An Historic Evening in Parkersburg
Jun 08, 2012
The Parkersburg Campus held its first graduation ceremony ever on the night of Friday, May 25 at the Parkersburg Art Center. The first five graduates—three from the phlebotomy program, one each from the medical office assistant and accounting office assistant diploma programs—were recognized in front of about 50 faculty, staff, family, and friends.
Parkersburg Mayor Robert Newell, who also spoke at the Campus’s grand opening ceremony just 11 months earlier, delivered the first commencement address. He shared with the graduates his own experience, as someone who started college later in life and did not complete his bachelor’s degree until he was nearly 40. “As you can see, it’s never too late to go back to college,” he pointed out, adding that his education was an essential part of his career success.
“Thank you for allowing me to be the speaker at this very historic moment in the Parkersburg Campus’s history,” he stated. “I think the college has nowhere to go but up…and that all of you will be very successful as well.”
Rebbecca Ankrom, one of the first phlebotomy graduates from the Parkersburg campus, is a perfect example of National graduates already realizing career success.
After experiencing other local post-secondary institutions, Rebbecca states that she was immediately drawn to National College when the campus opened in Parkersburg because of the small classroom sizes and the people who made it a friendly and encouraging community. She states enthusiastically, “This is a great school... and I tell everybody I know – especially people that are thinking about school – that they should come down and apply!”
She quickly found that the program gave her the hands-on training she needed to succeed in her externship at Camden Clark Medical Center (CCMC). In fact, she was so successful at her externship that CCMC offered her a job before she finished her externship with them. Currently Rebbecca works as a phlebotomist at CCMC and is enjoying her job immensely. She and two other phlebotomists perform over 100 blood draws over the course of her shift and she says there is “never a dull moment” at the hospital. Her enthusiasm and hard work is infectious, and the campus was thrilled to applaud her success by honoring her as the first recipient of the Achievement Award.
Parkersburg Mayor Robert Newell is pictured at the graduation ceremony in the top photo. Rebbecca Ankrom is pictured in the middle photo accepting her diploma from Campus Director Larry Sloter. In the bottom photo, four of the five graduates from the class of 2012 are pictured with faculty and staff.