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Pikeville Campus Healthy Fun Fair Receives Community Service Award

Pikeville Campus Healthy Fun Fair Receives Community Service Award

The Pikeville Campus Healthy Fun Fair, an event which provides valuable health screenings free of charge to the Pikeville community, was recognized as the recipient of the Kentucky Association of Career Colleges and Schools (KACCS) 2014 Community Service Award. The award was accepted by Pikeville Campus director Tammy Riley during the KACCS Educational Conference and Annual Meeting which was held in Louisville on Thursday and Friday, August 21 and 22.

According to Tammy, the Healthy Fun Fair is a collaborative effort between American National University students and the Eastern Kentucky medical community. The purpose of the Healthy Fun Fair, which was held for the 7th consecutive year in July, is to provide health screenings, medical services, and wellness and safety education to all ages in a fun environment.  It is estimated that students and staff from the campus contribute over 100 volunteer hours each year to plan and execute the event.

“The Healthy Fun Fair started with a press release announcing and celebrating the nursing program, and it has steadily grown over the years,” Tammy said when accepting the award.  “We’ve added the “D.O.’s on the Go” and a mobile dental clinic. It offers and provides great services to some that would not have that information. This event, as well as what we do, reaches out to all.”

In addition to the Community Service Award, a number of other awards were presented during the conference. Senator Mike Wilson, who serves Senate District 32, was selected as the Legislator of the Year in recognition of his strong support of career college education. Senator Wilson is the chairman of the Education committee and co-chair of the Education Assessment & Accountability Review Subcommittee.

“The importance of career colleges for workforce development cannot be underestimated, because you guys are filling a real need,” Senator Wilson said. “I know that you say ‘What we teach works’ is the motto, and indeed it does, because there was a time, not too long ago, when many people thought that career colleges were for the student who couldn’t go to the real or traditional universities. But I’m here to tell you that your schools are, more and more, being recognized as students’ first choice for cost and substantive education, because what you teach does work.”

Senator Wilson added that career colleges help meet an increasing demand for skilled workers, particularly in the area of computer technology. “The bottom line is that three million jobs go unfilled every year, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, because our people do not have the skills to fill those jobs,” he explained. “You’re doing valuable work here, because the need is so great, and I appreciate everything that you’re doing. I look forward to collaborating with you in the future to ensure that Kentuckians are educated and employed.”

Campus directors and other staff and faculty members from all six American National University Kentucky Campuses participated in the KACCS conference, which included keynote addresses by Dr. Aaron Thompson, executive vice president of the Council on Postsecondary Education;  Bruce Leftwich, senior vice president, legislation, Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU); and Dr. Henry Johnson.

A-The Pikeville Campus Healthy Fun Fair was the recipient of the Kentucky Association of Career Colleges and Schools 2014 Community Service Award.  Campus Director Tammy Riley is shown holding the award surrounded by students and staff from the campus who contributed over 100 hours of service during planning and execution of the event.

B-Senator Mike Wilson, who received the 2014 Legislator of the Year Award from the Kentucky Association of Career Colleges and Schools, is shown at KACCS Career College Day at the Capitol, where he received a blood pressure screening from medical assisting student Nicole Foree.

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TAICS Regional Faculty Development Workshop Held on Campus

TAICS Regional Faculty Development Workshop Held on Campus

The Tennessee Association of Independent Colleges and Schools (TAICS) held a regional faculty development workshop, sponsored by Cengage Learning, at the Knoxville Campus on Friday, August 22nd.   TAICS facilitates professional growth and development for private career colleges and schools and their students, faculty and staff. 

“We are always looking for ways to support the faculty and students at our member schools,” stated Cyndee Perdue Moore, president of TAICS and vice president of  National College’s Tennessee region.  “As a majority of faculty in career colleges and universities are experts in their fields of study, it is important for them to have opportunities to develop innovative and effective teaching techniques for use in their classrooms in order to engage students and help those students perform to their fullest potential.”

