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Veteran and Student Launches Her Own Business

Veteran and Student Launches Her Own Business

Danyell York is a business administration-management student at the Youngstown Campus who is attending American National University with benefits she earned in the U.S. Army.  She will be graduating at the end of the term and she has already started her own business!  Danyell opened a restaurant named “Honey D’s,” in her local neighborhood, with the intention of bringing something good to the area:  great food at a fair price!  “Honey D’s” was just an idea as Danyell was starting her training at National.  To make this idea a reality, she went into business with her sister, Desate’, who owns a daycare called “Tiny Faces Childcare,” in Youngstown.  In addition to serving the public, Danyell caters breakfast, lunch, and dinner for all of the children and youth who frequent the community center where the daycare is located. 

Danyell said, “As a single mother, it’s great to see your children throughout the day where you work!”  She described how dealing with work and school can really take its toll on the time you get to spend with your family.  “I would have never made it this far without my three children, family, and my church to get me through the day,” said Danyell.  Now her children can see firsthand the result of their mother’s hard work and determination and how it has led them to a better lifestyle.

Danyell began the work for her business about eighteen months ago.  As she was attending classes and learning, she found that what she was doing in class was directly related to her new business.  “The stages of starting my business coincided with what we were learning in class,” said Danyell.  “The support of my teachers and fellow classmates while I struggled with school and work was amazing.  Plus, they all come to eat at my restaurant!”

Between the two sisters, they now have thirteen employees and are still growing.  Danyell is excited about all the work that still needs to be done to meet her goals.  She talked about how much work she has done so far, and how it seemed so impossible when she was getting started.  Danyell wants to tell anyone interested to take their idea to next level. “You can do it,” she said.

A-Business administration-management student Danyell York with her instructor, John Dubos. 

B-Pictured (l) to (r) are:  Ja’king Howell and Rickell Yanno, Honey D’s employees; Danyell York, business administration-management employee and Honey D’s owner, Keylaya Logan, Danyell’s daughter; Etta Huff, Danyell and Desate's mother; Olivia Burkley, Desate’s daughter; Desate’ Burkley, Danyell’s sister; Reenae Miles and Anai Bennett, Honey D’s employees. 

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Academic Learning at ANU Transfers to the Job

Academic Learning at ANU Transfers to the Job

Richard Ingraham, one of the medical department instructors at the Roanoke Valley Campus, took his Medical Office Finances class to the Blue Ridge Pain Management Clinic in Roanoke.  The students observed patient check-in, vital sign gathering, and an IV hookup.  In addition to observation, the students were able to practice these responsibilities.  They also experienced the Greenway System which is the electronic medical records method that the office uses. 

Student Jessica Tuck was excited to learn documentation requirements for Medicare compliance.  Student Samantha Smithers said that she was fascinated by the difference in a pain patch versus a pain pump. 

At the end of the tour, all of the students were able to try to complete a super bill.  Jessica said, “I can see where ICD-10 is going to be incredible”!  (ICD-10 is the medical classification list that contains more than 14,400 different codes for medical billing). 

Blue Ridge Pain Management is a Distinguished Community Employer of the Roanoke Valley Campus and has a long history of hiring graduates from the ANU medical assisting program.  The students were able to experience firsthand how what you learn at ANU directly relates to duties on the job. 

Medical students from the Roanoke Valley Campus who recently toured the Blue Ridge Pain Management Clinic pictured (l) to (r) are:  Kieshia Waldron, Sabrina Griffith, Allison Davis, Jessica Tuck, Lindsay Huffman, Samantha Smithers, and Laura Richardson. 

Graduate Provides IT Support to Client’s Employees

Graduate Provides IT Support to Client’s Employees

April Nowell, a graduate of the information systems engineering (ISE) program at the Indianapolis Campus, is working as a dedicated IT analyst at Bell Techlogix where she provides technical support and troubleshooting for her client’s employees. “It’s a very wide gamut of things that they call in for,” April explained.  “It’s something different every time the phone rings.  It’s definitely not boring.”

She was working in a warehouse on third shift when she enrolled in the ISE program at American National University.  “I’m a single Mom, so between working third shift in a warehouse, and raising three kids, life was hard,” said April.  “I managed to put myself through school and graduate, and then I found this place.  Things are slowly falling into place.”

She enjoys working for Bell Techlogix, which was recently named a Distinguished Community Employer by the Indianapolis Campus, and she feels that there are many opportunities for advancement with the company. “Being here, I feel like I’m accomplishing something,” April said. “I’m actually using my knowledge, and that makes me feel like I’ve achieved something.”

Indianapolis Campus graduate April Nowell is working as a dedicated IT analyst at Bell Techlogix.

