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Living the American Dream



Nov 05, 2012

Madelyn Ramirez and her family knew that luck was on their side when they were given the opportunity to come from Cuba to America through the visa lottery but they realized that it would take more than luck to find gainful employment in the United States. With support, hard work, and determination, Madelyn earned her medical assisting associate’s degree from American National University’s Louisville Campus and now she’s living the American dream.

When she first came to campus, Madelyn was nervous about attending college. At times, she considered giving up, but she sought advice and support from her admissions representative, Ely Kraft, a native of Venezuela who is fluent in Spanish. Ely said that insecurity and fear of failure is common among college students, but for those with a language barrier to contend with, fears can be even more pronounced. Ely was there to support Madelyn every step of the way throughout her program. “There were times that I wanted to quit but Ms. Ely talked to me and said ‘No!’” recalled Madelyn. Ely advised Madelyn to ask for help from her instructors when she needed it, and encourages international students to take advantage of the tutoring at no additional cost that is available to every student at American National University.

In the last term of her program, Madelyn was placed in an externship at Concentra Urgent Care where she gained hands-on experience performing a variety of duties in the busy medical office. As graduation neared, she worked closely with Career Center Director Donna Reed-Carson who assisted her with her résumé and her interviewing skills which resulted in an exciting job offer with Corizon Health Care at the Metro Louisville Department of Corrections. Madelyn is now working as a phlebotomist for Corizon.

Concentra was so pleased with Madelyn’s work that they also offered her a job when her externship there was completed. Madelyn was able to choose the position which offered the best pay and opportunity for growth which confirmed for her that she’d made the right choice in her job training at National.

Madelyn Ramirez said that her family was proud and her husband was in tears at the Louisville Campus graduation ceremony (pictured) that was held in May. She is pictured in bottom photo at the Capitol where she had an opportunity to gain hands-on experience providing medical screenings to legislators who visited the American National University booth.

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