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Graduate Enjoys Her Challenging Career as an Office Manager

Graduate Enjoys Her Challenging Career as an Office Manager

Ann Jewett is working as the office manager of Parrish Home Care Services after earning degrees in medical assisting and health information management at the Dayton Area Campus.

Before coming to American National University, Ann was working as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) when she lost her job because her department was shut down.  “I said ‘What am I going to do now?’” Ann recalled.  “I kept seeing American National University commercials.  I went and I applied, and I’ve been there ever since.”

Ann liked the small class size that she found at National, and she enjoyed learning from instructors who shared their experiences from the field.  “The teachers were caring and willing to help you and go that extra mile,” said Ann.  “It just felt like home.”

As she came to the end of her program, the campus career center director helped her write her résumé and alerted her to a number of openings in her field, including the position at Parrish Home Care Services.  She interviewed with the company and was offered the job just a few days later.

Pauline Evans, who hired her, said that Ann’s medical training has been very beneficial in her job.  “Her personality is wonderful,” said Ms. Evans.  “She handles the patients very well.  She’s a wonderful worker.”
As the office manager, Ann performs scheduling for the home care aids, and conducts insurance verifications and referrals for their clients, among many other duties.  “I love it here,” said Ann.  “It’s a small, family atmosphere.  It’s challenging and I like to be challenged.” 

A-Ann Jewett is a medical assisting and health information graduate of the Dayton Area Campus.

B-Graduate Ann Jewett is working as the office manager of Parrish Home Care Services.  She was previously a certified nursing assistant.

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The Fort Wayne Campus Hosts a Professional Makeover Day

The Fort Wayne Campus Hosts a Professional Makeover Day

The Fort Wayne Campus recently hosted a Professional Makeover Day for current students and graduates.  The event was promoted as “not just for women”.  The student lounge was set up to accommodate the students, graduates, and guest speakers.

Randi Ginder from Mary Kay Cosmetics was present as was Sara Hughes from Jamberry Nails.  Blue Jacket Clothing Company, a clothing resale shop, supplied the clothes for the fashion show.

Ms. Hughes talked about the importance of well-groomed hands because, “There is no second chance at a first impression.”  She added that the interviewer will notice an applicant’s hands as early as the initial handshake and demonstrated methods and products men and women can use to care for their hands. 

Ms. Ginder discussed skin care for men and women.  Ted Risser, Kevin Grant, Paula Johnson, and Mary Alice Grant volunteered to demonstrate skin care products.  Ms. Ginder performed cosmetic makeovers on two of the volunteers.

The event concluded with a fashion show.  Blue Jacket Clothing Company supplied each model with professional, business casual, and a “what not to wear” outfit for the show. 

Randi Ginder of Mary Kay Cosmetics demonstrates proper eye makeup for the workplace. 

Pharmacy Tech Graduate Achieves Her “Life-Changing Career”

Pharmacy Tech Graduate Achieves Her “Life-Changing Career”

Cassie Martin started the pharmacy technician program at the Lynchburg Campus in March of 2012 with a strong desire to make some changes in her life.  She was a wife and mother of three children and she had worked for several years as a CNA.  Her cousin was a pharmacy technician and encouraged her to come to American National University and learn about career options. 

“I met with Karen Foster in admissions and applying was easy,” said Cassie.  “I wanted a life-changing career and knew I wanted to be a pharmacy tech.”

In her classes, Cassie found out there was a lot to learn about being a pharmacy tech.  Her knowledge of the medical field grew as she completed her classes which included medical terminology, anatomy, and pharmacy operations.

“All of these classes helped,” said Cassie.  “It was challenging for me and my instructor, Ms. Wright, told me to hang in there when I was overwhelmed with taking care of my family and working.  I was on top of the world when I passed my certification exam!”

