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GRADUATE USES MANAGEMENT SKILLS TO BUILD HER TEAM AND DEVELOP A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION

GRADUATE USES MANAGEMENT SKILLS TO BUILD HER TEAM AND DEVELOP A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION

Samantha Burns has seen her career grow as rapidly as Delta T. Corporation, the company where she works as a special projects team leader.  She began working at the company as a marketing clerk while she was still a student in the business administration-management associate’s degree program at the Lexington Campus.   As the company expanded, she helped develop and currently manages the department which supports the company’s sales force with literature and promotional items that build brand awareness for their products.

“I’m doing what I love to do, business-related, all day every day,” Samantha said of her work at Delta T. Corporation, which manufactures industrial, commercial and residential fans.

As team leader of four employees, she is constantly drawing from the management concepts that she learned at National.  “The job that I do goes hand-in-hand with my degree,” she said, adding that she’s using the knowledge from her business classes to train and motivate her department. “I’m keeping them excited about coming to work and pursuing their career here at Delta T. Corporation.”

Samantha also dreams of using her business skills to start a non-profit organization to support widows and orphans.  “It’s something that’s dear to my heart,” said Samantha, who became a widow at an early age.   “When you go through a situation like that in your life…you really need some type of support system to help you to get back on track.”

She now feels that she has the tools that she needs to make the non-profit a success.   “It was almost like a thousand piece puzzle on the table, before I went to school.   Once I started taking those classes, the pieces began to come together in the puzzle for me.  It’s just a matter of time and finance right now to get everything up and going.”

Samantha feels that there will be more opportunities for advancement with her company so she is continuing her education to earn her bachelor’s degree through the American National University Online program to help her prepare for the future.   “My goal is to have a doctorate in business.  I’m a little ways off from that but I’m definitely striving to get there,” she said with a smile.

Photo-A-Samantha Burns is a special projects team leader of the Delta T. Corporation.

Photo-B-Samantha Burns is a team leader of four other employees.

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NASHVILLE
NASHVILLE STUDENTS AND GRADUATES GET CAREER ADVICE

NASHVILLE STUDENTS AND GRADUATES GET CAREER ADVICE

Career center director Terri Davis McCall invited Earlene Young, regional director for Advanced Career Professionals, to the Nashville Campus to speak to the students and graduates about preparing for an interview and making a great first impression.

Mrs. Young brought her expertise of working with local employers, Wendy’s and Shoney’s, and taught the students to always present themselves in a professional manner, ensure their résumé is error free, and step outside of their comfort zone when it comes to succeeding in business.  She stressed the importance dressing professionally and maintaining a positive attitude at all times.

The students that attended the workshop walked away with excitement and began the process of improving their résumés and interviewing skills. “Having the opportunity to come to National College to speak to the students and graduates was a treat,” said Mrs. Young. “I believe the workshop information presented will help them become better interviewees and employees.”

She ended with these words of wisdom, “take your time and make sure that you prepare for an interview by researching the company and know what position you’re seeking to obtain.”

Earlene Young of Advanced Career Professionals with some of the students who listened to her speech regarding career advice.

 


LYNCHBURG
LYNCHBURG CAMPUS HOSTS HOME BASED BUSINESS EXPO AND JOB FAIR

LYNCHBURG CAMPUS HOSTS HOME BASED BUSINESS EXPO AND JOB FAIR

The Downtown Lynchburg Networkers Association and the Lynchburg Campus teamed together to offer the “Home Based Business Expo and Networking Event” on Thursday, August 1st. National College graduate Carla Wilkes is the President of the Networkers Association and a business entrepreneur. Many of the companies who participated in the job fair are members of the networkers association. 

More than 20 businesses set up for the evening event to provide information to anyone with an interest in managing a home based business. Vendors included Mary Kay, Premier Jewelry, Thirty One, 5Linx, It Works!, Nerium AD, At Your Service Event Planner, and Pampered Chef.  Each business set up a booth displaying their services and products. Students networked and met with the business owners to ask questions about the start-up process and to find out more about their products and services.  Several students have ideas about setting up their own businesses to offer different services.  Everyone enjoyed the refreshments provided by Dave’s Dawgs.

“I think that the Home Based Job Fair went very well,” commented student Katherine Reardon.  “I don’t know if anyone will start one, but it was fun to see all of the home based businesses that are out there and available to anyone that wants a little extra money in their pockets.”

Front row: Bill Baker, campus director, and Lekeshia Morris, student volunteer. Back row: Carla Wilkes, president of Downtown Lynchburg Networkers Association,  and Katie Reardon, student volunteer. 



