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Navy Veteran Turns to National's Online Programs to Prepare for New Career

Navy Veteran Turns to National's Online Programs to Prepare for New Career Explore National's Online Program

Stephen Sutton has already completed two degree programs at National College and he is currently working on his third.

A veteran of the Navy, Stephen knew he wasn’t going to make the military a career. He wanted something different for a career and he knew he would need a college education to move in that direction.

Stephen enrolled in the business administration-accounting associate degree program at the Roanoke Valley Campus and before completing that program he had already begun taking online classes towards the bachelor’s degree program.

“I wanted to get into the business field, and National provided that opportunity,” he explained. “Every business needs a manager and I was looking for a field where I’d have lots of options for careers.”

He finished the online bachelor’s degree program in May but he had formed such a good routine taking online classes that he decided to keep on going. He re-enrolled in the online master of business administration program in September.

While he enjoys in-class learning, Stephen also appreciates the value of online classes as well. He said that it is National’s small class sizes, instructor-attentiveness, and one-on-one learning environment that he enjoys most, both online and in the classroom. “You have to be more disciplined when taking online classes because you don’t have the privilege of having the instructor right in front of you.”

But the deciding factor for Stephen to re-enroll in another online program was the convenience factor. “You can work your classes around your schedule [and] it saves on gas,” he said of his experience. “You still get the same small class size, the attentiveness from teachers; it has the same feel as learning in a classroom.”

After completing his master’s degree program, Stephen plans to move back home to New York and pursue a career in banking. With his degrees from National, he is not worried about finding a job in a competitive area. “National has definitely given me the tools I need to compete, to stand out, and look better on black and white.”

Stephen Sutton, graduate of two degrees and current student in the online MBA program, is pictured at the Roanoke Valley Campus wearing his new college sweatshirt.

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Campus Opens Doors to the Community

Campus Opens Doors to the Community

The Stark County Campus recently hosted a community event for students, faculty, staff, and residents of Stark County. To prepare for this event, students helped to decorate their department doors with a theme related to their program. Medical assisting students had fun decorating their medical lab with a skeleton and bone pieces. They were able to reinforce their medical terms training as they picked a bone and labeled it for the decoration.

The community collaboration included a booth for the Stark County Sheriff’s Department, who brought their “Ident-A-Kid” equipment to finger print and photograph children. Massillon Chiropractic Group gave free chair massages. Once Upon a Child, who partnered with First American Loans, participated with games and other activities geared to children. A-1 Japan Steakhouse provided a delicious array of sushi and other treats for everyone’s sampling delight.

Also during this community event, Absolute Health Services administered flu shots and took blood pressures and Lifeshare Blood Services accepted blood donations. Several medical assisting students stopped by the bloodmobile for some one-on-one time with Lifeshare employees and learned what to expect in the field. Sara Floyd, a student in the medical assisting degree program, attended the event with her son. She said, “I enjoyed getting some advice and helpful information from LifeShare.”

Sarah Floyd (pictured) enjoyed the Stark County Campus community event and blood drive.

Campus Helps Students and Graduates Network with Potential Employers

Campus Helps Students and Graduates Network with Potential Employers

On November 7th, the Cincinnati Campus held a career fair with 15 different employers from the greater Cincinnati area. The event was open to the community, prospective students, current students, and graduates.

Sheresa Dudley, student in the medical assisting degree program, liked participating in her first American National University career fair. “I was happy to see employers were interested in American National University and the students here,” she said. Sheresa was one of many current students to get an interview from the career fair. She interviewed for a medical assistant position with Lifeline Screening on November 9th.

Walt Gibson, recruiter for Tri-State Insurance and Employment Agency, said he makes sure to attend every career fair that the campus has. This time he was looking to fill a sales position. He hired student Mariah Judd just a few days later.

“It turned into such a better opportunity than I could have imagined,” said Mariah. “None of it would have happened if [Mr. Gibson] wasn’t at our career fair.”

The campus is already planning its next career fair to be held in March.