Shawn Orr was the guest presenter.  Ms. Orr is a full-time professional educator with Cengage Learning’s Peer-to-Peer Faculty Development and Consulting team as well as an adjunct professor at Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan.  She has worked in the higher education field for more than 20 years.

The first portion of the seminar was spent discussing the learning characteristics of Generation Next students (1984-2002) and articulating how they differ from previous generations.  For example, Baby Boomers (1946-1964) learn by lecture and face to face interaction and define themselves by their work.  This group is a little more reluctant with technology.  During the 1965-1983 period there was a turn in lifestyle some refer to as the latch-key period.  Students then took a more active role in learning and began to embrace technology.  Generation Next completely employs technology creating global relationships but isolating themselves from the classmate seated next to them, so then begins the discussion of how instructors now adapt their teaching to this newer way of learning and sustaining the students’ attention. 

Ms. Orr then discussed a variety of technological teaching resources, including animation tools, presentation software, online polling and surveying products, and blogs.  Some not-so-technical ideas included giving the students flashcards upon entering the classroom.  The flashcards are in pairs so the students have to search for the other card thus generating interaction. 

The attendees were very engaged in Ms. Orr’s energetic and very enlightening presentation.  Brad Sauls, instructor at the Knoxville Campus said, “This is a very entertaining learning environment to hold the student’s attention and it broadens the scope of bringing the objective in the classroom”.

A-Shawn Orr was the guest presenter at the TAICS regional faculty development workshop held at the Knoxville Campus.  Ms. Orr has worked in higher education for more than 20 years. 

B-Instructors Clare Borsari (front row, left), and Elizabeth Harn (front row, right), interact at the recent TAICS regional workshop held at the Knoxville Campus.

Leroy Baymon-Admissions Inquiry Manager-Memphis

Leroy Baymon-Admissions Inquiry Manager-Memphis

• Leroy Baymon—Difference Maker at the Memphis Campus

• Admissions Inquiry Manager

• Former recipient of Employee of the Year award for the Memphis Campus
• U.S. Army veteran with 7 years of personnel administration experience

• Attended University of Maryland

“When students need assistance or guidance, sometimes the extra step we [staff members] take can make a big difference.
“I enjoy being there for our students, talking to them, and showing them I’m always interested. I try to demonstrate to them the 5 P’s—Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance; set goals, check and balance, and follow them through.
“I love what I do and give my all to the staff and students every day.”

Leroy Baymon is a Difference Maker at the Memphis Campus.  He is a former recipient of the Employee of the Year award. 

“The Suite Shop” Series Opens to Packed Classroom

“The Suite Shop” Series Opens to Packed Classroom

The Lynchburg Campus offered a series of Microsoft Office Workshops on Tuesday evenings in August called “The Suite Shop.”  The workshops, which were free and open to the public, filled up immediately with a waiting list of people interested in basic Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. 

Debbie Caldwell, an instructor at the campus, hosted the first workshop on Tuesday, August 12th.  During the session, the participants learned a variety of tasks including but not limited to: creating a word document, changing fonts, attaching pictures, using different styles and taking a screen shot.

The workshop was a huge success with comments such as: “This session was first rate and well presented”, “answered all of my ‘problem child’ questions.”  During the final sessions on August 19th and 26th, the participants learned how to create data sheets, graphs, charts, transitions, animations, and more.

Debbie said, “I had a wonderful time giving back to the community that has given me so much!”

The Lynchburg Campus offered a series of Microsoft Office Workshops on Tuesday evenings in August that were free and open to the public.  The workshops were led by instructor Debbie Caldwell

U.S. Air Force Veteran Follows Career Dreams with National College

U.S. Air Force Veteran Follows Career Dreams with National College

Joshua Emerson was working odd jobs and pursuing a career in finance when he decided he wanted something different from life.  “I realized I was not in a field I was passionate about and my job situation was taking me nowhere, fast,” said Joshua.  I decided to join the U.S. Air Force and take some time to decide on a career.  I loved math and science in school, so with the guidance of my fiancé, we decided my calling was in the medical arena. The obvious choice was there all along, so I chose the medical field.”

