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February 03, 2012

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A Legacy of Success

A Legacy of Success

Katrina Evans graduated from the Harrisonburg CAMPUS in the fall of 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration-management, continuing a legacy started by her mother who graduated from National nearly forty years earlier. Now, as a successful graduate herself, Katrina works as a recruiter in the human resources department of Riddleberger Brothers, Inc., a mechanical contracting company which serves clients in Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland.

“What I love most about my job is meeting new people,” says Katrina with a smile, “And I love it that I have the ability to help people in this poor economy as far as helping them to get jobs [at Riddleberger Brothers].” Working at a company that employs over 400 employees and covers three states, Katrina gets a lot of opportunity to meet new people, place them in jobs that match with the company’s needs, and conduct their first training with the company. “I love working here,” she says enthusiastically.

Katrina credits her current job to the education she received at National: “I went out there and I let people know, ‘I’m a bachelor graduate. I went to National – it’s a business school,’ I really think that helped.” As a worker and a mother of a teenager who was also attending school at the same time, Katrina says the flexibility in the schedule at National was key to accomplishing her educational goals. “And I had great instructors,” she states. “They stuck to the subject; they taught me exactly what I needed to know to expand in the work field that I was going in.”

Her daughter learned an important lesson, watching her mom balance work, family, and school, says Katrina: “It doesn’t matter how old you are – education is important.” In fact, Katrina is planning on continuing her education up to the master’s level and advancing in the human resources field. She encourages other students who are in school, “No matter what obstacles that [you] face – stay in school and get everything that [you] can out of it – it really is a positive outcome.”

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Campus Hosts Red Cross Blood Drive

Campus Hosts Red Cross Blood Drive

Students and staff at the Madison Campus recently realized the big difference they could make by simply rolling up their sleeves and donating blood. The campus teamed up with the American Red Cross and hosted a winter blood drive.

The goal was to get at least 15 donors but they surpassed their goal with 18. Each donor and unit of blood can benefit three people, so the campus blood drive potentially saved 54 lives. Students, faculty, and staff learned that more blood is needed in the area than they realized and that all blood donations allow the organization to maintain a ready supply of blood for emergencies.

While this was not the campus’s first blood drive, it also won’t be the last. The Campus plans to host four more blood drives this year, one drive for each quarter.

Student Services Representative Sara Hensley is pictured donating blood at the Madison Campus blood drive.

Student Retrains for Better Career in Growing Medical Field

Student Retrains for Better Career in Growing Medical Field

Robin Crislip had worked in sales and marketing at a phone company for five years before her company downsized. Robin was among 200 employees that were let go. As a result, representatives from the Portage Workforce Connection visited the phone company and talked about training options. Robin knew that she needed a more stable career and this visit gave her confidence to reach for her goals.

While researching colleges, Robin learned about the surgical technology degree program at the Akron Area Campus. “I didn’t just research colleges, but I also researched the industry,” she said. “I was tired of being downsized, so I chose a career that has great stability.” Robin took a tour of the campus, and she loved the personalized attention that she got through the enrollment process. “I was intimidated because I had not attended a class in a very long time. I didn’t know how to maneuver through the process of registering for classes, and everyone at the campus was so helpful and set my mind at ease.”

Robin said that the small size and the family-like environment of the campus led her to choose National. “I had researched other programs, but when I walked on campus, it just felt right.”

Since Robin’s company downsized, she qualified for the Workforce Investment Act, which provides tuition assistance for individuals who require training to reenter the workforce. Portage Workforce Connection helped Robin to submit the necessary paperwork to secure the training dollars. “I view this assistance as a true blessing. Without the funds, I would be unable to get my degree and secure a better job.”

Robin said that the best thing about her new career direction is that she feels that she has some control in her future. “I know I will work in this field as long as I want to and not be forced out because someone else decides my job isn’t there.”

Pictured with Clinical Coordinator Jim Shurtloff, student Robin Crislip is preparing for a new career in the medical field.

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