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NATIONAL COLLEGE EDUCATION ALLOWS STUDENT TO GO FROM A JOB TO A CAREER

NATIONAL COLLEGE EDUCATION ALLOWS STUDENT TO GO FROM A JOB TO A CAREER

Sharon Burrill had wanted to work in the medical field for a long time.  She spent more than 20 years at the Genie Company in Shenandoah, Virginia.  Genie manufactured garage door openers and Sharon did assembly-line soldering and packing (physical labor).  Production began to slow down at the plant and Sharon knew that she had to take action to obtain a better job.  She thought that she wanted to work in an office setting because she likes to multi-task which she was not able to do at Genie.  Sharon said, “It was a job and not a career.”  She enrolled at the Harrisonburg Campus in 2011 and it only took 14 months for her to get a diploma to become a medical office assistant. 
 

She chose National because of the family atmosphere and because of the medical programs.  She said that at the college students receive so much more personal attention from the instructors. 
 

Sharon is the check-in receptionist at Marrow Family Eye Care.  Regarding her position she said, “I am so much more than a receptionist.  I don’t have time to be bored.  I love it here because I get to interact with clients and we try to treat patients [like] family.”  Her daily duties include checking in patients, getting insurance authorized; verifying that information in patients’ charts is current, getting charts ready for the next day, creating the schedule for the following day, selling contact lenses, etc. 
 

She praised the career development director, Stephanie Bell for helping her to find a job.  Stephanie said that she begins looking for jobs for students before they graduate and keeps in touch with them via phone calls and emails.  She is also willing to help students with their résumé. 
 

Regarding the future, Sharon said, “I want to learn everything I can learn.  The more you learn about the medical field the better.”  She added that the doctors within the practice like for the employees to cross-train so everyone knows about the various jobs. 
 

She would recommend National to anyone who is interested in furthering their education.  She said, “I would tell them to learn all they can and there is something waiting for them at the end of the rainbow.  Go for the gold, don’t let anything stand in your way of what you want to do and you will succeed.”

Graduate Sharon Burrill (pictured) is a receptionist with Marrow Family Eye Care in Harrisonburg.
Graduate Sharon Burrill with campus director, David Zimmerman.

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LYNCHBURG
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY ALLOWS STUDENT TO SHOWCASE HER SKILLS

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY ALLOWS STUDENT TO SHOWCASE HER SKILLS

Lynchburg Campus career center director Nancy Wilcox posted a flyer on volunteer opportunities at Lynchburg General Hospital and student Tomica Watkins decided to make the call to see how she could become a volunteer.  “I like helping other people,” she said.  “I have had family members with cancer that I have helped and I always participate in “Relay for Life” events.  This is my way of giving back.”


She started the process by calling the number on the flyer, completing the online application, and setting up an interview.  Tomica is a medical assisting student and she also has her cosmetologist credentials.  She was matched to volunteer in the boutique where she can use her beauty skills to help patients with styling their hair, painting their nails, and applying makeup. 
 

“I will also serve as an ambassador [for the hospital] to meet and greet people,” she added.  “From time to time I will deliver information to medical offices and will help with any events such as “Relay for Life.”
 

The volunteer experience will provide Tomica with the opportunity to sharpen her skills, enhance her résumé, and broaden her work experience. In addition, volunteers receive benefits such as a free meal each day of service, discounted membership to the facility’s fitness center, liability insurance, and an invitation to the annual recognition luncheon, open house, or picnic.
 

Tomica is very excited about this opportunity and says, “I feel like I’ve gotten a job already.  I am very excited that I can make a difference.”
 

Tomica Watkins (pictured) is a volunteer at Lynchburg General Hospital
 


KNOXVILLE
PHYSIOLOGY CLASS DEVELOPS A UNIQUE ASSIGNMENT

PHYSIOLOGY CLASS DEVELOPS A UNIQUE ASSIGNMENT

Recently at the Knoxville Campus, the Physiology class was studying cells which are the foundation of the class.  Cells, as we know are the building blocks or our bodies.  Cells grow into tissue then into organs and then create systems.  One of the students proposed a novel idea in that she could make a cake replicating a three dimensional cell.  The entire class then became interested in the project and all 22 students participated.  Two students created cakes and others used Jell-O, play-dough and other arts and crafts materials.  Health care director Barb Neblett was very impressed, “I thought their imagination and resourcefulness was excellent.  This was a great learning tool for the students so they could process the cellular structure in a three-dimensional aspect rather than the two-dimensional textbook.”    The students took a lot of pride in their projects and Cynthia Chadwell added, “Creating the cell helped us learn by hands-on experience in having to label all of the structures and we had a lot of fun doing it.” Barb also mentioned that the students have proposed to continue with additional creative ideas.
 

