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National Paved the Way to Furthering Graduate's Education and Career

National Paved the Way to Furthering Graduate's Education and Career

In her job working as the Entrepreneurial Training Academy (ETA) coordinator for the Greater Cincinnati Microenterprise Initiative (GCMI), Tracey Hayes helps others fulfill their dreams of owning their own business as she leads them through training and mentoring programs that will help them succeed.  But Tracey’s career and her own dream of earning a college degree might not have become a reality without the support she found at the Cincinnati Campus.

Earlier in her career, Tracey had just been promoted to executive director of another non-profit organization, the Cincinnati Business Incubator (CBI), when she realized that she needed to earn a degree to be most effective in her new job.  She previously attended a large university, but when she began to struggle in class, she was told that college might not be the right choice for her.  “It was just too much for me,” she recalled. “They weren’t…sensitive to students’ needs,” said Tracey.  “I was told that probably this wasn’t for me.  So, I left.”

Tracey enrolled at American National University, located just minutes from her home, and found everything that she needed to succeed. “The evening classes, the small classes, the attention that the professors gave me, the instructors with their real life experience that they brought to the classroom—it was awesome. I certainly enjoyed it,” said Tracey.  “I went to National and I’ve been an honor roll student ever since.”
After earning her associate’s degree in business administration-management at National, Tracey’s confidence soared, and she transferred to Tiffin University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in two years thanks to her National degree.  “Without National, I wouldn’t have been able to springboard to my bachelor’s degree program. National gave me the foundation that I needed to excel in the classroom,” she explained.  “It was my launch pad because my feet were on the ground, but I couldn’t go anywhere…National gave me the academic understanding that I needed to get further.   National paved the way.”
In her work at GCMI, Tracey is inspired by the  business leaders of tomorrow as she works with them to help them reach their goals, just as her education at National helped her reach her own. “American National University was a game changer in my life,” she said. “I always said that I’m going to be a business woman, so I’m living the dream.”

A-Tracey Hayes, a graduate of the Cincinnati Campus, said that her degree from American National University allowed her to continue her education and further her career.

B-Graduate Tracey Hayes is pictured with Willie Hill, executive director of GCMI.

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Lynchburg Campus Veterans Day Celebration

Lynchburg Campus Veterans Day Celebration

The Lynchburg Campus was excited to host a Veterans Day celebration to honor our students, faculty, and staff who served in the military.  The campus appreciates having these service men and women because they are able to share their experiences with us. To say thank you, the campus presented the veterans with a cake and gift sets along with acknowledgements from other students and instructors. 

Front Row, pictured (l) to (r): Vincent Jackson, Brian Johnson, Michele Haberle. Back Row (l) to (r): James Johnson, Dylan March, Jeff Robey, Marvin Cash.





Danville, KY Campus Veterans Day Celebration

Danville, KY Campus Veterans Day Celebration

Danville Campus administrative assistant Angel Doss and business administration-accounting student Josh Parsons volunteered at the annual Heritage Hospice's Veterans Appreciation Day luncheon that was held on Veterans Day at Danville’s National Guard Armory.

The event featured a dinner and gave veterans from Boyle County and the surrounding area an opportunity to fellowship.  Josh and Angel worked at the registration table where more than one thousand veterans checked in for the event. 

“My interaction with the veterans during the registration made me feel at home,” said Josh, a veteran of the U.S. Army. “It’s great to see them in good spirits after the scars many of them have suffered. This was a humbling experience for me, and I am honored to serve them.”

“I enjoy volunteering because it gives me such pleasure to serve our veteran’s each year,” added Angel.  “This is my sixth year volunteering, and I will continue to volunteer because it is an honor”.

A-Army Veteran and Danville Campus student Josh Parsons volunteered at the annual
Heritage Hospice’s Veterans Appreciation Day luncheon.

B-More than one thousand veterans attended the luncheon where administrative assistant Angel Doss and student Josh Parsons volunteered.

