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November 19, 2012

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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 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.

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