Physiology class students created 3-D models of cells using various arts and crafts materials.
 


COLUMBUS
OUTREACH MOBILE COACH VISITS CAMPUS

OUTREACH MOBILE COACH VISITS CAMPUS


The Columbus Campus likes to be involved with the community, and recently arranged for the Outreach Mobile Coach come to the school.  This is part of Mount Carmel Outreach, a program in Central Ohio that seeks to provide healthcare to the underserved members of the community who have limited access to health care services and who don’t have the ability to pay for the care that they need. 

This service is provided in a large bus that travels throughout Central Ohio.  It is equipped to provide various healthcare services.  Ladonya Brady, clinical manager with Mount Carmel Outreach, explained that people can come to the urgent care coach to get a physical exams, health assessments and screenings, diagnoses and treatments, referrals, and case managements.  When the Outreach Mobile Coach came to the Columbus Campus, Ladonya invited the students and faculty onto the bus so that they could see the equipment, examining area, and ask any questions that they had.

The students found this experience to be quite valuable to their education and future careers, and it offered them a different perspective in healthcare provision.  It helped them see things from the viewpoint of people who are disadvantaged in regards to insurance and access to care.  “It gave me the knowledge for when I’m working to be able to help those that are uninsured or unable to get to clinics/offices to get treatment they need,” said student Skylar Webster.   

Participants in the Outreach Mobile Coach are (l) to (r): student Faithia Pugh,  clinical manager of Mount Carmel Outreach, LaDonya Brady, and student Skylar Webster.


DAYTON AREA
CAMPUS BUSINESS WEEK HELD

CAMPUS BUSINESS WEEK HELD

The Dayton Area Campus business department held their 4th Annual American National University Dayton Area Campus Business Week.  The theme of the week was “At American National University, We Mean Business”.
 

The five day conference included both day and night events, with more than 30 employer partners in attendance throughout the week. The events included student workshops by outside speakers on the following topics: Dressing for Success, Interview Tips, Job Hunting Success, Professionalism, Finding Quality Daycare, Maintaining Good Health for a Happier Career, Maintaining Good Health on a Budget, and Managing Finances and Credit.
 

The week was a showcase for our campus, as several employers commented on the quality and professionalism of the events and how impressed they were with both our students and school.
 

Don Schweitzer, from Day Air Credit Union, speaking at Business Week on Managing Your Money And Credit. 


NASHVILLE
PRIMERITUS FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC., NAMED DISTINGUISHED COMMUNITY EMPLOYER

PRIMERITUS FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC., NAMED DISTINGUISHED COMMUNITY EMPLOYER

The Nashville Campus recently awarded a Distinguished Community Employer plaque to Primeritus Financial Services, Inc., a financial management company providing service in areas of automotive finance collections, skip tracing, recovery and remarketing operations. Primeritus Financial Services, Inc., has been instrumental in hiring current students and graduates and has agreed to be an externship site for students enrolled in the campus’s accounting program, so that they can get practical experience in a real financial setting.

Graduate Rachel Gonzales was hired by Primeritus as a collections representative in February 2013 and was promoted to accounts receivable clerk in May, 2013, preceding the commencement ceremony. Rachel said, “I love my job! Everything I learned in the accounting classes at National College is what I’m doing on a daily basis. This was a great career choice for me. I am happy that Mrs. McCall pushed and challenged me to step out of my comfort zone. I would not have this job if she would not have cheered for me on the sidelines.”

Natasha Dowell, human resources director at Primeritus Financial Services, explained that they are seeking a high caliber of account representatives who are trained in accounting, customer service, and have a good work ethic. Since National has teamed up with Primeritus, doors have opened for the accounting students of the middle Tennessee campuses—Madison and Nashville—to complete externship hours in a “real-world” financial setting.  This connection has blossomed into a good match for the college, the students, and Primeritus Financial Service. Dowell said that the chances of National students finding jobs through Primeritus are greater if they have had a positive experience as an extern and a recommendation from Terri McCall, career center director.
 

Career center director, Terri J. Davis McCall (l), presents the Distinguished Community Employer award to Natasha Dowell, human resources director and Justin Conners (r) general manager of Primeritus Financial Services, Inc.)


DANVILLE, VIRGINIA
A NATIONAL COLLEGE STUDENT'S PERSONAL APPROACH TO "DRESS FOR SUCCESS"

A NATIONAL COLLEGE STUDENT'S PERSONAL APPROACH TO

What is success? What makes you successful? During new student orientation, Rhonda Pass, career center director of the Danville Campus, discussed the importance of successful dress in today’s world-class workforce and aligning your purpose with your career. Students were asked to comment about “success.” Although most of the student’s comments remained relatively vague and general during the discussion, one student’s definition of success meant taking on a new appearance.