Parkersburg Campus Veterans Day Celebration

Parkersburg Campus Veterans Day Celebration

The Parkersburg Campus of American National University was host to a Veterans Thanksgiving Dinner recently.  Vets from throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley came to enjoy a holiday dinner of deep fried turkey, ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, and pumpkin pie. Veterans from World War II, Vietnam, and the war in Iraq joined together to share stories, relax and feast on the holiday fare.  The meal was prepared and served by the university’s staff and students.  While the adults were busy with conversation, the young people in the crowd made cards that will be sent to troops who are serving overseas during this holiday season.

Amanda Parkhurst, a student at the campus and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, was one of the guests at the dinner.  “It was awesome of the college to participate in this wonderful program to reach out to the veterans of the area,” said Amanda.

The staff and students of American National University Parkersburg Campus were pleased to be able to thank the veterans for the service they have given to our country.  The gathering together of young and old to share experiences over a good meal was a wonderful beginning to the holiday season.

Student and Air Force Veteran Amanda Parkhurst was one of the guests at the Veterans Day dinner held at the Parkersburg Campus. 

Bristol Campus Veterans Day Celebration

Bristol Campus Veterans Day Celebration

The Bristol Campus held a ceremony to honor veterans on Wednesday, November 13th.   The ceremony featured guest speaker Army Captain John Wasik and food prepared by student David Roach.  Captain Wasik has served three active duty tours--one in Somalia and two in Iraq.  He currently serves in the Reserves and as a recruiter for the East Tennessee State University Army ROTC cadets.  Captain Wasik spoke about the cultural differences that he encountered while serving in both Somalia and Iraq.  He briefly described earning his Combat Infantry Badge in Somalia in 1993.

Sacrifice is a word commonly used to describe what is required to serve in the United States Military—especially when it comes to one’s personal safety, family, and time.  At the end of the ceremony, each student, faculty member, and guest veteran in the audience was invited to stand up and briefly describe his/her service.  After doing so, each veteran was honored with applause and a special gift. 

National College strives to honor and welcome veterans and there are more than 20 who either work for or attend the Bristol Campus location alone.  More than one dozen veterans are students.  Three of those students are Gene A. Johnson Jr., DeMarcus Clark, and Joshua Bowen.  Gene is an Army veteran who was deployed twice to Iraq from 2004-2008. He is obtaining his degree in business administration-management and chose National College because, “it is veteran friendly.”  Gene added that he knows that National College will help him to “return to my former job as a Department of Defense civilian in a management position.”

DeMarcus Clark, Army veteran 1999-2003, was deployed to a peace-keeping mission in Bosnia in 2000.  He is pursuing his degree in network administration.  “I didn’t want to work in a factory job for the rest of my life and I wanted to challenge my mind,” said DeMarcus. His future career goals include working for an IT company and “fixing computers on the side.” 

Joshua Bowen, Army veteran, served two tours in Afghanistan from 2008 to 2010.  He is double majoring in business management and office technology professional.  He will graduate this month.  “When I got out of the military, the job market was not great and in order to find a job I was comfortable at I needed to get an education,” said Josh.   He chose National College because “it was close to home and I always wanted to go to a technology school.  I was never much for big universities.”  After he graduates, Josh plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree at National College.  After that he would like to obtain a government job and/or operate his own business. 

Army Captain John Wasik talks to students during a Veteran’s Day ceremony in the student lounge.

Columbus Campus Veterans Day Celebration

Columbus Campus Veterans Day Celebration

To commemorate Veterans Day, the Columbus Campus had a special event in which Cassandra Seward, who has served in both the United States Air Force and Air National Guard as a financial management technician and human resources officer, gave a presentation for students, staff, and faculty.  Cassandra is an adjunct faculty member at the campus.  She teaches courses in the business program.

When Cassandra was nineteen years old, she was working as a waitress, and she wanted to attend college, but she was unsure how she would pay for it.  After some contemplation and soul searching, she decided to enlist in the Air Force so she could take advantage of the education benefits.  She attended college while serving in the Air Force, earning an associate’s degree and a bachelor’s degree.  Cassandra was discharged from the Air Force after four years of service, but after the 9/11 terror attacks, she felt a call to return to military service, so she enlisted in the Air National Guard.  Two months after enlisting, she was working full-time.

