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Graduate Closes the Deal with Major Corporations Thanks to the Confidence She Gained at National

Graduate Closes the Deal with Major Corporations Thanks to the Confidence She Gained at National

As owner and CEO of Arrasmith Promotions, Kim Bradley enjoys using her creativity to find the perfect item to help companies promote their business or event. “We work with a lot of local companies—small businesses and large corporations,” said Kim whose clients include Kroger, Hitachi Tool, Home Depot, and Fifth Third Bank. 

Kim wears many hats as CEO of the company, and closing the deal is a big part of her job. “Sales is a challenging place to be, but I deal with people, and I enjoy that,” she said.

While she has the business acumen today to work with the top executives of large corporations,  that wasn’t  the case when Kim came to the Florence Campus in 2000 and enrolled in the administrative office specialist program to help her update her skills after being a stay at home Mom for many years.

 “I needed to get familiar with computers again…before I went back into the workforce,” she explained. “With the economy the way that it’s been, I think that education is what’s going to make a difference in someone’s life. How far they want to seek that is up to them, but there are a lot of opportunities out there.”

When she came to National, Kim was somewhat intimidated by getting back into the classroom and working with technology, but she found that her instructors worked patiently with her to give her all the help that she needed.  “They didn’t make me feel like I was out of place. They made me feel like ‘you can do this.’  That was huge for me,” she recalled.

After graduating from National, she was hired as an administrative assistant by Wampfler USA, a company that manufactured mobile electrification systems. “The skills that I learned at National really helped me get in,” she said. “Computer skills are definitely what got me the job.”

After working at Wampfler for several years, Kim left the company to open Arrasmith Promotions.  Today, as a successful business owner,  she is active in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky communities, serving as an ambassador for the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, on the board of NorthKey Community Care, and on the Woman Business Enterprise certification board for the Ohio River Valley Women’s Business Council.

She recently attended the Florence Campus’s grand opening celebration and said she’s happy to see that her alma mater is still growing and supporting the educational needs of the community. “Having [National] located right here in the heart of Florence is great because Florence is growing,” Kim said.  “You all have stayed around a long time.  A lot of [colleges] have come and gone as I’ve watched over the years, but [National has] stayed here.  If I can come here and say I went to school here eleven years ago, that says a lot.  I think that’s very important.”

A- Kim Bradley is the owner and CEO of Arrasmith Promotions which provides promotional items to national and international companies such as Kroger, Hitatchi Tool, and Home Depot.

B-Kim Bradley (center) is shown at the Florence Campus Grand Opening Celebration with fellow members of the Northern Kentucky business community, Matt Guy (left) and Kathy Blake (right).

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Campus Celebrates Constitution Day

Campus Celebrates Constitution Day

Virginia State Senator John Edwards and Virginia House of Delegates member Sam Rasoul graciously agreed to spend a few minutes at the Roanoke Valley Campus in commemoration of Constitution Day.  Speaking to a room packed with ANU faculty, staff, and students, Delegate Rasoul and Senator Edwards eloquently presented their views on the value and impact of the U.S. Constitution, both as the foundational document of the government of the United States and as a document which has influenced people and nations the world over.  ANU President Frank Longaker, a long-time friend of Senator Edwards, also attended the event; a local group of high school and middle schools students rounded out the attendees.

The Roanoke Valley Campus is proud to host The Renaissance Academy twice a month, and on this night the men and boys of The Renaissance Academy were able to meet and be photographed with Senator Edwards and Delegate Rasoul.  As described on their website, “The Renaissance Academy is a program designed to engage middle and high school African American males in a series of college trips, community service, job shadowing, workshops and events promoting academic, social and financial skills.  The Academy provides men within the local community an opportunity to contribute to the success of future generations of black male students while connecting with Rebounding Roanoke in new, positive and creative ways.”  ANU’s cooperation with this group is especially fitting inasmuch as the campus offers a local setting wherein the young men may one day earn their much-desired college degrees.

Ron Bradbury, campus director said, “I am especially grateful to Senator Edwards and Delegate Rasoul for the time they took to visit campus and engage our students, many of whom are also their constituents.  Although Constitution Day is not widely celebrated, this event was a fitting tribute to the Founding Fathers and the magnificent document which they framed.”

Delegate Sam Rasoul, student and veteran David Peterson, and Virginia State Senator John Edwards.