Students are pictured speaking with a recruiter from a local company about outside sales. They were excited to learn about the possibility of becoming your own boss.

Campus Offers Job Searching Workshop and Assistance to the Virtual Career Fair

Campus Offers Job Searching Workshop and Assistance to the Virtual Career Fair

On September 27, the Columbus Campus gave their students another opportunity to sharpen their job search skills. First, a job search workshop was held, where students were coached on how to go about applying for jobs and how to conduct themselves during an interview. Afterward, they were able to sign in to a virtual career fair organized by Champions of Diversity, an organization that is partnered with Ohio Means Jobs.

The event was praised by students, with business administration-management student Shenita Kimbrough pointing out that it made browsing for available job openings effective and efficient. She said that the fair enlightened, encouraged, and motivated her job search, and gave her confidence in succeeding in the job market.

Shenita Kimbrough (pictured) said the virtual career fair was a great source of information for her as she prepares to enter the job market.

Difference Maker - Dorie Bush - Receptionist and Lead Manager

Difference Maker - Dorie Bush - Receptionist and Lead Manager

Dorie Bush at the South Bend Campus

Receptionist and Lead Manager

American National University staff member since the opening of the South Bend Campus in 2010

Dorie previously worked at a real estate company for 24 years.

When she considered working for the campus which was brand new, she said, “I thought it would be very exciting to be a part of something new in our area. This position was a perfect fit for me and I felt like I was a perfect fit for the South Bend Campus.

“My favorite times are when a student who didn’t think they could do it gets an ‘A’ in a course. They always come running out to my desk to tell me first. Just seeing the look of pride on their face that they did something that people told them they could never do makes it all worthwhile. I feel like it’s a reward to myself and the entire staff here that we helped them achieve this dream and this goal.”

Campus Director John Herman said Dorie has been the voice and the face of the campus since its opening in June of 2010: “She has a cheery, friendly attitude, knows all the students and faculty by name, and just creates an overall positive atmosphere here on campus. If you’re talking about Difference Makers, that position is one that can make or break a campus, and she has done a great job and deserves some recognition.”

Student Creative Writer Plans for Career in Medical Field

Student Creative Writer Plans for Career in Medical Field

Jennifer Price is a student in the pharmacy technician diploma program at the Lynchburg Campus. Her passion is creative writing but she also enjoys helping people which is why she chose to study for a career in the pharmacy field. She wrote her first poem when she was in the 10th grade. She wrote more poems in the last few years as she was going through some life changes. “I like to write about love,” says Jennifer. “Because I’ve had a past of abuse, neglect, and hurt, I like to write about love and things that will inspire the mind and mend the heart.”

After finishing her collection of inspirational poems, Jennifer got in touch with a publisher in Richmond, Virginia, who became interested in her work. This year her first book, “Will I Ever Find Freedom,” was published.

She will graduate in 2013, the same year her second book, “Friends are Forever,” is set to be published. She is planning to continue her education in another medical-related program and says no matter what she does, she just wants to help people. “[I want to] let people know it does not matter where you come from, you can change as you get older.”

Jennifer Price is pictured holding her first published book.

Students Get Hands-On in the Pharmacy

Students Get Hands-On in the Pharmacy

Students in the pharmacy technician program at the Charlottesville Campus recently traveled to the pharmacy at Martin’s in Staunton, Virginia to spend some time in a real-world environment. The field trip was packed with hands-on learning as students were allowed to practice counting pills and process a prescription order from start to finish.

Student Maurice Jackson said the experience was a great way to practice what he has learned in the classroom. “It also prepared me for what to expect during my externship,” he said, adding that he became familiar with the computer system, viewing patient profiles and history, verifying insurance, and practicing the daily operations of a retail pharmacy.

This one-day experience and its outcome support the value of the externship requirement in National’s pharmacy technician program.

Maurice Jackson is pictured securing a drug label as he completes filling a prescription.