Joseph Groom, a student in the Cyber security associates degree program followed three simple principles of change: 1) Raise your standards; 2) Change your limiting beliefs; 3) Change your strategy. Joseph applied these principles to make the change in his appearance. His journey at National College began with dreadlocks, baggy jeans, and a t-shirt.  Within days, he made the decision to cut his hair and wear more appropriate clothing. When asked what motivated him to make such a drastic change in his appearance, Joseph said, “I wanted to look professional and to go ahead and get used to the look early on. The orientation as a whole is what influenced my decision. During orientation ALL staff was consistently talking about what it takes to be successful and have a successful career.”

To remain competitive in increasingly aggressive markets, organizations and the people in them need to adopt a positive attitude to change. The Danville Campus continues to empower students with the opportunity to articulate their personal definition of success and to think more critically about what success means to them.
 

Joseph Groom before the Dress for Success event.
Joseph Groom after the Dress for Success event.


FLORENCE
ADVANCED COSMETIC SURGERY AND LASER CENTER RECOGNIZED FOR SUPPORT OF SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM

ADVANCED COSMETIC SURGERY AND LASER CENTER RECOGNIZED FOR SUPPORT OF SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM

Advanced Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center of Cincinnati, Ohio were recognized for mentoring and hiring students enrolled in the surgical technology program at the Florence Campus.  For the past five years, students enrolled in the program have gained first-hand experience and training from Dr. Jon Mendelsohn, while observing his surgical techniques in the operating room.

Dr. Mendelsohn said, “It has been my pleasure to work with the fine students from American National University [for] the past five years. Surgical technology is a growing field, and surgical technologists are a critical member of any surgical health care team, dealing with various operative procedures, while interacting with the entire surgical team members and accommodating the patient and his or her specific needs on a daily basis.  I look forward to mentoring these students for many years to come.”

Mendelsohn is double board certified by both the American Board of Facial & Reconstructive Surgery and also the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery. 

Advanced Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, is awarded the Distinguished Community Employer Award by the Florence Campus. From left are Karen Sheldon, career center director of the campus; Dr. Jon Mendelsohn; and Carolyn Nienaber, director of surgical technology for the campus.


LEXINGTON
RADIO AND TELEVISION BROADCASTING GRADUATE PUTS HIS CREATIVE TOUCH ON THE WEEKEND NEWS AT WTVQ-TV

RADIO AND TELEVISION BROADCASTING GRADUATE PUTS HIS CREATIVE TOUCH ON THE WEEKEND NEWS AT WTVQ-TV

Kyle Miller has found the key to a bright future in broadcasting, after going from locksmith to director of the weekend news at WTVQ-TV, thanks to the training that he received in the radio and television broadcasting (RTB) program at the Lexington Campus. 
 

“I loved how hands-on it was,” recalled Kyle of his program at American National University. This hands-on experience, combined with an in-depth view of how radio and TV stations operate, gave him the knowledge and skills that he needed to jump-start his career in broadcasting.  “All of the instructors had experience in their field at actual stations.  It was really cool to hear their stories and learn from them,” he explained. 
 

Kyle first began working at WTVQ-TV as an extern as part of his RTB program, and he took full advantage of the opportunity to gain experience in as many areas of the station as possible, and to demonstrate his skills to the potential employer.  “I felt very well prepared,” he recalled, adding that he was hired by WTVQ a week before graduation. “The externship was very, very beneficial to me getting the job.”
 

He started at WTVQ as a camera operator and floor director and, after working at the station for two years, he has been promoted to director of the weekend newscasts, where he oversees the technical crew and production of the show from the control room.  “I love having the opportunity to be creative with how the news looks,” he said.  “My shows are unique from the other directors.’”
 

Kyle plans to possibly relocate to a larger market such as Chicago, New York or Los Angeles in the near future.  “That’s another thing that I like about the broadcasting degree, it gives me an opportunity to move around and see different parts of the country,” he said.  “Learn as many different aspects of television and radio that you can, because you never know what opportunities are going to be out there,” he advised future broadcasting professionals.
 

Graduate Kyle Miller is the director of weekend newscasts for WTVQ in Lexington.
 


RICHMOND
Difference Maker - Jessica York - Administrative Assistant

Difference Maker - Jessica York - Administrative Assistant

WHO
Jessica York—Difference Maker at the Richmond Campus
 

WHAT
Administrative Assistant
 

WHEN
• American National University staff member for nearly ten years
• Recipient of several American National University awards: Student Leadership Award (2005); Mary P. McGurn Award (2008); Outstanding College Member of the Year- Richmond Campus (2006 & 2013); Distinguished Service Award- Kentucky Division (2008); Alumni Hall of Achievement Award (2010)
 

WHERE
Received an associate’s degree from the administrative office professional program at American National University
 

WHY
• I was raised on a farm and knew how difficult farming life can be physically and financially. I was determined to get a good education, which would allow me to have a career that would take me farther in life doing administrative work that I love.