After finishing her program, Cassie was ready to begin her job search when she suffered a terrible loss.  Her family was preparing for a vacation and she and her husband were going to celebrate their anniversary when he suddenly passed away.  Everything was put on hold for the next several months while she and her family worked through the difficult situation.  Cassie credits the strong support of her family and friends and God for helping her to accept the things that she could not change.  She took a leave of absence from her job, but realized she would have to move forward.  She focused her job search on finding an opportunity using her education and training.  At the graduation ceremony in May of 2014, she spoke with her instructor, Jane Wright who told her about a job opening at Walgreens.  Cassie applied online right away, completed her application, interviewed for the position, and was hired!

“I have a full-time job and I feel that I am able to provide for my family and focus on a better life for my children,” said Cassie.  “My goal now is to move to a house with a big yard for my kids to play in.”

Graduate Cassie Martin is a former certified nursing assistant.  She is now a pharmacy technician with Walgreens in Lynchburg.

Campus Job Fair Yields Twelve Interviews

Campus Job Fair Yields Twelve Interviews

The Bartlett Campus recently held a successful job fair.  Seventy students and residents from the community attended.

Some of the community members arrived at 8 AM and the event did not start until 10 AM.  “I appreciate all the employers who took time out of their busy schedules to attend,” said Sammie Hawkins, career center director. 

“Twelve interviews took place and one person was hired to work at our campus.  The employers commented that they were impressed with the students, and that not only were they professionally dressed, but also appreciated their positive attitudes!”

Pictured (l) to (r): Shari Tharps, Jackee' Wilson and LaToiya Burton (Students) and Shamaron Slaughter with Robert Half Technology/Office Team.

Gail Borio-Librarian-Knoxville

Gail Borio-Librarian-Knoxville

• Gail Borio—Difference Maker at the Knoxville Campus

• Librarian

• National College staff member for 8 years
• Has been a librarian for 30 years
• Recipient of National College’s Librarian of the Year award for the Tennessee division for the past 6 years

• Has gained experience as a reference research librarian, a high school librarian, a university serials department librarian, and a library director for a small public library

“Our students here are very special to me.  As librarian, I get to know them, care about them, and especially help them succeed in their academic endeavors.  The library is an ideal place for me to show them how to succeed.  When they learn how to research a topic and receive a good grade on an assignment, they are like sponges; their confidence grows, and they want to learn more.

“I appreciate and admire the students who come to National College and have to juggle home, family, school, and lots of life situations but do so with honesty and determination and are successful!”

“Gail is kind and helpful to all students,” said Dr. Pamela Moon, campus director.  “She always goes the extra mile to assist the students with their needs.  We are fortunate to have such a great person as our librarian at the Knoxville Campus!”

Gail Borio is the librarian at the Knoxville Campus.  She has 30 years of experience.

Workshop Attendees Receive Inspiration on Starting a Business

Workshop Attendees Receive Inspiration on Starting a Business

The Martinsville Campus recently held a "How to Start a Business" workshop in response to questions posed by business students and public dialog about starting new businesses.  Business instructor Helen Howell conducted the workshop with 20 people in attendance.  She emphasized the positive aspects of owning a business – the owner works for themselves, the potential for accumulation of wealth, and the owner may reach self-established goals of independence and professionalism.

Helen was quick to point out that the majority of new businesses will fail during the first years of operation for a variety of reasons, including a lack of capital and financial resources; a lack of knowledge about management practices and feedback; a poor or a non-existent business plan; offering products and services that are not in demand; failing to attract knowledgeable employees; and a strict regulatory environment.

Helen explained the basic forms of ownership for small businesses, including the sole proprietorship, partnership, and corporation.  She encouraged interaction by asking attendees about what kind of businesses they wished to start.  A majority of the respondents wanted to start customer-services businesses, including restaurant and retail establishments, child-care centers, health-care assistance, and training assistance.  She was impressed by the answers, and explained that every business needs a business plan which is a formal guide that outlines goals and details of the business and how the owner plans to achieve these goals.  She also explained the need to develop a separate marketing plan, which identifies the target audience the business needs to reach, the strategies to promote the business, and pricing of the product or service. 

