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Positive News Continues for American National University and National College Students

Positive News Continues for American National University and National College Students

With the current economy still challenging for many people, the need for graduates with career focused training and education in America’s workforce continues to be crucial.  It is widely known that investment in one’s education is absolutely worth the financial and time commitment and many students take advantage of student loans to finance their college education.  Through a combination of reasonable tuition costs, financial plans prepared to best utilize the resources available to each student, advice and assistance from our Repayment Success Department both during and after college, and the focused education and training our graduates need to find rewarding careers, National College holds an enviable track record when it comes to the ability of our students and graduates to successfully manage their student loan debt.

Beyond the numbers are the many stories of our students, graduates, and dedicated staff, who tirelessly work to develop financial plans that aid students in responsibly managing and repaying the investments they have made for their education.  This is a testament that many of our hardworking and successful students have seen a positive return on their education.  One of these graduates is LaShanda Leach, who earned a bachelor’s degree  in business administration-management  at the Louisville Campus, then continued on to earn her MBA through National online.  LaShanda said that as a single mom, she utilized student loans but she was counseled by her student services to only borrow the minimum amount of money that she needed to complete her education.  “I think that’s why National College students have one of the best rates of paying back their loans.  I only took out what I needed.  I didn’t max out my loan.  They educated you not to.”

Student Loan Default Rates—2-Year

Nationwide Average 10.0%

American National University 4.9%

National College (KY) 6.1%

National College (TN) 5.3%


One of the primary “yardsticks” used by the U.S. Department of Education to measure the effectiveness of educational institutions in preparing graduates for the workforce is the “Cohort Default Rate (CDR).”  Put simply, this is a measure of how well students are able to pay back their student loans and stay out of default.  In the government’s latest figures, released September 30, the campuses of National College of Kentucky had a 2-year CDR of 6.1 percent and a 3-year CDR of 9.4 percent.  Compared to the  national averages of 10.0 percent for 2-year and 14.7 percent for 3-year CDR’s, and Kentucky’s statewide averages of 12.9 percent and 17.3 percent respectively, National College students have performed far better than their peers at other colleges.

We are reaching the end of our 127th year of successfully providing a quality education that includes career-focused training, skills, and hands-on experience needed for careers in business, health professions, and information technology.  New programs have been added to keep up with the ever-changing career needs in areas such as cybersecurity and information technology.

We sincerely THANK all of our students and graduates who invested in their education and continue their career success.  We know that you are continuing to make positive contributions to our nation’s future. 

Pictured is graduate LaShanda Leach who has earned a bachelor's and master's degree from Natonal College.

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Company Has Been Partner Since 2010

Company Has Been Partner Since 2010

Faneuil [FAN-yuhl], Inc., is a nationally recognized leader in technology-enabled customer service, utilizing in-person and automated service delivery, particularly in complex, highly regulated environments in which precision and mastery of guidelines are of critical importance. Utilizing advanced applications and a team of more than 3,000 service professionals, Faneuil delivers broad customer care support to several diverse industries ranging from utilities, transportation, government services, and healthcare, to technology services, education and financial services, always with the goal of building its clients’ brands by providing exemplary customer service. The company was recognized by the Martinsville Campus as the Distinguished Community Employer for the recent term. 

“Since launching our Martinsville, Virginia operations in 2010, we have benefited from our collaborative relationship with National College in identifying qualified students and graduates to be considered for permanent employment opportunities in our multichannel customer care environment,” said Kathy Johnson, Faneuil Operations Manager.  “We are always looking for hard-working, career-minded people who are appropriately qualified and have a heart for customer service.  National College has been a valued resource to us in that initiative, and we look forward to the continuation of that partnership in the years ahead.”

Pictured (l) to (r):  Dawn Hundley, Human Resources Generalist, Annette Lawson, Career Center Director, and Kathy Johnson, Operations Manager

Medical Office Offers Externship Opportunities and Employment

Medical Office Offers Externship Opportunities and Employment

The Knoxville Campus presented Tennessee River Medicine with the Distinguished Community Employer Award for the summer term.  Within the past several months, the medical office has accepted several medical assisting students for externships and has hired graduates as well.  Tennessee River Medicine offers the students a variety of experiences and the opportunity to work in their multiple prominent locations.  Graduate Anise Banks, who has worked at three of the locations, stated, “I really enjoy Tennessee River and have grown a lot.” Word about Tennessee River’s comprehensive care spread quickly on our campus and students were excited.   India Jackson, who is currently completing her externship there, was so excited that she started going there before her hours would be counted.  “In my short time that I have been there, I have already learned so much,” said India.   “The staff is awesome.  I am treated so well and they are always willing to teach me everything I need or want to know.  I absolutely love it there.  I see so many different kinds of people and personalities and the treatment regimens are expanse.  I know that my experience here will have me very well-prepared to make a smooth transition upon graduation.”

Pictured (l) to (r): administrative assistant Zoey Weaver and medical assistant student India Jackson.

Senator Visits Fort Wayne Campus

Senator Visits Fort Wayne Campus

On Thursday, September 26, Senator Dennis Kruse took time to visit the Fort Wayne Campus.  Senator Kruse is the chairperson of the education committee in the state senate.

Senator Kruse took a tour of the campus with campus director Dan Sattison and the career center director, Patricia Knaebe.  He interacted with the staff, faculty, and students.  He engaged the staff with questions about the admissions process, the campus population, and the history of American National University.

Senator Kruse also visited a Written Communications class.  The class enrollment included students from the business, medical, and information technology programs.  While speaking to the class, he mentioned that the State of Indiana is a top state in the nation for allocating a portion of its budget to education.  He stated that 62% of the state’s entire budget is given to education from kindergarten through post-secondary education.  He confirmed that there is funding available to American National University students through the Frank O’Bannon Grant, the State Student Assistance Commission of Indiana (SSACI), and other state grants.  He urged students to speak with student services about participating in these grant opportunities.  While visiting the class he entertained the students, faculty, and staff present with his auctioneering skills.  He drew an enthusiastic round of applause for his example of calling an auction.

Patricia said, “It was a pleasure having Senator Kruse visit the Fort Wayne campus and providing campus staff, faculty, and students with important information about how the State of Indiana supports education.”

(A)-Pictured (l) to (r) are:  Senator Dennis Kruse with campus director, Dan Sattison.

(B)-Senator Dennis Kruse (center) with the Written Communications class.

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