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Pharmacy Tech Graduates are Hired in Local Pharmacies

Pharmacy Tech Graduates are Hired in Local Pharmacies

Michele Johnson was recently hired at Omnicare Pharmacy Services, which is a national multi-service pharmacy and long-term care supplier. Michele graduated from the pharmacy technician diploma program at the Madison Campus in August and is currently enrolled in the health information technology (HIT) program.

Her primary job at Ominicare will be data entry for prescriptions and other healthcare records, which will allow her to use the skills she learned from her education. “National gave me the skills to do the job,” she said enthusiastically.

Marissa Harper also graduated from the campus’s pharmacy technician program and just got a job with CVS Pharmacy. She first worked for CVS as an extern and, according to her supervisor, Marissa will make a great addition to the team. Her responsibilities are greeting customers and filling prescriptions.

Graduate Marissa Harper is pictured in the top photo at her new job at CVS. Graduate Michele Johnson, pictured in the bottom photo, is newly employed with Omnicare Pharmacy Services.

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Students Become Certified in Growing Field

Students Become Certified in Growing Field

Two students in the pharmacy technician associate’s degree program at the Youngstown Campus recently passed the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE). Barbara Doll-Jackson and Dina Gori have finished their program and are now certified which is a requirement for many employers.

Before enrolling at American National University, Barbara and Dina were both unemployed and looking for new careers in a growing field. They liked the variety of programs offered at the Youngstown Campus and the job placement rate.

Armed with the skills and knowledge they acquired from their classes and their externships that offered a real working experience, both women are now prepared to enter the work force. Barbara is already employed at Rite Aid Pharmacy, while Dina is looking to further her education and training by specializing in institutional or compounding pharmacy. They are excited about the future of the pharmacy profession and their roles in it.

Pictured are newly certified pharmacy technicians Barbara Doll-Jackson (left) and Dina Gori (right).

Veterans are Honored During Special Event

Veterans are Honored During Special Event

On November 14th, the Columbus Campus showed its appreciation for veterans with a special event in honor of Veterans Day. Campus Director Wesley Smith invited Master Sergeant Lawrence Wright, Air National Guard Recruiter, to the campus to speak to the students, staff, and faculty about the importance of honoring veterans and the sacrifices that veterans make. He stressed that a simple “thank you” can mean a lot to a veteran.

“When I’m at McDonald’s in my uniform and someone approaches me and thanks me for my service, it makes me feel good,” said Master Sergeant Wright as he encouraged everyone to be thankful to service members for what they do.

The students, staff, and faculty really got a lot out of Master Sergeant Wright’s presentation, especially the veterans who also shared their military experiences like student Dominique Wynn. “It was a real honor,” said Dominique of his experience in the Aarmy, “and I would do it all again.”

Instructor Lonnell Johnson, who entered the Army in 1967, said his time in service ignited his passion for teaching. He is pictured on the left with guest speaker Master Sergeant Wright, Dominique Wynn, and Ken Lee.

Medical Assisting Graduate Passes Certification Exam with a Perfect Score

Medical Assisting Graduate Passes Certification Exam with a Perfect Score

Adelaide Warnock, a graduate from the medical assisting degree program at the Bartlett Campus, recently passed the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) exam with a perfect score.

Adelaide was a stay-at-home mom to her three children while her husband served in the military. After living in a lot of locations, she decided to go to college when the opportunity presented itself. “I chose to pursue a career in medical assisting because of my grandmother,” said Adelaide as she explained how her grandmother said she would be a good fit in the medical field.

Adelaide chose National College because of its reputation. “I [lived] in Southwest Virginia and the main campus for National College was located there. I knew National had a good reputation and it had been around since the 1800s.” She also liked that the campus had small classes. “The actual classroom setting is also important to me.”

Passing the RMA exam with a 100% score is not common. The knowledge she gained from the classroom combined with the skills she learned during her externship helped Adelaide achieve this impressive score. She graduated from her program in November and has already received a job offer.

Adelaide Warnock is pictured with a letter from the American Medical Technologists showing her test results.

Graduate Shares Entrepreneurial Success with Management Students

Graduate Shares Entrepreneurial Success with Management Students

Sam Shumate, a graduate from the business administration-management program at the Bristol Campus, turned his hobby of remote controlled cars into a successful business. He created a business plan, rented a space in the Bristol Mall, and opened a new business named Renegade R/C. He sells remote controlled cars, trucks, boats, helicopters, and planes in the store as well as online. Renegade R/C also services broken vehicles and sells parts. Currently, he is also working on creating the only indoor remote control race track in the country located right outside his store in the mall corridor. He said business is good and he already has plans to expand.

Sam said his education at National helped him with this successful business venture. “The marketing classes were very beneficial as well as the management class where one of our assignments was to develop a business plan,” he explained.

Instructor Jonathon Worley was so impressed with Sam’s business that he thought his current students in the Principles of Management class could learn a lot from his example. They visited Sam’s store and listened as he explained the importance of a creative business plan, a target customer base, a solid marketing plan, and hiring good staff members.

