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It’s a Family Affair at the South Bend Campus

  It’s a Family Affair at the South Bend Campus

At American National University, it’s all about family; this is literally the case at the South Bend Campus where two sets of family members –- a mother and son, and twin sisters – recently enrolled. For both Brenda Large and her son John Larkin, this is the first time they have gone to college. Both are enrolled in medical programs, with Brenda in the health information technology program and John in the pharmacy technician degree program. John is a National Guardsman and is taking advantage of American National University’s exclusive Blue Ribbon and Armed Services Recognition Grants to help fund his education. He likes that the College is military-friendly and said the grants make going to school very cost effective. Brenda said that she chose to enroll because “American National University was one of the few schools in the area that offered the health information technology program.” She was also drawn to the smaller classes and one-on-one instruction. Brenda felt these would benefit her because she was an older student going to college for the first time.

Twin sisters Sharon Schafer and Lisa Eickleberry also both started taking classes during the spring term. For Sharon, it was a return to the college as a graduate from the medical billing and coding program, but this time she enrolled in the health information technology degree program. When Sharon decided that she wanted to continue her education, there wasn’t a question of where to go. She stated that she felt comfortable at National because of the small classes and because of the friendly atmosphere. Lisa chose the medical office assistant program because she knew that the medical field would be a great area for her to start a new career. She said, “This program gives me the training [I need] quickly so I can start a new career.”

With one term under their belts, all four students are excited about their future and what it has in store for them. They are all looking forward to changing their lives with their new careers.

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Delegate Visits Campus and Speaks with Students

Delegate Visits Campus and Speaks with Students

On Thursday, May 17, the Lynchburg Campus got the opportunity to host Virginia Delegate Scott Garrett when he stopped by for a visit. Campus Director Bill Baker led him on a tour of the campus, where he was able to meet with faculty, staff, and, most importantly, with students. “He was very impressed with our operations,” said Bill of Delegate Garrett, “and thanked us for our dedication to the Lynchburg community.” One student who got the opportunity to speak with Delegate Garrett was Shannon Bosiger, currently enrolled in the medical assisting degree program. “I found it very interesting that an upcoming candidate would stop at our campus, being a smaller local school,” said Shannon. “It was very nice of him to come by and take a tour and meet with students and instructors,” she continued. “I didn’t know much about him before, but now I want to look him up to see more about his political views.”

Delegate Scott Garrett, who represents Virginia’s 23rd House District, is pictured with Campus Director Bill Baker (right).

Graduate’s Company Promotes ‘I Am Memphis’

Graduate’s Company Promotes ‘I Am Memphis’

Brandon Johnson, a Memphis Campus graduate who was born and raised in Memphis, started a t-shirt company with several of his friends hoping to create a movement. The “I Am Memphis” campaign represents three principles - unity, progress, and prosperity- and is intended to change the perception of the Bluff City.

Education plays a big role in the group’s plans. They believe that by promoting education, it will lead to greater jobs and bigger companies moving to Memphis. Through their “I Am Memphis” t-shirt campaign, they are promoting to youth other choices besides joining gangs or doing menial labor. They are encouraging them to become entrepreneurs and business owners.

"’I Am Memphis’ is a movement towards a different way of life in Memphis," Brandon said, “My degree in management from National College of Business and Technology is being put to use while trying to keep up with the supply and demand of selling the popular ‘I Am Memphis’ t-shirts on the web site,"

Memphis graduate Brandon Johnson (second from the left) with “I Am Memphis” partners (from left) Chase Childress, Mychal Scott, Rosalyn Delequexe, Wes Phillips and Arteika Smith, have the intention of changing the perception of Memphis.

Medical Assisting Student is on Her Way To Realizing Her Childhood Dream

Medical Assisting Student is on Her Way To Realizing Her Childhood Dream

As a child, Natasha Alexander knew she wanted to work in health care and now she is well on the way to achieving her childhood dream. As a soon-to-be-graduate of the medical assisting degree program, Natasha recently got a job with Care All Home Care Services, which she acquired by attending the career fair at the Madison Campus. Adorned in a cap and gown, Natasha will be walking across the graduation stage on June 1 and is excited to already be working as a Care All representative.

As she prepares for graduation, Natasha looks forward to what her future may hold. “My career possibilities feel endless right now, and I’m thankful for the job opportunities I’ve already been given to work as a professional care giver and medical assistant,” said Natasha. She aspires to one day become a registered nurse or perhaps even a paramedic and plans to work as a medical assistant until she can continue her education. “National has shown me the importance of education and the impact it can have in life,” Natasha said, “I’m grateful for the education and hands-on experience [the college] and my externship have given me. Everything I’ve learned has made me feel well-prepared for my career in the medical field.”

As excited as she is to be moving forward, Natasha also feels sad to be leaving National because the staff and instructors have become like family members to her. And that sentiment is reciprocated.

