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April 13, 2012

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Business Student Wins Statewide Competition

Business Student Wins Statewide Competition

Amanda House, a business administration—management student at the Lexington Campus, recently won two first place awards during competitions at the Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) State Leadership Conference. Amanda won the awards in the hospitality management division and the integrated marketing campaigns division. She now qualifies to advance to the national PBL competition that will be held in San Antonio, Texas in June.

The competition included students from universities, private colleges, and career colleges such as American National University. Larry Olinger, another Lexington student, won first place awards in public speaking and impromptu speaking at last year’s competition.

The Lexington PBL chapter also received recognition at the conference as one of the chapters with the largest increase in membership over the last year. “It says a lot for our school when we have two students in two years, back to back, with 2 trophies,” said George Oberg, PBL advisor and instructor for the campus.

Amanda said that she drew from experience and knowledge gained in her business classes at National to impress the judges in both divisions. The hospitality management competition was comprised of a 99-question written test and a 7-minute oral presentation. For the integrated marketing campaigns division, she worked for over a month to develop her presentation where she used her own photography business, In House Studio and Design, to create a marketing campaign targeting high school seniors. The campaign utilized social media and the theme “These Aren’t Your Mother’s Senior Portraits.” She felt good about her preparations: “I went in feeling pretty confident. I worked hard on that.” she said.

Amanda said that she came to National because she had worked in corporate jobs in the past but was unable to advance without a degree. “I want to go back to those levels and excel,” she explained. She said the instructors at National and their professional achievements have been her inspiration. “Just seeing what they’ve done…that’s real inspiration for me,” she said.

Amanda said that she has thoroughly enjoyed her membership in PBL. She thanks George, and the Lexington Chapter’s officers Demitrius Dyer, Larry Olinger, and April Leak for supporting her during the competition and for all the work that they have done all year with PBL.

The Pikeville Campus recently started a PBL chapter and Larry has been assisting them with getting their chapter up and running. Amanda said that she encourages other National students to get involved in PBL. She feels that the networking and experience that PBL offers will benefit her in her career. “It’s something that 100% will help me in my field and in my business. PBL is nationally recognized so as far as a resume goes, that’s wonderful,” she said.

Amanda House is pictured with her new awards from the Statewide PBL competition.

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Stay-at-Home Mom Finds New Career as a Medical Assistant

Stay-at-Home Mom Finds New Career as a Medical Assistant

Marsha Rogers (pictured) worked as a housewife and stay-at-home mom for 15 years when she decided that it was time to pursue a career that she’d always wanted in the medical field. Friends and family members recommended American National University so she enrolled at the Richmond Campus where she graduated last August with an associate’s degree in medical assisting. She now works as a medical assistant in the office of Dr. Anil Harrison.

“I decided that I was going to do something to show my kids that it was important to go to college,” Marsha recalled. She found instructors that cared at National. “They wanted to be sure that you knew what you were doing,” Marsha said. She also appreciated that her class schedule was arranged to work with her busy life.

Marsha feels that her training at National fully prepared her for her daily duties which run the gamut from performing EKGs, assisting the patients to their rooms, and working the reception desk. “Coming here gave me the confidence to do the job,” she explained.

Marsha’s children are proud of their mom’s new career as a registered medical assistant and She enjoys her job with Dr. Harrison who, she said, treats his staff extremely well. “I got really lucky,” she said of her employer who constantly quizzes his staff and encourages them to learn something new every day. “He is an excellent boss.”

Guest Speaker Stresses the Importance of Communication as a Key to Success

Guest Speaker Stresses the Importance of Communication as a Key to Success

Students in the Oral Communications classes at the Florence Campus recently had the opportunity to hear small business owner Lynnae Bussell discuss the importance of proper communication in the workplace. Humanities Chair and Instructor Cheryl Heer invited Ms. Bussell for the March observance of Women’s History Month who encouraged students to think about the many ways communication can impact their professional lives.

As an entrepreneur, Ms. Bussell shared how good communication skills have helped her succeed and meet the challenges that women face in the business world. She stressed the importance of knowing your audience and providing them with the essential information that they need to succeed in the workplace. As she stated, there are many factors that help individuals communicate effectively such as: “Listen, don’t hear,” “Use your personality to your advantage,” and “Use nonverbal communication to project a positive attitude.”