 


DAYTON AREA
CAMPUS HOLDS COMMUNITY DAYS SOCIAL SERVICE EVENT

CAMPUS HOLDS COMMUNITY DAYS SOCIAL SERVICE EVENT

The Dayton Area Campus hosted Community Days, a social services event on Thursday, July 25th and Friday, July 26th. Approximately 20 organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Catholic Social Services, and Marriage Works! Ohio participated in the campus outreach initiative.

Community Days was created to educate students and the local community about resources and public services in areas such as health, law, and entrepreneurship. The organizations provide a remedy to some of the external factors that slow down a student’s progress while in school. The event’s purpose was to reduce or eliminate the barriers that prevent students from completing their academic goals at American National University.

Habitat for Humanity of Dayton, a community days participant, works in partnership with the faith-based community and people from all walks of life to develop communities with those in need by building and renovating houses so that there are decent and affordable homes in safe communities where families can live and grow. Marsha Martin, family services coordinator for Habitat for Humanity said, “Thank you for including us in your event. I [made] a few contacts for homeownership opportunities.” 

Vicki Braun, director of Oak Tree Corner, was another participant. Oak Tree Corner provides a safe and caring community where children and teens from the greater Dayton area can learn to deal with grief.  Ms. Braun remarked, “Your event Friday was so organized, from water and snacks to a nice room with nice people. I go to many of these and yours was one of the finest I have attended in a long time…or maybe… ever. I hope we can have some future collaboration in some way.”

A student speaks with Marsha Martin of Habitat for Humanity of Dayton.

 


MARTINSVILLE
STUDENT'S DOUBLE MAJOR CONTRIBUTES TO SUCCESSFUL JOB SEARCH

STUDENT'S DOUBLE MAJOR CONTRIBUTES TO SUCCESSFUL JOB SEARCH

Tabitha Foley graduated from the Martinsville Campus in February 2013 with a double diploma in medical office specialist and medical coding and billing.  In her last term, Tabitha completed  a very successful externship opportunity with Martinsville Physician Practices.  Shortly after finishing her academic program, Tabitha was hired as a medical biller and coder at Piedmont Preferred Women’s Health Center in Ridgeway, Virginia.  Tabitha is responsible for the day-to-day billing operations at the health center, which include daily charge entry, and filing and posting of all charges and payments.  Tabitha is also responsible to work through all rejected or denied claims.  Tabitha also contacts the insurance companies to establish protocols for ensuring maximum reimbursement.

Tabitha believes that her classes in medical coding and billing were centered on career preparation.  One of the deciding factors in attending National was the programs were shorter and specific.  The college also had excellent instructors and staff to assist students, and the program allowed students to enroll in externships.  Tabitha would like to especially thank her instructors Lisa Williams, Joan Blankenship, and Elizabeth Barker. These instructors were always accessible to Tabitha when she had questions.  Tabitha would also recommend National College to other students.  She said, “It’s never too late”.  “If you stick with it, you can do it.  It is not as hard as what you may first think, and it is well-worth it in the end.  Education is the best gift you can give to yourself.”

Photo-Graduate Tabitha Foley is working as a medical biller and coder at Piedmont Preferred Women’s Health Center. 


PRINCETON
GUEST SPEAKER ADDRESSES IT SECURITY AND SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATORS

GUEST SPEAKER ADDRESSES IT SECURITY AND SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATORS

Where would we be without information technology security and systems administrators?  This was answered by Sammy Martin, former NCIS agent.  Mr. Martin is president of a private investigations firm specializing in e-discovery.  As a guest speaker for the Supporting Desktop Applications, Building an Email System, and Visual Basic classes at the Princeton Campus, he provided examples of how systems administrators and programmers had saved the day in space projects.  He talked about the importance of security not only in business but in everyday life.  He gave examples of how people were caught cheating the company or the tax payer by alert security technicians.  He then encouraged the students by telling them that what they were learning would help them make a difference in the world and that many jobs in security and systems administration would become available.  Mr. Martin was a wonderful speaker and really excited the students about their future.  Attendee Lucille Sisk said, “As both an instructor and a student it was so exciting to hear the real world work done by dedicated IT personnel.”

Sammy Martin, a former NCIS agent spoke to classes at the Princeton Campus.


INDIANAPOLIS
STUDENTS LEARN HOW TO GET (AND KEEP) A JOB

STUDENTS LEARN HOW TO GET (AND KEEP) A JOB

Staffing Manager Vanessa Austin, RMA (AMT), and M.Ed. joined the career center director of the Indianapolis Campus, Brooke Richardson, on Thursday, August 1st to speak with the students about how to be successful in an interview. She shared her expertise in healthcare recruiting, as well as her vast knowledge of the importance of certifications. Vanessa advised students on professional attire, what to bring and what not to bring to an interview, and the reality of finding a job in a competitive market adding, “You’re fighting for the same job with everyone else out there.”  As a staffing manager, Ms. Austin said that she knows within 30 seconds whether or not she wants to hire [someone]. That is not a lot of time.  She further explained that employers receive 250 résumés per day and only spend about 30 seconds with each one so making mistakes can cost you an interview.

