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November 12, 2012

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Graduate Determined Not to Give Up

Graduate Determined Not to Give Up

Michelle Bidwell is a determined working mom who doesn’t give up. So it was that when she lost her job in retail management due to a back injury, she turned to American National University’s South Bend Campus looking to reinvent herself. She enrolled in the medical coding and billing diploma program in search of a new career.

Not having been in school in 20 years and finding herself challenged by new technology (she admits she hadn’t even had an email account before coming to National), Michelle liked the environment at National. “I liked the class size, I liked the flexibility,” she explained.

Nonetheless, college was a bit of a culture shock at first. “When I first started I was very overwhelmed,” she admitted. Thanks to her instructors—“the teachers were great,” she enthused—she was able to master her studies. One favorite instructor—Director of Healthcare Education Renee Neldon—she found particularly challenging for her Anatomy and Physiology class. Known as a caring but tough instructor, Renee had never given an “A” in this class before—until Michelle came along. “I got the first ‘A’ from her, so that was a huge achievement,” said Michelle.

“Don’t give up,” is the advice Michelle offered for new and current students. “I made dean’s list and I graduated with honors,” she said, “so I think that if I can do it, as a mom who had two teenagers and was working part time…just don’t give up.”

As a busy mom of two teenagers, Michelle Bidwell liked National’s small class size and flexible schedules.

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Campus Recognizes On Assignment Staffing

Campus Recognizes On Assignment Staffing

The Indianapolis Campus recently recognized On Assignment Staffing for their continued support of career education with a plaque naming them a Distinguished Community Employer.

On Assignment has over 100 employees in medical offices throughout Indiana including American National University graduate Alicia Garrett. Mike Elmore, branch manager for On Assignment, likes working with graduates from the Indianapolis Campus. “American National University graduates are highly-skilled and well prepared for the work field.”

This Campus is excited to partner with a company like On Assignment that offers employment opportunities for American National University graduates.

Campus Director James Abraham (left) and Director of Health Care Education Patricia Ridge (right) are pictured presenting a plaque to On Assignment’s Branch Manager Mike Elmore and National graduate and On Assignment employee Alicia Garrett.

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