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Delegate Offers Encouragement and Praise to National College Class of 2013

Delegate Offers Encouragement and Praise to National College Class of 2013

On Monday, May 20th, Delegate Marty Gearheart, who represents West Virginia’s 27th District, delivered a message about persistence and finding success to a crowd of National College graduates at the Princeton Campus graduation ceremony.

Delegate Gearheart shared that it is because of his persistence that he was able to find success throughout his life. He also expressed the importance of changing courses to find new opportunities. He praised the graduates for changing their courses through education, and he congratulated them for having persistence to finish.

During the ceremony, the campus awarded its first bachelor’s degree. John Mullins was the first student to enroll and graduate from campus’s business administration-management bachelor’s degree program. John finished the computer applications technology associate’s degree program in 2010 and then enrolled in the bachelor’s program. With the associate’s degree behind him, the bachelor’s program took him less than two years to complete.

Gregory England, a 2010 graduate, attended the ceremony to accept the Alumni Hall of Achievement Award - the most distinguished award that National College can bestow upon alumni. When Greg was laid off in 2009, he decided to change careers. Shortly after graduating with his first diploma, Greg was hired as a cash receipts associate with JANPAK Solutions in Bluefield, West Virginia. Now he is working as an accounts receivable coordinator and manages accounts for organizations such as the Florida Gators, Hendrick Motor Sports, and Bristol Motor Speedway.

Campus director Denver Riffe presented additional awards to graduates in recognition of their academic achievements. The Achievement Award was given to Christal Wickline; the Leadership and E.M. Coulter Awards were given to Dorothy Kessler; the Mary P. McGurn Award was given to Kristen Ratcliff; the M.A. Smythe Award was given to Brian Basinger; the Joseph E. Hurn Award was given to Amy Byrd; and the Dorothy Coulter Hancock Award was given to John Mullins.

Delegate Marty Gearheart is pictured in the top photo addressing the Class of 2013 at the Princeton Campus graduation ceremony. John Mullins is pictured in the middle photo holding his certificate of election into the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.In the bottom photo, pharmacy technician graduates Brianna Wright and Ashley Madison are pictured just before the graduation ceremony begins.

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Coleman Professional Services Recognized as Distinguished Community Employer

Coleman Professional Services Recognized as Distinguished Community Employer

The Akron Area Campus recently presented Coleman Professional Services with the Distinguished Community Employer Award for their ongoing support of American National University and career education.

Coleman Professional Services is a professional organization that helps improve the lives of individuals, businesses, and the community. They have hosted eight American National University externs from the medical assisting and health information technology degree (HIT) programs in the last year, including five in one term. Coleman has also hired two American National University graduates – Erica Bunce, who completed an externship there, and Danielle Harbert.

In addition to hosting American National University externs and hiring graduates, Coleman Professional Services also has two employees, volunteer coordinator Amanda Zantow and records technician Penny Scott, serving on the campus’s advisory board. HIT Director Fiona Williams added, “I look forward to continuing our partnership with Coleman Professional Services. They provide a positive, thorough learning experience for our students.”

Akron Area Campus HIT director Fiona Williams is pictured on the left presenting a plaque of appreciation to Amanda Zantow and Phil Jackson.

Guest Speaker Offers Advice to Students about Entrepreneurship

Guest Speaker Offers Advice to Students about Entrepreneurship

Instructor June Lafary invited Aurelia Jackson, chief marketing officer of Diversity Distribution and Planning Commissioner of East St. Louis, Illinois, to the Indianapolis Campus to speak to students in her Research and Report Writing class about how to start their own business.

Ms. Jackson brought her expertise working with many top companies, such as General Foods and Alberto Culver, and taught the students to learn from each of their experiences and the value of stepping outside of their comfort zone to find success. She also stressed the importance of researching a business when creating a business plan. “Research will always be time well spent,” said Ms. Jackson.

Before concluding her presentation, Ms. Jackson left the class final words of advice, “Our biggest problem is our own weakness. Utilize your strengths and never give up because nothing is easy.”

Guest speaker Aurelia Jackson is pictured giving students advice on how to start their own business.

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