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National Education Begins Career Journey

National Education Begins Career Journey

Jennifer Rose-Hensley, a graduate from the Richmond Campus, has always wanted to work in the medical field to help others. Thanks to American National University, she’s doing just that. Jennifer came to American National University just a year after graduating from high school. “I needed something that allowed me to work full time and be able to still get an education. National fit that picture,” she explained.

She completed the medical secretary diploma program – which has evolved into today’s medical office specialist program -- in about a year and she was hired a few weeks before graduation as a clinical associate at Marcum and Wallace Memorial Hospital in Irvine, Kentucky. As a clinical associate, her duties were varied and she could be found working as a unit secretary, an emergency room technician, or at the registration desk of the hospital.

When the hospital opened a sleep lab in 2006, respiratory therapist Keith Claypoole CRT, RPSGT-RST, knew that Jennifer was the employee that he wanted working by his side as his assistant. “I knew she was very energetic, very intelligent,” said Mr. Claypoole who manages the lab. “She’s been awesome. She goes above and beyond what most sleep technicians would actually do to care for her patients.”

Now as a registered polysomnographic technologist (RPSGT), she is working in the sleep lab at Marcum and Wallace where she’s helping to make a difference in the lives of others every day.

In the sleep lab, Jennifer works with patients suffering from conditions such as sleep apnea, narcolepsy, restless leg syndrome, and obesity hyperventilation syndrome. She also conducts electroencephalograms and electrocardiograms.

“I have a good supervisor and a good staff that I work with. I couldn’t ask for more,” said Jennifer. “I love working close to home especially because the people that I take care of are my friends, family-- people I’ve known my whole life. I’m just thankful that I have the opportunity to make the difference that I do.”

Jennifer Rose-Hensley is pictured in the sleep lab at Marcum and Wallace Memorial Hospital where she works as a polysomnographic technologist.

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National Helped Graduate Change Careers in her Fifties

National Helped Graduate Change Careers in her Fifties

JoAnn “Jodi” Coulter, who graduated from a medical assisting degree program at the Danville, Kentucky Campus in 2007, is working for Dr. Mary Lagrew’s pediatrics practice as head certified medical assistant.

She has a master’s degree in education but she decided to change careers when she was working as a mental health counselor. Many of the credits from her other degrees transferred to National, which significantly shortened her program. Although she was nervous about returning to school at the age of 50, she made the Dean’s List and graduated with honors.

As head certified medical assistant, Jodi is involved in every aspect of the clinical side of the practice and she also assists with administrative work in the front office. Jodi said that, now that she assists with hiring medical assistants for the practice, she values the advice that she got from her instructors about interviewing. She encourages students to work hard and be professional when they’re searching for employment. “You can’t depend on the school alone to make you better you’ve got to put effort forth,” she said.

Pam Ward, another medical assisting graduate from the Danville Campus, was recently hired by Dr. Lagrew’s office after Jodi suggested that the office contact National to find candidates for their job opening. You can read Pam’s success story in the September 17, 2012 issue of the National News.

Jodi Coulter is pictured at Dr. Mary Lagrew’s pediatric office where she is working as the head certified medical assistant.

Student Finds Employment Through On-Campus Interviews

Student Finds Employment Through On-Campus Interviews

On Wednesday, September 26th, Mike Rader, field service manager for Calloway Labs, visited the Lexington Campus to conduct on-campus interviews for field service representative positions. Brittney Ison, a medical assisting student who has one term left to complete in her program, was one of the students who participated in the interviews. She was selected to return for a second interview that was conducted on campus via web-cam with the assistant director of human resources from Calloway Labs’ home office in Boston, Massachusetts. Brittney was offered a job with Calloway Labs the following day.

“I’m very excited,” exclaimed Brittney who worked as a waitress before coming to American National University. “I was worried about having to look [for a job] after I graduated so this took a huge burden off my shoulders.” She appreciated the help of Career Center Director Cheryl Howell who assisted her with her resume and sat up her interview with Calloway. “She was so helpful; without her, I probably wouldn’t have this opportunity,” said Brittney.