Student Monica Elliott found the presentation helpful: “I was really motivated by [Ms. Bussell] and the fact that she started her own business while still having time for her family. That was something I was worried about, but now I have the confidence that I can do both. She was very inspirational to me.”

Student Monica Elliott is pictured with guest speaker Lynnae Bussell and Eric Elliott, Monica’s husband and fellow business student.

Career Fair helps Students and Graduates Find Jobs

Career Fair helps Students and Graduates Find Jobs

The Pikeville Campus hosted a career fair on Tuesday, April 11th with over 25 employers available to speak with students and graduates about their companies and the employment opportunities that they offer.

Anthony Ottrando, human resources director for Signature Healthcare, said that he hoped to meet job applicants and set up interviews during the career fair. “We know that the people that we have working for us from American National University do a great job and we’re always looking for more,” he said.

Shawna Adkins, branch manager for US Bank, said that her company was there to encourage students to apply for their positions which offer lots of growth potential, particularly for students from the business management and accounting programs. “We have several banker positions available,” she said. “That’s [the position] where I started out,” she explained.

Kodi Faine, interim director of human resources for Big Sandy Health Care, offered students information about pharmacy tech, medical records clerk, and other positions. She said that she works closely with the campus’s career center director, Kelly Rapauch, on finding new employees. “Whenever we have one of those positions available then Kelly is one of the first people that I contact,” she said.

Larry Lanning, with the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program of the OET, said that his office sent out emails to veterans in 15 surrounding counties inviting them to attend the career fair. The agency offered information about the new Gold Card program which provides services such as skills assessment, job search assistance and other resources to Post 911 veterans. “It’s a super program for our vets. It’s about breaking down the barriers so they can get back in the workforce,” said Mr. Lanning.

Several agencies including the Big Sandy Area Community Action Partnership and the Office of Employment and Training (OET) were also on hand for the career fair. They offered information and assistance to the attendees.

Kodi Faine of Big Sandy Health Care is pictured talking with students Ashley Rollins and Margaret Wolford about job opportunities at Big Sandy Health Care.

Students and Faculty Celebrate Business Week

Students and Faculty Celebrate Business Week

In late March, the Business Department at the Dayton Area Campus held its 3rd annual celebration for Business Week. The five day on-campus conference included daily events for both day and night students, with over fifty business partners in attendance throughout the week.

The two Monday events included a thank you breakfast and dinner for campus advisory board members, externship supervisors, and business partners. The meal was provided by business partner and externship site Christopher’s Restaurant and Catering. This event also included a time for students to network with potential employers.

On Tuesday, two helpful workshops were presented on “professionalism” by Career Center Director Art Wagner.

The theme of the Wednesday event was “Balancing Family, Health, and Career.” During the day, very informative presentations were given by business partners on dressing for success. The presentation was followed by a tie tying contest for the men and a dress for success contest for the women. Also on Wednesday, information was displayed from business partners including information about childcare issues, diabetes, marriage, and relationships. In addition, several medical assisting students, under the guidance of Director of Healthcare Education Derrick Parks, did blood pressure checks and distributed healthy-tips information.

Perhaps the high point of the week were the day and night workshops by two long-term business partners Zack Clark, vice president of First Day Federal Credit Union, and Linda Russell, branch manager of WesBanco Kettering, both speaking on “How to Manage Your Finances and Credit.”

The week ended with a workshop from a SCORE Small Business Success Breakfast Workshop, entitled “Marketing that Generates Business.” This workshop included twenty five small business owners and managers.

Business Chair Bob Abadie said, “The event could not have gone any better, with a large turnout by both employers and students; it went beyond what we expected in our planning.” As a result, several employers later commented on the quality and professionalism of the events and how impressed they were with both our students and school.

Bob points out that the campus organizes events like this for multiple purposes - to show students how to find success beyond the classroom; to discuss important health topics which can be a distraction in the workplace if not maintained; and to bring in business partners, as they work to be servant leaders in the community.

Students Mandy McElfresh, Mandy Herd, and Teresa Tuttle are pictured in top photo during the Accessorize-the-Outfit contest. Instructor and Department Chair Bob Abadie is pictured in bottom photo as he thanks Melody Gast, Program Manager for Marriage Works! Dayton, for her presentation.

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