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March 11, 2013

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Barbara Goodson-Wife, Mother, Graduate and Staffing Coordinator

Barbara Goodson-Wife, Mother, Graduate and Staffing Coordinator

Barbara Goodson describes herself as a wife, mother of four, and Girl Scout troop leader. After recently graduating from the business administration-management program at the Madison Campus, and being hired by First Call Staffing in Portland, Tennessee, she can now add college graduate and staffing coordinator to her list of titles.

"I utilize all my skills. It’s a really good fit for me,” she said of her job with First Call Staffing, where she interviews applicants and matches them to positions that the company has available. She also assists with human resources issues, payroll, and more.

Barbara attended another university before coming to National College, but the class schedule there wouldn’t work for her as she tried to manage her family and two jobs while going to school. She saw a TV commercial for National and came in to take a tour. “It seemed to be a really good fit for my lifestyle to get me to where I wanted to be in my career,” she recalled.

She also wanted a change from the large class sizes that she found at the university. “I’m really smart but things have to be broken down for me to fully grasp the concepts…with thirty or forty people, you couldn’t get that," she explained. "I understood what I needed and National had that available.”

Barbara feels that her program at National has provided her with the foundation she needs to succeed in her career. The skills gained in classes such as Organizational Management and Leadership, Human Resources, Accounting, and Income Taxation and Payroll have made her an asset to her company. “National gave me the educational background so that my skills were actually noticed because, without that education, my skills really didn’t mean too much,” she said.

Her five-year goal is to run the office that she’s currently working in. Her long term goal is to own her own company. “Make sure you know what you want out of life,” she advises others. “You’ve got to know what you’re after, and put it together, and be committed to following through—doing your best at all times to be sure you can reach your goals.”

Barbara Goodson is pictured at the Madison Campus when she returned to share her success story.

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