Workshop participants Lonnie and Patti Fredette were looking for ideas on starting up a transportation business for clients with health-care needs.  Ms. Fredette said, “We did not know what to expect, but the workshop was informative and enjoyable.”  Sharon Limburg said, “I would like to see a continuation to follow-up on what we learned.” 

“The willingness of the visitors to participate in learning exercises is wonderful,” said admissions director Barbara Rakes.  “We hope to hold more workshops that will benefit the public and American National University.”

Business administration instructor Helen Howell recently explained the details involved with starting a business at the Martinsville Campus.

Pathology Lab Technician Receives Alumni Hall of Achievement Award

Pathology Lab Technician Receives Alumni Hall of Achievement Award

Tina Bryant, a 2008 graduate of the surgical technology program at the Indianapolis Campus, is working as a laboratory technician at AmeriPath, a national anatomic pathology provider.  “We work with wet tissue and put in the orders for the pathologists,” Tina explained of her work at AmeriPath.  “They use it for diagnostics and various testing.”

The knowledge of medical terminology and the hands-on experience with sterile processing procedures that Tina gained in her program at National have been particularly vital to her work at AmeriPath.  “It prepared me very well,” she said of her career training.

In recognition of her career success, Tina was recently presented with the Alumni Hall of Achievement Award during the Indianapolis Campus commencement ceremony which was held in May.  She was nominated for the award by Marilyn Hosea, who works at AmeriPath as a referral testing specialist.  “The foundation of any company begins with its employees and Tina generously contributes to organizational growth, company recognition and is readily adaptable to approach difficult projects while still putting the patient FIRST,” said Ms. Hosea. “AmeriPath’s passion to provide every patient and customer with services and products with uncompromising quality--error free, on time, every time--is embraced by employees like Tina Bryant.”

Tina Bryant, a graduate of the surgical technology program, was given the Alumni Hall of Achievement Award during the Indianapolis Campus commencement ceremony in recognition of her career working as a laboratory technician at AmeriPath.

Campus Has Important Achievements

Campus Has Important Achievements

The Stark County Campus opened its doors in early 2012.  Now, two years later, students, instructors and staff are realizing the fruits of their labor.  The campus held its first graduation of five students recently.  The graduates were:  Ashley Arnold- diploma, medical office assistant, Gregory Sanford- diploma, business administration, Monique Anderson- associate’s degree in applied science, pharmacy technician, Rachel Driver- associates degree, business administration, accounting, Toccora Carpenter-diploma, medical office assistant.  The success of these students is a result of all of their hard work.  Behind their success is a staff who diligently worked with them to help them reach their dreams.

The campus is now approaching a new milestone, as the first four students are completing associate’s degrees in medical assisting.  At this time, they are ready to become certified as registered medical assistants, and are currently waiting for the exam to be scheduled.  These students are: Cameron Autry, Sarah Floyd, Ellen Hattery, and Kala Jovingo.  They look forward to walking in the campus’s 2015 graduation ceremony next spring. 

Student Cameron Autrey (l) and student Ellen Hattery (r), are shown studying for the registered medical assistant exam. 


Medical Assisting Graduate Enjoys the Diversity of Her Career

Medical Assisting Graduate Enjoys the Diversity of Her Career

After graduating from the Richmond Campus and becoming certified as a Registered Medical Assistant (RMA), Ashleigh Pugh feels ready to handle any challenge that comes her way working in the rehabilitation department of Baptist Pulmonary & Critical Care Associates.  “RMA’s are so diverse that you need to know how to assess the situation and handle the situation, and you just have to be prepared,” Ashleigh explained.  “When the doctor orders something, you have to do it.”

In her work, Ashleigh teaches patients with lung disease how to live a healthy life.  “We basically educate them on everything they need to know about lung disease--nutrition, oxygen, infection control, doctor visits, and emergencies and when to call 911,” she said.

