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Graduate and Veteran Phillip Kauffman Is Using His Military Experience and Education Every Day

Graduate and Veteran Phillip Kauffman Is Using His Military Experience and Education Every Day

Phillip Kauffman is an eight-year Marine Corps veteran who recently completed his bachelor’s degree in business administration-management at the Harrisonburg Campus.

Phillip entered the Reserves in December, 2004.  He had previously completed one semester at James Madison University in Harrisonburg in 2007, but his educational plans were interrupted when his combat engineer unit was deployed to Iraq. He was injured in 2008, and went through a recovery period for a year and a half.  As he began to transition back toward civilian life and a return to reserve status, Phillip heard about American National University through a friend who suggested that he use his GI Bill to continue his education.

“I chose business administration-management because it was the broadest major,” said Phillip.  He added that he knew that he could go in so many directions with it.  While at ANU, he gained experience in accounting, procedures, and software.  Phillip also said that he learned planning and strategic management while in the military but that at ANU, he honed these business skills and enjoyed management. 

Phillip said that he was able to transfer his credits from JMU, as well as receive academic credit for his relevant military experience.  He said that knowledgeable staff at ANU helped him with the transfer of credits, as well as the application of “life experience credit.”  “You take life experience, and apply it to learning objectives from a class,” explained Phillip.  “Provided you meet all those learning objectives, it takes the place of a class.”  Phillip added that he was on a “tight timetable” to finish his degree before he was set to be deployed again.  The staff came through for him and made sure that he completed everything before he left.  He knew that he did not want to have to serve and then return to take one more credit.

Phillip endured many long days for 4 years to obtain his degree.  He was working full-time more than 40 hours a week, and then attended classes in the evenings; often until 9:30 or 10:00PM.  He particularly enjoyed instructor Chris Balderson’s accounting class.  Phillip said, “I was not big on accounting, but I received a better grasp of accounting through him.”  He said that Chris currently works in the accounting field and applies a lot of real life experiences to the classroom. 

Phillip is currently the purchasing manager for Hawk Security Systems Inc., in Harrisonburg.  He is using a lot of the skills that he learned at ANU on the job such as time management and communications.  He said, “I have to do a lot of negotiating throughout the day with different vendors.  I learned a lot from my communications classes… about always kind of how to persuade more of what I want versus what they are able to offer…”  He said he enjoys every aspect and interacting with people every day. 

The most important quality that he took away from his education according to Phillip is time management skills.  He said that his military discipline also helped with this but that he gets to the gym every day at 5AM and then goes to bed at 11PM.  Phillip said, “There are a lot of things in between that have to happen before I call it a day.  I learned to set time aside for homework versus personal time.”

Phillip added that he received ANU grants along with his G.I. Bill.  For example, the Blue Ribbon Grant covered the cost of all of his books.  He said, “I really had no out of pocket expenses because grants took over where the G.I. Bill left off so I had an incentive to go to school.”

(A)-Veteran and Graduate of the Harrisonburg Campus, Phillip Kauffman.

(B)-Phillip Kauffman at the ANU Wall of Honor.

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Career Success Before Graduation

Career Success Before Graduation

When Charity Navarre first considered going back to school, it was a bit overwhelming.  She was a stay-at-home mom with an autistic two-year-old child. Charity spoke to one of the admissions representatives at the Lynchburg Campus, Crystal Souder, who reassured her that she could accomplish her dream. 

Charity started classes in June 2012. Charity’s first class was Medical Terminology with Judith Bateman who was a tough instructor, but she received an “A.” That gave her the confidence she needed to continue her education. She soon realized that she was going to need work experience in order to get a job in her field after graduation.  She talked with Nancy Wilcox, the career center director, who informed her that Team Nurse was going to be on campus for a job fair in July. Charity attended the job fair and met Mary Martin, the team nurse administrator. Mary talked with her about becoming a personal care aide (PCA). Charity applied that day.  Ms. Martin said, “Our hire rate is very successful and we always find qualified applicants from [American National University].”After completing a brief training class with Team Nurse, Charity started working the following week. 

After working as a PCA for only two months, Charity found out the staffing coordinator position was opening at Team Nurse.  Charity applied and after two interviews and a month of waiting, she got the job. Charity now hires employees and staffs clients with personal care aides in order to help them in their homes with their daily activities.