Graduate Turned Employee Believes in Giving Back

Graduate Turned Employee Believes in Giving Back

Like many students, Carla Cinkole’s journey from a prospective student to a double degree graduate wasn’t accomplished without the use of some valuable campus resources.  However, in her case, some of them even helped her through severe physical trauma.
Carla is currently the lead receptionist at the Cleveland Campus.  She enrolled in the health information technology program (HIT) in November, 2010 after recovering from the effects of a brain aneurysm earlier that year.  She switched from HIT to medical assisting within the first two terms and graduated in July of 2013. She added a diploma in medical office specialist this past March.
“The most significant thing was that I completed the program after all the doubts in the beginning,” Cinkole remembers. To add to the challenges, Carla suffered a stroke the week before final exams during her first term.  “I was determined to finish the term.  So I actually studied for my exams from my hospital bed.  There was nothing that was going to stop me from finishing that term.”

Through it all, she relied on dedicated instructors, supportive student peers and vocational opportunities.  She formed a strong bond with instructor Andrew Eade, the current director of health care education.  Andrew remembers how persistent and dedicated she was and he was inspired to give her all the help she needed.  Carla also served as a federal work study and peer tutor. “Forming a support system with the other students in my class seemed to benefit all of us.  We leaned on each other and the campus administration promoted that.”

Carla has also lived a life of service outside the classroom.  She has been on call at Hospice of the Western Reserve since September, 2011, providing respite care to dying patients.  She is very satisfied in her current position and how American National University helped her achieve it.

A-Carla Cinkole is a graduate of the medical assisting program.  She also holds a diploma in medical office specialist. 

B-Carla Cinkole graduated from the Cleveland Campus last month.  She volunteers at the Hospice of the Western Reserve.


Health Fair honors National College’s Commitment to Serve the Community

Health Fair honors National College’s Commitment to Serve the Community

On Monday, August 4th, the Dayton Area Campus hosted a community health fair coordinated by Derrick Parks, director of health care education. Students and guests participated in this exciting event which honored American National University’s commitment to serve the community.  Free health screenings including blood pressure readings, glucose and cholesterol levels and BMI calculations were offered to the attendees.  Cynthia Wade, health information management student, said, “I was grateful for the blood pressure reading because it made me aware of how stressful I have been lately.”

The participants enjoyed a healthy snack of fruits and granola bars while receiving valuable information on alcohol & drug issues, Alzheimer’s awareness, diabetes, cancer, heart diseases & stroke prevention, mental health assessment, holistic wellness and the Medicaid-extended program.  One of the participants was pleased to learn about her eligibility for the Medicaid Extended Program, said program manager Carlo Morrison.  Two other participants vowed to take a holistic approach to living by joining the Newstart Better Living Club according to manager Kenneth Williams.  Hopefully, everyone is now one step closer to living a happier, healthier life!

There were numerous organizations represented at the health fair: The Alzheimer’s Association; American Cancer Society; Community Health Centers of Greater Dayton; Day-Mont Behavioral Health Care; Goodwill Easter Seals; Newstart Better Living Club, Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County and Veterans Hospital - Veterans Crisis Prevention.  Another HIM student, Rachel Sweat, gave a personal testimony.  She truly believes in the mission of the Veterans Crisis Prevention as it has helped her to understand a neighbor veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.   “I was able to talk to him and in turn become friends”, said Rachel.

The Dayton Area Campus family gives a special thanks to the community professionals as well as to the medical assisting students who gave their time to serve our community. 

Bill Furray, surgical clinical coordinator takes the blood pressure of surgical technology student Ashley Hicks while medical assisting student Andrea Medley looks on. 

Campus Hosts First Impressions Workshop

Campus Hosts First Impressions Workshop

The Lynchburg Campus hosted a workshop on “First Impressions: Professionalism and Social Media.”  The event was open to current students, graduates, and the public.  Lloyd DeLoatch, work readiness instructor at Youth Works/Goodwill Industries of the Valleys, Inc., was the guest speaker.  Attendees heard about how we should begin sharpening our level of professionalism every day, even right in the classroom.

Did you know that research shows that we make 11 major decisions about one another in the first seven seconds of meeting?  It is up to us to make sure that first impression is the best impression because we will never have a second chance at those first seven seconds.  Lloyd told us that when you walk into a room for the first time, especially when you are going to apply for or interview for a job, no one knows your story, they only know what they see.  The first impression can make or break your chance to get that dream job.  You never know who you will meet up with on that day that could possibly be the person interviewing or hiring you in the future.  Lloyd also said, "First impressions are heavily influenced by the way we dress and the way we behave."  He encouraged us to perform an attitude check on ourselves, every day, everywhere you go.

