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Pikeville Campus Celebrates 100% Pass Rate of Recent Nursing Graduates

Pikeville Campus Celebrates 100% Pass Rate of Recent Nursing Graduates

The Pikeville Campus nursing program is proudly celebrating the accomplishments of its most recent graduating class.  All six members of the class successfully passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to become certified as Registered Nurses (RN), giving the class a 100% pass rate.  In addition, all of the graduates have secured employment in their field, and many of them are continuing their education. 

Denise Clements, nursing administrator at the Pikeville Campus, said that these graduates are prime examples of the dedication, commitment, and sacrifice required to successfully complete nursing school.  She noted that the graduates have made it through two long years of exams, quizzes, and care plans to bring them to this point in their career.  “I am very proud of all our students, and this group of graduates is extremely hardworking and intelligent,” said Denise.

Whitney Hamilton was one of the first graduates from the class to take the NCLEX exam. She completed the nursing program on July 7th and passed the NCLEX on July 15th.  “The first person we called was Denise Clements, the nurse administrator here,” she recalled of her and a classmate’s excitement on that day.

Whitney enrolled in a nursing program at a local university right out of high school, but she was not successful there.  When she came to National, she was coached each step of the way by instructors who were professionals from the field. She feels that the personal attention that she received helped her to succeed this time. “The instructors gave us plans on what we needed to do.  I followed those to a T…they know what they’re talking about,” she explained.

Whitney has been hired by Appalachian Regional Healthcare to work as an RN on the Med/Surg floor at Williamson APR Hospital. “It was a big personal goal of mine,” she said proudly of her new career.  “I’m ready to start taking care of my patients…and to apply all the knowledge that we’ve been taught to get here.”

A-The most recent graduating class from the nursing program at the Pikeville Campus have attained a 100% pass rate on the NCLEX exam and have all secured employment in their field.  Pictured left to right: Rodger Blair, Aaron Farmer, Dewey Justice, Jim Porter, Whitney Hamilton, and Gabrielle Murphy.

B-Whitney Hamilton passed the NCLEX exam just days after completing her nursing program and she has been hired as an RN at Williamson ARH Hospital.

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Veteran with Advanced Degree Chooses National College for Hands-on Training

Veteran with Advanced Degree Chooses National College for Hands-on Training

Terrence Glasgow, a retired U.S. Navy officer, recently graduated from the Bartlett Campus after earning his associate’s degree in information systems engineering.  During the ceremony, Terrence was presented with both the Leadership Award and the M.A. Smythe Award, which is given for outstanding academic achievement in a computer technology program.

Terrence, who is working as a system lane coordinator/claims representative for the Social Security Administration, holds a master’s degree in information technology management, but he was unable to advance in the IT field. “I do have an advanced degree in information technology, but I didn’t have any experience, so I came to National College to get some hands-on job training,” he explained.

During his program at National, Terrence was able to gain valuable skills that he’s using in his job today. “I got to build a computer, got to set up a network, got to troubleshoot a network, and got a lot of valuable experience that I can use on my job now,” he said.  He’s also earned several Microsoft certifications.

“It gave me the courage to apply for the positions that I wanted,” Terrence said of his program at National. “Hopefully, it will help me move over and up.”

Graduate and Navy veteran, Terrence Glasgow.

Chamber President and CEO Visits the South Bend Campus

Chamber President and CEO Visits the South Bend Campus

Jeff Rea, the president and CEO of the St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce, spoke to the students, staff, and faculty on his visit to the South Bend Campus.  He said, “Attitude, work ethic, a want to do it, and great effort will lead to becoming a successful employee.”   Mr. Rea highlighted that as a college grad he had to start at the bottom in a pharmacy retail business doing custodian work in order to become a manager.  Later, he entered the political field as a volunteer in the city’s planning office and that led to his hiring as a city planner.  That position led to his being named the economic director for the city of Mishawaka.  In 2003, encouraged by his colleagues, he ran for mayor, won, had an operating budget of $125 million and 150,000 people who owned stock in the city.  After seven years as mayor, the local chamber of commerce chose him to lead a chamber with 1,100 business members. 

