and Jen

 

First FM Student To Become Certified QuickBooks User – Jennifer Kuebaugh

ACC 137, Computerized Acctg. Principles, was one of the first new courses developed by Prof. Zuckerman since his arrival at the College in Fall 2006. Back then, the accounting program was not even computerized and green ledger paper was still sold at the bookstore — how times have changed! For years, ACC 137 has been primarily taught using Peachtree Accounting Software – now, for the first time, in Fall 2016, QuickBooks has become the software of choice for ACC 137! Better yet, FMCC students now have the option of become Certified QuickBooks Users – a real resume booster! Our first ever Certified QuickBooks User is student Jennifer Kuebaugh, who completed ACC 137 last Fall and PASSED her certification exam on Monday April 24, 2017 – a permanent footnote in the history of the acctg program at FMCC! Soon our second Certified QuickBooks user candidate is slated to take the exam. Want to be NEXT? Looking for a job in accounting right after graduation. Ask Prof. Zuckerman or your advisor about ACC 137 for Fall 2017!

2017 SUNY CHANCELLOR AWARD RECIPIENT

Congratulations to Kendra on her SUNY Chancellor Award