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Aug 06, 2012

Jessica Rhodes had been working in fast food, when she decided that she wanted more in her life, and looked into furthering her education to open up those doors. She was interested in healthcare and was immediately attracted by National’s flexible class schedule and quick two-year medical assisting program. She enrolled at the Bristol Campus and found the teachers to be instructive and helpful, citing Sheri Jessee, the campus’s director of health care education, as one who had a significant impact on her time at school. Elizabeth Ruth Mooney, her fellow graduate, couldn’t agree more. Recently graduated from high school, Elizabeth was looking into continuing her education in pursuit of a career in healthcare – and found National’s medical assisting program to be a good fit.

Both girls found their start in the field through their externships with Holston Medical Group (HMG), one of the top medical care providers in northeast Tennessee. The experience helped get their foot in the door and their work caught the attention of Barsha Grant, LPN Nurse Manager of HMG, who hired the girls on shortly after they graduated with their degrees. “We really get to see them in action,” Barsha states about the benefits of hiring from students who complete their externs at HMG. “I take [the] input from the other providers and nurses to see how much initiative they show,” she shares, “It seems to me that a lot of National students... have that initiative and want to do well. They truly seem to appreciate the opportunity to come here and learn.”

That was certainly true for Jessica and Elizabeth, who are now enjoying their new careers with HMG. Elizabeth found her niche working in HMG’s Family Practice, and finds helping people the greatest reward in her new career. She enjoys her job, and aspires to pursue higher positions, having already risen to the position of a clinical leader at HMG. Jessica – currently working as a medical assistant/office nurse – shares that the most rewarding part of her day is working with patients face to face.

The Bristol Campus recently selected HMG as a National College “Distinguished Community Employer for the support it has given to National students in the medical programs. Director of Health Care Education Sheri Jessee is pictured presenting a plaque to HMG’s Barsha Grant.

Elizabeth Mooney is pictured in the top left photo. Jessica Rhodes is pictured in the top right photo. In the bottom photo, Director of Health Care Education Sheri Jessee is pictured as she presents a "Distinguished Community Employer" plaque to Barsha Grant at HMG.

tags: TN-Bristol | Medical: Medical: Medical Assisting - Associate Degree (MAA)

From Extern to Employee

From Extern to Employee

“Hurl-Lu was very prepared as an extern which led to my hiring decision.” (read more)
National Graduate Honored with Distinguished Community Employer Award

National Graduate Honored with Distinguished Community Employer Award

“Each of the students we brought on had a great knowledge base that we felt we could continue to build upon, but their confidence was what really won us over.” (read more)
Graduate Helps Establish Partnership That Will Benefit Future Students

Graduate Helps Establish Partnership That Will Benefit Future Students

“I am honored to have National College recognize us as part of his journey to reach that goal.” (read more)
Pharmacy Recognized for Providing Externship and Employment Opportunities

Pharmacy Recognized for Providing Externship and Employment Opportunities

“I came to National College because I wanted a career, and with the help of the career center director, I was able to get a job that I really love.” (read more)
Walgreens Provides On-Going Support to Pharmacy Technician Program

Walgreens Provides On-Going Support to Pharmacy Technician Program

“We like to teach them and to get some new employees, too.” (read more)
Local Business Provides Career Opportunities for Students and Graduates

Local Business Provides Career Opportunities for Students and Graduates

Summary: "We here at Walgreens are excited about the partnership with National College and the opportunity to help pharmacy technicians begin their careers.” (read more)
Externships Lead to Employment for Pharmacy Technician Graduates

Externships Lead to Employment for Pharmacy Technician Graduates

“They’ve excelled in what they do here.” (read more)
Distinguished Community Employer Donates Exam Table to Richmond Campus

Distinguished Community Employer Donates Exam Table to Richmond Campus

“My students are so excited to be able to utilize their skills more effectively and practice without having to wait for other students.” (read more)
Summa Akron City Hospital Named Distinguished Community Employer

Summa Akron City Hospital Named Distinguished Community Employer

“They all come a bit more mature from the National College program.” (read more)
Lakeside Behavioral Health System Recognized as Valued Partner

Lakeside Behavioral Health System Recognized as Valued Partner

“We love to work with the local schools whenever we can; we get some good candidates that way.” (read more)
UK STEPS Named a Distinguished Community Employer

UK STEPS Named a Distinguished Community Employer

“Their clinical skills generally seem to be outstanding, as well as their administrative skills.” (read more)
Manpower, Inc. Recognized for Going the Extra Mile

Manpower, Inc. Recognized for Going the Extra Mile

“We find that National College candidates are well-prepared, very professional, and know how to conduct themselves during the interview process.” (read more)
East Tennessee Medical Group Provides Externship and Employment Opportunities

East Tennessee Medical Group Provides Externship and Employment Opportunities

“National College students assisting in quality patient care at ETMG, either during their externship or as a hired employee, bring with them a great deal of training, education, and skill.” (read more)
St. Elizabeth Healthcare Provides Externship and Employment Opportunities

St. Elizabeth Healthcare Provides Externship and Employment Opportunities

“Our best resources are our people, so when we work with the community and with the schools, we're cultivating a future workforce.” (read more)
Madison Drug Recognized for Continuous Support of Health Care Students and Graduates

Madison Drug Recognized for Continuous Support of Health Care Students and Graduates

“Even in the initial process [during her externship], she was a super help, and of course that’s why we hired her.” (read more)
Urgent Care Center Hires ANU Medical Assistants

Urgent Care Center Hires ANU Medical Assistants

“National College's demanding curriculum and challenging instructors prepare them well for the medical field.” (read more)
Southern Pain Institute Named Distinguished Community Employer

Southern Pain Institute Named Distinguished Community Employer

“National College has done a great job of preparing their students to work in the medical field, and I am happy to have an opportunity to partner with such a great school.” (read more)
Dr. Neil Klemek Recognized for Championing Medical Assisting Program

Dr. Neil Klemek Recognized for Championing Medical Assisting Program

“The National College graduates and externs I have had are outstanding, and I would be happy to hire more in the future and help train those that are getting ready to graduate.” (read more)
Well Child Provides Graduate with the Opportunity to Serve Area Children

Well Child Provides Graduate with the Opportunity to Serve Area Children

“She understands the importance of teamwork, customer service, and the importance of the medical assistant role.” (read more)
Speedway Recognized for Regularly Hiring Graduates

Speedway Recognized for Regularly Hiring Graduates

“I can say nothing but great things about the graduates we have hired, and we will continue to rely on National College to help fill vital positions in our company.” (read more)

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