Cassandra spoke about how her military service has helped her develop a much stronger love of the country than she had before entering the armed forces, and she illustrated this with a story about standing outside in the chilly rain for several hours in uniform while three service members who had paid the ultimate sacrifice were laid to rest.  She has a lot of reverence for the people who offer their time and effort into preserving the freedom we enjoy here in the United States.  This reverence transferred to many of the students who were present at Cassandra’s presentation as well.  “I thought it was very inspiring,” said MAA student Farnaz Yegeneh of the Veterans Day event.  Farnaz also expressed that she is thinking about entering into military service.

Adjunct instructor and Veteran, Cassandra Seward (back row-third from left), with those who listened to her personal story about her military service.

Roanoke Valley Campus Veterans Day Celebration

Roanoke Valley Campus Veterans Day Celebration

With many family members that have served in the military, student Eva Lynn was glad to be a part of the Roanoke Valley Campus Veterans Day celebration that took place in November.  Sitting next to her granddaughter, student Kristin Alls, the two paid tribute to Eva’s grandfather who served in World War I; her father who served in World War II; and her brother who served in Vietnam.

Two ceremonies were held at the Roanoke Valley Campus – one in the morning and one in the evening – on Veterans Day, November 11 and all students, faculty, and staff were invited to attend.  After a short video and remarks from ANU President Frank Longaker, participating veterans and their families were recognized for their service.  Filled with emotion as they remembered their loved ones, Kristin and Eva were thankful for the opportunity to recognize their family.

Paying tribute to family veterans during a Veterans Day ceremony is just one of many things that Eva and Kristin enjoy doing together while attending ANU.  They are both enrolled in the tourism and hospitality associate’s degree program.  Eva, who said she had always wanted to go to college but “life kept getting in the way,” hopes to find a job in hotel management upon graduation.  Kristin said she likes to organize and plan special events.  She hopes to use her degree to work for an event planning organization or a civic center.

With plans to graduate together at the Spring 2015 commencement ceremony, Eva and Kristin look forward to celebrating their academic accomplishments and new careers together.

A- Student Eva Lynn is pictured on the right with granddaughter and fellow student Kristin Alls at the Roanoke Valley Campus’s Veterans Day ceremony.

B- Guests of the Roanoke Valley Veterans Day ceremony are pictured as they stand in respect for the song “Taps.”

Company Trusts National College to Provide New Employees

Company Trusts National College to Provide New Employees

John Herman, campus director of the South Bend Campus, presented the Distinguished Community Employer award to Mandy Fischer, human resources recruiter with Beacon Health System.  The company has recently hired two full-time medical office assistant graduates: Lisa Eickleberry in the Memorial Medical Group (MMG) and Ashley McKinney in Centralized Scheduling at Navarre Place in South Bend.  Emily Shine, a 2012 pharmacy technician graduate, was also hired in the hospital’s pharmacy after completing a year in retail pharmacy last year. 

“The American National University education is excellent,” said Ms. Fischer.  “The graduates come in as professionals, prepared to interview and prepared to do their job.”  Lisa and Ashley have both hit the ground running and both thoroughly enjoy their positions.  Emily has fit into the pharmacy environment smoothly as well. 

Beacon Health System does have open positions which they will look to American National University to fill.  Because  their facilities require that most new hires have either certifications, experience, and/or both, American National University’s externships and the opportunity to additionally sit for various certifications prepare them well for the work force.   “We look forward to bringing more qualified graduates on board and are recommending for our managers to hire from National,” said Ms. Fischer.  Career center director Mary Mathews said, “The attributes of American National University graduates match well with Beacon’s values of enhancing the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of the communities they serve as the provider of outstanding quality, superior value, and comprehensive health care services.”  When asked if she would consider interviewing more American National University graduates, Ms. Fischer’s response without hesitation was, “absolutely”!

