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April 27, 2012


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Antoinette Bowen, a graduate from the Akron Area Campus, is now working at the new Stark County Campus. She was the recipient of the Mary P. McGurn Award for high academic achievement when she earned her administrative office professional associate degree.

Antoinette went back to school in early 2009 when she lost her job due to budget cuts. She applied for Akron Urban League’s A.S.S.E.T program - a 90-day class covering comprehensive business and computer skills – that would help her gain the skills to find a new job. Upon completion of that program, she gave herself an ultimatum when applying for a job. “[I told myself if I didn’t hear back from the job that I applied for, then I was going back to school to achieve my degree,” she says.

By the end of December 2009, Antoinette started working towards her associate’s degree. It was a challenge to raise three children and go to school, but she wanted to set a good example. “As parents, we do a lot of preaching. I would not only preach to [my kids] I would show them exactly what I meant by working hard for a greater outcome.” When she felt like giving up, Antoinette says that her business instructor, Charley Bowman, was there to put her back on the path of her goals. “I can honestly say, every instructor that I had made a difference in my life,” she said.

Antoinette began her job search before her last term. She would meet with Career Center Director Maxine O’Mara weekly with updates on her job searches. After graduation, Akron Area Campus Director Star Mitchell suggested that Antoinette contact Jill Morrow, the Stark County campus director who had a job opening in the new campus.

Today Antoinette is making a valuable difference on the Stark County Campus, using her experience and skills to keep the warm, friendly atmosphere the campus wants to impress on the community. She is also a great example for the students to see a American National University education put to use.

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