UVA Medical Professional Inspires Students

UVA Medical Professional Inspires Students

Charlottesville students in Larry Liggan’s Non-invasive Clinical Procedures class benefitted from a presentation by Franklin D. Hickey, coordinator for ambulatory surgical services at the University of Virginia Medical Center.  Having extensive background with hospital organizations, Mr. Hickey enlightened ANU medical assisting students in regulatory current events, particularly regarding the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), now simply known as the Joint Commission.  Mr. Hickey illustrated differences between practices in a private physician’s office as compared to clinics, giving feedback on why those restrictions exist.  He emphasized that medical assistants are obligated to follow Joint Commission rules just as any other medical professional.  Medical assisting students Amy Belew and Serena Brooks both commented that Mr. Hickey’s presentation was very inspirational.  Medical assisting student Jessica Wilson said that she was inspired to go even further in her education and profession due to Mr. Hickey’s motivating talk.  Mr. Hickey’s educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in nursing from New Jersey City University and a master’s degree in nursing administration from the College of Mount St. Vincent.  He is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in healthcare leadership from Seton Hall University.

Pictured  (left to right): Franklin Hickey of the UVA Medical Center,  Larry Liggan, Charlottesville Campus director of health care education, and Anne Brown, career center director.

Congressman Interacts with Students

Congressman Interacts with Students

U.S. Representative Morgan Griffith (R-VA, 9th District) recently visited the Martinsville Campus to tour the facility and to speak with students, faculty, and staff about the university and the local community.  
Lisa Kendrick, administrative assistant and Barbara Rakes, director of admissions, took Congressman Griffith on a tour of the campus and provided information on enrollments by program.  He met with students, faculty, and staff to hear questions and comments and to speak regarding suggestions about strengthening the community.  Congressman Griffith explained that the 9th Congressional District of Virginia includes all of Martinsville and approximately two-thirds of Henry and Patrick Counties.  Student Shannon Thornton asked what is being done to attract new jobs to the area.  Congressman Griffith stated that the state government, the local chambers of commerce, and the local economic development organizations are active in trying to recruit new businesses.  He continued that the Commonwealth could benefit by acquiring and producing more natural energy.  He pointed out that the Eastman Chemical Corporation has bought two companies in the area in the last few years, and these companies will be producing high-quality film products.  “If we have affordable fuels, we will bring back a lot of jobs,” said Congressman Griffith.  After answering additional questions on health care and the student loan programs, he thanked the Martinsville Campus staff for arranging the visit and the students for their comments and questions.

U.S. Representative Morgan Griffith (R-VA, 9th District) recently visited the Martinsville Campus and answered questions from students. 

Family Members Encourage and Attend ANU Together

Family Members Encourage and Attend ANU Together

Linda and Jessica Bailey are quite the pair.   They arrive every Monday afternoon to study and work in the library and computer labs at the Princeton Campus to complete homework and study for tests.  Linda, the mother  in the team was inspired to sign up by her daughter-in-law, Heather Bailey, a former student.   When she discovered that the campus offered System and User Support, she told the advisor, “Sign me up” before the campus tour was completed.

Jessica graduated from another college, but wanted to learn more about her medical field, so that she would feel comfortable taking her RMA exam.  As Linda’s daughter, she had watched her mother as she attended, and was encouraged to also attend ANU in Princeton to complete her goal.  Jessica made the decision to enroll, and has been very comfortable.  She has been very complimentary of the type of instruction displayed in her classes.  An example she gave was the way American National University teaches the Medical Terminology class, by breaking the word apart, in order to learn prefixes, roots, and suffixes.  She also mentioned the time each instructor has taken, even individually to provide help when needed.

Both Mom and daughter feel that an instructor will take time to help, or explain a concept when it is difficult to understand.  Linda mentioned that when she does not understand a concept, she is not made to feel “embarrassed.”

Both Linda, and Jessica mentioned how professional their instructors seem to be, and mentioned being in other circumstances where instructors would talk about their students in a public setting.  They have also been pleased with the encouragement issued by an instructor, mentioning that their instructors will say, “Yes, you will get it!  Keep going!”

This family affair will soon expand, as Linda says her son-in-law will be attending soon, and is planning to receive his business administration-management degree.  We can’t miss him…she says, because “he is almost seven feet tall!”

Jessica and Linda Bailey are a mother and daughter who are attending the Princeton Campus together. 