Campus director John Herman (r) presents the Distinguished Community Employer plaque to Mandy Fischer, human resources recruiter with Beacon Health System in South Bend.


Job Fair Yields Second Interviews and Hiring

Job Fair Yields Second Interviews and Hiring

Students at the Bartlett Campus were visited by 15 companies at its latest Job Fair on Monday, November 4th.  More than 44 students and community members attended the event. 

Eleven students were interviewed, two were called back for second interviews and one student was hired.  “I enrolled in National to help better my future and this has been one of the best decisions I have made in my life,” said student DeSean Walton, who will be graduating in May as a medical assistant.

Some of the companies represented at the job fair were Truelove’s In-Home Care, Aflac, SRVS (pronounced serves), Wells Fargo Bank, PharMEDium, Aerotek, Sam’s Club, Costco, and Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).“

I was extremely pleased with the turnout of employers to our most recent job fair,” said Sammie Q. Hawkins, career center director.  “We had four recruiters present from PharMEDium and Aerotek, both companies who hire our pharmacy tech graduates.  Additionally, we had Penny Patterson with ESGR (Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve).  Ms. Patterson also represents Heroes 2 Hired (H2H) jobs and Job Connection Education Program (JCEP).  Wayne McMichael, Veterans Employment Representative with the State of Tennessee, shared job information relating to veterans.  We always appreciate the employers taking time out of their busy schedules to spend time at the Bartlett Campus to talk with our students.”

DeSean Walton receives a t-shirt for applying with SRVS representatives Kytrinia Blakley and Metio Rosinser.  SRVS offers disabilities services to West Tennessee patrons that include residential, employment, clinical and learning center services. 

Clothing Giveaway Doubled as a Lesson of What to Wear

Clothing Giveaway Doubled as a Lesson of What to Wear

The Indianapolis Campus teamed up with the Church of the First Born Saints to host a women’s clothing giveaway on campus on Monday, November 11th and Tuesday, November 12th. The event provided the students and community an opportunity to peruse through hundreds of brand new business casual clothing items including coats, suit jackets, skirts, sweaters, tops, and pants. Career center director Brooke Richardson was contacted by missionary Tanya Odom with the Church of the First Born Saints (CFBS) due to a referral from a current student of American National University and member of the church. The church had the clothing donated to them and were looking for a way to distribute the clothing to the community and those in need. American National University was excited to help out with the event. “This was a great opportunity to provide for not only the community, but also our students in need,” said Brooke.  “Since the clothing was business casual, I was also able to show students how to properly dress for an interview using mannequins donated by local retail stores.”  In order to prepare for the event, Brooke, along with the help of the admissions staff, contacted local stores to see if they would be willing to donate items to aid with the distribution. The calls resulted in the collection of hangers from Kohl’s, Meijer, and Old Navy; mannequins from Macy’s and Wet Seal; and clothing racks from Indy Store Fixtures.

The event attracted more than 200 guests as well as media attention. “I am so very pleased with the response from the community during the clothing giveaway,” said Tanya.  “Partnering with American National University was a great experience. Volunteers from the school and church alike worked very hard helping to setup and distribute the clothing. CFBS is always looking to reach out to the community at large and make a difference in people’s lives. This was truly a labor of love.”  Student Janai Stewart said, “I really enjoyed the event and it seemed to put a lot of smiles on people’s faces. I was able to get quality clothing for job interviews, as well as clothing used every day.”

Due to its success, the event may become an annual one.

A-Some of the clothing along with a professionally dressed mannequin.

B- Guests perusing the clothing available.


People's Choice Award Winner Explains How National Has Helped Her

People's Choice Award Winner Explains How National Has Helped Her

Chereka Fox won the “People’s Choice Award” for American National University’s Essay Contest by answering the question “How Has My American National University Education Helped Me”?

Chereka is a student in the medical assisting degree program at the South Bend Campus and said she immediately became comfortable with the small class sizes and campus staff in South Bend. “I've been to many different colleges but none compares to American National University,” Chereka explained. 

Chereka wasn’t confident in her ability to finish a degree program but she feels proud of herself for making it almost through.  She is on track to graduate in February, 2014. 

