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Business Degree Helps Graduate Build His Own Business

Business Degree Helps Graduate Build His Own Business

Travis Myles has found a new outlook on life after earning his business administration-accounting degree at the Memphis Campus.  “With a degree, it just changes everything.  You can’t look at life the same anymore,” said Travis. “You just have to have more and to keep going.  It definitely changed me.”

No longer willing to accept the status quo, Travis is using the knowledge gained in his program at National College to take his career, working in central service for Sedgwick Claims Management Services, and his own business, Myles Professional Solutions, to the next level.

Travis attended a large university right after high school, but he couldn’t get the one-on-one help from that he needed as he vied for his instructors’ attention in classes of 150 students.  But at National, he found small classes and instructors who cared.

He considers instructor Marcus Tate, who shared his experiences working in the field of accounting, to be his mentor.  “Staying focused and staying on task—he instilled that in me,” Travis explained.

The computer skills that Travis gained in his program at National have also been vital to his professional growth.  “Computer skills mean a great deal.  A lot of people try to ignore it…but you need it,” he said, adding that he uses programs such as Microsoft Excel to keep himself organized and efficient on the job.

Thanks to his accounting program at National, Travis knows the proper procedures for bookkeeping for his business, which provides commercial janitorial services, residential and commercial carpet cleaning, and more.  His courses in management, ethics and communications have enabled him build his company’s client base and his ultimate goal is to eventually work in the business full-time.  “Over time, it’s built up where I have a consistent client base, and I’m working on new contracts daily.  There’s nothing like getting up and putting your foot in front of you, knowing that you have to make it happen,” he said.  “I have to crawl before I walk, but I definitely want the fulfillment of having my own business.”

Travis recommends that others enroll at National to get the training they need to make their career goals a reality.  “Definitely make National your first choice,” he advised.

Graduate Travis Myles is the owner of Myles Professional Solutions in Memphis, Tennessee.


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Guest Speaker Educates Students Regarding Diseases

Guest Speaker Educates Students Regarding Diseases

On Wednesday, September 4th, Dr. Marguerite A. Erme, the Medical Director of the Summit County Health District, visited the Akron Area Campus for a presentation on HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention.  Dr. Erme spoke in front of surgical technology, health information management, and environmental science classes.  Her presentation focused on how HIV is transmitted, treated, and prevented; but she also discussed the importance of understanding the disease while working within the health care field.  One student commented on how interesting it was to learn about the length of time the virus can be present without noticeable symptoms.

 Dr. Marguerite Erme spoke to several classes at the Akron Area Campus about HIV and the importance of understanding the disease.

Medical Students Participate In Mock Demonstration

Medical Students Participate In Mock Demonstration

Some of the medical assisting students at the Columbus Campus recently had the opportunity to see how medical professionals respond to real-life medical emergencies.  Beth Laurenz, health care education director, organized their participation in a mock demonstration with Department of Homeland Security and EMS responders.  Potential medical emergencies were recreated, and a lot of effort was spent to make them as realistic as possible.  The students volunteered to play the part of victims.

The first emergency they acted out was a hazardous chemical spill.  The students played the part of the people contaminated by the spill.  They were told to wait outside while the site was put in lockdown mode.  It was also explained to them that had this been real, they would have been put in a decontamination shower. 

The second emergency acted out was a school shooting.  Here, the students were triaged through the emergency room to surgery and then to the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU).  Finally, they were admitted to the medical surgical floor.

Medical assisting student Faithia Pugh felt that she really learned a lot from this field trip, and she plans on taking the first-hand knowledge she gained with her as she advances into her career.  Faithia said, “If I’m in the healthcare field and something like this happens, I’ll know what to do.”

Beth Laurenz observed that many of her students had not previously known how much the police work together with other first responders in a medical emergency.  She said that another mock demonstration is being planned for next year. 

Students who participated in the medical mock demonstration are front row: Faithia Pugh (l) and Ms. Beth Laurenz (r).  Back row: Joan Martinez (l) and Veronica Flemister (r).



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