Now that Charity’s education is coming to an end, she is shocked at all she has accomplished. While she can’t wait for this term to end and graduate, she values her education and is so happy she took the challenge. Charity said, “I owe my success to National College or what is now American National University.”  

A-Charity Navarre is the staffing coordinator at Team Nurse in Lynchburg, VA.

B-Upcoming graduate, Charity Navarre and Mary Martin, administrator of Team Nurse, Charity’s employer.  

Graduate Is Hired By Externship Site

Graduate Is Hired By Externship Site

Lynsey Beam, a graduate of the pharmacy technician program at the Fort Wayne Campus, did not have to look very long or far for a career opportunity in her field.  She was hired by her externship site, Grandview Pharmacy, before she graduated.  “Lynsey was a great intern.  She picked up skills quickly due to her education and she was easy to teach,” said Darla Quinn, the operations manager of Grandview Pharmacy when asked about her hiring.  “[She] fit in well with others and her education was a good match for our facility.”

“The externship helped me with the hands-on experience and helped with transitioning into a job here [at Grandview],” said Lynsey.  “I am used to the flow of the day and I observed how others worked.”  Lynsey added that she loves her new job because it is what she has always wanted to do.

Lynsey added that she prefers the distribution environment to retail and feels that Grandview Pharmacy is a good fit.  “My education prepared me for working here.”

Pharmacy Technician graduate Lynsey Beam and Darla Quinn of Grandview Pharmacy reviewing a medication order.

Civil War Comes Alive Once More in the Classroom

Civil War Comes Alive Once More in the Classroom

If you can’t go to the battlefield, Dr. Annette Chamberlin of the Roanoke Valley Campus will bring it you in the American Economic History class. As students prepared to examine the Civil War’s economic impact during the late nineteenth century, students met with Raymond (Doug) Camper, a Civil War Re-enactor.  Student Vickie Vaughn said, “Mr. Camper made a history lecture seem quite real by presenting the stories of both the Union and Confederate soldiers.” One minute Doug was pretending to be a private in the Confederate army and the next minute, he was a Union officer. Students were mesmerized as Mr. Camper shared soldiers’ experiences of hardship, sacrifice and bravery. He allowed students to see inside the daily lives of soldiers.  For example, Mr. Camper described the poor and meager food rations, explaining that “hard tack” – kind of a simple cracker or biscuit -- was the daily ration of Union food. Students also listened attentively as he described the state of medical care and the number of casualties due to wounds and disease.  More soldiers died of disease than war injuries.

Students got to imagine women as soldiers and spies, too. Four hundred women were registered as soldiers. Perhaps the best and most important moments of the presentation were when students realized the significance of the campus’s location in Salem, Virginia to the war effort and how the war impacted our economy.  The Civil War came to Salem two times: with Averell's raid in December 1863, and again with the Battle of Hanging Rock in June, 1864.  Mr. Camper’s showcase of the Civil War helped students to observe the war’s sesquicentennial anniversary that is underway nationwide.

Civil War Re-enactor Raymond Camper with Dr. Annette Chamberlin of the Roanoke Valley Campus.


Students Witness Emergency Services Personnel In Action

Students Witness Emergency Services Personnel In Action

On Monday, November 4th, students in instructor Lisa Harbert’s EMS Operations class had the unique opportunity to witness a live demonstration of an emergency helicopter crew working tandem with a local fire and rescue station.

As in true dramatic fashion, Carilion Clinic’s Life-Guard 10 landed in the campus’s parking lot just as it would in an emergency situation with crews from the City of Salem’s Fire-EMS Department on hand to provide landing assistance.

Upon landing, the flight crew gave students a tour of the helicopter explaining how its space is able to accommodate up to two patients, two medical attendants, and two pilots. Students also learned about the various medical gear onboard the helicopter including oxygen and advance airway supplies, critical care medications, cervical collars and other splinting devices, a ventilator, and cardiac and pediatric equipment.

Before and after the live demonstrations, students heard from flight medic David Thomas who shared his personal experiences about what working on the life-saving helicopter was like.

Kelly Waskewicz is one of several students that benefitted from this exciting learning opportunity. She is in her last term of the emergency medical technology – paramedic degree program and hopes to start her new career at a local fire and/or emergency medical service agency. “I love that this college provides visual learning opportunities like this,” Kelly said as she expressed the value of the real-life experiences that ANU provides its students. “Even though I may not be a flight medic, this helps me to see all of the opportunities that are available in this field.”