“I knew American National University is where I belonged,” she said in her essay.  “American National University helped me realize that I could actually finish and not procrastinate.  I thank American National University and all that they have done for me.  I'm finally going to have the career I've always dreamed of and I'm not going to stop there.”

With 105 votes from Facebook users, Chereka’s essay won the most votes. Have you “liked” the American National University Facebook pages?  Go to and click on the “about” section to see a list of all the available campus Facebook pages.

Essay contest winner Chereka Fox is pictured with South Bend campus director John Herman.

Job Fair Held for Students and Public

Job Fair Held for Students and Public

Graduate April Dillon returned to the Roanoke Valley Campus on Wednesday, November 6th to take part in the job fair that included 18 employers.  April graduated with a business management degree in 2006 and has been the human resources recruiter and volunteer coordinator for Richfield Retirement Community in Salem ever since.  This was April’s first job fair at ANU and she attended because the company is trying to get their name out to the public and is hiring employees for all departments; both full-time and part-time. 

Graduate Jonathan Holland also attended the event.  Jonathan is a veteran of the U.S. Army who graduated in 2011 with a degree in information systems engineering (ISE).  He completed an externship at Goodwill Industries and is now employed by Carter Machinery in Salem.

Scott Viette represented LegalShield.  The 40 year-old company is the fastest growing Fortune 500 legal and identity theft benefit company with clients such as Boeing, Michelin Tires, The City of Salem, and Adams Construction.  Scott said that LegalShield is a long-time supporter of ANU and has attended all of the job fairs held at the campus for 20 years.  They have a history of hiring our graduates and the relationship has been very successful.  Scott said that his company hires graduates with various educational backgrounds. 

Eva Lipscomb, a human resources recruiter with Carilion, spoke with job seekers about available positions such as medical assistants and paramedics.  Chantal Murorunkwere is a current student at the Roanoke Valley Campus who is from Congo.  She is currently enrolled in the medical assisting associate’s program and spoke with Ms. Lipscomb.  Specifically, Chantal is interested in externship placement as she will be graduating next year. 

Anesa Vugdalic is the personnel supervisor with Care Advantage of Salem.  The company is located literally right down the street from the campus.  They maintain close contact with Kristal Bushong, the career center director, and have hired ANU students over the years.  They are seeking students and graduates who are able to be personal care assistants who go into clients’ homes and take care of light housekeeping, preparing meals, bathing, reminding them to take their medications; anything that they need help with. 

Kristal said, “We are continually thankful to all of our employers in the Roanoke Valley that support ANU graduates and their respective career goals. Our institution would not have been so successful for the last 127 years if it wasn’t for the support provided by our great community and their work to bridge the gap from education to employment as a team effort.”

A-Graduate April Dillon returned to the Roanoke Valley Campus as a recruiter.

B-Scott Viette (pictured), is the Executive Director-National Benefits with LegalShield.

Surgical Technology Open House Held

Surgical Technology Open House Held

The Danville, Virginia Campus hosted an open house event for the surgical technology program on Thursday, November 14th.  Members of the community were invited to participate in a mock surgery to see what a career as a surgical technologist would entail.

For the mock surgery, student Mariah Wells acted as the surgical technologist assisting the surgeon, played by surgical technology program director Kim Joyce. Student Brittany Samuels took on the role of circulator for the mock surgery, assisting the surgical technologist.

Surgical technology students are required to participate in externships before graduating. Mariah and Brittany will be starting their externships in December with Carilion in Roanoke, where they will work side-by-side with surgical technologists in the field for four weeks before switching to the University of North Carolina for another four weeks of on-site training.

Brittany is looking forward to her externship training and says that so far clinicals have been her favorite part of the program. “We go to hospitals and we actually get to assist during surgeries; they usually let us get really involved and will step back and let us do what we know and will
step in and help us if they see us struggling.” Mariah also says the hands-on nature of the program is what appeals to her. “I feel 110% prepared for doing this as a career out in the real world,” she says.

