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Externship Serves as Gateway to Employment in Field

Externship Serves as Gateway to Employment in Field

Externships are an important component of every medical assisting student’s program at American National University, providing real life experience in a medical office. For Danville, Kentucky graduate Lindsey Parker, her externship was a gateway to her first job in the field, as it gave her the opportunity to prove her skills to family practitioner Dr. Leo Rogers.

”I’m very, very excited about it,” Lindsey enthused regarding the job offer that she received during her externship. “[One member of the office staff] told me that they were impressed because I had so much knowledge about everything. I think that has a lot to do with [director of health care education] Stephanie Slone and our clinical classes that we took. We only had about twelve people in the room, so we really worked one-on-one.”

Before coming to ANU, Lindsey had been out of high school for about a year when she came to the realization that she wasn’t going to be able to find a good-paying job without a degree. “I was trying to get into a career-type of [job], but I found out that no one was going to hire [me] without a college education,” she shared. “I decided to look into schools, and I chose American National University just from the size of the classes.”

After passing the exam to become a registered medical assistant (RMA), Lindsey began working as a member of Dr. Rogers’s staff. She feels that she made the right decision in continuing her education at ANU. “It’s definitely changed my life,” she said. “I’m really glad that I came back [to school].”

A- Lindsey Parker was hired during her externship at Dr. Leo Rogers’s Family Practice, where she now works as a registered medical assistant (RMA).

B- As a registered medical assistant (RMA), Lindsey works in both the front office and in the clinical side of the practice.

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Senator Reminds Graduates to Learn from Failures, as well as Successes

Senator Reminds Graduates to Learn from Failures, as well as Successes

Martinsville Campus faculty, staff, friends, and family members gathered in celebration on May 1 as more than 60 students walked across the stage at the commencement ceremony to receive their degrees and diplomas. It was a joyful occasion as the graduates in the Class of 2015 were rewarded for the hard work and dedication they invested into their education. 

The Honorable William Stanley, Virginia Senator for the 20th District, presented the commencement address, challenging the graduates to not let graduation be the end of the road, but to use their education to make a difference. “Many of you who are here tonight have come to this moment – maybe for the first time, maybe this is a second career, maybe this is a new beginning,” he stated. “However you all got here, you have achieved so much, which therein puts a likewise obligation to achieve even more – for yourself, for your family, and for your community.”

He also encouraged the graduating class to never give up on their dreams, even when life’s challenges may block the way. “The value of education comes not just from the reading and hard work that you’ve done, but also comes from failure. You’ll always learn more from failure than you’ll ever learn from success,” he shared. He then commended the graduates for embarking on the next chapter in life boldly. “This is the first step into the unknown, but be secure in knowing that if you fail, you do so daringly; you do so where others would fear to tread.”

Following Senator Stanley’s speech, awards were presented to the following select graduates for academic achievement and leadership success: Megan Leduc- Achievement Award; Gail Atwood- E.M. Coulter Award; Linda Ramsey- Joseph E. Hurn Award; Vincent Greenfield- M.A. Smythe Award; DeLane Townes- Mary P. McGurn Award; and Debbie Ryan- Alumni Hall of Achievement Award. 

The graduating class then accepted their degrees and diplomas before moving their tassels and recessing out of the auditorium as graduates of American National University.

A- More than 60 graduates received their degrees and diplomas at the Martinsville Campus commencement ceremony.

B- Commencement speaker Senator William Stanley encouraged the Martinsville Campus graduating class to embark on the next chapter in life boldly.

Business Honored for Support of Career Education

Business Honored for Support of Career Education

Graham-White Manufacturing Company in Salem was a recent recipient of the Distinguished Community Employer Award, presented by Roanoke Valley Campus director Ron Bradbury. Graham-White is a manufacturing company with locations across the United States and a central manufacturing facility located just a few miles from the Roanoke Valley Campus.  

With a long and mutually beneficial association, Graham-White both hires ANU graduates and partners with their own employees in support of further education at ANU. Megan O’Toole, ANU graduate and executive assistant to the president, and human resources director Tracy Branson accepted the award on behalf of Graham-White

Megan completed her associate’s degree in business management from ANU in 1999 and returned two years ago for her bachelor’s degree. Graham-White also employs two other ANU students, Lynn Cauley and Denny Craighead. 

ANU graduate and Graham-White employee Megan O’Toole (right) accepted the Distinguished Community Employer Award along with human resources director Tracy Branson (left). 