• I’ve seen students that struggled with unexpected life turns that caused them to miss too much class time that in turn caused them to get dismissed academically, but stay determined to get through those life challenges, receive approval to return in a later term, and then successfully finish their program and make it to graduation. I am so proud of them!

• The best thing about being part of the American National University staff is working together as a team with so many wonderful people with the same goal: to assist each student in getting the best education and with finding employment in their chosen field of study.

Jessica York is the Difference Maker of the Richmond Campus.


PIKEVILLE
KENTUCKY COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE PROVIDES SUPPORT AND CARE AT THE HEALTHY FUN FAIR

KENTUCKY COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE PROVIDES SUPPORT AND CARE AT THE HEALTHY FUN FAIR

The 6th Annual Healthy Fun Fair, which was held at the Pikeville Campus on Thursday, July 25th, provided free health screenings, demonstrations, and wellness information to the many area residents who attended.  The health fair is made possible through the commitment and support of health care providers from the community who partner with the campus and donate their time and services to make the event a great success.

The University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM) is one such partner.  Dr. Peter Zajac, D.O., associate professor of family medicine and director of clinical skills training and evaluation along with 13 students from the medical school, provided body mass index, blood pressure and vision screenings, as well as osteopathic structural exams and manipulations during the Healthy Fun Fair.

“I always look forward to this event because It gives our students an opportunity to utilize what they have learned, offer those services to patients who need these services, and more importantly, gives us an opportunity to establish a relationship with those who are in the community which I think lasts for many years thereafter,” said Dr. Zajac.

KYCOM student Ryan Johnson said that he volunteered at the Healthy Fun Fair because it gave him an opportunity to meet others in the community, and to better his skills as a future physician.   He stayed extremely busy throughout the day, providing manipulations to nearly 20 patients.  “Almost every single person I treated walked away feeling like a new person,” he said proudly.
“It’s always great to get to practice the osteopathic manipulations” added KYCOM student Kayla Webb. “It was very rewarding.”

Dr. Peter Zajac and the 13 students from KYCOM provided osteopathic exams and manipulations during the Healthy Fun Fair which was held at the Pikeville Campus on July 25th.


DANVILLE, KENTUCKY
FORMER FACTORY WORKER UTILIZES FREE TUTORING SERVICE TO HELP HER

FORMER FACTORY WORKER UTILIZES FREE TUTORING SERVICE TO HELP HER

Ida Phinney, a student in the pharmacy technician program at the Danville Campus (Kentucky), had worked in a factory for 14 years when she was permanently laid off.  She is attending American National University through the Trade Adjustment Act (TAA) which provides training assistance to workers who lose their job when their work is sent overseas.

Ida wants to achieve the best grades possible in her classes, so she is taking advantage of the peer tutoring service, which is available to every National student at no additional charge.

“The tutoring I had for Microsoft Office was beneficial because it was all so new and strange to me.  It was nice to know there was someone I could call to help when I was so frustrated with it,” said Ida, who is being tutored by medical assisting student Clarissa Hill.   “It’s nice that it was free and the school is supportive enough to offer the tutoring.”

Ida, a mother of five, has gained self-confidence at National and she now feels that she “can achieve something more than working at the same thing day after day.”  She looks forward to her new career as a pharmacy technician.

Pharmacy technology student Ida Phinney (r) is pictured with her tutor, medical assisting student Clarissa Hill (l).


BARTLETT
GRADUATE FINDS CAREER SUCCESS AFTER BEING TEMPORARILY SIDETRACKED

GRADUATE FINDS CAREER SUCCESS AFTER BEING TEMPORARILY SIDETRACKED

 Ashley Bobo enrolled at the Bartlett Campus in 2007, but her education was temporarily sidelined when she started a new job.  After she was laid off, she returned to National College in 2011, and this time she didn’t let any obstacles get in her way.  She earned her associate’s degree in information systems engineering in April of this year, and she has found a job that she loves working for Mobile Device Techs and its partner company, Tate Computer Systems.

She began working at Mobile Device Techs as a computer repair technician and she has advanced to the position of personal assistant to the owner of Tate Computer Systems.  “The people I work with are very knowledgeable, so I learn something new just about every day,” she said, adding that the IT skills that she gained at National are vital to her job.

 Ashley said that the encouragement and one-on-one attention that she received at National helped her persevere and find success in her program and her career.   “It’s like a second family,” she explained.  She advises other students to stay focused on their studies, no matter what distractions come their way.  “Do not stop.  If you enroll, keep going,” she said.”
 

Graduate Ashley Bobo (pictured) is the personal assistant to the owner of Tate Computer Systems.


 
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