Program director Kim Joyce was impressed with how well Mariah and Brittany were able to demonstrate the work of surgical technologists during the mock surgery.  “I was really proud of them today and how they took on the roles of teachers with our participants,” she says. “They were telling the participants why they have to do things a certain way and demonstrating how to hand instruments to the surgeon and having the participants practice with them. They definitely know what they’re doing in there.”

Community member Delores Hightower heard about the open house event from an ad in a local newspaper and decided to come and get more information about the program for a possible career change. She was shown how to properly scrub in before surgery and put on the gown and was able to help hand instruments to the “surgeon” during the mock surgery. “I enjoyed the demonstration,” she says. “It was very exciting, and I like a challenge.”

The Danville Campus is planning to showcase its other programs by conducting similar open house events in the coming months. 

A- Program Director Kim Joyce performs a mock surgery for participants Delores Hightower (community member) and Randi Lee (2nd term student) while surgical technology students Mariah Wells (acting as surgical technologist) and Brittany Samuels (acting as circulator) look on.

B-Surgical Technology students Candice Wasden (far left), Brittany Samuels (3rd from left), Mariah Wells (center), and Ansirah Rasheed (3rd from right), stand with program director Kim Joyce (2nd from left), and participants Delores Hightower (2nd from right) and Randi Lee (far right) after the mock surgery.


Difference Maker - Instructor - Michael Merriman

Difference Maker - Instructor - Michael Merriman

Michael Merriman—Difference Maker at the Cleveland Area Campus

Instructor of various business, human resource, and general education courses

• American National University faculty member since the campus opened in 2009
• Has gained nearly 10 years of experience in education, as a high school teacher and administrator and as a director of education and director of student services for two colleges

• Holds an associate’s degree in business information systems, a bachelor’s degree in business with a concentration in management, a Master of Business Administration degree, a master’s degree in human resources management, a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study, and a State of Ohio Principal’s Licensure for grades K-12
• Also currently works as a motivational speaker and corporate trainer

“I truly love teaching, and I’m a huge supporter of career colleges. Education is my passion; I could never see myself being anything other than an educator.

“I admire that our students press past their problems in order to pursue a better future for themselves, their children, and their family. They refuse to allow their current situation to define their life – it’s a true inspiration to me.

“I enjoy challenging my students to think critically using high-order questioning. I pride myself in taking curriculum and making it relevant to the students in the class. This helps to bridge the gap between theory and reality, causing ‘Aha!’ moments. I also stress the importance of using proper grammar in writing and speaking skills, helping students to understand there is no second chance to make a first impression.

“We are a family at the Cleveland Area Campus. Our love and appreciation for one another rubs off on our student body, creating a strong and professional learning community.”

Cleveland Campus Difference Maker, Michael Merriman has been with the campus since it opened in 2009.

Graduate Transitions from Welder to Office Manager of a Medical Practice

Graduate Transitions from Welder to Office Manager of a Medical Practice

Renee Pruitt has made a dramatic mid-life career change, from factory worker to office manager of a busy medical practice, after earning her associate’s degree in medical assisting at the Richmond Campus.   “I went from working in a factory welding…to doing what I like to do,” she explained.

Renee was working in the factory when her doctor suggested that she go back to school to train for a career in health care.  It seemed like fate when, just a short time later, a co-worked told her she’d enrolled in the medical assisting program at American National University, and urged Renee to do the same.  “She said, ‘We’ve got to get out of this factory before we get too old, because it’s too hard on you,’” Renee recalled.

Although Renee was eager to get out of the factory, the thought of returning to school was daunting to her.  “At first, I was scared to death.  I have test anxiety, so it’s really hard for me to test, but the teachers were just awesome,” she explained.

Director of health care education Paula Beth Ciolek is one of the instructors who made a big impact on her career.  “To be like her would be unbelievable, that’s how much I like her,” she said.  “She honestly, truly believes in her students, and she goes above and beyond.  If there’s anything that you’re a little nervous about, she’ll work with you, even when school is not in.  She’ll do anything to help her students.”