While her job includes administrative and clinical work, she particularly enjoys the time that she spends with her patients during their rehab sessions.  “Paperwork is okay, but I’m a people person,” Ashleigh said.  “The great thing about this [job] is that I actually get to build a relationship with the patient.  It’s not fifteen minutes in and out.  I get to spend two hours with them every day.”

Ashleigh has had a desire to help others for as long as she can remember.  She was considering enrolling in a certified nursing assistant (CNA) program when she first visited American National University, but her admissions representative told her that she was a perfect candidate for the medical assisting program.  “She saw my potential,” Ashleigh recalled.  “And she was right.”

At National, Ashleigh found the learning environment that she needed to excel in her program.  So much so, that she was given the Leadership Award during the campus’s commencement ceremony that was held in April.  “I got to build relationships with my teachers and my classmates.  I got to be a leader somewhat, because I got to show my true potential, and people were actually encouraging that,” said Ashleigh.  “I got a really good education, because I had teachers who were passionate about what they were doing, and what they were teaching, and passionate about the students.”

A- Ashleigh Pugh was hired as a registered medical assistant by Baptist Pulmonary & Critical Care Associates after graduating from the Richmond Campus.

B- Ashleigh Pugh educates her patients with lung disease about how to live healthy lives.

Nursing Student Inspires Sister-In-Law to Enroll

Nursing Student Inspires Sister-In-Law to Enroll

Marla Cantrell, a student in the nursing program at the Pikeville Campus, inspired her sister-in-law, Brittany Cure, to enroll in the program.  “It’s kind of a family affair,” said Brittany.

Brittany was a stay-at-home Mom when Marla told her about the success that she was having in the nursing program at American National University.  “She said she enjoyed it, and said that there were good instructors and small classrooms,” Brittany recalled.  “I just walked in and talked to Laura, and got signed up for my classes.”

Marla said that the nursing program faculty at National, including nurse administrator Denise Clements, are very accessible to the students. “I can go into Denise’s office any time and ask questions,” Marla said.  “That’s always a blessing, especially in nursing.”

After graduating, Marla and Brittany would love to work side-by-side in the emergency room of a local hospital.  “We did clinical rotation in the ER and I loved it.  It was just so fast paced,” Marla explained.
Marla is on track to complete her nursing program in November, and Brittany will be graduating a few terms later.

Marla Cantrell (left) inspired her sister-in-law Brittany Cure (right) to enroll in the nursing program at the Pikeville Campus.

New Careers For Family Members…and So Much More

New Careers For Family Members…and So Much More

Melissa Orth of the Lexington Campus had always had a keen interest in the medical field but the rewards she is reaping as she approaches graduation this September have gone way above her wildest dreams – and the dreams of her family. 

“I had heard many good things about National and I decided to take a look,” said Melissa.  “I made the right decision because my time here has been terrific.  I enjoyed it so much…I brought my aunt Elizabeth to a ‘Bring a Friend to School’ event and she enrolled in the MAA program, too!  I’m in my externship this term and I am able to put the skills I’ve learned to practical use. This is going to be a wonderful field to start a career in!”

Melissa’s aunt, Elizabeth Jones, is well on her way in her medical assisting training, also.  Melissa and Elizabeth’s enthusiasm and dedication are quite obvious when you meet this family duo.  When asked about joining Melissa in the medical assisting program, Elizabeth commented, “I had been looking for a new career for quite some time…and it was time for a change.  To be attending classes with Melissa in a field I had always loved was just icing on the cake for both of us!”

The joy doesn’t stop here for Melissa and Elizabeth, though.  Melissa will give birth to her first child only two weeks after her graduation in September.  To say this duo is excited would be an understatement. Their classmates are equally excited – so much so that they held a baby shower on campus three weeks ago to celebrate the big occasion.  The entire Lexington Campus family sends congratulations to the family!

Medical assisting student Melissa Orth, her relative Brittany Jones, and student Elizabeth Jones (Melissa’s aunt). 

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