Company Recognized for Supporting Pharmacy Technician Students

Company Recognized for Supporting Pharmacy Technician Students

The Lynchburg Campus presented the Central Virginia Training Center (CVTC) with  the Distinguished Community Employer award on Friday, October 3rd, for their exceptional support to the pharmacy technician students.

They provide a professional training environment for ANU’s externship students, and have employed numerous graduates over the years.  Student Contessa Sancho just completed her externship at CVTC.   “Everyone made me feel right at home, like I was part of the team from day one”, said Contessa.  They are currently in the process of adding a pharmacy tech position to their location and expressed interest in hiring American National University graduates. 

Established in 1910, the CVTC is located in Amherst, Virginia.  As their website states, “Today, the Central Virginia Training Center (CVTC) is the still the largest of the five Commonwealth facilities serving individuals with mental retardation.  CVTC clients are received primarily from eleven community service boards located in central, southwest and northwest Virginia, and the facility currently provides a home for approximately 380 clients in its intermediate , skilled nursing and acute care centers.“  They take great pride in their mission statement: “Central Virginia Training Center is committed to providing effective, compassionate and individually responsive services to persons with intellectual disabilities, both in residence and in the community.  Guided by individual choice and in collaborative partnership with families, community and departmental resources, CVTC will protect and enhance the quality of life for the individuals we support to help them realize their highest attainable levels of physical health and individual achievement. Our person-centered services are offered with a deep respect for both our workforce and those we serve and are focused on empowering safe, healthy and enriched lives for the individuals in our care.”

John Neiderer, a registered pharmacist at CVTC agrees that ANU students who extern or are employed by their facility are knowledgeable, well prepared and ready for the positions they work in.  Because of their level of preparation, they would readily recommend ANU to any students who want to become better prepared for the workforce. 

Pictured (l) to (r): Leisa Walker, Susan Bennett, and Dee Carwile with the Central Virginia Training Center in Amherst, VA, Sue Coleman, director of healthhealth care education at the Lynchburg Campus, Contessa Sancho, pharmacy tech student, and, Tanalea Kanode, Teresa Graham, John Neiderer and Elisa Burton with CVTC.

Graduate Expands Construction Company to Job Sites Throughout the Tri-State Area

Graduate Expands Construction Company to Job Sites Throughout the Tri-State Area

Steven Brown has built a successful construction company with the business skills that he gained in his business administration-management and accounting programs at the Dayton Area Campus.

Steven was working as a line technician at an automotive factory when the company closed and he lost his job.  He decided to use the layoff as an opportunity to return to school, and he enrolled at American National University to help expand his company, S & D Construction, that he started in 2011.

Steven graduate from National earlier this year and the foundation of business skills that he gained in his program  has enabled him to expand the company to ten employees working at job sites in Ohio, Indiana, and Northern Kentucky. “We do home remodeling from top to bottom on foreclosed homes,” Steven explained.  “My program at National gave me the direction of how to run my business and to do it the smart way. It saved me from having to hire an accountant to do all of my paperwork and all of my financials.  My business degree actually helps me to be able to advertise and make my business bigger.”

Steven Brown (left) is shown accepting his diploma from Dayton Area campus director Art Wagner during the Dayton Campus commencement ceremony that was held in May.

Frank Lawing - Admissions Representative - Nashville

Frank Lawing - Admissions Representative - Nashville

• Frank Lawing – Difference Maker at the Nashville Campus

• Admissions Representative

• National College staff member since 2013
• Retired from the U.S. Army as a Lieutenant Colonel after 25 years of active duty service

• Previously served as professor of management and leadership, as well as military science (Army ROTC) at Auburn University
• Holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political science from Auburn University, a Master of Arts degree in management from Webster University, and a Master of Military Art and Science degree from the Command and General Staff College

“I admire that National College students don’t give up no matter the circumstances. I personally know how hard it is to work, raise a family, and go to school – I’ve done it too!  I tell students every day that they are taking a giant leap of faith that in reality is an investment of time and money in their most valuable asset, themselves.  I also stress that an education will change not only their lives and future, but also their family’s lives and future.

“Education is something I have stressed throughout my career at every level.  I urge everyone to continue their education and seek any and all opportunities to do so.  I often advise students that an education could open doors they didn’t know existed.  I truly feel that you should never stop learning and investing in yourself.