Kelly previously earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science but soon after she finished her program, she realized that her true passion was in the medical field. She and fellow student Dan Noel are both working at an externship with the City of Salem Fire-EMS Department where she works 24 hours on and 24 hours off. “I sleep there with the rest of the crew. We eat together. I get the whole experience.”

Kelly is excited about her new career and is thankful to ANU for helping her accomplish her career goals. “ANU brought my education to the next level,” Kelly said with excitement for her new career possibilities. “There’s not one thing that I learned from this program that won’t help me when I enter the field.”

In the top photo, students are pictured with their instructor Lisa Harbert, the Carilion Clinic Life-Guard 10 medic crew and pilot, Salem Fire Department, campus director Ron Bradbury (left) and ANU President Frank Longaker (2nd left).

In the bottom photo, Kelly Waskewicz is pictured on the right learning about the inside of a life-saving helicopter during the Life-Guard 10 demonstration.

Bristol Campus Celebrates Constitution Day

Bristol Campus Celebrates Constitution Day

The Bristol Campus celebrated Constitution Day on Tuesday, September 17th with a hefty dose of patriotism.  Two ceremonies took place in honor of the ratification of the United States Constitution by the U.S. Constitutional Convention on September 17, 1787.  Each ceremony featured the Pledge of Allegiance led by members of the Tennessee High School Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps and honorary guest speakers.

State Representative Jon Lundberg, a captain in the U.S. Navy Reserve, distributed flags to the students and spoke about what the Pledge of Allegiance and the United States Constitution means to him and his family.  Mark Diddle, who holds a Master of Divinity (M.Div.), discussed how his experiences abroad confirmed to him that U.S. citizens are indeed unique from citizens of other countries.  He said that Americans enthusiastically “try to share our interpretation of freedom with the rest of the world.” 

Veteran Mark Diddle speaks to students in the student lounge at the Bristol Campus.


Campus Has Presence at Women’s Expo

Campus Has Presence at Women’s Expo

Several staff members and instructors from the Princeton Campus, along with medical assisting students, attended the 12th Annual Women’s Expo sponsored by the Princeton Mercer County Chamber of Commerce on Friday, October 25th and Saturday, October 26th.

Numerous health care providers, academic institutions, radio and television broadcasters, crafters, and jewelers, along with a host of other companies throughout the area, were represented at this event. The attendance exceeds 5,000 each year. 

The Princeton Campus staff and instructors distributed information and medical assistants performed blood pressure screenings for those visiting the booth.

Student Keisha Farmer is shown taking Crystal Collins’ blood pressure. 

Record-breaking Admissions Class

Record-breaking Admissions Class

This term, the Cleveland Campus had its largest enrollment: 31 students, including 25 women and six men, according to the admissions staff.  Most are full-time students and many hold jobs in addition to their education.

Though credit for the successful term may be given to many people, it must start with the admissions staff.  The staff made a concerted, committed effort to add value to each prospective student.  “The students were not accustomed to receiving that one-on-one attention from their previous schools (high school or college),” said admissions representative David Foust.   “No one else had ever had a conversation with them about their ultimate goals. That made a big difference to them.”

As the summer ended, Foust and co-worker Loretta Rodgers committed to an unprecedented level of teamwork in all aspects of their work.  At every stage of the recruitment process, they stayed in constant communication with each other and other campus departments.  Loretta said, “The waiver of the …application fee was also a big factor for most of them.”

Enrolling in college is one thing, but staying is another.  Loretta and David repeatedly emphasized to each new student that a sustained, successful college experience was first and foremost their own responsibility.  Rodgers said, “Students found the secondary campus resources—counseling, academic tutoring, and assistance with computer database access, etc.—most effective once they established an attitude of personal responsibility.”

The students themselves not only agree on personal accountability, they even support each other.  “We always work together and encourage one another,” said Brooke Pierce, who’s on track to make the Dean’s List for the first time in her life.  “We give each other hugs and high fives whenever we accomplish something,” student Diamond Crosby agreed. “When one of us is down, the others lift her back up.” 

Paula Henry, another new student, credits National’s supportive staff and faculty members with helping her succeed in college after a 30-year absence.

