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Veteran Begins Civilian Career After Updating Her Computer Skills at National

Sep 17, 2013

Pamela Ramsey, a veteran of the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserve, planned to spend her whole career in the military, but a debilitating illness forced her to accept a medical discharge and left her bedridden for several years.  When Pamela recovered from her illness, she enrolled in the office technology professional program at the Nashville Campus to update her skills in technology and help her transition into civilian life.

“I was ready to…get myself going.  The illness had almost taken me over,” said Pamela, who received funding for her education through the Vocational Rehabilitation program of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. 

She had not attended school for more than 20 years, so the thought of attending a large university didn’t appeal to her.  When she visited National College, she liked the intimate class size and older student population that she found.  “The whole environment was good for me to re-socialize myself,” she recalled. “Coming back from active duty, it was really difficult to reintegrate into the civilian world.  So, coming to a college with…other veterans that I’ve met and other older individuals, it really made it an easy transition for me.”

After completing her program in 2012, Pamela was hired by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as an administrative assistant.   She feels that her 16 years of administrative work in the military, combined with her training at National on the newest computer technology, gave her the skills that she needed to compete in the tough job market.   “That was one of the reasons why I needed to come back to school, because I was out of touch with what had been updated,” she explained.

State Representative Courtney Rogers of Tennessee’s 45th District, met Pamela when she served as the commencement speaker during the Nashville Campus’s graduation ceremony that was held in May.  She recognized Pamela as a fellow veteran by the red, white, and blue regalia which they both wore.  “She has a great looking family, a good job, and now - a new degree,” said Representative Rogers of Pamela’s accomplishments.  “I think she's ready to soar!”

Veteran and Graduate, Pamela Ramsey of the Nashville Campus.

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