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National College's Distinctive MBA Program Coming to Indianapolis Campus

National College's Distinctive MBA Program Coming to Indianapolis Campus

Aspiring executives and midcareer business people in central Indiana will have an exciting new MBA option, as American National University brings its unique, community-focused Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program to the Indianapolis Campus. 

On Tuesday, Jan. 27, the campus held an official kickoff event for the program, which offered information and networking opportunities to prospective students and other community representatives. 

“Our kickoff event provided the local business and education community a detailed look at this highly-acclaimed program, pioneered at our flagship campus in Virginia,” said campus director James Abraham. “This combines our central Indiana connections with the academic resources of an esteemed MBA program.”

Known for hands-on, career focused educational programs in business, information technology, and health care, American National University brings this approach to the MBA program by having students work with local businesses and community organizations on real-world projects, putting theory into practical use. The program is also unique in that it is a hybrid program, with students participating in courses both on campus and online.

“Graduate students often ask how they will know when they have mastered an MBA program’s theories and concepts,” said Annette Chamberlin, Ph.D., vice president of academic affairs for American National University, who participated in the event. “At American National University, students know from day one of their program of study how each class’s material impacts the real world.”

“Working with real-life cases during the whole course period has a number of advantages,” said Fang Zhang, a student in the MBA program at the Roanoke Valley Campus. “One of the things I have noticed is that when you can apply subjects discussed during the lectures directly into practice, it is much easier to really understand the theory.”

Local business organizations have also benefited from partnering with the College’s MBA students. Juliann Poff, senior global sales executive for Qualtrax, Inc., and herself a graduate of the MBA program, knew the benefits firsthand. She enlisted the help of the MBA program in analyzing potential new markets for her company, a leading provider of compliance management software. “With the information that we were able to garner from this project, we affirmed our entrance into the testing lab market,” Juliann explained. “We had success with forensic laboratories and wanted to expand to other testing laboratories. Since this project, we are having much success.”

For more information about the MBA program at American National University, please visit

Prospective students, MBA program graduates, faculty, and staff came together during the MBA program kickoff at the Indianapolis Campus to share information and network.

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Career Fair Focuses on Business and IT Job Opportunities

Career Fair Focuses on Business and IT Job Opportunities

The Nashville Campus recently hosted its first community business and IT career fair with a wide variety of employers participating, including Apex Systems, Verizon Wireless, Loews Hotel Business Solutions, Ajilon Professional Staffing, and Community Health Systems. National College students and graduates were encouraged to establish networking connections in their career fields, and several students who attended were able to secure follow-up interviews with employers.

Kristen Price, human resource coordinator for Loews Hotel Business Services Center, conducted on-site applicant screenings during the career fair. “I thought that the job fair was well organized,” she shared. “I’m looking forward to visiting the campus and speaking with the accounting and business management classes for professional development and recruitment opportunities.”

A representative from Community Health Systems was interested in speaking with information technology students and provided information for externship opportunities that will allow the students to take advantage of building their skills in networking and cybersecurity.

No matter what industry the participating employers were from, they all agreed that a career fair can serve as a great opportunity for job seekers to make a good first impression on an employer, which could ultimately lead to a job offer.

IT graduates Phillip Parker (far right) and Ira Moye spoke with Alli Arney, staffing manager at Ajilon Professional Staffing.

Student Strives to Sharpen Skills in Running Family Business

Student Strives to Sharpen Skills in Running Family Business

Amani Alsaidi, a business administration-management student at the Columbus Campus, has accomplished a lot in the past several years. She and her husband, Amjad Alghrawi, immigrated to the United States from Baghdad, Iraq in 2009. In Iraq, Amani was a math teacher, and her husband, Amjad, was an interpreter who served for seven years with the United States Army in Iraq. They both earned their U.S. citizenship in 2014, just one day apart. 

Amani, her husband, and her brother currently run a local car dealership together. She wanted to earn her degree so she could sharpen her business skills and contribute more to the management of the family business. She looked at other colleges in the Columbus area, but she was most impressed with American National University because of how willing the faculty and staff were to work with her, particularly in improving her English language skills.

“I find that all of the teachers here really help the students,” said Amani, elaborating that she appreciates the level of respect and inclusiveness demonstrated by the staff and faculty members at the campus. She further explained that the student body diversity has made her experience more enjoyable and comfortable.

In fact, Amani is enjoying her experience so much, that she has been recommending American National University to several people in her life who also want to get an education, including her sister-in-law Marwa Alzaidi, who has recently joined her in the business administration-management program.  

Business administration-management student Amani Alsaidi immigrated to the U.S. with her husband six years ago.