Students Build Résumé and Networking Skills in October

Students Build Résumé and Networking Skills in October

During the month of October, students at the Parkersburg Campus participated in a résumé workshop. In anticipation of the upcoming Career Expo, the workshop was designed to assist students with creating a new résumé or updating an existing one. Michael Parkhurst, a student in the office technology professional program, attended the workshop and found it to be very helpful, “The workshop really helped me understand the do’s and don’ts of writing a great looking professional résumé,” he says.

Career Center Director Ginger McConnell’s main goal for this workshop was to provide students with various résumé formats. “Our students bring to the table a variety of work and educational experiences,” she explained. “It’s important for them to understand and utilize the most appropriate format to showcase their skills to a potential future employer.”

In addition to the résumé workshop, students also participated in the campus’s bi-annual career expo. Sixteen businesses and organizations participated in the expo to meet with students, graduates, and community members. Ginger was pleased with the turnout and response from employers, “The students have been very positive about their experiences at the expo,” she said, “and I have received wonderful feedback from the employers who are excited to work with the Parkersburg Campus in a variety of ways in the future.”

Career Center Director Ginger McConnell is pictured talking to Michael Parkhurst and other workshop attendees about résumé formats.

Campus Director and Students Get Dirty for a Cause

Campus Director and Students Get Dirty for a Cause

On Saturday, November 2nd, students and staff from the Danville, Virginia Campus participated in the Dirty Dan Dash – a fundraiser that benefited the Danville Youth Athletic Scholarship Fund. Campus Director Mark Evans formed a team with students Will Holley, Lucas Holt, and Michelle Roberson to support this community event.

The Dash consisted of a 3.7-mile run filled with obstacles, 34-degree water, hills, creek-crossings, and mud. Approximately 186 people participated in the event that was sponsored by the Danville Parks and Recreation and many other local sponsors, including National College.

Jim Gillispie and Laura Holley provided logistical support and represented National College at the after-race events. According to Will Holley, “This is something I definitely want to do again.”

Campus Director Mark Evans is pictured after the Dirty Dan Dash with students (l to r) Will Holley, Michelle Roberson, and Lucas Holt.

Veteran Finds Comfort in Fellow Veterans at National College

Veteran Finds Comfort in Fellow Veterans at National College

Jason Stewart was serving his country as an Army sergeant on active duty in Iraq when on April 27, 2010 his life was forever changed--his truck was struck by an IED that killed his best friend and an interpreter and wounded two others. “A lot of the blame was inward but I’ve realized that I had no control over that and I did everything that I could,” said Jason who was the commander of the lead vehicle when the explosion occurred.

When he left the army and enrolled at the Florence Campus using the Post 911 Montgomery GI Bill, he was having a tough time making the transition back to civilian life. “[During] my first class…I rarely spoke. I had too much going on in my mind-- I was on edge, hypervigilant, and I was just worried about school itself and everything else,” Jason recalled. But his class in ethics began to help him come to terms with his experiences in combat. “It was like I was meant to be there—it definitely helped me cope with the transition and cope with my feelings. That’s what really sold me on American National University.”

Jason also began to meet fellow veterans on campus who supported one another. “I made friends almost immediately and with that came comfort and ease. Most of my friends are veterans…being a veteran and having veterans [who] go here is an absolute benefit,” said Jason. “It makes things a lot easier because you really can’t empathize with a veteran unless you are a veteran yourself…words can’t describe sacrifices made.”

Jason said that he feels American National University understands the needs of veterans because President Frank Longaker is a veteran himself. “It’s got deep military roots. That was part of its appeal, as well—how friendly the staff and faculty and the school itself was to veterans. The president is a veteran—Special Forces Vietnam. He’s done and seen some incredible things. They have an understanding of what it is to be a veteran and the sacrifices that come along with that.”

Jason is thriving in his studies now with a 3.7 grade point average in his business administration-management and office technology professional programs. “American National University sees me as I [am] now—not who I was before so I didn’t have to try and be anything else. I just have to be me,” he explained. He isn’t sure what direction his career will take when he graduates next year but he said that he would like for it to be one that will make a difference in other’s lives. “I don’t want it to be just another job. I want it to change people’s lives. Working for American National University would even be something that I’d be interested in because it changed my life. I love the college for that reason.”

