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CNI College Presented with the CAPPS Community Service Award

A Leader in Orange County Giving Recognized for Culture of Giving

Santa Ana, CA-based CNI College was awarded the 2020 California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools (CAPPS) Excellence in Community Service Bronze Award ( https://www.cappsonline.org/scholarships-awards/community-service-awards/). This award recognizes CNI College’s community service initiatives, service learning, and civic engagement by the school’s administration and students. CNI College’s contribution to the greater Orange County community was demonstrated through their 2019 Year of Giving and has been an integral part of the school culture since its inception in 1994.

CNI College Founders Jim and Colleen Buffington had a vision to provide excellence at every opportunity within their community and made this a foundation of the institution, instilling this core value in each student. The Buffingtons wanted to make a difference in Orange County by educating and preparing their students and graduates with the knowledge and skills they will need for their careers to bring healing, wholeness and compassion to the patients and their entire families throughout the healthcare industry.

“Our vision for CNI College graduates, as they become employed as BSN’S, ADN’s LVN’s, MRI Techs, Surgical Technology Techs, and Medical Assistants, is they have the character and maturity to identify the needs in their own community and carry on the mission to serve,” said Colleen Buffington, Vice President, CFO and Co-owner. “One of my highest hopes is that students and graduates of CNI College become involved in giving back and touching lives through the various services, opportunities, and this would become a part of who they are, and therefore create a ripple effect throughout the local community, the state, the country, and the world.”

Throughout the year, CNI College’s community initiatives range from fundraising and volunteering for the American Heart Association Orange County Heart Walk, the Orange County Ronald McDonald House, the OC Rescue Mission, Operation Gratitude, Earth Day, the American Red Cross, Charity on Wheels, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Superhero Day at HealthBridge Children’s Hospital, Coastal Clean Up Day, and Patriots and Paws. The variety of charities and opportunities brought awareness, an assortment of volunteer experiences, and raised funds. A video of CNI Cares initiatives can be viewed here (https://youtu.be/sLfMItgWEBE).

The impact of these experiences on the faculty and students of CNI College is immense. The spirit of giving is an integral part of the school culture that extends the school’s core values to the greater community in a meaningful way. A few examples from the school community:

Raquel Carrasco, Director of FA stated that, “Volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House was a great experience, to be able to assist in a small way the families and kids was humbling. I loved the opportunity to sit and converse with the families, to get to know how the Ronald Mc Donald House has had such a big impact in their lives by lessening their struggles of everyday life and for them to be able to concentrate on the well-being of their child.”

Sam Pham, student, stated that, “I never knew programs like the Orange County Rescue Mission existed. It gave me insight to how determined people are willing to change after being involved in drug abuse. I value the program for making all their residents work and do their part, not only to save the organization money, but to help build their future career. It was inspiring to see their ethics and friendliness since they seem like regular friendly people. I see hope for drug abusers now and know that there is always second chance for everyone.”

Daisy Aispuro, faculty, stated that “the Ronald McDonald house was a great experience, serving the families of sick children was an extremely rewarding and fun place to volunteer. It felt good to be able to help meet the needs of each family during this very difficult time for them. It was a great experience, especially with me being in the medical field. I talked with families to help them cope with the situation they were going through. It helped me develop great relationships with the families. I enjoy the experiences I have gained working within a nonprofit. It is reassuring to know that the work I am doing is a having a greater impact on the community!”

CNI College Co-Owner Recognized as Large Business Leader of the Year
with the 2020 Difference Maker Award

Santa Ana, CA, June 10, 2020 - Santa Ana, CA-based CNI College Co-owner Colleen Buffington was one of seven awarded the 2020 Difference Maker Award Large Business Leader of the Year from the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce. Mrs. Buffington was also recognized for this award by the Orange County Board of Supervisors and California State Assemblyman Tyler Diep of the 72nd District.

The distinguished designation of “Difference Maker” is awarded to leaders who impact the community through their actions and qualities. They think of others first beyond their self-interest and build a culture of passion and compassion. They are positive, optimistic, and spread this attitude to their community. Difference Makers are active in and stand out by serving their communities. These leaders are grateful for the opportunity to make a difference, and sincerely receive joy from seeing others succeed. They truly have giving in their heart and are always there for those who need them.

Colleen embodies all these qualities and has made a difference in the community throughout her extensive career in higher education. According to Deborah Olgive, CNI College Vice President of Government Relations and Community Partnerships, “Colleen is always there for family, friends, community, and even those whom she doesn’t know, but need her help. I’ve seen first-hand how she handles adversity with hope and goodness. When her son was in the hospital with leukemia, Colleen and family was by his side every day, filling his life with love and positive healing energy. In addition to that, she also made sure that the medical staff that worked with her son, had their own healing by creating and building wellness centers in the hospital, giving them therapeutic chair massages on their breaks. Colleen truly believes in giving something every day to make other’s lives better.

In founding CNI College, Colleen and Jim Buffington had a vision to provide excellence at every opportunity within their community and made this a foundation of the institution, instilling this core value in each student. The Buffington’s wanted to make a difference in Orange County by educating and preparing their students and graduates with the knowledge and skills they will need for their careers to bring healing, wholeness and compassion to the patients and their entire families throughout the healthcare industry.

According to Mrs. Buffington, the most fulfilling aspect of what she does is “watching a student have a dream and come into the college to be guided and with an opportunity to study something they love. We know that if they have a passion and our college can contribute to that journey in education, we’ll have the advantage to see them graduate. We will know we’ve made a tremendous impact in their life and we see their families and hear the testimonies of the sacrifices they’ve made, and we want to be part of their life forever. That is the most fabulous feeling in the world – if you can go to work every day and change people’s lives. I am honored to be presented with the Difference Maker Award and extend my heartfelt gratitude to the Santa Ana Chamber for the great work they do in the community every day. Congratulations to all of the Large Business Leaders recognized for their leadership and contributions to society.”

About CNI College

CNI College, based in Orange County, is a provider of career education. CNI College is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) and the baccalaureate degree program in nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. CNI College offers 5 distinct career programs; Associate Degree in Nursing, AOS Surgical Technology, Medical Assisting, RN to BSN Degree and AOS MRI Technology. Each of these programs is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and training necessary to achieve their desired certificate or license and assist in becoming gainfully employed in their chosen field. The CNI College Student Services Department provides resources like skills coaching, job fairs, mentoring, and career counseling to help students fulfill their dreams. To find out more about CNI College programs, contact CNI College at (888) 976-5120 or visit the website at www.cnicollege.edu

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