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March 04, 2013

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National College Students Showcase Skills to Legislators

National College Students Showcase Skills to Legislators

On Wednesday, February 20th, students from American National University had an opportunity to showcase their skills to state legislators during Career College Day at the Capitol in Frankfort, Kentucky. The third annual event, sponsored by the Kentucky Association of Career Colleges and Schools (KACCS), featured students from career colleges from across the commonwealth who showed the diversity of career college training through demonstrations in the areas of healthcare, culinary arts, technology, massage therapy, and horseshoeing.

American National University was well represented at the event by students from the Louisville Campus in the medical assisting and information systems engineering (ISE) programs. Under the supervision of director of health care education Bonnie Kiefer, medical assisting students Brittany Stice, Stacie Riley, and Shanetta Jones conducted glucose and cholesterol screenings during the event. Veteran students Donna McMillian and Anthony Brooks, from the ISE program, were joined by ISE program director Terry Newby, as they displayed their proficiency in computer technology. Campus Director Vincent Tinebra, who serves as treasurer of the board for KACCS, also participated in the event.

State Representative Kim King, who represents Kentucky’s 55th District, visited the American National University booth and had her glucose checked. She said that she frequently reads the National News and particularly follows the articles from the Danville, Kentucky Campus which serves constituents in her area.

“I wanted to come in and encourage them,” Representative King said of her participation in the event and her support of the career college students. “I think this is a wonderful path—especially the medical care industry. I serve on the Economic Development Committee and invariably we see that that’s the direction that we’re going to need a lot of additional workforce in,” she added.

State Representative Diane St. Onge, District 63, who also attended the event, said that she was proud of the students who were there representing their schools because many of them have families to care for and work full-time while earning their degrees. “I’m very much for the education and the opportunities that the schools do afford the students,” she explained of her support of career education. “I am a very big supporter of that. All of the skills that you’re demonstrating here today are admirable and are being taught very well.”

Medical assisting student Stacie Riley said that she was honored to represent American National University at the event and that she’d found all of the legislators to be very friendly. “They were very willing and ready to learn and to assist us with learning,” she said as she continues to build skills to become a valuable member of her community’s workforce.

In the top photo, medical assisting students Stacie Riley, Brittany Stice, and Shanetta Jones (left to right) are pictured at Career College Day at the Captiol with campus director Vincent Tinebra and director of health care education Bonnie Kiefer (far right).

ISE students Anthony Brooks and Donna McMillian and ISE program director Terry Newby (left to right) are pictured as they demonstrated their skills in computer technology during Career College Day at the Capitol.

Medical assisting student Shanetta Jones is pictured in the bottom photo testing the glucose level of State Representative Kim King from District 55 during Career College Day at the Captiol.

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Medical Students Learn About and Practice Giving Vaccinations

Medical Students Learn About and Practice Giving Vaccinations

On February 26th, a guest speaker from the Columbus Public Health Department visited the Columbus Campus to speak with students in the healthcare programs. Lakisha Johnson, a registered nurse, represented the health department at the request of director of health care education Beth Laurenz, and she spoke to students about vaccines. She discussed with them the importance of getting vaccines, and she dispelled some of the misconceptions that some people have about them like vaccines can cause autism or the flu shot makes you get the flu.

Ms. Johnson also took the time to do a “hands-on” exercise with the students where they were able to practice giving vaccinations to an orange. This exercise gave the students a sense of what it will be like when they give real vaccinations. The students were very appreciative of Ms. Johnson taking the time to talk with them and help them practice giving vaccinations. “I understand the benefits of immunizations and the advantage of protecting from diseases,” said student Solomon Sagot.

Students in the medical programs at the Columbus Campus are pictured with guest speaker Lakisha Johnson (4th from left) from the Columbus Public Health Department.

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