Jason Stewart is pictured speaking during the Florence Campus’s Constitution Day Ceremony in September about his experience serving in Iraq.

Medical Students Learn How to Save Lives

Medical Students Learn How to Save Lives

Students from the Pikeville Campus recently participated in a CPR certification course facilitated by Director of Health Care Education Wilma Storey. All students in the medical assisting and nursing programs must obtain their CPR certification before they start their externship and clinical site training.

Wilma held two sessions that included hands-on training. The students were able to work with adult and child size instruments and mannequins to be prepared for any size patient. Nursing student Hollie Gray said, "As a mother of a young child, I feel the critical information and techniques of CPR are vital for any parent to acquire in today’s society. I am thankful that American National University gave me this opportunity that may someday save a life."

Nursing student Hollie Gray is pictured practicing her life-saving techniques during CPR training.

Students Get Behind-the-Scenes Access at Local Hospital

Students Get Behind-the-Scenes Access at Local Hospital

On Tuesday, October 23rd, students in the Richmond Campus’s medical programs went on a field trip to get a behind-the-scenes look at a hospital. They visited Baptist Health and toured the different departments within the facility.

During the tour, staff members from the lab and radiology explained the different procedures and equipment they use on a daily basis. On the medical/surgical and labor/delivery floors, the students examined a patient room and delivery room from a medical staff member’s perspective. In the surgical department, the students were able to talk to Surgical Technologist Cathy Walls, whose passion for her job motivated the students to do their best. Cathy has been working in surgery for many years and loves her job.

Medical assisting student Brian Lowery said he was glad to get this access to the hospital’s operations. “I enjoyed seeing things that I have only read about in the textbooks,” he said. This experience broadened the students’ perspective as to what kind of career they can pursue with their education.

Surgical Technologist Cathy Walls is pictured on the far left talking to American National University students about the surgical department at Baptist Health.

Campus Sends Holiday Cheer to Soldiers Serving Overseas

Campus Sends Holiday Cheer to Soldiers Serving Overseas

Students from the Lexington Campus recently partnered with Michael’s Arts and Crafts to send homemade Christmas cards to soldiers serving overseas. Instructor Randie Barnett organized the project which was held in conjunction with the campus’s fall festival. Randie and the participating students hope that their efforts will help brighten the holidays of the service men and women who receive them. In all, over 350 cards were collected by Michael’s.

“It is an honor to be able to give back to soldiers that are serving our country and to show love and support for what they do for our country every day,” said Jennifer Nuckels, a student who participated in the project. “Their lives are in jeopardy and if it takes a card to show our support I think everyone should get involved and send cards – even if it is just to say thank you for your service—that means a lot.”

Students (l to r) Sharnika Davis-Jackson, Lashantia Nichols, Jennifer Nuckels, and Stephanie Cox created homemade Christmas cards to help brighten the holidays for soldiers serving overseas.

Campus Declares October as "Medical Department Month"

Campus Declares October as

October was declared “Medical Department Month” at the Louisville Campus and on Monday, October 29th, a Health Fair was held to showcase projects made by students in the pharmacy technician, medical billing and coding, and medical assisting programs. The exhibits and demonstrations covered subjects such as the health detriments of the over-abundance of sugar in the American diet; the health benefits of XBOX dance and exercise programs; the growth and development of a newborn; and the effect that a single digit medical coding mistake can have on a medical insurance claim.

Latonya Lord, a student from the pharmacy technician program, presented an exhibit on sleep apnea and its negative health effects and the use of melatonin to treat the disorder. She also created an exhibit about the abuse of over-the-counter drugs. She cited ephedrine and DXM, a drug commonly found in cough syrup, as two over-the-counter drugs which, when abused, can be deadly. “Basically, all over-the-counter drugs started off as prescription medication,” explained Latonya. “Herbal supplements are not regulated by the FDA so they can be really dangerous.”

Latonya Lord, a student in the pharmacy technician program, is pictured with her display on sleep apnea at the Louisville Campus health fair.