(A)-Student Paula Henry and admissions representative David Foust of the Cleveland Campus. 

(B)Student Brooke Pierce with David Foust.


Honors Graduate Comes Full Circle

Honors Graduate Comes Full Circle

Crystal Moretto is an honors graduate of the Madison Campus, having earned an associate’s degree in medical assisting.  She received one of the highest awards given at graduation, the Achievement Award.  Crystal said, “The medical [assisting] program and the instructors prepared me so well for my [externship] and the [Registered Medical Assistant] exam that I was able to obtain employment from my extern site and pass the RMA with flying colors.”

“I was a restaurant manager for ten years, and although I liked my job I always felt like there was something missing in my life,” Explained Crystal.  “I [spoke] with my neighbor who was attending National.  She talked so highly of National and the thought of going back to school later [in] life sold me.  The next day I went to the school and enrolled!”

Crystal now works at St. Thomas Midtown Hospital (formerly Baptist Hospital) in Nashville as a registered medical assistant.  Crystal works for Dr. Alicia Hall who believes in giving back to the community.  One of Crystal’s responsibilities is to contact local colleges to provide externships for students. Her education has come full circle.  

Graduate Crystal Moretto is employed as a registered medical assistant. 


Student Has Positive Experience at Job Fair

Student Has Positive Experience at Job Fair

“Fall into a New Career” was the theme behind the career fair that was held at the Martinsville Campus on Tuesday, October 29th.  Sixteen employers participated in the career fair in hopes of seeking students for employment along with opportunities for students to volunteer.  Faneuil, Inc., RTI International Metals, Inc., StaffMasters, The Results Companies, Memorial Hospital of Martinsville-Henry County, and Virginia Mirror Company, Inc., are just a few of the companies who participated with current job opportunities in various fields. 

“I have seen many examples of talent from students and find their enthusiasm and dedication to be both inspiring and motivating,” said Beverly Riddle, human resources manager for Virginia Mirror Company. “I am also impressed by the diligence and work ethics from faculty and staff from the job fairs that I have attended and I do look forward to attending more in the future.”

Information systems engineering student Vincent Greenfield said, “My experience with the job fair left me with a positive feeling about my future in the industry of technology after meeting representatives from Wells Fargo and ICF International, Inc.”

Student Vincent Greenfield meeting with Wells Fargo representative John Patterson. 


Difference Maker - Computer Instructor - Susan Walsh

Difference Maker - Computer Instructor - Susan Walsh


Susan Walsh—Difference Maker at the South Bend Campus


Instructor of Keyboarding, Microsoft Office, Desktop Applications, and Spreadsheet Applications courses


  • American National University faculty member since 2010
  • Has taught keyboarding and computer-related classes to high school and adult students for 36 years


Holds a bachelor’s degree in business education from Ball State University and a master’s degree in vocational education from University of Cincinnati


“American National University students are very polite and have a sense of humor. I appreciate their eagerness to learn and their motivation to do well in class. I most admire the students because they made a choice to come back to school to get a career. It is not always easy, but their motivation and determination keeps them focused on their goal. When I see this, it makes me very proud to be a part of their lives.

“I want [my students] to think of me as their boss on the job. Do you want your boss to find any errors on the document that you submit? Do you want your boss to notice that it was not set up properly? I challenge them to make sure that everything is done correctly and accurately before turning in their work. It is better to take the extra time to see that everything was done correctly the first time than to hurry through to get it finished. The student will save time in the long run by being accurate.

“One of the best things about being part of the American National University faculty is the size of the college. It is small enough so that it is easy to get to know other faculty members and also to get to know the students better. When the numbers are smaller, there is more time to focus on the individual students and their needs. It is also good to be able to converse with other faculty members about courses or students. We all learn so much from each other when we interact and share ideas. Students and faculty all benefit when this takes place.”

Susan Walsh is a Difference Maker at the South Bend Campus.


Medical Facility Is Externship Advocate

Medical Facility Is Externship Advocate

The Youngstown Campus recently awarded a Distinguished Community Employer plaque to University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Horizon. Vice president of patient services, Glenn Riley, and chief nursing officer, Melissa Kolin, accepted the award on behalf of UMPC.  The facility has been an advocate of our externship program for students studying surgical technology, medical assisting, and phlebotomy. It has benefited our students immeasurably as they are able to apply the skills and education they learned in the classroom into an actual healthcare setting.