“We are very proud of Natasha, who, along with two other students in our medical assisting program, recently received a good citizenship award for helping a fellow classmate who needed quick medical attention until paramedics could arrive,” shared Campus Director Mark Liverman “It’s great to know the training they have received allowed them to spot and confidently react to a medical emergency that happened on our campus.”

Student Wins First-Ever ‘Inspire Hope Scholarship’

Student Wins First-Ever ‘Inspire Hope Scholarship’

Knoxville student Rebecca Kitts recently received the first Inspire Hope Scholarship from the Tennessee Association of Independent Colleges and Schools on Friday, May 4. Her winning essay was chosen from among entries submitted from all over the state of Tennessee. Rebecca began attending National College in 2010 and is majoring in the business administration–accounting program. She said she chose National because it is career based, fast paced, and has small classes. Rebecca explained that because she was a National Guard soldier, her military benefits did not cover the full cost of education and the scholarship would help with her educational costs. She said it was a challenge to go to school with a family but she is grateful for the help from the Inspire Hope Scholarship. Rebecca’s husband, Martin, also attends the Knoxville Campus in the information systems engineering degree program and graduates this May.

Rebecca Kitts is pictured with Campus Director Debbie Black (right).

Business Student is One Smart Cookie

Business Student is One Smart Cookie

Terresa Harrod, a graduate from the Lexington Campus, is the general manager of the Great American Cookies store. She has a variety of duties—from scheduling to inventory to finances—and the knowledge gained from the College’s business administration-management degree program assists her with them all as she builds the business and directs her employees.

She completed her associate’s degree in 2011 and has already returned to National for a bachelor’s degree. “Why stop?” asked Terresa. “I already had the associate’s and did very well with it, so there’s no point in stopping there. The further I can go, the more my kids are going to look up to me.”

She previously attended another college but she did not finish her program. “I would not in any way recommend a university for somebody that’s an older person going back after being out for so long,” she advised. “I had started school years ago and I just didn’t finish. I gave up on it. I didn’t have any support.”

But Terresa got all the help she needed at National. “A smaller school like National—it just clicked, it just fit. It’s more of a family. Everybody knows everybody,” she explained. “If there’s a problem with something there’s always someone there that you can go talk to. There’s always somebody available.”

Terresa has worked in food service all her life, and she hopes that her degree will help her advance into district management. “I’ve grown much more confident in what I feel that I can accomplish,” she said.

Meanwhile, she continues to inspire her family and friends with her dedication to her education. “I’ve found that people outside of school that see what I do…actually look up to me a little bit more now because they know I’m committed to bettering myself,” Terresa shared. “It’s a lot of work, but when you get to that point when you finally finish your first degree, it’s such a sense of accomplishment, especially for somebody my age. I never thought at 45 years old that I would be going to school.”

Students Get Hands-On at Community Health Fair

Students Get Hands-On at Community Health Fair

On Friday, May 11, medical assisting students from the Danville, Kentucky Campus participated in the Inter County Health Fair, which was held at Boyle County High School. During the event, students provided glucose testing and blood pressure monitoring to over 200 attendees.
Through this hands-on experience, students applied their book knowledge to real-life scenarios. They also got a chance to practice their skills. “I gained more knowledge of checking blood pressure and glucose of people of different ages,” said student Althea Lear. Another student, Lori Evens, added, “I participated in the health fair as an opportunity to gain hands-on experience within my field of study as a medical assistant.”

“The health fair helped me to gain more confidence in helping patients one-on-one,” Lori continued. “It allowed me to display professionalism, as well as offer people services that they may not be able to take advantage of regularly.”

Students Value Experience at Educational Fair

Students Value Experience at Educational Fair

On Saturday, May 19th, students from the Richmond Campus helped Pattie A. Clay Hospital with the 3rd Annual Pattie Cake Bellies to Babies Celebration. The event included educational seminars about shaken baby syndrome, breastfeeding, nutrition during pregnancy, childbirth, and infant CPR. Several vendors were on hand to give out information for new parents and parents-to-be. National students helped hand out information and gift bags to the new mothers as they registered.

The students were also a great help with the educational seminars conducted by registered nurse Sue Farthing with the surgery department at Pattie A. Clay Hospital. “[Medical office specialist student] Charlotte Azbill was a tremendous asset. She had everything ready for me when I arrived [and] was very knowledgeable and helpful throughout the day.”

Billie Martin, a student in the office technology professional program, helped out in the breastfeeding area at the event. “I loved being able to help out at this event, it gave me the opportunity to talk with people and come out of my shell.” Billie said she is normally very shy and quiet and does not talk much. She credits Mr. Samuel Hudson’s Principles of Management class for giving her more confidence and being able to speak up.