Eastern Kentucky is Calloway Labs busiest region in the U.S., where they provide drug screening to over 40 clinics and medical offices. Mr. Rader said that he has been working with the American National University career centers for about a year and that he has hired a number of American National University graduates and students for positions with Calloway Labs. “The number one thing that I look for is character. The various applicants that I’ve hired from American National University…have had great character,” said Mr. Radar. “I look for someone who is honest, has integrity, someone who looks me in the eye, is very straight forward and has attention to detail,” he explained, adding that he will continue to turn to American National University career centers when he has positions to fill.

Mike Rader from Calloway Labs is pictured assisting Brittney Ison as she prepares for a web-cam interview.

Surgical Technology Students Attend Cosmetic Surgery Seminar

Surgical Technology Students Attend Cosmetic Surgery Seminar

On Thursday September 13th, students from the Florence Campus Surgical Procedures II class attended a seminar presented by Dr. Christopher N. Vashi of the Plastic Surgery Group. During the seminar, Dr. Vashi presented the Newest Trends in Cosmetic Surgery and held a general question and answer session. Topics varied from skin treatment such as Botox to surgical enhancements of the entire body.

Glen Comstock, a student in the surgical technology program, said that he thoroughly enjoyed Dr. Vashi’s presentation on the newest trends in cosmetic surgery. “It was informative and provided insight into the latest techniques used in the clinical field,” he said.

Diana Fahey, another student who attended the seminar, also felt that it was a great learning experience. “The seminar was very informative on the newest trends in plastic surgery,” she said. “It was nice getting out of the classroom to learn about new trends that I may see in surgery,” she said.

Dr. Christopher Vashi (center) is picture with surgical technology students Glen Comstock (left) and Diana Fahey (right).

Louisville Campus Celebrates Surgical Technologist Week

Louisville Campus Celebrates Surgical Technologist Week

The Louisville Campus celebrated Surgical Technologist Week September 16-22 to raise awareness of the profession and to show support of students in the degree program. Surgical technologists play an important role in the operating room where they prepare instruments, maintain a sterile environment and assist doctors during surgeries. The associate’s degree program at the Louisville Campus, as at many other American National University campuses, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs and students sit for the Certified Surgical Technologist exam during their program.

The surgical technology program was acknowledged throughout the week in a variety of ways including a campus-wide pizza party which featured games and prizes. Donations of canned goods were also collected for a local charity. In addition, the department provided breakfast to the Jewish Hospital operating room staff to show appreciation of their partnership with the campus. Jewish Hospital is one of the primary sites at which the campus’s surgical technology students conduct clinical rotations where they gain valuable hands-on experience in their field.

Surgical technology student Betty Carr said that she appreciated that the program and her new profession were being acknowledged by the campus. “It made us feel that our role as a surgical technologist is very important and that we are [highly] regarded at National.” She is in the last term of her program and is very excited about getting started in her new career. “I feel that what I’ve learned in the time that I’ve been at National— I can truly apply it in the field—which I do every day in my externship.”

Surgical technology program director Stephanie Walker (left), surgical technology student Betty Carr (center), and instructor Teresa Ray (right) accepted canned food donations during the Surgical Technology Week.

Campus Hosts Professional Development Workshop for Small Business Leaders

Campus Hosts Professional Development Workshop for Small Business Leaders

The Dayton Area Campus recently held the 11th SCORE Small Business Success Breakfast Workshop and Roundtable. SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow, and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. Every three months the campus hosts small business owners and managers for breakfast and, along with SCORE representatives, offers presentations on a variety of key topics that affect them. Examples of the topics presented include “Generating and Managing Cash Flow,” “Developing a Business Plan,” “Winning Customer Service,” and “Developing and Expanding a Niche.”

Bob Abadie, the campus’s business chair, said, “SCORE has been a significant partner for our campus. They have been an externship site in the past and are a member of our Business Advisory Board. These workshops have been an important part of our partnership, giving us an opportunity to serve and benefit local businesses and build business relationships.”