The team at UPMC Horizon has invested time and energy into their busy schedules for our upcoming graduates in providing hands-on training. The college and UPMC Horizon developed a wonderful partnership three years ago. UPMC has also hired two phlebotomy and three surgical technology graduates.   Campus director Mike Boyle said,  “The students who extern with UPMC are thrilled that they learn so much and really enjoy the opportunity to receive real- life training in a hospital setting, and a great bonus for those offered full time employment after completing their externship.”

"The strong partnership between American National University and UPMC is invaluable for students as they begin their new careers; in addition to providing a hands-on learning environment," said Melissa Kolin. “We appreciate the partnership that we have developed with American National University; the students are knowledgeable, respectful, and eager to learn,” she said.  “We will continue to strengthen our partnership with American National University in the years to come.”

Pictured (l) to (r): Glenn Riley and Melissa Kolin of UPMC Horizon accept the Distinguished Community Employer award from Youngstown Campus director Mike Boyle.

Graduate Built Foundation for Success at National College

Graduate Built Foundation for Success at National College

In her job working as an account executive for Valpak, Tammie Flege loves partnering with her clients to create marketing campaigns to bring customers to their door.  “I love talking to people[and] working with people.  I work very hard, but it’s fun,” explained Tammie.  “You really get to dig in deep and find out how they make money, and what drives consumers to them, then come up with an idea or plan to make them successful.”

Tammie couldn’t be happier in her career and she feels that her business administration-management diploma program, which she completed at the Florence Campus in 1997, gave her the strong business foundation that she needed to build a successful career.

She came to American National University right out of high school, unsure of what her future held, but knowing that she wanted to learn the basics of business.  While many of her friends moved into dormitories at large universities, Tammie recalled that “I just liked that I was close to home and I could [finish the program] quickly.  I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, and didn’t want to commit myself to a four-year program, and then end up not doing what I went [to school to do].”

She still uses the knowledge gained in her accounting, business law, and business communications classes in her career today.  “What I chose was just basic core [business classes].  I knew that I wanted to be in business, and it has helped me to get everything that I ever wanted to do,” said Tammie.

Near the end of her program at National, she used the services of the career center and was placed in her first full-time job working in inside sales for a pneumatics company.  Tammie said, “I was just out of school, and my only true experience was a few part time jobs…but I had those business classes, I was Microsoft certified in all of those programs. I was able to get my foot in the door and build from there. ”

She is constantly setting new goals for herself in her work at Valpak, and she plans to continue to help others build their businesses for many years to come.  “I am very competitive and very driven,” said Tammie with a smile. “I’m very happy where I’m at right now, so at this point in my life and career, I really can’t see myself going anywhere else.”

Graduate Tammie Flege enrolled at the Florence Campus in 1997 right after high school and is currently employed by Valpak. 

Guest Speaker Shares His Passion for Ornithology with Biology Class

Guest Speaker Shares His Passion for Ornithology with Biology Class

On Tuesday, October 29th, the Introduction to Biology Class at the Danville, Kentucky Campus was pleased to have Ron Vanover as a guest speaker.  He currently serves as the State Naturalist for the Kentucky Department of Parks. 

Mr. Vanover spoke about the integration of ornithology, the study of birds, into daily life as a source of recreation.  He discussed identification of birds by sight and by vocalization, habitat maintenance and improvement, and bird behaviors.  

“He was very informative,” said medical assisting student Lori Owens. “I learned that I had been calling certain birds by a wrong name. For example, the large bird that is always seen on the lakes is really a blue heron, not a crane like I had thought.”

Manaki Pendleton, also a medical assisting student, said that she also enjoyed the presentation.  “Ron Vanover was a very interesting guest. He was very knowledgeable in his area of work, and listening to him make the noises of the birds was awesome,” she said.

(l) to (r):Guest Speaker Ron Vanover, Masadies Williams, Brittany Smallwood, Riley Hatfield, Manaki Pendleton, Yvonna Goode, Cortney Reed , Lori Owens, Mr. Lee Wilmot, Instructor, Angela Flynn, Misti Murphy, and Stephanie Padgett.


Campus is "One-Stop Shop" for Local Employer

Campus is

JenCare Neighborhood Medical Centers recently held on-site interviews at the Louisville Campus for front office, medical assisting, and pharmacy technician job openings at their three Louisville locations.

