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Graduate is Hired as Membership Director for Local Chamber

Graduate is Hired as Membership Director for Local Chamber

Michelle Andrews first became interested in attending college right out of high school, but she got a job at Frito Lay as a packer/trainer instead. While working there, she decided to follow up with her dreams of going to college and enrolled in the business administration-management degree program at the Lynchburg Campus.

“I’m very hands-on when it comes to learning…I learn by doing,” Michelle said, “[What] I found at National is that you could learn by doing.” With her employer’s support, she decided to build on her associate’s degree by enrolling in the business administration-management bachelor’s degree program. The company even helped pay for part of her education.

After a small break from school and a career switch to real estate, Michelle completely dedicated herself to finishing her degree. “My goal was to finish my bachelor’s before I turned 40,” Michelle says. “I turned 39 on May 21, and I graduated with my bachelor’s degree on May 25.”

With help from Career Center Director Nancy Wilcox, who helped her update her resume and look for jobs in her area, Michelle was excited to learn that the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce had an opening for a membership director. “When this position came up, I knew in my heart this is what I wanted. It was just a great fit. It was everything I was looking for,” Michelle says.

She got the job and couldn’t be happier, “This is what I hope I retire doing because I just love it.” Her primary responsibility is to get information out to businesses about the chamber. “I love to be one-on-one and get face-to-face with people,” she says. “I love what I’m doing, so I don’t even consider it working. It’s been a great change for me.”

When Michelle Andrews (pictured) decided that she wanted a better life and made the commitment to put education first in her life, she was rewarded immeasurably.

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Campus Helps Students and Graduates Find a Job through Career Fair

Campus Helps Students and Graduates Find a Job through Career Fair

On Tuesday, October 2nd, the Knoxville Campus held a career fair with approximately eleven area employers represented. Many students and graduates filled the hallways in hopes of getting their foot-in-the-door.

Resource Accounting was well represented at the career fair offering on demand seasonal or time specific assignments and temporary to fulltime positions. Medic Regional Blood Center attended to fill positions for phlebotomy and other medical technicians. Southeastern Technology Consultants as well as many other employers were also on hand to fill various job openings requiring a diverse set of skills. As a result, many students and graduates made new contacts, turned in resumes, and some filled out online applications.

With the increase of employer participation and student involvement, the campus is already planning its next career for the near future.

Medical assisting student Sierra Willis is pictured at the job fair talking to a representative from the Peace Corps.

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