Sam Shumate is pictured speaking to fellow National College students about his business.

Graduate Returns to National College to Fulfill New Career Goal

Graduate Returns to National College to Fulfill New Career Goal

In November, student Anthony Slaughter stopped by the career center at the Lynchburg Campus to report that he had gotten a promotion. He is now a lead direct support professional for Heart Havens - a nonprofit organization that offers support to adults with physical and intellectual disabilities.

Anthony graduated from the information systems engineering degree program in February 2011. When he first enrolled, he had a strong interest in information technology but while attending college, he also began working for Heart Havens as a resident aid and direct support professional where his primary duties were to assist individuals with physical and intellectual challenges.

“As I started to gain experience in the healthcare setting, I began to notice how I was enjoying the type of work I was doing and how I was becoming a positive impact in the lives of the clients I served,” Anthony said. “As I have been involved in the healthcare field for the past six years, I have discovered this is a better career fit for me.”

Anthony’s job inspired him to change careers. He knew he would need more education so he turned to National College again and enrolled in the health care management bachelor’s degree program in December 2011. With almost a year of studies behind him, his employer has noticed his ambition and gave him a promotion.

In his new role at Heart Havens, Anthony Slaughter (pictured) has supervisory responsibilities. He is also responsible for planning and implementing activities, managing finances, and setting up budgets.

CVS Pharmacies Named Distinguished Community Employer

CVS Pharmacies Named Distinguished Community Employer

The Danville, Virginia Campus recently presented the Distinguished Community Employer Award to CVS Caremark for their continued support of the campus’s pharmacy technician program.

CVS is Danville’s largest pharmacy provider and has numerous locations throughout Southside Virginia. They have provided extern opportunities for pharmacy technician students for many years. In addition, graduates of the program are currently employed in almost every CVS facility in the Danville and South Boston areas.

Corporate Trainer Penny Montgomery stated during the award presentation that National College has the best pharmacy technician program in the area and the students who graduate from the program are very well qualified. Penny has also been an integral part of the success of our students as an instructor for the campus.

Danville Campus Career Center Director Jim Gillispie (left) and Director of Health Care Education Gail Orr (right) are pictured presenting a plaque to Penny Montgomery with CVS Pharmacies.

Lucille Sisk – Difference Maker at the Princeton Campus

Lucille Sisk – Difference Maker at the Princeton Campus

Lucille Sisk at the Princeton Campus. She is pictured accepting her 20-year service award from Vice President Lenora Downing.

Instructor of Microsoft Office, Desktop Applications, Spreadsheet Applications, Preparatory Math, Business Math, Dosages and Calculations of Medications, Visual Basic, and Web Page Design courses


  • National College faculty member since 1989
  • Worked as data processing manager at Virginia Foods for 10 years

Received associate’s degree in computer science and bachelor’s degree in math from Bluefield State College

The vast majority of our students work so hard. They have jobs, families, kids, as well as school and manage to juggle it and come out ahead. They are committed to their education and improving their possibilities for life.

On our campus, the faculty works together. If we have a problem or question, we know there is always someone we can consult with or bounce ideas off. There is a concern on our campus for the students and their progress and for each other.

Students Ambassadors Assist Potential Employers at Career Fair

Students Ambassadors Assist Potential Employers at Career Fair

When 36 employers arrived at the Roanoke Valley Campus’s career fair they were met by student ambassadors who helped them set up and prepare to meet with job seekers. Graduates Stephanie Warren and Sonya Wisniswski and students Kathy Goode and Charles Mandakis were volunteers during the career fair and got a behind-the-scenes look of how an event like this comes together. They learned the importance of professionalism and first impressions.

During the career fair, National College graduates and students had the opportunity to talk with these potential employers about the available jobs within their company. The event was also open to the public. Over a dozen students and graduates were offered positions as a result of their participation.

Ed Perin, a representative from On the Path, Inc., is one of many employers that was glad to participate: “I go to many career fairs throughout the valley and I can assure you that no one treats us as well as we are treated at National.”

Career Center Director Kristal Bushong was pleased by the success of the event. She said, “It is exciting to see new employers come to this career fair and so many employers ready to hire.”

Career Center Director Kristal Bushong is pictured (center) during the career fair with students ambassadors Sonya Wisniewski, Stephanie Warren, Kathy Goode, Charles Mandakis, and Samantha Weddle.

Graduate Found National to Be Door of Opportunity

Graduate Found National to Be Door of Opportunity

Michelle Rogers, a graduate from the Lexington Campus, recently began working as a registered medical assistant for Baptist Physicians Lexington (BPL). She was offered the job while working at the BPL Richmond office as an extern.

Michelle was a stay-at-home mom for 14 years before coming to National. She was not sure where to turn at first when she found out that she would have to provide for herself and her daughters. “It was really scary for me to think ‘I need to get out there in the job market,’” she recalled. “For me, National was an opportunity just waiting to happen. I just had to open up the door. Once I did everything was here.”