“The best thing about being a National College staff member is watching education change students’ lives.  Being positive is perhaps the greatest asset you can have as an admissions representative.  I try to show our students that a positive, “can do” attitude can be a key to their own success.”

Frank Lawing retired from the U.S. Army as a Lieutenant Colonel after 25 years of active duty service.  He has been employed by the Nashville Campus as an admissions representative since last year. 


Urgent Care Medical Doctor is a Proud Supporter of National College Students

Urgent Care Medical Doctor is a Proud Supporter of National College Students

The Danville, Kentucky Campus has named Lexington Urgent Care as a Distinguished Community Employer due to the practice’s strong support of American National University and career college education.  Campus director Lee Bowling and director of health care education Stephanie Slone recently presented the award to Dr. Nawar Soda, owner of Urgent Care Centers of Kentucky, which operates six practices in the area,including Lexington Urgent Care.

“You have hired our graduates and you’ve worked with our externs and we greatly appreciate that you do that for us,” said Lee when presenting the award to Dr. Soda. “It gives them the opportunity to get the experience that they need.”

Dr. Soda said that he has taken on externs and hired graduates from the Danville, Richmond, and Lexington Campuses of American National University. “We get a lot of students from National and we hire a lot of them,” said Dr. Soda. “I have to say that out of all of the schools that I work with…we feel that National [students] have been proven to be the most capable.”

At Lexington Urgent Care, Dr. Soda currently employs two graduates and has one extern from the Danville, Kentucky Campus.  Jennifer Layton, a 2005 graduate, was recently promoted to office manager of the practice.  Read more about Jennifer’s career in an upcoming issue of the National News.

Pictured left to right:  Lexington Urgent Care office manager Jennifer Layton, Dr. Nawar Soda, Danville, Kentucky campus director Lee Bowling, and director of health care education Stephanie Slone gathered for a photo during the Distinguished Community Employer Award presentation.

Student Has His Sights Set On a Career as a VJ

Student Has His Sights Set On a Career as a VJ

Salvador Thompson has big dreams of turning his passion for hip-hop music into a career using the knowledge that he’s gaining in the radio and television broadcasting program (RTB) at the Lexington Campus.  “I love music. I love hip-hop and everything about it,” Salvador said. “It’s a big part of my life.”

He hopes to build a career similar to that of Fab 5 Freddy, a hip-hop pioneer and filmmaker, who served as the VJ of the first hip-hop music video show ‘Yo! MTV Raps.’ “That’s my dream job--to go around the country and just meet different hip-hop artists,” he explained.

Salvador loves the hands-on experience that he’s getting in his broadcasting classes, and he also has the opportunity to hone his skills during weekly podcasts on on Backtalk14, a show operated by students in the RTB program. His segment, “Talking Hip-Hop with DJ Slab,” airs at 8 p.m. each Tuesday and features discussions about hip-hop artists and the genre. 

Salvador also works as a federal work study for the campus where he’s  gaining valuable experience working as a video prompter and setting up video conferencing equipment for various classes. “I also want to direct movies and do other things with RTB ,” Salvador explained of his broad interest in the field.
He feels that the hands-on experience that he’s getting in the RTB program, and the support that he receives from program director Bill Gray and career center director Cheryl Howell have been invaluable to his upcoming career.  “They treat me so well here, I couldn’t ask for anything better,” Salvador said. “They try to help me out as much as possible. I’m forever grateful to them.”

Salvador Thompson, a radio and television broadcasting student at the Lexington Campus, has a passion for hip-hop music and would like to build a career as a VJ.

English Class Completes Sweet Assignment

English Class Completes Sweet Assignment

Gena Greer’s Preparatory English class recently completed a unique class project that involved writing and candy.

The class divided into groups and used candy wrappers to create sentences. The purpose of the project was to write creatively. The students felt it was an excellent and fun way to review everything they had learned so far in the class.

Medical assisting student Donetta Curtis felt that the project was a great learning experience.  “Ms. Greer taught and showed us that learning can be fun regardless of your age or learning capability,” said Donetta.

A-Students LaShana Medley (L) and Tiffany Medley (R) are shown with their compositions which they created using candy wrappers.

B-Pictured L to R:  Students Terri Fadder, Lillian Maxwell, Jessica Rose, Donetta Curtis, Brittany Phillips, and Natalie Alcorn with their Preparatory English class projects.

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