Lynchburg's Newest RMA's Achieve Success, Offer Advice

Lynchburg's Newest RMA's Achieve Success, Offer Advice

Tears of happiness, smiles, and laughter are what three Lynchburg Campus medical assisting students shared as they seamlessly transitioned right out of class, passed their registered medical assistant (RMA) exams, and landed in careers in medical assisting. Jasmine Woodruff, Megan Torode, and Tiwana Miller are celebrating as they enter into new chapters of their lives after working and studying so hard to get there. The tears of joy were contagious as they shared their experiences and talked about how far they’ve come. All say they’ve had a great experience at ANU and are thankful for the support from family and friends.

Jasmine worked as a floor manager and server at a local restaurant and wanted to further her education for a better career. A friend who was a student at ANU suggested she give it a try. She enrolled in the medical assisting program and enjoyed the small classes and friendly people, but she knew she made the right decision when she was given the role of an attorney while participating in a mock trial assignment in her Healthcare Law and Ethics class. Through that role, she discovered her qualities as a true leader. Her advice, “It’s never too late to better yourself!”

Tiwana worked as a private nanny and babysitter. With her ultimate goal to become a nurse, she chose ANU so she could get started in the medical field to make sure it was a good fit. Her externship affirmed for her that she had indeed made the right choice, noting that it wasn’t easy, but it was a great experience. “Focus on your work,” is Tiwana’s advice for success.

Megan came to ANU to further her education in the medical field. She chose medical assisting because she was good at taking care of others and wanted to build on her past experience and education. She chose ANU because of the smaller classes and the availability of the courses offered. She was able to transfer credits from another college and finished her program in only a year. Her advice, “Don’t be discouraged.”

Jasmine, Tiwana, and Megan are now successfully working as medical assistants and enjoying the sense of accomplishment that comes with having reached their goals. They have gained not only the educational experience necessary to be successful, but also confidence in their skills, as well as in themselves.

The Lynchburg Campus’s newest RMA’s, (L to R) Jasmine Woodruff, Megan Torode, and Tiwana Miller, have achieved academic and career success.

Students Learn Importance of Effective Communication

 Students Learn Importance of Effective Communication

The Danville, Virginia Campus recently welcomed Command Sergeant Major Henry A. Motley Jr., 91st Troop Command Brigade Command Sergeant Major of the Virginia Army National Guard as a guest speaker. CSM Motley discussed sexual assault and the advocacy groups and programs that are available for civilians and those serving in the military. He provided definitions and data on cases of assault, both physical and emotional, relevant to men and women on college campuses. He also informed the students that the U.S. Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) serves as the single point of authority for program accountability and oversight, in order to enable military readiness and reduce -- with a goal to eliminate -- sexual assault from the military.  

CSM Motley explained that words or actions must be used to establish consent and that the absence of “no” does not equal “yes.” He further stressed to the students the importance of effective communication and how it is used in the military and can be applied to daily life situations for positive results.  

"The speaker made very good points,” said student Melodie Covington. “It was extremely informative and also an important topic that most avoid.”

CSM Motley discussed sexual assault and the advocacy groups and programs that are available for civilians and those serving in the military.

Ron Smith – Director of International Student Enrollment – Roanoke Valley Campus

Ron Smith – Director of International Student Enrollment – Roanoke Valley Campus


Ron Smith – Difference Maker at the Roanoke Valley Campus


Director of International Student Enrollment


ANU staff member since 1976

Helped initiate international student enrollment program at ANU

Recipient of ANU’s “Staff Member of the Year” award in 1995 and “Distinguished Service Award” in 2005


Has enrolled thousands of international students at ANU from more than 126 countries, several of which he has traveled to personally, including Libya, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, India, Bangladesh, Mongolia, and South Korea


“I appreciate and admire the dedication that all of our students have and the sacrifices that the students have to make, especially in today’s economy.

“Throughout my nearly 40-year career in admissions at ANU, I have literally enrolled generations of students. For example, I have enrolled the parents and grandparents of some of the students that attend the Roanoke Valley Campus today.

“The biggest transformation that I have seen is in the international students who speak no English whatsoever becoming able to complete academic programs and to start a career! One such young woman from Vietnam arrived in the U.S. as a refugee along with her baby sister. A friend of hers introduced her to me. The campus did not offer English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at the time, so she took college prep classes and stayed after class to learn English. She earned her associate’s and bachelor’s degrees and went on to work for the Federal Government in Washington, D.C. It is amazing to see something like that!

“The best thing about being part of the ANU staff is that I have met so many different people with the university. I have worked with so many good advisors and have had good advisors work for me. We offer great programs which are hands-on for domestic and international students.”

