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Graduate’s Leadership Skills Are Discovered



Apr 06, 2012

Rhonda Watkins received the Alumni Hall of Achievement award at the Danville, Kentucky graduation ceremony in May 2012. She graduated with a medical assisting degree in 2009 and is working as an assistant manager of satellite clinics for a large dermatology practice.

Rhonda came to National to find a better paying, more stable career. She worked full time, attended National full time, and was a single mom of two busy teenagers. She found that the night classes allowed her to do it all. “It wasn’t very late hours so I was still able to be a mom, as well,” she said.

Rhonda began working for the dermatology practice soon after graduation and recently received her promotion to assistant manager for the satellite clinics where she oversees several other American National University graduates who are employed there. “I really like everything about my job here,” she said. “I’ve always wanted to help others [and] that’s what I do.”

Rhonda is still involved as an advocate for the College and recently visited Washington, D.C. to attend “Hill Day” with other National graduates and students. During this event, she met with legislators who will be voting on bills that can impact students who attend career colleges. “Being able to go and tell my story to people that can make a difference for us was an honor to me,” she said.

Graduate Rhonda Watkins is pictured with Sarah Arbes (left) of Senator Mitch McConnell’s office and Whitney Smales, American National University researcher and data analyst.

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tags: KY-Danville Medical: Medical: Medical Assisting - Associate Degree (MAA)