Student Participation in Community Showcase is Mutually Beneficial

Student Participation in Community Showcase is Mutually Beneficial

Faculty, staff, and students from the Princeton Campus recently participated in the 36th Annual Better Living Show in Bluefield, West Virginia. With over 100 vendors participating, visitors experienced a sampling of everything the community has to offer.

A number of community members stopped by the ANU booth to learn about the educational opportunities available. Medical assisting students Courtney Brewster and Lakan Newman were also on hand to provide free blood pressure and pulse oximetry readings for interested visitors. They were happy to participate in this event to provide a service to the community, while also practicing the skills they have learned. 

Courtney and Lakan proudly discussed their experiences at ANU with everyone who came by, emphasizing how smaller class size and one-on-one help from instructors has promoted their success in the program. “Even though I will be graduating soon, I will be continuing my studies with ANU online so I plan to do this again next year!” Lakan said of participating in the showcase.

Medical assisting students Courtney Brewster (left) and Lakan Newman (right) provide health checks for community members during the Better Living Show.

Campus Establishes Partnership with Community Action Agency

Campus Establishes Partnership with Community Action Agency

The Charlottesville Campus has developed a very successful partnership with the Monticello Area Community Action Agency (MACAA). As part of the partnership, the campus recently hosted MACAA’s Strengths-Based Family Workers (SFW) series of classes. In the SFW program, MACAA students are given in-depth instruction and strategies for family development and self-sufficiency to help them more effectively assist families. The training program expands the knowledge and skills which family workers need to generate long-lasting gains in family stability and self-reliance.  

“We are extremely privileged to host the MACAA Strengths-Based Family Workers program at our campus,” said campus director John Donohue. “Our alliance with MACAA extends our community involvement and awareness to an extremely important constituency.” 

One of the instructors of the SFW program, Lindell Chavis, is an ANU graduate who has done exceedingly great things in terms of community education initiatives. “Our alliance with American National University in Charlottesville is an ideal expression of our joint interests in disseminating educational opportunities to individuals and families, and furthering community development,” said Lindell.

Campus director John Donohue (far left) welcomed ANU graduate and MACAA Steps-to-Success director Lindell Chavis (far right) to the campus to lead MACAA students in a training program.

Florence Campus Springs into Health

Florence Campus Springs into Health

On May 6, Northern Kentucky area residents were invited to “spring into health” during the Florence Campus Health Fair. The event featured professionals from local medical offices and agencies who shared invaluable wellness information and resources, including Hudson Eye Center, Cincysmiles, Back to Health Chiropractic, the Northern Kentucky Health Department, Passport Health Plan, the Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission, and Care Source of Northern Kentucky.

In addition, the health fair gave students from the medical assisting program an opportunity to use their skills to provide health screenings to their community. Medical assisting student Vickie Kellinghaus said that she was grateful for the opportunity to get more experience before beginning her externship this term. “[I’m doing] more blood pressure readings, more finger sticks, and [I’m gaining] more confidence,” she explained.

Fellow medical assisting student Francis Regensburger said that the health fair also helped her to become more comfortable working with the public. “Everything they’ve taught us here they’ve taught us well, but it helps with the social part and speaking to people that you’ve never seen before,” Francis said. She was also able to network with medical professionals during the event to help her identify possible sites for her externship.

A- Certified diabetes educator Julie Shapero (left), from the Northern Kentucky Health Department, demonstrates how losing weight helps control diabetes during the Florence Campus health fair.

B- Medical assisting student Vickie Kellinghaus is shown performing a blood glucose check during the event.

Richmond Campus Hosts Federal Employment Résumé Workshop

Richmond Campus Hosts Federal Employment Résumé Workshop

Veterans and other area job seekers recently learned how to maximize their success when applying for federal jobs during a Federal Employment Résumé Workshop at the Richmond Campus. The seminar was conducted by federal employment human resources expert Cathryn Todd.

The event was a hands-on experience for the participants, who worked at their own computer station as Ms. Todd assisted them with refining their résumés and applying to jobs on the website.

Ms. Todd urged the job seekers to read each job description on the website carefully and to be sure that they met the qualifications before applying. She also advised them to avoid cookie cutter résumés and to tailor their résumé to fit the job.

“I learned that you should go into more detail than what I thought on your résumé,” said Deborah Collins, a community member who participated in the event in hopes of finding an administrative position with the federal government. “She was very informative and very helpful. I plan on applying for jobs through, and I told my daughter about it also.”

Participants in the Federal Résumé Workshop at the Richmond Campus learned valuable job search tips from federal employment human resources expert Cathryn Todd (far right).

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