Ms. Austin also discussed how to keep a job once hired. “The number one reason employees are let go is due to cell phones”. She also stated that sometimes employers can access parts of your Facebook profile even if it is private. Students were very surprised by this. She suggested that students only accept friends that will not make inappropriate posts. She said that social media actions can absolutely affect careers.

Along with her knowledge of getting and keeping a job, Ms. Austin shared with the students her knowledge of the importance of certifications. She helped write the practice RMA exam and gave the class comprised of mostly medical assistants and phlebotomy students suggestions on what to study. She said that beginning in 2014, employees will not be able to handle medical records without being certified.

The students found her presentation very helpful. Brooke and Ms. Austin are excited to be teaming up on other workshops to help the students prepare for their futures.

Guest speaker Vanessa Austin gives a speech about getting hired and keeping a job. 

 


CINCINNATI
CAMPUS CAREER FAIR PROVIDES RESULTS

CAMPUS CAREER FAIR PROVIDES RESULTS

On Wednesday, July 17th the Cincinnati Campus held its third career fair with 17 different employers from the Greater Cincinnati Area. The event was a combination of career employers and vendors offering healthy advice and was open to prospective and current students, and upcoming graduates.

Students were able to receive information from Education-At-Work representative, Cindy Proctor. Several students who completed the registration process were offered interview opportunities. Education-At-Work is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping students acquire the fundamental job skills and education they need to compete for 21St century jobs.

Several students spoke with Strayer University representative, Joann Hanlon, regarding continuing their education.  American National University students often continue their education after receiving their associate’s degrees, whether at American National University or at other prestigious colleges and universities.  

Seventeen employers and health care vendors participated in this event. Some of the employers included the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati, Sam’s Club, American Income Life Insurance Company, and Walgreen’s Pharmacy.  In addition, Hollis Page, an employee of the University of Cincinnati for more than 40 years, was invited to speak on the topic of “Professionalism”.

The campus is already planning its next career fair to be held Wednesday, October 30th. A “Dress for Success” fashion show is scheduled to precede this event on Wednesday, October 23rd to assist the students in being professionally attired and career-ready to meet prospective employers.

“Michelle Worsham, pharmacy technician student, discusses Professionalism with guest speaker, Hollis Page.”


INDIANAPOLIS
Difference Maker - Katharine Stevens - Director of Admissions

Difference Maker - Katharine Stevens - Director of Admissions

WHO:

Katharine Stevens—Difference Maker at the Indianapolis Campus

 

WHAT:

Director of Admissions

 

WHEN:

American National University staff member since 2012

 

WHERE:

Has been employed in college admissions for almost 9 years

 

WHY:

“I enjoy seeing how excited our students [are] when they [enroll], when they first start school, and especially when they graduate.”

“Our students are here to get into a career to help themselves and their families. I like to see students that get involved, such as participating in work study or tutoring other students.”

“Everyone here is friendly and willing to help if anyone needs [it]. We never tell students we don’t have time; we make time for them.”

Katharine Stevens is the director of admissions at the Indianapolis Campus.

 


KNOXVILLE
CAREER FAIR OFFERS NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES

CAREER FAIR OFFERS NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES

The Knoxville Campus recently held a career fair where there was quite the turn of events.  Walgreen’s pharmacy had a strong presence bringing two representatives along with their store manager, Jennifer Smith.  Student Nicky Buchanan is a double major who has already completed her pharmacy externship with Walgreens.  She is now searching for a site to complete her medical assisting externship, with an interest in continuing with Walgreens in their walk-in clinic.  Director of healthcare education  Barb Neblett also joined in the conversation to determine the likelihood of this coming to fruition.  Ms. Smith is also helping by investigating the possibility to accept medical assisting externs as well.

When asked if the career fair was of use to Nicky, she replied,” Yes, not only did I practice my elevator speech, but I also may have made a connection for my upcoming externship. I would love to be able to utilize both the medical assisting and pharmacy technician credentials that I will have when I graduate. I think I could do just that with Walgreen’s.”  

Additional employers in attendance were Sitel, PerfectServe and National Contracting Center.  Students were challenged to engage with each employer, regardless of their program in order to practice their elevator speech and the employers were happy to participate.  Jennifer also commented that she was very impressed with their professionalism.

Pictured left to right – Jennifer Smith, Walgreens Manager and students Nicky Buchanan, Natalie Holt, and Jasmine Davis.