Michelle rotates between 5 BPL offices including pediatrics, neurology, cardiology, and family practices. During her externship, she was quickly immersed in the office’s routine and she felt well-prepared for the challenge. She assists patients to their rooms, takes their vitals, draws blood, gives injections, and conducts EKGs. “Medical assisting is wonderful and I love all the hands on,” she said adding that she feels that physicians are hiring more and more medical assistants because of the large variety of clinical and administrative tasks that they are trained to perform.

Michelle said that completing her associate’s degree and earning her registered medical assisting certification wouldn’t have been possible without the strong support of the staff and faculty at the Lexington Campus, especially Director of Health Care Education Jessica Hart and Career Center Director Cheryl Howell.

“It gets tough at times. She’s a wonderful director. She always was there for me to pick me up,” she said of Jessica. “There’s definitely help here for you and I think that’s pretty awesome.”

Now that she has a degree and a new career, Michelle Rogers (pictured) has a new sense of self-confidence. “I wanted to be able to take care of myself and I wanted to be able to take care of my girls.”

Students Offer Free Computer Services During Campus PC Clinic

Students Offer Free Computer Services During Campus PC Clinic

Students in the information systems engineering degree program at the Florence Campus recently held another PC Clinic since the first one was so successful. Faculty, staff, and students brought in their broken or slow-running computers to be evaluated by the ISE students.

Students Kyle Bowman, Jason Gabbard, Eugene Hurst, Reina Lebron, and Arthur Leopold participated in the clinic with ISE Director Valerie Bowman and Instructor Mamadou Sidibe and evaluated the impaired computers. After the students diagnosed the issue with a device, they optimized the computer through the use of disk-management and virus scanning software. Although the students could not add hardware, they did make recommendations to the computer owners on what hardware and/or software could be upgraded.

The clinic offered an opportunity for ISE students to practice the skills they have learned in their classes. Computer owners got a free service to improve their personal computers. The ISE department plans to have a workshop like this each term.

Students Reina Lebron and Eugene Hurst (sitting left to right) are pictured working on a computer during the PC clinic as Instructor Mamadou Sidibe watches.

Campus Holds Veterans Day Tribute

Campus Holds Veterans Day Tribute

On Thursday, November 15th, the Danville, Kentucky Campus held a Veterans Day Recognition ceremony. During the ceremony, students viewed a moving video titled “Veterans Day Tribute” and Administrative Assistant Angel Doss presented gifts of appreciation to the veterans in attendance.

The campus is honored to have eight veteran students currently enrolled – Brandon Anderson, Chris Garnett, Curtis Johnson, Dan Faulkner, David Crawford, Debra Ashworth, Josh Parsons, and Nick Noland. In addition, staff member Robbie Emerson and instructors David Layton and Lee Wilmot are also veterans. These veterans come to National from almost every branch of the military and they have served during tours of duty and deployments all over the world.

Chris Garnett, a US Army veteran who is enrolled in the office technology professional program using his Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits, said that he chose American National University because of its veteran-friendly service. “[At National,] the instructors care about the students and push them to do their best,” Chris explained.

Veterans Nick Noland and Debra Ashworth are pictured as they accept their gift of appreciation from Administrative Assistant Angel Doss (right).

Student Goes to College 36 Years Later

Student Goes to College 36 Years Later

Dottie Rogers had not been in school for 36 years and she was nervous about going to college, but after talking with a representative from the Richmond Campus during a local career fair, she decided to take the plunge and enroll in school.

Dottie is now just a few months into her business administration-management program and she can’t contain her excitement about National. “Everybody in here has been wonderful,” she said enthusiastically. “My whole life has changed.”

Before coming to National, Dottie had never used a computer. “I couldn’t even turn one on,” she recalled. But after a few classes at National, she’s purchased her own computer and she’s using it to complete homework assignments and send emails.

Dottie said that Admissions Representative Amanda True and the American National University staff are always available to help when she needs it. “Everybody here makes me have so much confidence in myself,” she said about the staff as she explained that she doesn’t think she would have found this kind of support at a larger university.

Amanda said that Dottie has been an inspiration to everyone on campus: “She reminds me every day of why I’m here and I’m proud of her.”

Dottie Rogers is pictured in one of the campus’s computer labs proudly wearing a American National University sweatshirt that her niece embroidered for her.

Richmond Campus Names Campbell Chiropractic As a Distinguished Community Employer

Richmond Campus Names Campbell Chiropractic As a Distinguished Community Employer

The Richmond Campus has named Campbell Chiropractic as a Distinguished Community Employer. Dr. Patrick Campbell has hired several National graduates from the medical programs. On Friday, November 16, Campus Director Keeley Gadd presented Dr. Campbell and his staff with a plaque of appreciation and thanked them for all that they do to support American National University and its students.

“I’ve always had a good experience,” Dr. Campbell said of working with the campus and its graduates. The office participates in the campus’s career and health fairs and Dr. Campbell is also a member of the campus advisory board. “[It has] been great to go to the meetings and…to see what American National University is doing and what they have coming up on the horizon,” he said.

Campus Director Keeley Gadd is pictured presenting a plaque of appreciation to (l to r) Debbie Hall, Shawna Scott, and Dr. Patrick Campbell.

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