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February 17, 2012

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Long-Time Graduate Advances to New Career Heights

Long-Time Graduate Advances to New Career Heights

National College graduate Shannon Hall (pictured) has put his skills and training to good use at Lowe’s in Salem, where he advanced to the position of department manager for the Inside Lawn and Garden section this past October. Shannon graduated from the Danville Campus in May of 1998 with his associate’s degree in business administration, working while going to school before pursuing the professional opportunities that have led him to his current management position.

Shannon started working as a part-time employee for Lowe’s Garden Center in March of 2010. Prior to joining Lowe’s, Shannon balanced his studies at National with a job at an electronic retail store, and following the completion of his degree, he began working in telecommunications, broadening his skillset while at the same time raising a family. Having now advanced to his current management position, Shannon feels at home in a fulfilling career he plans to make last.

As department manager, Shannon is in charge of maintaining a sizeable corner of the store. According to Shannon, the biggest challenge of his position is the seasonal change of the department. “It’s always changing,” he said. He explained that it features new products each season; so while winter lingered, patio furniture was already on display for the spring season. Lowe’s also offers seasonal job opportunities, so he must always be prepared to manage new and temporary staff.

Shannon’s job success is an excellent extension of his academic record at National. Out of his 24 classes, he scored nearly all A’s; additionally, he was featured in Who’s Who in American Junior Colleges. He credits the outstanding faculty for their valuable instruction, especially past instructor Russell Still. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Shannon also qualified for financial assistance through the G.I. Bill.

Combining a quality education with valuable work experience can open up new doors to a fulfilling career. For Shannon, that opportunity has presented itself. “I found the company I liked,” he said, “I’d like to move up through the ranks as the opportunity permits.”

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