National College Celebrates Veterans Day

National College Celebrates Veterans Day

In honor of Veterans Days, all 30 of the National College campuses joined together during the first part of November to celebrate veterans for their sacrifice. As a token of our appreciation for their service, all veterans that are a part of the National College family were given a gift and invited to participate in a Veterans Day ceremony with a guest speaker and refreshments. See below for photos from these events.

Lynn McGhee, MSW, therapist and team leader with the Roanoke Vet Center, spoke to assembled students at the Roanoke Valley Campus about the role of the Vet Center and the important services the center provides to returning combat veterans. With more than 30 years of service to the VA, Mr. McGhee has seen a wide variety of issues faced by veterans, and spoke particularly of the unique challenges faced by combat vets in recent years. Afterward, students, faculty, and staff made their way to the front of the conference center, where they briefly described their own military service and/or the service of family and friends they have known. Veterans in the National College family dating back to the Civil War were honored at the ceremony. National College President Frank Longaker is pictured presenting an engraved pen and pencil set to a student at the Roanoke Valley Campus.

Campus Director Bill Baker is pictured with veterans at the Lynchburg Campus (left to right, in back) Steven Ham, Nathaniel Grady, Jesse Gray, Ken Early, (front) June Sandidge, Robert Warrick, and Kalia Carter. Student and veteran June Sandidge said, “We are honored and we appreciate National College taking the time to say ‘thank you’.”

Pictured at the Martinsville Campus ceremony are veterans Justin Mills, James Raheem, Jason Wimbish, Director of Health Care Education Gary Jenkins, Maxine Meyer, and guest speaker Lieutenant Colonel David Hann, Senior JROTC Instructor at Bassett High School.

Department Chair Linda Law spoke to students at the Danville, Virginia Campus Veterans Day ceremony about her father, Lewis Law, who was a survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor. She is pictured (3rd from left) with veterans that attended the ceremony.

Business Director Larry Davis (pictured in uniform) offered a nice tribute as guest speaker during the Harrisonburg Campus Veterans Day ceremony. He is pictured with (l to r) Brian Hoover, Shannon Zalewski, Monique Loving, and Brandon Krusz.

Campus Celebrates Veterans and Fallen Soldier, National Student

Campus Celebrates Veterans and Fallen Soldier, National Student

On Thursday, November 8th, the Florence Campus held a Veteran’s Day Ceremony to recognize and show gratitude to all veterans past and present who have sacrificed so much for our country.

Veteran student Jason Stewart recited the poem “In Flanders Field” which was written by Major John McCrae during World War I. He also recounted the horrific day while serving in Iraq when his unit’s truck was struck by an IED and his best friend made the ultimate sacrifice for his country when he lost his life.

David Charpentier, with the Yellow Ribbon Support Foundation, also spoke during the ceremony. He thanked veterans for their service and shared his passion for preventing veteran suicides which have reached an alarmingly high rate. He said that it is estimated that eighteen veterans take their own lives each day in the United States. David said it was an honor to be a part of the campus’s Veterans Day ceremony. “We appreciate what American National University is doing to recognize veterans,” said David.

The Yellow Ribbon Support Foundation is partnering with the Florence Campus to provide support of a memorial which the campus will soon build in honor of veteran student Daniel Wallace who lost his life while serving in Afghanistan. Daniel’s parents, Kenneth and Karen Wallace, were present for the Veterans Day ceremony and Karen said that they are excited that the memorial is being built in their son’s honor. “He liked this college. He talked about it highly,” she said. The Daniel Wallace Memorial is expected to be dedicated in the Spring of 2013.

David Charpentier, with the Yellow Ribbon Support Foundation, is pictured in the top photo speaking to a crowd at the Florence Campus Veterans Day Ceremony.

Charlotte Brinneman (center), vice president of the American National University Kentucky Campuses, is pictured at the ceremony with Kenneth and Karen Wallace whose son Daniel Wallace, a Florence Campus student, lost his life while serving in Afghanistan.

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