(l to R) Students Billie Martin, Kyra Monnett, Charlotte Azbill and Brian Lowery are pictured at the Patti Cake Bellies to Babies Celebration.

Operation Hire Patriots Once Again Resounding Success

Operation Hire Patriots Once Again Resounding Success

On Tuesday, May 22, veterans and employers filled the halls of the Louisville Campus for the 2nd Annual Operation Hire Patriots Veterans Job Fair. Over 40 employers and several resource agencies participated in the job fair.

“This year’s Operation Hire Patriots was a huge success,” said Brad Marine, regional director of military affairs for the College. “The veterans I spoke with are thankful that so many businesses are reaching out and hiring veterans; and the employers were able to connect with a highly experienced veteran workforce. It was a win-win for employers and veterans; we were just glad to be a part of it.”

Bradley Ogle, who is on terminal leave from the U.S. Navy and is seeking civilian employment, attended the job fair. “It seems like a good opportunity for people like us,” said Bradley. “The BOP (Federal Bureau of Prisons) was one of the big ones that I was excited to talk to. I’ve left a few résumés and they told me I need to get on-line and put in applications and they’ll set up interviews by the end of this week.”

Sam Hughes, a recruiter for Valvoline Instant Oil Change said that they were looking for assistant manager candidates. “We got a lot of good leads. A couple of people were very interested in the positions that we have to offer—E6 and higher veterans who were looking for management positions with room for growth,” said Sam.

Lisa Watson, a human resource representative with Coca-Cola, said that there is a company-wide initiative in place to hire veterans. “We’re looking for qualified veterans…we’re hoping to fill our positions with veterans from the Louisville area,” explained Lisa.

A new feature of the event this year was the Operation Veteran 2 Entrepreneur Conference which was conducted by the Kentucky Small Business Development Center and the U.S. Small Business Administration. The conference was held to offer information and resources to help veterans build and grow small businesses.

U.S. Navy veteran Bradley Ogle is pictured speaking with representatives from the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Local Surgery Center Supports National as a Committee Member and Extern Site

Local Surgery Center Supports National as a Committee Member and Extern Site

Dr. Jon Mendelsohn, board certified plastic surgeon, is medical director of Advanced Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. He works closely with the Florence Campus surgical technology department and program director Carolyn Nienaber.

Dr. Mendelsohn and several of his employees are members of the campus’s Program Academic Committee (PAC) for the surgical technology program. “Dr. Mendelsohn and his staff have played a vital role in our Program Advisory Committee by not only being members but allowing us to hold our meeting at their office,” said Carolyn. PAC meetings are an important factor in ensuring the surgical technology program continues to meet not only national standards but local workforce needs in the surgical technology field. The committee is comprised of health care professionals, students, staff, and graduates who offer suggestions to help the program reach its goals.

Two of Dr. Mendelsohn’s employees, Vanessa Hinsdale and Jamie Jordan, both graduates of the Florence Campus, are essential members of Dr. Mendelsohn’s team. Vanessa, who was featured in the March 23rd issue of the National News, manages the clinical side of the practice. “She’s the key between the front and the back,” Dr. Mendelsohn explained.

Jamie works the front office and also assists Dr. Mendelsohn during many of his surgeries. “She’s very efficient [and] does an exceptional job. She scrubs with me on 90% of the cases at this point. Her skill set is excellent,” said Dr. Mendelsohn.

Externs from the surgical technology department are also placed at Advanced Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center. “The surgical technology students are eager to attend a clinical rotation at Dr. Mendelsohn’s office because they know he will test their knowledge of anatomy,” said Carolyn Nienabar. “He challenges the students to excel.”

“It’s been great. I’m appreciative that we’ve got great students coming through here,” said Dr. Mendelsohn of his partnership with American National University. “Hopefully we help them learn something. The experience has been very positive for me.”

Pictured are Dr. Jon Mendelsohn and graduate Vanessa Hinsdale.

Career Fair Leads to Employment for National Student

Career Fair Leads to Employment for National Student

The Pikeville Campus recently held a career fair to help students and graduates find jobs in their new careers. “These career fairs serve as a valuable resource for students as they explore career options and seek employment,” said Campus Director Tammy Riley. Student Terresa Hall is a perfect example of how these events can be life changing.

Terresa decided to attend National because it offered subjects that she was interested in and provided night classes. She completed the phlebotomy program while also working two jobs. Then she decided to continue her education and enrolled in the medical assisting degree program. She is planning to graduate in 2013 but she has already found success. Terresa attended the campus’s career fair and was offered a job on the spot. She now works as a dispatcher for Questcare EMS services. “I enjoy knowing that I am helping to save people’s lives,” she said, “National has given me the tools I will need to succeed in life.” Terresa’s hard work and dedication have helped her achieve her dreams.

The National News is a biweekly publication designed to share the success and academic accomplishments of students and graduates from American National University and National College. For more information, contact the Communications Department.

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