Ron Smith, director of international student enrollment, has made introducing students from around the world to ANU his life’s work.

Graduate Enters Job Market with RMA Credentials to Add to Résumé

 Graduate Enters Job Market with RMA Credentials to Add to Résumé

Mahogany Gray is celebrating her new credentials after completing her medical assisting program at the Cincinnati Campus and passing the exam to become certified as a registered medical assistant (RMA).

Mahogany first visited American National University as a guest speaker, but after touring the campus she left that night as a student. “I always thought of college as a big campus with a professor at the podium and a thousand students in one room,” she explained. “When I saw how the classes were more hands-on, it made me want to jump into it, because I’m a shy person.” 

After completing her medical assisting program, Mahogany successfully passed the RMA exam. “I studied hard,” she recalled. “I was happy that the test site was here, because I was more comfortable. It was just like coming to school on a regular day.”

After earning the RMA credential, which is required by many employers, she is working with the American National University career center to land her first job in the medical field.

Mahogany Gray passed the exam to become certified as a registered medical assistant at the conclusion of her medical assisting program.

Small Class Size Leads to Career Success for Medical Assisting Graduate

Small Class Size Leads to Career Success for Medical Assisting Graduate

Courtney Fales has found a successful career working in the front office of The Dermatology Center after earning her degree at the Florence Campus and becoming certified as a registered medical assistant. “I like interacting with the patients, and I learn something new every day,” said Courtney.

Accomplishing her goal of working in the medical field has given Courtney a renewed sense of self-confidence after an unsuccessful first attempt as a college student in the nursing program at the University of Cincinnati. “I’m a little sentimental about it, because when I had my first year at UC I didn’t do very well; this was my way of getting back into school,” she explained of her switch to American National University. “UC is very big.  My anatomy class had 456 students, whereas in the one at National there were twelve of us. That was very nice because I could talk to the teacher, rather than having to email a teacher who probably doesn’t really know your name.”

At National, Courtney enjoyed her clinical classes, particularly drawing blood and giving shots. She also gained hands-on experience working as an extern at Walton Urgent Care. “It was a nice little step in the door for practicing what I learned in clinicals,” she recalled. “It gave me lots of extra practice, so that was good.”

Now at The Dermatology Center, Courtney stays busy checking patients in and out, answering patients’ questions by phone, and helping input ICD 9 medical billing codes. She’ll soon be taking the next step in her career, with plans to enroll in the nursing program at Beckfield College. “A lot of my National credits will transfer,” she stated enthusiastically.

Courtney feels that this time her goal of becoming an RN is within reach because her program at National helped prepare her to continue her education. “My third term was my hardest term, and I got a 4.0,” she said. “I think [my program at National] helped with my work ethic and the whole routine of going to school.”

A- Courtney Fales successfully earned her degree and became certified as a registered medical assistant at American National University after finding the classes at a large university weren't the right fit for her.

B- Courtney has a variety of duties working in the front office of The Dermatology Center, including checking patients in and out and inputting ICD9 medical billing codes.

Students Gain Confidence in Phlebotomy Skills during Stick Parties

 Students Gain Confidence in Phlebotomy Skills during Stick Parties

Christina Sapp, a student in the medical assisting program at the Louisville Campus, can easily sum up her feelings about the first time she tried to draw blood. “I was terrified; absolutely terrified,” she recalled.

Medical assisting student Anna Givens agrees. “I was a little nervous,” she admitted.

While many medical assisting students are apprehensive the first time they try to draw blood from a human, those fears give way to confidence during “stick parties” which allow students to gain experience drawing blood from students, staff, friends, and family members who volunteer their arms.

During a recent stick party, instructor Shanita John carefully guided students in her invasive medical procedures class to help them locate their volunteer’s vein and insert the needle properly. With over 15 years of experience in the medical field, Shanita’s assistance is invaluable to the students, as she explains the different scenarios that they may encounter when drawing blood. 

“First they practice on Charlie, the dummy, and then after I see that they’re comfortable, I let them draw blood from a volunteer,” she explained.

After performing almost 20 blood draws over several weeks, Christina now feels confident to perform venipunctures when she enters the medical field. “After you get blood for the first time, it’s really super simple to do it again because you get all pumped up and you say ‘I can do this,’” she said with a smile.

A- Christina Sapp (front left) is shown preparing to draw blood during a stick party at the Louisville Campus.

B-Instructor Shanita John (left), a 15 year veteran of the medical field, guides medical assisting student Anna Givens during a blood draw.

