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Internationally Known Jazz Singer Gives Inspiring Message and Serenades Class of 2013

Internationally Known Jazz Singer Gives Inspiring Message and Serenades Class of 2013

On Friday, May 3rd, American National University held a graduation ceremony to confer degrees to 126 graduates from the Roanoke Valley Campus. The ceremony was held at the Salem Civic Center and featured an inspirational message by internationally known jazz singer Jane Powell, who gave the commencement address.

Ms. Powell encouraged the new graduates to take control of their destiny. “Each day is going to be a new journey,” she said, as she explained that there will be good and bad journeys. She told them to be prepared to reinvent themselves as they go along just as she has had to reinvent her voice as she has gotten older. She urged her audience to cherish every day, even the bad times. “If you look back on that bad moment, then there’s always a message for you.” After her speech, Ms. Powell led the crowd in a rendition of Bob Marley’s “One Love.”

ANU President Frank Longaker applauded Ms. Powell’s speech and song, noting that she gave one of the best commencement addresses that he has heard. He then presented her with an honorary Master of Business Administration degree in recognition of her life’s accomplishments.

Before the diplomas were awarded, graduates Melvin Huff and Jamil Srour were presented with Alumni Hall of Achievement Awards, which honors graduates who have excelled in their careers and in their service to the community since their graduation. After he earned a business administration-management degree from National, Melvin joined the United States Army, where in the Non-Commissioned Officer’s Academy, he continued learning in Leadership School and in Combat Medic School. While in the Army, he began a career in the field of radiology, and after his time in the service, he worked nearly 30 years as a respected employee of the Veterans Administration Medical Center.

In addition to earning an MBA from American National University, Jamil has studied at Thessalonica University and Athens University in Greece; Bethlehem University in Ramallah, the West Bank; and Bangalore University in Bangalore, India. He attributes his MBA from ANU for leading him to an exciting and diverse career. He was an advisor to Mitt Romney during his run for presidency; he is a senior consultant and trainer with governmental and quasi-governmental regulatory groups in counter-terrorism; he is a translator and consultant for his church, whose Utah-based conferences are often broadcast worldwide; he sits on the Board of Directors of Family Action Counsel International which lobbies the UN and US Congress for strengthening families; and he works for ANU as the director of international student relations.

As the ceremony came to a close, James Pitts, a graduate of the business administration-management program, re-joined the stage and captured the hearts of everyone in attendance as he proposed to his girlfriend Julie. (She said yes.)

PHOTOS:

In the top photo, business administration-management graduate and veteran Kathy E. Garrison is pictured blowing a kiss to her family in the audience as she marched to her seat with fellow graduates during the graduation ceremony.

ANU President Frank Longaker is pictured presenting an honorary MBA degree to internationally known jazz singer and the ceremony’s guest speaker Jane Powell.

Graduates Melvin Huff and Jamil Srour are pictured at the graduation ceremony just before accepting their Alumni Hall of Achievement Awards.

Graduate James Pitts is pictured proposing to his girlfriend Julie at the end of the graduation ceremony.

 

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COLUMBUS
Student Makes Connection and Gets Job Offer from On-Campus Job Fair

Student Makes Connection and Gets Job Offer from On-Campus Job Fair

On April 5, the Columbus Campus held a career fair with representatives from 19 area employers available to talk to students and graduates about the job openings they had available. Job seekers appreciated the opportunity to network with these local employers and learn more about their companies. Student Eric Jones found a job as a result of his networking.

Eric decided to go to college so he could create more opportunities for his future. He chose American National University because he was attracted to the small class sizes and the attention given to students. He just started taking classes in the medical assisting degree program in February but decided to participate in the career fair to see what opportunities might be available while he attends school. He had a conversation with a representative at DialAmerica, which eventually led to a job offer.

Eric is glad to have a job he likes while working towards a new career in the medical field. He credits National for helping him move forward: “American National University prepared me for this new job by helping me gain confidence.”
 


STARK COUNTY
Workshop Helps Students Understand the Power of Social Media in Their Job Search

Workshop Helps Students Understand the Power of Social Media in Their Job Search

On Wednesday, May 8th, the Stark County Campus organized a workshop for students on the power of social media. Career center director Lisa Cook led the meeting and talked to students about how to update their social media sites when preparing for their job search. Although the main focus of the workshop was regarding Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, she also discussed some overarching principles of which to be mindful when conducting a job search.