Lloyd discussed social media and the job market.  He says that it is not unheard of that employers will search names of potential employees on the internet and end up on their Facebook site.  He stressed the importance of keeping your Facebook and other social media professional by removing pictures or posts that could potentially cause you to not be hired.  He stressed the importance of LinkedIn and using that media source to network with people who can help you reach your career goals.   

Students said they were enlightened by what they heard from Lloyd.  “After listening to Lloyd, I have started to go through my Facebook and “clean it up” a little, said medical assisting student Amie Clowdis.  I never gave a second thought about what was posted before.  Now I know some of those things may not be good for a potential employer to see.”  Jessica Phillips, also a medical assisting student said, “Lloyd provided very useful information and ideas to help us in our careers and professional relationships.”

Guest Speaker Lloyd Deloatch is pictured with Student Ambassadors (left to right) Amie Clowdis, Tabitha Meyers and Jessica Phillips.

Campus Hosts Wellness Seminar

Campus Hosts Wellness Seminar

The Danville, Virginia campus recently hosted a wellness seminar.  Admission was free and open to the public.  The event provided an opportunity for presenter and local chiropractor Dr. Isaac Hill to discuss wellness tips and principles to students, as well as the value provided by chiropractic services. The seminar was coordinated by Mechelle Warren, director of healthcare programs.
Dr. Hill received a warm welcome from students, faculty, staff, and attendees. Dr. Hill began his presentation by explaining some of the common misconceptions about chiropractic care.  He explained that chiropractic physicians utilize a drug-free and hands-on approach to improve health and decrease pain, inflammation, and discomfort in the body.  He explained that doctors of chiropractic are legitimate physicians that undergo rigorous training.
Dr. Hill then lectured on some of the basic components of the musculoskeletal system and how problems within this system can cause pain and other health maladies.  He explained the importance of the musculoskeletal system and how it provides form, support, stability and movement to the body.  After providing some foundational information on how the musculoskeletal system functions, Dr. Hill demonstrated some common chiropractic treatment techniques on an assistant from his practice.  This demonstration provided students with a firsthand look of how chiropractic services can work for patients.
"I think the students were surprised at how effective chiropractic treatments can be," said Mechelle Warren, director of healthcare education.
The students were impressed with the demonstration and the information provided at the seminar.  "I found it amazing in how the doctor could manipulate the body to relieve pain," said Amanda Clark, an ANU student.
This collaborative effort of the Hill Wellness Center and American National University represents positive community outcomes for the students.  Dr. Hill is the owner and operator of Hill Chiropractic and Wellness Center, a local health care organization that will soon celebrate its one year anniversary in Danville.  

Dr. Isaac Hill is the owner and operator of Hill Chiropractic and Wellness Center, a local health care organization that will soon celebrate its one year anniversary in Danville.  

From High School Student to Medical Team Member in Two Short Years

From High School Student to Medical Team Member in Two Short Years

When Megan Locker enrolled in the medical assisting program at the Danville, Kentucky Campus she was looking for a program that she could complete quickly to find a career working in the heart of the action in the medical field.  A short two years later, she has almost completed her program, and she’s been hired from her externship at Lexington Urgent Care, where she’s an essential member of the busy medical team.

“I came [to National] straight out of high school,” she said. “I’ve always been really fond of the medical field, but I wanted to [work in a job] where I saw a lot of action, so I thought being an MA would be perfect.”

Megan found the medical assisting program at American National University to be a great learning experience for her.  “The teachers and instructors here are always willing to help.  They’re always willing to work one on one with you, and that’s what I like the most about it.”

In addition, Megan said that the campus’s director of health care education, Stephanie Slone, was a cheerleader and a role model for her as she prepared to begin her new career.  “Stephanie has been a big inspiration to me.  She’s given me passion about being an MA,” she explained. “Every time I draw blood, I hear Stephanie’s voice in my head, and it just helps me.”

Megan was placed at Lexington Urgent Care as an extern as part of her program at National. She found that she had all the skills that she needed to go right to work in the practice performing EKGs, running labs, taking vital signs, helping with sutures, and more. “I externed there for three or four weeks, and then I got a call saying that she wanted me as an employee,” she recalled with a smile.

Megan enjoys treating her patients who come to the clinic with a wide variety of illnesses and injuries, from the common cold to serious lacerations. “You name it--we’ve seen it walk through that door,” she said.

She has one suggestion for those who would like to find an exciting career of their own in the medical field.  “Come to National!” she advised.

Megan Locker, a graduate of the medical assisting program at the Danville, Kentucky Campus, was hired from her externship at Lexington Urgent Care.

