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July 16, 2012

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Nationwide Children's Hospital Hires Four National Grads

Nationwide Children's Hospital Hires Four National Grads

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH), located in Columbus, Ohio, is the country’s 4th busiest children’s hospital. Last year it provided care to nearly one million children who came from all fifty states in the USA and over 25 other countries. Four graduates from the Columbus Campus’s health information technology (HIT) degree program are now working at NCH assisting in the hospital’s efforts to provide world class care.

Natasha Johnson, Marvin Owusu, Sara Alleman, and Daniel Antwi all graduated from the Columbus Campus’s HIT program and received job offers after completing an externship at NCH. The American National University externs worked with Health Information Manager Theresa Nutter at NCH who also serves on the campus’s HIT Advisory Board that brings together community leaders and employers in the HIT field to ensure that the program continues to meet national standards and local workforce needs.

Ms. Nutter said she relates to the HIT graduates because, like many of them, she returned to the classroom as an adult to pursue her HIT degree and begin a second career after nearly twenty years in the mortgage industry. She has been with NCH since 2008 working in their HIM department. She attributes much of the students’ success to the teaching staff at American National University, particularly program director Gloria Livingston. “I met with Gloria a year ago regarding the placement of students,” she shares. “She has a real compassionate heart [for] her students’ education and a passion for the program. She visits [externship sites] frequently, follows up with emails, and genuinely shows concern for their success.”

“I hire American National University students for a number of reasons,” explained Ms. Nutter. “They have a great desire to learn, they are well mannered, ethical, enthusiastic, fun loving individuals who are very accepting of change and easy to work with. [They] are very fast learners, efficient, and work with minimal supervision.” She also noted that the externs who became employees all surpassed the hospital’s Standards of Productivity on a daily basis, “[They] are a great example for the department.”

The Columbus Campus chose NCH as the Employer of the Quarter Award because of their outstanding commitment to American National University students as well as their continued commitment to serve on the campus’s HIT Advisory Board. “NCH has become a wonderful community partner for the Columbus Campus and we are glad to give them recognition for helping to shape the lives of our students,” said Campus Director Joe DeLuca.

Pictured are (l to r) Marvin Owusu, Natasha Johnson, HIM Manager Thresea Nutter, Daniel Antwi, and Sara Alleman.

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Hair Stylist's Degree Opens the Door to Owning her own Business

Hair Stylist's Degree Opens the Door to Owning her own Business

Torean Jones (pictured) has always had a passion for styling hair, but she never imagined that passion would lead her to graduating with a business degree. After graduating high school, Torean pursued a lifelong dream of hers and earned her cosmetology license. She began working as a stylist in several commercial salons, and she even got some experience in salon management which inspired her to go back to school so she could own her own salon one day.

After recently graduating from the Madison Campus with her associate’s degree in business administration-management, Torean recently obtained a business permit and is in the process of designing and opening the doors to her new salon she’s named Untangled Hair Studio. She is excited to take her education and apply all the skills she’s learned in her new role as a business owner.

“Going back to school really gave me the confidence I needed to open my own salon and manage my own business,” said Torean. “I’m glad I chose National College, and I’m thankful for the many great instructors who helped me succeed,” she says with a huge smile. “National made college work for me and I would recommend the school to any student who thinks college won’t work for them.”

Torean hopes her first salon is successful enough to turn into a chain of salons and she also plans to pursue another goal in her business to operate a beauty school in each salon she owns. She hopes to share her knowledge with others who share her passion and help them turn that passion into a career like she has.

Clinic Hires Health Information Clerk from First Graduating Class

Clinic Hires Health Information Clerk from First Graduating Class

This past May, LaKendra Davis received her diploma in medical billing and coding at the Fort Wayne Campus’ first graduation ceremony. She recently interviewed and was hired at Neighborhood Health Clinic (NHCI). She had interviewed for two different positions with NHCI and was offered a new position that was created with job responsibilities from the two jobs that she had interviewed for. Her current title is health information clerk and she is so excited to work for the clinic that serves a diverse group of Fort Wayne citizens. NHCI is one of two large health clinics in the Fort Wayne metropolitan area. LaKendra’s success isn’t just a victory in her life; it is also a source of pride for the campus’s medical billing and coding program and this year’s first graduating class.

LaKendra Davis is pictured on the right accepting a purple rose from Instructor Sharon Hardy at the graduation ceremony this past May.

Hard Work and Perseverance Pay Off for Student Turned Phlebotomist

Hard Work and Perseverance Pay Off for Student Turned Phlebotomist

When Angie Mcgee (pictured) first started her externship for her medical assisting degree program, she had no idea that it would land her a job in phlebotomy. She enrolled in the Indianapolis Campus in 2011 and completed a 120-hour externship for the Phlebotomy Directed Practice course in three weeks – all while carrying a full class load, maintaining a 4.0 GPA, working part time, and raising two young children. At the completion of her externship, Angie was offered a position at IU North Hospital in the lab.

Angie says she thoroughly enjoys her new job. “I love interacting with the patients and working in the medical field,” she said listing her favorite aspects of her new career. She plans on continuing her education and eventually entering nursing school. She is a great example proving that hard work and perseverance are worth it in the long run.

Grad Uses His New Skills in His Job and His Church

Grad Uses His New Skills in His Job and His Church

Roderick Ross (pictured) is a recent graduate of the Martinsville Campus’s information systems engineering (ISE) degree program and is applying his skills as an employee of Martinsville Electronics. He handles computer repair and troubleshooting, network set up, and other areas as needed. He is also putting his degree to good work at his church, Oak Hill Cathedral of Glory, as a video coordinator and overseer of media ministry. His duties at the church include PC troubleshooting, network support, training members on video production and use of the sound board, and duplicating CDs and DVDs.

Determined to keep expanding his knowledge base, Roderick is continuing his education in information technology in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree. Roderick says Patricia Schofill, the campus’s ISE Director, prepared him well for all the work he does in his field and he highly recommends that students pay attention in the Network + and Supporting Desktop Applications classes as he has drawn from skills gained in those courses frequently in his work in the field.

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