“Everything will be done electronically,” Lisa said as she shared her prediction for the future of job searching. “You need the network because many times you get a job by who you know. You are using it to build relationships.”

During the presentation, Lisa shared that 92% of employers in a recent survey use Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter to recruit employees, and that 73% of new hires were found using social networks. She emphasized that in using social media one should keep one’s online presence in mind; that is, the image one wishes to project. Social media can be used to aid in the job search, but can also be a barrier to employment if one posts inappropriate pictures, remarks, or links.

Ashley Arnold, a student in the medical office assistant program, loved what she learned during the workshop: “I’m learning a lot.”

Career center director Lisa Cook is pictured standing on the right assisting student LaQueta Daniel during the social media workshop.
 


KNOXVILLE
Campus Celebrates 100% RMA Exam Pass Rate

Campus Celebrates 100% RMA Exam Pass Rate

The Knoxville Campus is celebrating recent graduates of the medical assisting degree program for passing the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) exam. All six of the students graduating from the first spring term in April passed the RMA exam, giving the campus a 100% RMA exam pass rate. In addition, four of the six students received job offers from their externship employer.

Rhonda Epps, the college’s regional director of health care education who previously worked at the campus, said, “They have all worked so diligently and even challenged each other to do their best. They have become their own family and I couldn’t be more proud.”

Campus director Roger Jones is proud of these successful graduates and the campus’s medical assisting program. “This is exactly what National College is all about,” he said enthusiastically. “Our instructors not only teach the curriculum, but they provide a high level of rigor that promotes our students to be able to discuss, analyze, share, and relate their new skills to real world applications.”

Pictured are newly registered medical assistants and National College graduates (l to r) Kasasha Bolden, Carolyn Moore, Selina Archer, and Beth Howard.
 


FORT WAYNE
Grandview Pharmacy Supports Campus’s Pharmacy Technician Program

Grandview Pharmacy Supports Campus’s Pharmacy Technician Program

Recently the Fort Wayne Campus recognized Grandview Pharmacy as a Distinguished Community Employer. Grandview Pharmacy has been a partner with American National University for approximately two years by supporting the pharmacy technician externship program.

Renee Jackson is a recent graduate of the campus’s pharmacy technician program, who had the opportunity to get hands-on experience as an extern at Grandview. “They are easy to work with,” she said explaining her time as an extern. “Grandview offers flexible scheduling and is friendly and helpful.”

Darla Quinn, operations manager for Grandview, accepted the Distinguished Community Award and said, “American National University students are given good preparation to work in this facility.”

The campus appreciates its partnership with Grandview Pharmacy and looks forward to many more years of a mutually beneficial association.

Darla Quinn, operations manager for Grandview Pharmacy, is pictured accepting a Distinguished Community Employer award with pharmacy technician graduate Renee Jackson, who worked there as an extern.
 


LOUISVILLE
JenCare Neighborhood Medical Centers Hire Six Louisville Campus Graduates

JenCare Neighborhood Medical Centers Hire Six Louisville Campus Graduates

JenCare Neighborhood Medical Centers, a growing regional health care company which specializes in providing one-stop care to geriatric patients, has hired six American National University graduates since opening its first Louisville area location less than a year ago. Ella Battle, a 2012 graduate of the medical assisting program at the Louisville Campus, was one of the first American National University graduates to be hired by JenCare. She has always had a desire to help others, and she particularly enjoys caring for the elderly. “When JenCare told me what they were about, I was absolutely ecstatic,” she recalled.

Margaret Johnson, JenCare’s senior clinical lead for the Kentucky market, was equally as pleased with Ella’s work at the clinic. “I saw her personality and her work ethic and I said, ‘Where did you go to college?’ It snowballed from there,” explained Johnson. She soon connected with Louisville Campus career center director Donna Reed-Carson and director of health care education Bonnie Kiefer.

Donna works closely with Ms. Johnson and Skye Verdon, director of staffing and development for JenCare, to provide them with résumés of qualified job candidates for the positions that they need to fill. Ms. Verdon recently traveled from her office in Florida to participate in the campus’s career fair, which provided her an opportunity to meet with many of the upcoming graduates face-to-face.

