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Army Veteran Builds Dual Careers and Advocates For National College



Army Veteran Builds Dual Careers and Advocates For National College

Jun 17, 2013

Antonia Wells, a U.S. Army veteran, who earned her associate’s degree at the Richmond Campus and her bachelor’s degree in business administration-management from the Lexington Campus, recently participated in “Hill Day” in Washington, D.C. as an advocate for American National University and for career college education. The event, which was hosted by the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Schools (APSCU), gave students, graduates, and staff from career colleges across the country the opportunity to share their career college experiences and their career success stories with legislators.

Antonia, who works at the Lexington VA Medical Center as secretary to the associate director of patient care services, said she thoroughly enjoyed letting legislators know that she wanted the right to attend the college of her choice. “It’s the small atmosphere in the class rooms, the individual attention, the personalization of the whole experience,” Antonia explained as she listed the advantages of attending American National University. She also felt that it was very beneficial that her instructors were professionals from their field and she liked the “real world knowledge” that they brought to the table. “I would most definitely recommend it over any of the state colleges,” she said.

In her job working at the Lexington VA Medical Center, Antonia’s computer skills and knowledge of organizational management, which she learned in her program at National, are utilized daily as she creates business plans for the care of over 800 patients and she assists with organizing the patient-centered care program for the hospital.

Antonia also puts her business acumen into practice as the owner of her own direct sales business, leading a team of Avon representatives. “I use marketing skills tremendously with this business,” she explained of her career with Avon. “It’s absolutely amazing. I’m [hoping to be a] senior executive making six figures.”

Antonia looks forward to advancing in both careers and to continuing to advocate for American National University and career college education. “It’s like a family,” said Antonia. A family that she says she will continue to be a part of for many years to come.

Antonia Wells (pictured) is a successful graduate that advocated for American National University at Hill Day in Washington, D.C.

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