The chamber is the economic development arm for the county with a visitor’s bureau which has jobs that depend on people from outside the community coming in and spending money.  “Employers demand that employees be trained,” said Mr. Rea.  “It is an ‘Employers Market.’”  By 2019, 80% of the employees will need advanced degrees, currently 70% of the employers now ask for advanced education.  He used a local company as an example which had 1,000 applications for 30 jobs.  The job seekers were given a plant tour while the employer observed them on hidden cameras.  Sixty of the 1,000 who demonstrated enthusiasm, curiosity, and attentiveness were chosen to be interviewed.

“Our community needs good ambassadors to stress arts, culture, sports, and most of all education,” said Mr. Rea.  “Developing talent for the workforce means jobs are moving to people’s talent thus encouraging educational initiatives.”  A stress has been put on the chamber members’ internship programs with 75 businesses on board and a goal of 500 businesses participating.   Chamber programs include: the established Community Leadership Program, new Executive Program, Young Leaders Program, Young Professional Network, and an Emerging Leaders Network.  He encouraged the students to get involved with these groups and to network with local employers.

Jeff said healthcare and manufacturing are expected to have the largest growth of employment in the area.  Healthcare will grow within the two hospital systems and two new Medical Memory Practices, nine new senior facilities, and the Notre Dame Cancer Research facility.   Manufacturing will need professionals as product managers and IT employees to fill hiring needs.  Trends to come are in advanced manufacturing, warehouse distribution, life sciences and IT as the area has both affordable power sources and major fiber connectivity.   The challenge is being ready with the educated talent and that talent will come from American National University graduates.

Pictured left to right are: Mary Mathews, career center director of the South Bend Campus, Jeff Rea,  President  and CEO of the St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce, and Tina Bonne, campus director of the South Bend Campus.

More Than Twenty Local Employers Attend Campus Career Fair

More Than Twenty Local Employers Attend Campus Career Fair

More than 20 local employers came to a career fair at the Lynchburg Campus on Wednesday, August 13th in search of qualified job applicants to fill available positions in their organizations. Representatives from a variety of industries, including health care, banking, accounting, and customer service, met with community members, as well as ANU students and graduates seeking employment in their chosen fields.

One such representative, Venecia Pollard from home care provider Team Nurse, said her company is always hiring on a regular basis, and she appreciates the opportunity to meet with people at the career fair who may be interested in a position or who could pass information along to friends or family members who may be interested.  “We look for someone reliable and dependable since our clients are elderly or disabled and rely on the home care we provide,” said Ms. Pollard.  “Our personal care aides have to be dedicated, compassionate, and patient.  It takes a special kind of person, but it’s a rewarding career.”

Medical assisting student Jasmine Woodruff stopped by the Team Nurse table to speak with Ms. Pollard about available positions.  She is looking for a job in the health care field while she finishes getting her degree so she can add experience to her résumé.  Jasmine said, “ANU’s campus career fairs provide a very good opportunity because a lot of times you don’t have the time to go from place to place interviewing and dropping off résumés, so it’s really helpful to have all of these great employers all in one place.”

Career center director Stephanie Anastasio was very pleased with the turnout for the event and had several employers already ask to be invited back to the next career fair.  “The variety of employers attending this career fair fit very well with the job needs of our students,” said Stephanie.  “We had staffing agencies assisting those students looking for part-time jobs that could work around their class schedules, as well as employers seeking full-time employees with the educational backgrounds that our graduates possess.” 

A- Medical assisting student Jasmine Woodruff speaks with Team Nurse representative Venecia Pollard.