Because of their outstanding support of American National University graduates and of career college education, Donna and campus director Vincent Tinebra recently presented JenCare Neighborhood Medical Centers with a plaque honoring them as a Distinguished Community Employer.

“National’s been a great asset to us,” said Ms. Johnson. “It’s really been a great school to get bonded with. It’s a small school…so I think students get that one-on-one. When they come in here, I can see that they’ve been trained well. They know what to do.”

Julie Hoffman, manager of one of the three Louisville area JenCare locations, agreed. “They’re very knowledgeable; very eager to learn,” she said of the American National University graduates who work for her. “When they come out [of school], they actually have got the education that they should have. I’ve had employees come from other places before and they don’t seem to have the knowledge or half the experience that [the National graduates] have had.”

Ms. Hoffman said that, as JenCare’s Louisville area locations grow, they will continue to turn to American National University to find the well-trained medical staff they need to keep their clinics running smoothly.

Registered medical assistant Ella Battle, one of the first American National University graduates hired by JenCare, is pictured in the top photo.

Louisville campus director Vincent Tinebra is pictured in the bottom photo holding a plaque of appreciation that was presented to JenCare Neighborhood Medical Centers recognizing them as a Distinguished Community Employer. Vincent is pictured with career center director Donna Reed Carson (back row far right), JenCare senior clinical lead Margaret Johnson, JenCare office manager Julie Hoffman, and the six American National University graduates that JenCare has hired.



 


LEXINGTON
Radio & TV Broadcasting Graduate Lands Job of His Dreams with ESPN Sports Radio

Radio & TV Broadcasting Graduate Lands Job of His Dreams with ESPN Sports Radio

Nick Cobb, a graduate from the radio and TV broadcasting (RTB) program at the Lexington Campus, is the envy of many of his friends, after being hired by ESPN Sports Radio 1300. Nick’s primary job with the station is producing the broadcasts, which cover the Lexington Legends baseball team’s games. “I love what I’m doing now,” said Nick, who was an athlete in high school. “I never expected that I would work for a radio station, especially with ESPN that is known for sports.”

Nick said that he would not have made it through his program at National without the support of his family and campus staff and faculty, including RTB program director Bill Gray and career center director Cheryl Howell. “They stuck right beside me when I was down and out,” he recalled. “They pushed me a lot to get where I’m at.”

Nick completed an externship during his program at LM Communications Broadcast Media Group, and he found a mentor in radio professional Jay Alexander, who is a strong supporter of students from National’s RTB program. Jay sent Nick’s résumé to ESPN Sports Radio, and Nick feels that Jay’s recommendation was instrumental in helping him land the job of his dreams.

Nick Cobb, a graduate from the radio and television broadcasting program at the Lexington Campus, has been hired by ESPN Sports Radio 1300.
 


PIKEVILLE
Couple’s Future as Husband and Wife Looks Bright Thanks to Career Training from National

Couple’s Future as Husband and Wife Looks Bright Thanks to Career Training from National

David Tincher, a graduate from the medical assisting degree program at the Pikeville Campus, proudly watched as his fiancée, Kristen Harris, received the E.M. Coulter Award for high academic achievement during the campus’s commencement ceremony that was held on April 22nd.

Kristen came to American National University after the office where she was working closed down. She decided that it was her opportunity to go back to school. “I went in and it was fast and easy to enroll and I started a month later,” she recalled. “I love medical assisting because it’s one-on-one with the patients,” said Kristen.

David, a registered medical assistant (RMA) and certified phlebotomist (CPT), who graduated from American National University in 2011, is currently employed in the lab at Pikeville Medical Center. The couple plans to relocate to Ohio in the near future, and David said that he will continue his education at American National University in the surgical technology program at the Dayton Area Campus. The couple will also be able to use the services of the Dayton Campus career center as they seek employment in their new community. They look forward to building a bright future for their family thanks to the career training that they received at American National University.

Medical assisting graduate Kristen Harris is pictured with her fiancé, David Tincher, who is also a American National University graduate, at the Pikeville Campus graduation ceremony.
 


FLORENCE
Florence Campus Class Achieves 100% Pass Rate on the RMA Exam

Florence Campus Class Achieves 100% Pass Rate on the RMA Exam

The Medical Assisting Exam Success Class at the Florence Campus recently achieved a 100% pass rate on the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) certification exam which is administered by American Medical Technologists. Medical assisting students Krysta Abrams, Lesa Rider, and Brianna King took the exam at the conclusion of their associate’s degree program, and they are now ready to begin their new careers in health care.