John Glaser, pictured speaking to SCORE workshop participants, is a faculty member at the campus and has owned five successful businesses.

Campus Helps Students and Graduates Find Jobs Through Job Fair

Campus Helps Students and Graduates Find Jobs Through Job Fair

The Cleveland Campus hosted a well-received job fair with several local employers attending and many American National University students taking part. Organized by Career Center Director Michael Lyons, many representatives from area employers attended to meet with students. Employers included a US Army Recruiting Team, Huntington Bank, Speedway Gasoline Stations, Giant Eagle Grocery Stores, and Office Temps, Inc. They were armed with many brochures and other articles of interest that were of significance to the students, but gathering business cards and submitting résumés were of prime importance. Students were well-dressed and prepared for any questions that were asked of them.

Student Chris Harris, a student in the medical assistant degree program said, “It is important for us to get out there and get our faces known among these employers. I’m glad American National University set this up for us.” Business student Cora Brown added, “This is great. I’ll be at every job fair I can, collecting information!”

Student Chris Harris is pictured at the Cleveland Campus job fair visiting the Office Temps booth.

Student Gets Clear Vision of Future Business with Help from Instructors

Student Gets Clear Vision of Future Business with Help from Instructors

Melvin Thomas, a business administration student at the Columbus Campus, now has a clear vision of what he wants out of his professional life. On September 27th, he attended a career fair at the Aladdin Shrine Center in Columbus and was able to network with representatives from area banks. He also met with William Carter from Increase CDC - a nonprofit organization that helps small businesses get started. In a previous meeting with Mr. Carter, Melvin learned about foreclosure cleanup, which inspired his new career goal.

Melvin hopes to start up a business that works on foreclosed homes and gets them more presentable so that banks can sell them quickly. When he was at the career fair, he explained this to the representatives from the banks that he spoke to and he learned that they might be a resource for him when he gets his business started. He discovered that it is more likely they will make referrals for him since he will work primarily with real estate brokers who will guide him to homes that need to be cleaned up.

Melvin was really glad he attended the career fair. “The event was nice,” he said. “I got to do a lot of networking.” He said he knew very little about his choice for his business when he started attending National, but he has gained a lot of knowledge that has helped shape his career goals.

Melvin Thomas is pictured at a career fair with former Instructor William Carter who inspired his new career goals.

Campus Names Dr. Jana Peters as a Distinguished Community Employer

Campus Names Dr. Jana Peters as a Distinguished Community Employer

The Princeton Campus recently recognized Dr. Jana Peters for her continued support of career education with a plaque naming her a Distinguished Community Employer.

Dr. Peters owns New Hope Family Practice, a walk-in clinic in Princeton with approximately 20 employees, including office manager and National College graduate Lillie Poole. Dr. Peters has employed over 13 National College graduates in different capacities.

Dr. Peters said that National graduates are top notch employees and when she has a job opening she contacts the campus for potential candidates. The campus is appreciative for the numerous employment opportunities Dr. Peters and her staff provides to National graduates.

In the attached photo, Brenda Stinson (left) of the Princeton Campus presents a plaque of appreciation to Dr. Jana Peters.

Students Are Inspired to Begin Their New Careers

Students Are Inspired to Begin Their New Careers

Angela Johnson, a new student in the medical assisting degree program at the Lynchburg Campus, was motivated to enroll at National College so she could advance her career. “I want to move to a higher level job instead of being on the bottom of the totem pole,” Angela said.

The Lynchburg Campus recently held an orientation for new students like Angela. Campus Director Bill Baker used this opportunity to challenge students to work hard and use the resources available to them on campus. He also encouraged them to remember why they made the decision to change their lives and stay focused on their career goals. The orientation also offered a time for students to get to know each other and meet faculty and staff.

Dawn Thompson, another new student in the medical assisting program, said that participating in the orientation has put her fears about starting school at ease: “It has made me feel very comfortable about coming to National.” Kenneth Woolfrey, a student in the information systems engineering degree program, agreed with Dawn and said, “I feel better about asking questions.”