Manpower, Inc. Recognized for Going the Extra Mile

Manpower, Inc. Recognized for Going the Extra Mile

The Lexington Campus recently recognized Manpower, Inc. with American National University’s Distinguished Community Employer Award. American National University presents the award to employers who go the extra mile in hiring National graduates, providing externships where possible, and attending on-campus events. 

Amanda Vires, a staffing consultant for the Lexington branch of Manpower, Inc. accepted the award. Amanda is also a American National University graduate who recently earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration-management at the Lexington Campus. Amanda’s responsibilities as staffing consultant involve interviewing potential job candidates, matching clients to compatible jobs, building relationships with clients and candidates, and a myriad of other job duties she performs to fulfill her clients’ employment needs. 

The Lexington Campus has had a relationship with Manpower, Inc. for several years, and Amanda has certainly strengthened this relationship with her close ties to American National University and her extensive career training and knowledge gained while earning her degrees. “My education at National has certainly prepared me well for my career with Manpower,” she stated. “We find that American National University candidates are well-prepared, very professional, and know how to conduct themselves during the interview process. They display a high level of confidence, and this attribute is certainly obvious to our clients who are seeking employees. We know your students are prepared for the workforce and for their new careers.”

(L to R) Career center director Cheryl Howell, Manpower area manager Maggie Coats, Manpower staffing consultant Amanda Vires, and campus director Kimberly Thomasson participated in the Distinguished Community Employer Award presentation.

Richmond Campus Students Demonstrate their Skills during Chamber Event

Richmond Campus Students Demonstrate their Skills during Chamber Event

The Richmond Campus recently participated in the Richmond Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 Kickoff. During the event, medical assisting students Sarah Young and Melissa Crowe performed blood pressure checks and shared information about their program.

The Richmond Campus was recently recognized for 25 years of continuous service and support to the Richmond Chamber. Campus director Keeley Gadd is very active in the organization, serving on its executive board as the vice president of shared partnerships where she helps oversee the Economic Development Committee, Madison County Business & Education Partnership (MCBEP), and the Work-Ready Committee. Career center director Cynthia Hansel also serves as an ambassador for the chamber.

Melissa felt that it was an honor to represent her school at the event, where she met many new and interesting people from the community. “The experience allowed me to not only practice my skills, but gave me experience working with individuals that I don’t know, just like I will when I’m on the job,” she said.

“Everyone was so nice and helpful, which gained my respect for the citizens here,” added Sarah. “The experience also gave me confidence that I will be able to fulfill my duties as a medical assistant.”

A- Medical assisting students Melissa Crowe (left) and Sarah Young (right) are pictured at the Richmond Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 Kickoff event.

B- Melissa Crowe (right), a medical assisting student from the Richmond Campus, is shown performing a blood pressure check on Richmond Teen Center director and American National University graduate Georgia Parks (left), during the Richmond Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 Kickoff.

Factory Co-workers Now Train Side-By-Side for Medical Careers

Factory Co-workers Now Train Side-By-Side for Medical Careers

Mary Adams and Melanie Caulder first met while working in a Red Wing Shoe factory.  Mary had worked for the company for 17 years and Melanie for 25 when the company closed and they lost their jobs.  

“You’re getting up in age, when all of a sudden, a major life change comes and leaves you wondering ‘What am I going to do now?” recalled Melanie. “We really didn’t want to go back into a factory,” added Mary.

Using funding through the Trade Adjustment Act (TAA), which provides career training for workers whose jobs are sent overseas, Mary and Melanie enrolled in the medical assisting program at the Danville, Kentucky Campus. They also helped fund their education through National’s exclusive Workforce Development Grant, which matches agency assistance.  

Currently in the last term of their programs, Mary and Melanie now work side-by-side as externs at Mercer Medical Associates, where they are practicing their medical skills as they prepare patients’ charts, room patients, schedule appointments, set up lab work and referrals, and give injections. “They’re showing us everything hands-on; I really like it,” Mary said.

Mary and Melanie are excited to begin their new careers, and they’re thankful that the TAA program and American National University have provided them with that opportunity. “I said that I was going to retire at 50. I lost my job and went back to school and here I go back out into the world at 53,” stated Melanie. “I’m always looking for those blessings, and it was surely a blessing to go to National through the Trade Act and come out debt free.”

A- Mary Adams (left) is shown performing a blood pressure check on Melanie Caulder (right) in the medical lab at the Danville, Kentucky Campus.

B- Melanie Caulder (left) and Mary Adams (right) funded their education through the Trade Adjustment Act (TAA) and the American National University Workforce Development Grant after they lost their jobs working in a shoe factory.

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