Brianna earned the highest score on the RMA exam that has ever been achieved at the Florence Campus. She said that the reviews and multiple practice tests that she was given during the exam success class, along with plenty of independent studying, helped her earn her high score.

“It means a lot to their career,” said director of health care education Kathreen Buckner as she expressed pride in her students. “It boosts their confidence and their ability to provide the credentials that they need to be successful.” Kathreen feels that being able to sit for the certification exam during the medical assisting program at National is a big advantage of the program. “It’s great that they get it when they are exiting the program, and then they can just transition it right on out into the workplace,” she explained, adding that many medical assisting programs don’t offer that option.

The experience of these graduates shows the career success that can come from having earned an associate’s degree in medical assisting, the rigorous hours spent during guided externship, and the strength of the “RMA” letters now posted by the names of each graduate – values that pay off not just in the short term, but over an entire career. This is evident by jobs that both Krysta and Brianna have been offered by their respective externship sites. Lesa has chosen to return to American National University to continue her education.

Medical assisting students (l to r) Krysta Abrams, Lesa Rider, and Brianna King are pictured with director of health care education Kathreen Buckner.
 


DANVILLE, KENTUCKY
Dora Patrick-Difference Maker at the Danville, KY Campus

Dora Patrick-Difference Maker at the Danville, KY Campus

WHO
Dora Patrick at the Danville, Kentucky Campus was selected as a American National University Difference Maker

WHAT
Instructor in the pharmacy technician program

WHEN

  • American National University faculty member since 2010
  • Pharmacy technician for 10 years

WHERE

  • Holds a bachelor’s degree in university studies with an emphasis in nursing and sociology from Morehead State University
  • Graduate of pharmacy technician program at American National University’s Pikeville Campus
  • Works as a pharmacy technician for Walgreens Pharmacy


WHY
I knew teaching was something that would be a truly wonderful opportunity- to help others reach their educational goals like I was able to do [at National].

I have been with Walgreens Pharmacy for about 5 years; I have loved being with them. They have been so gracious in helping me out to ensure I have the time off to teach my students, and they have even allowed several of my students the opportunity to do their externships with them; they even hired a student after she completed her externship.

I challenge my students all the time. Our dosage calculations are not easy, and students are not exposed enough during the regular class time, so instruction time is not always in the classroom. My students actually have to get out in the community and explore their local pharmacy by interviewing the pharmacist and pharmacy technician and seeing the diversity of products. I always come up with ways to help them learn and incorporate that knowledge into what it’s really like to be working as a pharmacy technician.

 


MARTINSVILLE
National College Participates in Successful Employment Training to Benefit Martinsville Residents

National College Participates in Successful Employment Training to Benefit Martinsville Residents

Annette Lawson, career center director for the Martinsville Campus, recently partnered with area human resource professionals and service organizations to develop a job readiness workshop program called Successful Employment Training (S.E.T.) - “You Are Set,” for residents in Martinsville-Henry County.

With an unemployment rate of over 15% in Martinsville City, the Virginia Workforce Center hosted the six-week program to provide individuals with personalized training and assistance in finding and securing employment. In addition to National College, the Martinsville Henry County Chamber of Commerce, the Virginia Workforce Center, the Virginia Employment Commission, the Community Recovery Program, and Patrick Henry Community College were also represented in the development of this program.

The workshops were open to the public and included topics regarding job searching, creating effective résumés, interview tips, making good first impressions, and training and education. Annette helped conduct the résumé workshop, and also participated in the mock interview workshop. She also participated in the education and training workshop with Barbara Rakes, the campus’s director of admissions, to describe the career training programs available at National College.

Sixteen unemployed individuals from the area attended the workshops, and as a result, some were successful in finding employment.

Annette Lawson is pictured with Pamela Grant, a participant who created a new résumé during one of the workshops.
 


HARRISONBURG
Surgical Technology Student is Published in Association Newsletter

Surgical Technology Student is Published in Association Newsletter

For medical personnel working in the operating room, it’s important to know Dr. Michael DeBakey, the “Greatest Surgeon of the 20th Century.” Because of his talents, he paved the way for cardiac surgery today.