Pictured standing are (l to r) students Kenneth Woolfrey, Dion Sewell, Dawn Thompson, Shannon Parrish, Shatisha Parler, Byron Elam, Jennifer Tyree. Seated are Taylor Bucarich and Cheyanne Elliott.

MBA Graduate Uses Skills to Help Others

MBA Graduate Uses Skills to Help Others

Out of Africa isn’t just a movie title any longer. It is a useful phrase to describe the beautiful hand-made crafts that some of Africa’s latest entrepreneurs are selling thanks to Craig Eisenbrown, a graduate in the Master of Business Administration degree program at the Roanoke Valley Campus.

Recently the campus welcomed Craig home from Africa. He founded an organization called On a Wing and a Prayer International (OAWAAPI) in 2012 to assist African entrepreneurs to develop business plans and get their products and services to markets in Africa and abroad. As the President and CEO of OAWAAPI, Craig met with different organizations and mission groups while visiting in Africa this summer. Mothers of Hope - an organization of widows who are searching for livelihoods - was one of the many groups Craig assisted to develop business plans. Of this experience, Craig said, “Not a single one of them came from a business background but after a few days, we had business plans and budgets fixed.”

OAWAAPI will provide many Africans a new start in their communities and ways to access global markets. Craig is eager to return to Africa to continue his work and hopes to expand his OAWAAPI mission to other areas as well. He is looking at places like Myanmar and Saudi Arabia as possible future destinations.

Students in the MBA program and the Political Science class are currently assisting Craig in his efforts to define OAWAAPI’s mission, vision, organizational structure, and non-profit bylaws. Students spent time brainstorming ideas with Craig in a team building event held at the Roanoke campus in September. Student Amber Perrin is one of many students involved with this project. “It is amazing to see and hear how very different cultures are,” she said, adding “I think it is awesome what Craig is doing…very inspirational; we need more people like him.”

If you are interested in learning more about OAWAAPI, please visit the organization’s website at: or join the organization’s followers on Facebook at

Craig Eisenbrown (pictured) is using the skills and knowledge he gained from the MBA program to start a non-profit organization that helps entrepreneurs in Africa.

Students Benefit from Congressman Robert Hurt’s Visit to the Campus

Students Benefit from Congressman Robert Hurt’s Visit to the Campus

On Tuesday, September 25th, Congressman Robert Hurt visited the Danville, Virginia Campus and spoke to the students about current events in Washington, the upcoming elections, and the citizens’ role in politics. He explained that, not only is it their right to vote, it is their responsibility. He discussed his role in representing the 5th district and gave specific examples of things he is doing to help the area.

During his visit, Congressman Hurt praised the work that National is doing in Danville saying, “I recognize the results-driven approach that National College uses not only to educate students but to prepare them for careers.” After his presentation, he spent time answering questions from students that ranged from his position on ethanol, to protecting access to education, and protecting veterans’ access to educational benefits.

Congressman Robert Hurt is pictured in the Student Lounge at the Danville Campus talking to students, faculty, and staff.

Campus Hosts Leadership Development Program for Area Leaders

Campus Hosts Leadership Development Program for Area Leaders

On Tuesday, October 2, the Martinsville Campus hosted the education component of the 2012 Leadership Development Program sponsored by the Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce. This leadership development course is offered to business representatives and professionals in the area who wish to improve their leadership skills by exposing the participants to lectures in leadership goals and techniques, along with workshops addressing the key institutions of local government, law enforcement, education, community services, economic development, and media. Campus Director John Scott began the meeting by reviewing changes in the local economy and explaining National College’s mission to train and educate individuals in general and specific fields for new careers. He also discussed the successful efforts of the college in placing graduates into career positions, which fulfills the mission of the college. John’s opening remarks were followed by representatives of other schools and colleges in the area. At the conclusion of the workshop, the participants applauded the speakers for providing a good description of the education systems and opportunities available in Martinsville and Henry County.

Campus Director John Scott is pictured talked to participants of the local chamber’s Leadership Development program.

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