B- Students Tracey Cash Dempsey (L) and Amie Clowdis (R) speak with representatives from Ridgeview Dermatology. Tracey says, “The career fair helped me understand what local employers are looking for and what types of jobs are available in our area.”



Charles Strange-Admissions Representative-Danville, VA

Charles Strange-Admissions Representative-Danville, VA

• Charles Strange – Difference Maker at the Danville, Virginia Campus

• Admissions Representative

• ANU staff member since 2013

• Earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from American National University
• Gained previous experience in the customer service and hospitality industries

“American National University provided me with an opportunity to learn in a smaller environment and grow academically and professionally.  I have a passion to work in education because I understand the opportunities that are created by having a college degree.

“I appreciate the persistence of our students and their dedication to education.  I have a great respect for how our students balance work, family, and school responsibilities all at the same time.

“The difference that I strive to make in the lives of all students that I encounter is to show that I care about their academic progress and their professional progress.  I strive to assist in any area that can help provide students with a better college experience.

“My favorite moments center on watching the joy on the faces of students as they inform us of new careers they are beginning and certifications they have successfully earned.

“The team atmosphere that is created on a daily basis is the best part of being an ANU staff member.  Everyone works and communicates in one focused direction – and that is doing what is best for the students.”

Charles Strange is a Difference Maker at the Danville, Virginia Campus who gained previous experience in the customer service and hospitality industries. 

New Career Path and ‘VIP Woman of the Year’ honors for Student

New Career Path and ‘VIP Woman of the Year’ honors for Student

Leigh Ann Hayes walked thru the door of American National University with a career roadmap in hand – one she had methodically plotted for her future.  With a long career history in the healthcare industry, Leigh Ann had an impressive dossier, indeed.  “I have worked in provider relations for many years and I love it, but I came to the realization I had reached the pinnacle of my career and that was just not acceptable,” said Leigh Ann.  The only way to get un-stuck was more education.”

Her next goal, becoming a compliance officer, requires certification in medical coding.

“I did my homework – searching for a college offering the credentials I need to earn my certification.  I found American National University, came to investigate, and here I am nearing the completion of my medical coding and billing training.  Everything just fit for me – the small classes, one-on-one assistance, evening scheduling, I just love it here!  I wanted and needed a good education – and I am getting it.”  

Leigh Ann will finish her training soon and her roadmap is becoming a reality.  She has just interviewed with one of the nation’s largest insurance providers and was recently honored by the Lexington Chapter of the National Association of Professional Women as their 2014-15 ‘VIP Woman of the Year’ for her excellence and dedication to her profession.  “I am not waiting for career advancement…I’m pursuing it, now!” said Leigh Ann.
Lexington Campus student, Leigh Ann Hayes was recently awarded the 2014-15 ‘VIP Woman of the Year’ by the Lexington Chapter of the National Association of Professional Women for her excellence and dedication to her profession. 

Veteran Comes to National for Career Training to Find More Job Stability

Veteran Comes to National for Career Training to Find More Job Stability

Pam Hamm served her country in the U.S. Army and the National Guard, and most recently worked as a teaching assistant in the public schools, when rumors that her position might be eliminated spurred her to return to school to help her find more job stability.

She enrolled in the pharmacy technician program at the Danville, Kentucky Campus where she is preparing for her new career.  Pharmacy technicians play an important role in retail pharmacies, in hospitals, and in mail-order pharmacies, giving Pam a variety of options for employment once her education is complete.

“I’ve learned more about the body systems, medicine, and how the body works,” said Pam of her pharmacy technician program at American National University.  “I’ve met wonderful people. I feel it is a very, very good school.”

Pam is on course to complete her pharmacy technician degree in early 2015 and she’ll be sitting for her certification exam at that time. She looks forward to beginning her new career and after working in the field, she’s considering continuing her education to become a pharmacist.

Veteran and student Pam Hamm is learning about body systems and medications in her pharmacy technician program at the Danville, Kentucky Campus.

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