Sarah Greer, a student in the surgical technology program at the Harrisonburg Campus, was intrigued by what she learned about Dr. DeBakey during class, and she took it upon herself to research him further. What she uncovered lead her to write an article about his life accomplishments. She learned that Dr. DeBakey not only invented the “roller pump,” which became an essential component of the heart-lung machine and has made open-heart surgery possible, he was also the first to pioneer the use of Dacron grafts to either repair or replace blood vessels. He then went on to perform the first successful path-graft angioplasty, to counteract the narrowing of an artery that was caused by a procedure known as an endarterectomy.

Sarah was so inspired by what she learned, she wrote an article that was forwarded to the Association of Surgical Technologists and published in its student association quarterly newsletter. She was thrilled to learn her article was published: “Dr. DeBakey was such an extraordinary surgeon, and I’m fascinated by what he accomplished. Everyone should know what he did to improve medicine.”

Flanked by surgical technology director Karen Sherback (left) and surgical technology clinical coordinator Deborah Meredith (right), student Sarah Greer is pictured holding a copy of the Association of Surgical Technologists newsletter that featured her article.
 


LYNCHBURG
J.Crew Receives Distinguished Community Employer Award at Spring Job Fair

J.Crew Receives Distinguished Community Employer Award at Spring Job Fair

The Lynchburg Campus recently recognized J.Crew as a Distinguished Community Employer for its support of National College and its career training. During the campus’s career fair held in April, campus director Bill Baker presented a plaque of appreciation to Amanda Oakes, who was representing J.Crew at the fair seeking résumés and applications from students and graduates.

Amanda was glad to accept the award and said, “It’s a pleasure to partner with National College and to have its students and graduates a part of the workforce.” Amanda was busy throughout the job fair meeting with job seekers and providing information on the J.Crew hiring process.

J.Crew hires hundreds of seasonal employees during the holidays and other peak periods. With recent expansion plans and increasing business at the distribution center, they plan to add approximately 170 year-round jobs over the next three years. Often National College students and graduates are hired at J.Crew for seasonal jobs, administrative positions, and in the computer technical support area as well.

Campus director Bill Baker is pictured presenting a plaque of appreciation to Amanda Oakes with J.Crew.
 


CHARLOTTESVILLE
Business Administration Students and Graduates Benefit from Schumpeter Partnership

Business Administration Students and Graduates Benefit from Schumpeter Partnership

Schumpeter Consulting, LLC has been an integral part of the student success in the business administration-management and accounting programs at the Charlottesville Campus. Since the partnership formed between the campus and Schumpeter in 2011, the accounting and bookkeeping services firm has welcomed many students in their office as externs for a chance to get hands-on experience in the career field they are working towards. In addition to offering a great externship experience, many National College graduates have been hired at Shumpeter Consulting.

John Donohue, Schumpeter’s managing director, is also an instructor in the campus’s business department. His professional experience gives students a good perspective of what to expect when they enter their new careers. He has a passion for education and developing others and his students benefit from his business connections and knowledge that he shares in the classroom.

Norman Grooms, a recent graduate of the business administration-management program, is one of the National College graduates to benefit from the Schumpeter partnership – in a unique way. He was a student in several of John’s classes, and as a result, a business partnership was established. Norman had started a small business providing landscaping and home improvement services and John hired him to perform services at his residence. He was quite pleased with the product.

Based upon John’s interest in Norman’s business venture, a formal business arrangement was made between the two, with John as an investor in the company’s startup ventures. As a result, Norman was able to formally establish a corporation for Grooms Home Improvement/Lawn and Tree Services.

“The establishment of the Grooms corporation is a perfect example of how partnering can benefit all parties,” said John as he expressed enthusiasm for the business venture. Norman is equally enthusiastic for the new partnership: “I can’t thank Mr. Donohue enough for the support and guidance that Schumpeter Consulting provided during this process…holding this certificate is such a special moment for me and my team.”

As a result of their support of National College and career education, the campus named Schumpeter Consulting as a Distinguished Community Employer.

Charlottesville campus director Kelly Chamberlain is pictured in the top photo presenting a plaque to John Donohue recognizing Schumpeter Consulting as a Distinguished Community Employer.

Graduate Norman Grooms is pictured in the bottom photo with the certificate of incorporation for Grooms Home Improvement/Lawn and Tree Services issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia.


 
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