Zuann Morris-Nursing Skills Lab Director-Pikeville

Zuann Morris-Nursing Skills Lab Director-Pikeville

• Zuann Morris – Difference Maker at the Pikeville Campus

• Director of Nursing Skills Lab

• American National University instructor since 2013
• Worked for 11 years as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), and 27 years as a Registered Nurse (RN)

• Earned an associate’s degree in nursing
• Has an Emergency Room nursing background, as well as experience in Internal Audit and Risk Management

“My favorite moments are seeing the students’ excitement when learning new skills and seeing them pass their state board exams.
“I like to give real scenarios to my students to see their reactions and how they handle the situations. They are very anxious to learn and will often come in before class to practice skills.

“I enjoy watching students transform into responsible individuals with a great knowledge base in nursing.

“American National University is like a family. Everybody works together.”

Difference Maker at the Pikeville Campus, Zuann Morris, worked for 11 years as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and 27 years as a Registered Nurse (RN) before coming to American National University.

Student Chooses Career Path to Help Others Rise Above Bullying

Student Chooses Career Path to Help Others Rise Above Bullying

Markita Williams is a student at the Lexington Campus with a dream – a dream to help victims of bullying. “I was a victim myself, but I’ve also seen the destruction and depression bullying has caused others,” said Markita.  “Bullying’s effects are long term and can even prove to be lethal.”  Markita’s research shows that bullying doesn’t stop at high school graduation, either.  It frequently carries into adulthood and affects our relationships and careers.  “Bullying is a global crisis – one that can damage a person’s self-esteem for life,” said Markita.  “It can literally end the lives of its victims in extreme cases. When your sense of ‘self’ is destroyed…you are in trouble.”

Markita carefully chose her career path with American National University to maximize her efficacy in combating bullying.  She has begun her own foundation, ‘Shelter from Bullies’, and plans to host her own radio segment locally and also host an on-line broadcast to reach her audience. “I looked at a couple of different programs and after careful consideration; I chose radio and television broadcasting,” said Markita.  “It fits perfectly with my future plans.  Once I saw what the program offers – there was no looking back!  I want to use music and dance to help my clients to follow their dreams.  It will provide healing to overcome any obstacles they experience.” 

Her future plans are nonetheless ambitious. “I want my foundation to grow and mature so we can be self-sufficient and provide even more services to our clients,” said Markita.  “Becoming the person you are meant to be requires self-esteem. This is what I’m hoping to restore with my life’s work!” 

Markita Williams carefully chose her career path at American National University to be able to follow her dream of helping others rise above bullying.

Graduate Offers Tips on Marketing a Small Business

Graduate Offers Tips on Marketing a Small Business

Nyata Spence, a graduate of the business administration-management program at the Louisville Campus, recently returned to American National University as a guest speaker in Theosious Fuqua’s Principles of Marketing classes.

After graduating from the Louisville Campus in 2013, Nyata was hired to work in customer service and dispatch for Overhead Doors of Louisville. She also owns her own business, Believe In This, a marketing and public relations company.

During her presentation, Nyata talked about the challenges of marketing a small business and her use of social media to help spread the word about her clients’ products and services.  She and Theosious also discussed the importance of creating a business plan and a marketing plan to map out the road to success for a small business.  Nyata also said that there are numerous networking opportunities and community resources available to small businesses, and she encouraged the students to take advantage of those.

Business administration-management student James Mentee, a native of Africa, owns a small trucking company in Africa, and he said that he’ll be using some of the marketing techniques that he learned from Nyata to help him expand his business when he returns.  “I learned a lot from her,” James said. “One important thing [that she discussed] is to keep pushing and don’t give up.  If you want to do something, keep it in your mind and keep going after it.”

You can read more about Nyata’s career here:

Pictured (l) to (r): Instructor Theosious Fuqua and Louisville Campus graduate Nyata Spence are pictured with students Jamar Spencer, Tina Kalkbrenner, James Mentee and Andrea Brown.

Environmental Science Class Learns about the Work of the Fire Marshal

Environmental Science Class Learns about the Work of the Fire Marshal

On Tuesday, August 19th, Mark McFerron, the Fire Marshal for the City of Richmond, Kentucky, was a guest speaker in instructor Hank Jones’ Environmental Science class.  Mr. McFerron discussed the fire department and the fire marshal’s roles in protecting human lives.  He discussed state and city fire codes and why those codes are necessary. 

Angel Powell, a student in the medical assisting program, found the presentation to be very informative. She especially enjoyed his discussion of school fire drills in which he explained that they remove a child from the class without the teacher’s knowledge to make sure that no child is left behind.  She asked him how they develop fire codes, and the fire marshal explained that most fire codes are created after someone loses their life as a result of a fire.

“I never had much respect for the fire marshal because I never understood what their job was, said Angel. “Now that I have had a chance to talk with Mr. McFerron, I understand the necessity of his job.”

Fire Marshal Mark McFerron is pictured with students from the Environmental Science class at the Richmond Campus.

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