He received invaluable medical training as an Air Force Medic/EMT.  “I thoroughly loved and enjoyed my time in the service,” said Joshua.  “I worked with some of the nation’s finest medical professionals in emergency/internal medicine who gave me a tremendous education.  I soon realized, however, that I could spend my entire career as a Medic – and go no further. After some painful decisions, I decided to leave for the civilian world to follow my dreams.  It was the right decision - but leaving the Air Force after my four-year stint was very difficult.”

“National was on my college list because I live in the neighborhood…but after my interview I realized it was a terrific choice,” said Joshua.  “This is the best college experience I’ve ever experienced.  Everyone is so helpful and friendly – they are here for our success.  This is truly a family atmosphere – and I’m delighted to be here.”

Joshua chose National’s surgical technology program at the Lexington Campus for the next step in his medical training.  “My long-term plan is to go to medical school – and my surgical training is going to take me even closer to that goal!” he stated.

A-Surgical technology student and veteran Joshua Emerson is a former Air Force Medic/EMT and chose American National University to further his education.  

B- Pictured (l) to (r) are: Student Joshua Emerson and surgical technology instructor Jennifer Schnelle.  Joshua is receiving his introduction to surgical scrub techniques.  After this introduction…he will be donning full personal protection equipment and “scrubbing in” for more training.

Advisory Board Offers Insight and Suggestions

Advisory Board Offers Insight and Suggestions

The Louisville Campus recently held advisory board meetings for the health information management (HIM) and medical assisting programs. Advisory boards meet periodically at each campus and are comprised of professionals from the field, members of the community, students, staff, and faculty, who offer their suggestions for enhancing the programs at American National University.

HIM program director Linda Burcham and campus director Vincent Tinebra led the HIM advisory board meeting, and Bonnie Kiefer, director of health care education, presided over the advisory board meeting for the medical assisting program.  Both boards discussed accreditation and the benchmarks that the programs are required to meet.  They also discussed student retention, certification, and employment success rates.

Linda Kamer, who participated in the HIM advisory board meeting, works as a senior consultant for CGI, a company that provides systems integration and IT outsourcing services to area healthcare companies. “I think the program needs the expertise from this group, and it will certainly get better with the input of people from the field,” said Linda. “I used to be director of HIM for Jewish Hospital for seventeen years, and I’ve worked as a consultant for the last eight years. I work with hospitals all the time in my job, and I see a need for credentialed people.”

State Representative Dennis Horlander, who represents the Louisville Campus in House District 40, offered his insight into the workforce needs of the community during the medical assisting advisory board meeting. “I am always inspired by the hard work and dedication of the medical students, and I appreciated the opportunity to participate in the board meeting to help the program continue to grow,” said Representative Horlander. “I look forward to continuing to hear from the students and faculty members during the legislative session, because it is so important for them to speak to their representatives in Frankfort about legislative issues important to them."

A-State Representative Dennis Horlander (4th from left) is shown with members of the medical assisting advisory board at the Louisville Campus.

B-Linda Burcham, health information management director (pictured), speaks to the HIM advisory board members at the Louisville Campus regarding graduate satisfaction.

Name Change for Tennessee Campuses

Effective September 1, the Tennessee campuses began operating under the “National College” name, having previously been known as “National College of Business & Technology” for more than a decade.

The shorter, simpler name reflects the growing breadth and depth of our programs, particularly in the health care field.  While we retain the small-campus environment for which we have always been known, every National College campus is backed by the resources of our partner institution, American National University, and our shared heritage dating to 1886.

As National continues to evolve as an institution, with the introduction of new programs, new modes of instructional delivery, and new technologies, we maintain the hallmarks of our 128-year history: career-focused, hands-on learning.

The National News is a biweekly publication designed to share the success and academic accomplishments of students and graduates from American National University and National College. For more information, contact the Communications Department.

In accordance with the regulations of the Tennessee Higher Education Council, all references to "American National University" refer to "National College" in the state of Tennessee.