Skye Verdon, staffing and development director for JenCare, conducted interviews, and Amanda Gracie, a graduate of the Louisville Campus who was recently promoted to team lead at JenCare, administered skills assessments with the job candidates.   Several students received job offers on the spot for front office positions, and others were selected to advance to second interviews for medical assisting and pharmacy technician positions.

JenCare, who was named a Distinguished Community Employer by the Louisville Campus earlier this year, has hired a number of American National University graduates.   “It is my exclusive school that I work with in Louisville. We made you guys our one-stop shop,” said Ms. Verdon.  “It really benefits me,” she said of her partnership with career center director Donna Reed-Carson.  “We’ve had a great turn out of candidates. The bottom line is we trust the people that you send us.”

Skye Verdon (r), staffing and development director of JenCare Regional Medical Centers, is shown conducting an on-site interview at the Louisville Campus with medical billing and coding graduate Tsehai Williams (l).

Career Fair Connects Employers with Graduates

Career Fair Connects Employers with Graduates

On Wednesday, November 6th, the Pikeville Campus held a career fair to help connect employers with American National University graduates and students.  The public was also invited to the campus to attend the fair.

Employers who participated in the career fair included Pikeville Medical Center, St. Joseph Martin-Kentucky One Health, Lowe’s, Food City, Hospice of the Bluegrass, Kentucky Teleworks and more.   Resource agencies such as the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Kentucky Career Center were also available to assist attendees with their job search.

Ashlay Smith, a recent graduate of the medical assisting program, is working closely with career center director Tiffani Ballard who is assisting her with her job search. Tiffani helped Ashlay refine her résumé, and she has also conducted mock interviews with her to prepare her to meet with employers.

The career fair, another service of the American National University Career Center, gave Ashlay an opportunity to talk personally with employers and submit her résumé for positions that they had available.  “I’m very optimistic,” she said of her prospects for employment after talking with employers during the event.

Phlebotomy and medical assisting graduate Ashlay Smith (r) is shown presenting her resume to St. Joseph Martin-Kentucky One Health human resource recruiter Andrea Watts (left) during the Pikeville Campus career fair.

Faculty Members Inspire a New Career Direction

Faculty Members Inspire a New Career Direction

Amber Conkwright of the Lexington Campus will graduate with her associate’s degree in business administration – accounting at the end of this term and her story is one of success…and a total change in career direction which even took her by surprise.

With a long career in various sales positions, Amber was very enthused to enroll in the business administration – management program. She had aspirations of a sales management career and started on her path toward a 4.0 GPA and finishing her degree.  “After having my children I realized I no longer wanted the extensive travel and long hours required by my sales career,” Amber explained.  “I wanted a career that would provide more time with my husband and children, and college was my only viable alternative.”

Approximately three terms into her management degree, Amber came to the realization her interests were strongly pointing toward accounting – due to the inspiration of her accounting instructors. Amber said, “I was surprised at my interest in the field and also by my apparent skills in accounting.”  She decided to change majors and will finish her associate’s degree in accounting in November and will then pursue her bachelor’s degree.  “I’m delighted with my new career direction,” said Amber.  “Everyone here at National has been so helpful – and they inspired me to continue my education in my new career.  I love it here and wouldn’t want to go anywhere else!”

Amber Conkwright will graduate this month with an associate’s degree in accounting.

"A Better Person"

Congratulations to Beverly LeMaster, a medical assisting student from the Richmond Campus, whose essay received an Honorable Mention in the American National University Essay Contest.  Beverly recently accepted her award of a $50 Visa gift card from student services director Cynthia Hansel.

The theme of the essay contest was “How Has My American National University Education Helped Me?”  In her essay, Beverly said:

“I've been attending American National University for over a year now, I'm in the medical assisting program. Over the past year I've made new friends and learned so much and have become a better person. National has showed me so much in learning what I need to become job ready…I'm looking forward to finishing my education through National and going out into the workforce using my education. I have truly enjoyed being a National student at the Richmond Campus.”

You can find all of the essays by clicking on the Essay Contest tab on the American National University Facebook page.

Student services director Cynthia Hansel (l) presents a $50 Visa gift card to essay contest winner Beverly LeMaster (r) of the Richmond Campus.

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