Graduate Finds Employment through Networking with Instructor
Sep 17, 2012
Pam Ward was a housewife and stay-at-home mom when she decided that she wanted more for her life. She enrolled in the medical assisting and medical billing and coding programs at the Danville, Kentucky Campus and graduated in May to cheers of “Granny graduated!” Now she is working as a registered medical assistant in Dr. Mary Lagrew’s pediatrics office in Lexington.
When she made up her mind to go back to school, Pam wanted to get started in a program before she lost her nerve. She was pleased to discover that she could begin classes right away at National. She studied hard and excelled in her program, never earning a grade below a B. “I felt like whatever I put into it--that’s what I was going to get out of it,” she said.
She was working with Career Center Director Lacey Ebert during her job search when Dr. Lagrew’s office manager contacted National and requested that Lacey send résumés of medical assisting graduates. They contacted the school at the request of the office’s head medical assistant, Joann Coulter, who is a National College graduate and a part-time instructor at the Campus.
National’s instructors, who are professionals working in their fields, not only bring first-hand knowledge to the classroom, they are also excellent networking contacts for graduates as they enter the workforce. Joann was Pam’s instructor in some of her medical assisting classes so she was familiar with Pam’s training and her strong work ethic. She said Dr. Lagrew and the rest of the staff liked Pam right away and that she is a great addition to the office.
Pam is putting her training to work every day in the busy pediatrics practice where she triages patients, checks their vital signs, gives injections and performs strep and other screenings. She will eventually be working in the administrative end of the office, as well. “She’s got it all down pat,” JoAnn said with a smile. “She’s doing excellent. She listened in class.”
Pam Ward is pictured above at work at Dr. Mary Lagrew’s office. She is pictured below with her family during the Danville Campus graduation ceremony in May.
Medical: Medical Billing and Coding - Diploma (MCD)
Medical: Medical Assisting - Associate Degree (MAA)