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Medical Assistant Comes to National for a More Complete Education

Medical Assistant Comes to National for a More Complete Education

Rebecca Abernathy recently walked across the stage at the Madison Campus graduation ceremony and accepted her associate’s degree in medical assisting. She is already working in her new career field as a registered medical assistant for an internal and adult medicine office in Hendersonville. Rebecca is grateful to National’s Business Partnership Grant program and her previous employer, a swimming pool sales company, that helped pay for her to continue her education while minimizing her personal expenses. .

Rebecca had previously completed another college’s diploma program in medical assisting, but she wanted a degree. She decided to go to National because it offered more than other schools. She also liked that National’s courses and instructors explained the purpose behind the procedures rather than just teaching the basics. She said she liked that National doesn’t just teach the skills, unlike her previous college where she didn’t really know what she was doing. “Once I went to National, that’s where I got the whole picture and got more in depth,” she shares, “why you do these certain things.”

Rebecca is happy in her new position in the medical field. She is able to combine hands-on care and front desk work at the practice, and she loves interacting with the patients. “I’ve learned a lot being in internal medicine,” she said. “You do pretty much everything from the head to the toe. So there’s something new every day that I learn.”

Rebecca said she really enjoys working with the patients as a medical assistant. “For a lot of the people we see here, it’s the highlight of their day going to the doctor’s office,” she says, proud of being a part of the welcoming attitude of the practice, “To make somebody’s day just by giving them a smile or listening to them, I really love the interaction.” She’s a long way from the swimming pool business where she began, but Rebecca has continued to learn and grow every step of the way, using what she’s learned from each place she has worked to further her education and career goals.

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Student is Confident He is on the Right Career-Track

Student is Confident He is on the Right Career-Track

Chad Lee, student at the Akron Area Campus, was working as a landscaper and a painter when he decided that he wanted more for himself. He knew that in order to make a career change, he would need an education to improve his skills.

When he enrolled, he decided to work towards a new career in business administration-management. It wasn’t long after he started taking classes that he was sure he had made the right career choice. He has enjoyed his classes so much that he has decided to continue his education and will pursue his bachelor’s degree after he graduates with his associate’s degree in August.

Chad shares that American National University and his instructors have given him confidence to continue with his education. Ultimately he would like to start a non-profit organization to help youth because people reached out to him when he was young and he wants to pay back that generosity. In addition to his new found confidence, Chad has also made many friends at National, many of whom have graduated in business and have moved on to successful careers and are an inspiration to him.

Campus Announces ‘Employer of the Quarter”

Campus Announces ‘Employer of the Quarter”

On July 25th, the Martinsville Campus recently presented a plaque to The Results Companies in Stuart, Virginia, to recognize them as the campus’s designated “Employer of the Quarter.” The Results Companies is an award winning Customer Experience Management (CEM) provider of innovative contact center services for Fortune 500 companies. They specialize in the development and deployment of customer-centric solutions through multi-channel (voice, email, chat) and multi-lingual customer support.

Campus Director John Scott said that The Results Companies are a valuable partner of National College as they have hired at least six graduates from the Martinsville Campus within the last six months. “They are hiring graduates from various programs including the office technology professional, business administration-management, and information systems engineering degree programs,” John explained. “We are glad to have formed this partnership as it is a win-win for the students and the Results Companies.”

Career Center Director Wayne Mitchell (left) and ISE Department Chair Patricia Schofill (4th from left) are pictured presenting the Employer of the Quarter award to Director of Domestic Operations for Results Frank Weber, Results Recruiter Sharon Pulliam, and Results Site Director Jonathan Bell.

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