LOUISVILLE
MEDICAL STUDENTS HOLD A "STICK PARTY"

MEDICAL STUDENTS HOLD A

Students in Bonnie Kiefer’s evening Invasive Procedures class recently hosted a “stick party” at the Louisville campus. Volunteers allowed the Invasive Procedures students to practice their skills in performing finger sticks and arterial sticks for blood draws. Afterwards, the volunteers enjoyed refreshments. Students performed under the watchful eye of instructor and director of healthcare education Bonnie Kiefer. Bonnie explained that students need 14 successful “sticks” to pass the class.

A student who was eager to demonstrate her skill at the “stick party” was Shanae Breckenridge. Shanae, who expects to graduate next summer with an associate’s degree in medical assisting, talked about her decision to come to National.  Shanae explained that she originally studied to become a paralegal, but after her child was born, she was interested in a career that she could obtain “quicker” as she “had an interest in the medical field,” so she began classes at National in September, 2012.

Having completed several courses in the medical assisting program, Shanae is looking forward to using her skills in an entry-level medical assisting position. At this point, she does not have a preference for a doctor’s office or hospital work setting.  She said, “I can really work anywhere” to gain experience. The skills practiced at the “stick party” will certainly be useful in Shanae’s future career.

Medical assisting student Shanae Breckenridge (left) is pictured with business student Rashida Hughes.


PIKEVILLE
FORMER COAL MINER CHOOSES A NEW CAREER PATH

FORMER COAL MINER CHOOSES A NEW CAREER PATH

Pikeville Campus student Clinton Stump came to American National University to pursue a new career.  Clinton was employed in the coal industry for 15 years.  In December 2012, he found himself unemployed and searching for a new career.   Clinton made the decision to pursue phlebotomy as his career path.   He was able to come to American National University through a grant, funded by the Workforce Investment Act, called H.O.M.E. (Hiring Our Miners Every day).  Clinton was determined to make American National University his choice, due to the small class size and one-on-one classroom environment.

When Clinton joined American National University he quickly fell into the life of a college student.  Clinton comes to school early to study in the library.  He has only missed one day of class and maintains a 3.3 GPA.    Recently during the annual Healthy Fun Fair, Clinton came early to help set up the event.  He made sure all the electrical was running correctly and spent several hours volunteering his time in the dunking booth.  Clinton states, “I love American National University and the education that I am receiving! “  Clinton was presented a certificate of appreciation for his hard work and dedication to the college during the Healthy Fun Fair. 

Phlebotomy student Clinton Stump (r) pictured with campus director Tammy Riley (l).


FLORENCE
STUDENT LIVES THE MEANING OF THE AMERICAN DREAM

STUDENT LIVES THE MEANING OF THE AMERICAN DREAM

For medical assisting student Anissa Hersi, the American dream has come true. When Anissa was living in her native country of Somalia, she would dream of the day when she could come to America and fulfill her dreams of becoming an American citizen and getting a college degree. Her journey from Somalia to Florence, Kentucky began in 2005.

After enrolling in the medical assisting program at the Florence campus, Anissa decided to pursue her second dream of becoming an American citizen. Anissa said that the most challenging aspect of studying for the test for her citizenship was learning about the American political system. In her efforts to acquire this knowledge, Anissa studied with Florence Campus director Amy Brown. Ms. Brown posed questions to Anissa and she gave her the answers. “Ms. Hersi has been committed to the experience of transitioning into her American citizenship; she stayed at the campus extra hours to give herself the right environment to study for the examination,” explained Amy. “I quizzed her on the various questions and answers from her study book to ensure that she was prepared…I couldn’t be more proud of her for accomplishing this for herself and her family.”

Anissa’s dream became a reality on Friday, July 12th when she became an American citizen. Only eight years after she arrived in the United States, Anissa has fulfilled her dreams of becoming an American citizen and pursing a degree in medical assisting.

Medical assisting student Anissa Hersi is now a citizen of the United States. 


DANVILLE, KENTUCKY
STUDENT HIRED AFTER SHOWCASING SKILLS DURING EXTERNSHIP

STUDENT HIRED AFTER SHOWCASING SKILLS DURING EXTERNSHIP

Linda Findling, a graduate of the medical billing and coding program at the Danville Campus (Kentucky), is working at Danville Medical Specialists, where she was hired following an externship with the practice.

Linda came to American National University after losing her job when her workplace closed.  She decided to train for a new career in the medical field, where she hoped to earn a better income, and find a stable job where she could work until retirement. 

During her externship at Danville Medical Specialists, Linda worked in the front office of the practice, performing billing tasks and checking in patients.  She said that she has enjoyed meeting patients and working with the staff in the office.

The externship also gave Linda an opportunity to showcase her skills to the employer.    “Linda is doing an excellent job, and did an excellent job as an extern,” said Matt Adams, office manager for Danville Medical Specialists.

Linda is continuing her education in the medical assisting program at American National University and is on track to graduate with her associate’s degree early next year. 

 Photo-Graduate Linda Findling was hired by Danville Medical Specialists after completing an externship with the practice.    

 


 
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