Near the end of her program at National, Renee was visiting Dr. Neil Klemek’s office when she learned that he had an opening for a registered medical assistant.  When she inquired about the position, Dr. Klemek encouraged her to apply and she was hired soon thereafter, shortly before completing her program.
Dr. Klemek was impressed with her knowledge of both the clinical and the administrative sides of the practice.  “He was amazed that I could do both,” Renee said, explaining that she was promoted to office manager after working there for only a few months. 

In her work, Renee said that she does “a little of everything in the office,” from assisting the doctor with sutures and other procedures, to scheduling patients and conducting insurance pre-certifications.  “My favorite part’s the patients.  I love helping them and taking care of them,” she said with a smile.

Graduate Renee Pruitt is a former welder who is now a medical office manager.

Campus Collaborates with Military Missions Group

Campus Collaborates with Military Missions Group

The Lexington Campus is working with the local Military Missions Group to provide much-needed basic supplies for our heroes serving overseas. Their annual holiday program, 'Operation S.E.N.D.,' is a very worthwhile program which makes certain that our deployed soldiers receive letters, cards, and packages while they are serving our country in foreign lands. The campus is rapidly filling a large gift box of sundries which our soldiers so desperately need such as holiday cards, toothpaste, shampoo, playing cards, and toothbrushes.  The items will be gift-wrapped and sent to our heroes so they can have a little slice of home for the holidays.

Karen Weaver, director of the Lexington Military Missions, is pictured while collecting donations during the Lexington Campus Winter Bazaar.


Tri-State Gastroenterology Associates Believes in Hiring National Graduates

Tri-State Gastroenterology Associates Believes in Hiring National Graduates

Tri-State Gastroenterology Associates has been named a Distinguished Community Employer by the Florence Campus in recognition of their support of American National University graduates and career college education.  Kathreen Buckner, Florence Campus director of health care education, recently visited the practice to present clinical manager Nina Barhorst with a plaque in recognition of the award.

Krista Bryl and Lesa Rider, graduates of the medical assisting program at the Florence Campus, were recently hired by the practice as patient care advocates.  Ms. Barhorst said that both graduates have demonstrated “motivation and determination” while working there. 

“They both have that willingness to learn. They want to always strive to do better.  They do great with constructive criticism,” Ms. Barhorst said.  “They are wonderful with our patients.   At Tri-State, we want patient care to be number one, and those two had that down when they walked in the doors.  We’re really glad to have them.”

Ms. Barhorst said that two other American National University graduates work in the endoscopy clinic that the practice operates and that she plans to partner with American National University in the future when they need to hire additional employees.

Pictured (l to r) during the Distinguished Community Employer award presentation are American National University graduates Krista Bryl and Lesa Rider, Tri-State Gastroenterology Associates clinical manager Nina Barhorst, and Florence Campus director of health care education Kathreen Buckner.

Phlebotomy Graduate Earns Medical Assisting Degree and is Hired by PMC

Phlebotomy Graduate Earns Medical Assisting Degree and is Hired by PMC

Samantha Stacy earned her phlebotomy diploma at the Pikeville Campus in 2011, and after learning more about the medical field in class and on the job working as a phlebotomist, she decided to return to the campus to earn her associate’s degree in medical assisting.   She completed her program in November, and was quickly hired by Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) as a physician’s office assistant.

Working at Pikeville Medical Center, which has been named a “Best Place to Work” in Kentucky for six years in a row, has been a dream of Samantha’s since she first became interested in the medical field.  She feels that career center director Tiffani Ballard’s connection with PMC was a key factor in helping her land the job. 

Samantha is glad that she made the decision to further her education at American National University, and she encourages others in her community to do the same.  “Continuing your education, you can’t go wrong with it,” Samantha explained.  “The way the job market is right now…you have to.  There are no other options, especially here in the community where we’re at.  People are losing those laboring jobs, and you are going to have to get a degree.”

Samantha Stacy of the Pikeville Campus earned a phlebotomy diploma and returned to the campus to earn her medical assisting associate’s degree.

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