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Childhood Dream Comes True for International Student

Aug 21, 2012

Tsolmon Batbold, an international student from Mongolia, earned her associate’s degree in information systems engineering from the Louisville Campus and has found employment as a re-agent with the Geek Squad in Brooks, Kentucky. In her job, she performs quality control for the facility where 3,000-10,000 laptops from Best Buy stores across the country are serviced each day.

Tsolmon came to America four years ago on a student visa when the Global Leadership Foundation helped her obtain a scholarship. “I am very appreciative of their help. It was my childhood dream when I was in high school,” she said adding that American National University made that dream a reality. “Right now, I’m a hero to my family,” said Tsolmon whose mother and aunt traveled all the way from Mongolia to attend her graduation ceremony in May.

Tsolmon found American National University through an ad on the internet when she re-located to Louisville. She had previously attended a community college out of state but she found that National offered a more flexible class schedule which allowed her to work while attending school. She also preferred the small class size, hands-on training, and personal attention that she received from her instructors at National, which helped her to quickly grasp the information technology skills that she would utilize in her new career.

During her job search, Tsolmon worked closely with Career Center Director Donna Reed-Carson who informed her of the job opening at the Geek Squad. “She really helped me,” said Tsolmon of Donna’s assistance during their weekly meetings regarding her job search.

Tsolmon was thrilled when she was hired by the Geek Squad. “I feel good because I’m a full-time employee and the paycheck is really good. Before, I didn’t have any health insurance and now I have good benefits. I’m really happy with that!” said Tsolmon.

Tsolmon feels that opportunity abounds for her to move up the ladder in her IT career with the Geek Squad. She is so pleased with her new career and the experience that she’s had at American National University that she encouraged her friend, Ashidmaa Bayaraa, to come to America from Mongolia to earn her college degree. Ashidmaa is now enrolled in the medical assisting program at the American National University Louisville Campus and preparing for a career in health care.

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