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SPOTLIGHT ON SUCCESS

Graduate Overcomes Factory Layoff to Attain Degree, Credentials, and Career

Graduate Overcomes Factory Layoff to Attain Degree, Credentials, and Career

Linda Dominguez had a lot to celebrate during the Richmond Campus commencement ceremony held in May. In addition to earning her medical assisting associate’s degree from American National University and being the recipient of the campus’s Leadership Award, she has  also  earned her credentials as a registered medical assistant (RMA) and certified medical assistant (CMA), and she’s using her degree working as a clinical services technician at the UK Women’s Health and Rheumatology clinic.

While Linda’s hard work and dedication to her program is resulting in career success today, her path wasn’t so clear when she was laid off from the factory where she worked for nine years. “I thought, ‘My kids are grown, maybe it’s time for me to go back to school,’” she recalled.

“It’s given me an opportunity to get back into the workplace and to feel productive.”

Linda first visited a local community college, but she didn’t get the help that she needed with the enrollment process. “I wasn’t impressed,” she said. 

Linda decided to visit ANU, where she enrolled after receiving the personal attention that she was looking for. “They worked with me and helped me, so that’s why I went there,” she explained of her decision to enroll at ANU, adding that she also liked the small class size. “You get that one-on-one with your teacher; you get that extra help, so it was really good for me,” she explained.

After completing her program, Linda is now enjoying the fast pace of the clinic where she’s working, and she’s learning more each day about the specialized area of rheumatology. “It’s given me an opportunity to get back into the workplace and to feel productive,” she said of her degree from ANU. “I feel really, really proud of myself.”

A-  After graduating from ANU, Linda Dominguez is working at the UK Women's Health and Rheumatology clinic as a clinical services technician.

B- Linda (left) accepts the Leadership Award from career center director Cynthia Hansel during the Richmond Campus's commencement ceremony held in May.

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NASHVILLE
Nashville and Madison Campus Graduates Celebrate Their Success

Nashville and Madison Campus Graduates Celebrate Their Success

On May 16, the day the Nashville and Madison Campus graduates had long anticipated finally arrived, as they gathered with family and friends at Madison Church of Christ for their commencement ceremony.

As she began her commencement address, Councilwoman Karen Johnson, commended the graduates on their achievements and explained that, like many of them, she earned her degree while working full time and raising a family. “I’ve been where you are, and I know how important this day is for each of you,” she said.

“This is a major accomplishment in my life.”

Councilwoman Johnson, who began her career as a recruiter for Shoney’s and later worked for HCA Healthcare before seeking public office, urged the graduates to pursue their passion and purpose in life to find personal fulfillment and success. “When I share that I overcame adversity, but still worked to do good for others, most especially in the community, I’m really a testimony that you can persevere,” she stated. “Your education, your degree, your purpose, and your life should be one with a lasting and positive impact on you, your family, and others.”

Later in the ceremony, several of the top graduates were recognized for their achievements and presented with awards:  Nikko White and Suzanne Elizabeth Foster—Achievement Award; Laketa McFadden and Catherine Moore El—Leadership Award; Kehaunani Hubbard and Shariata Renae Carey—E. M. Coulter Award; Nickolas Allen Worch—M.A. Smythe Award; John York and Amelia Rutherford—Mary P. McGurn Award; Karen Angeline Hunt and Theresa McCoy—Joseph E. Hurn Award; and Nina Daniels and Lisa Snyder—Alumni Hall of Achievement Award.

As Nashville Campus graduate Kelly Patterson celebrated her achievements with her classmates, she shared that she has already landed a job working as a registered medical assistant (RMA) at Vanderbilt Medical Center. “I feel wonderful. This is a major accomplishment in my life,” she said. “I love my job. It’s the best decision that I ever made.”

A- Commencement speaker, Councilwoman Karen Johnson, urged the graduates to use their degrees to positively impact their lives and others.

B- (Left to right) Nashville Campus graduates Jessica Salinas, John York, and Kelly Patterson celebrated earning their degrees after supporting one another throughout their medical programs.


PRINCETON
Students Learn CPR as Part of Medical Assistant Training

Students Learn CPR as Part of Medical Assistant Training

Medical assisting students at the Princeton Campus recently took a day out of their busy schedules to complete an American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR course. 

As the nation’s leader in CPR education training, the American Heart Association is dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. They provide public health education and teach the importance of healthy lifestyle choices. They also provide science-based treatment guidelines to health care professionals so they can provide consistent quality care.

“You never know, you could be the person that saves someone’s life.”

All medical assisting students at ANU must obtain health care provider certification prior to entering their externship. To accommodate the students, Patricia Sell, the director of health science education at the Princeton Campus, teaches this course several times per year. While students are in their externships, she also teaches the Heartsaver First Aid course, as scheduling allows, so that students have the opportunity to earn another certification before graduation.

“I learned a lot of things I didn’t know before CPR class,” said student Lakan Newman. “I’m glad I got certified. You never know, you could be the person that saves someone’s life.  I feel prepared now!”

Medical assisting students completed the American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR course taught by Princeton Campus director of health science education Patricia Sell.


LYNCHBURG
Career and Wellness Fair Brings More Than a Hundred to the Lynchburg Campus

Career and Wellness Fair Brings More Than a Hundred to the Lynchburg Campus

The Lynchburg Campus held their largest career fair of the year on June 11 and added a health and wellness element to the event. More than 20 local businesses and 10 health organizations sent representatives to the campus to recruit for open employment positions or discuss health information and resources with students, graduates, and community members.

“The campus career fair is a great place to come and learn about different local organizations.”

A steady stream of visitors flowed through the campus throughout the morning and afternoon. One such attendee, recent ANU business administration–management graduate Eddis Payne, attended the career fair to speak with employers about available office positions. “The campus career fair is a great place to come and learn about different local organizations and whether they have openings or volunteer opportunities available,” she stated.

The wellness fair was added to the event this year and was a great success, with representatives from local health organizations providing information to attendees on nutrition, smoking cessation, diabetes management, chiropractic care, fitness, dermatology, and more.

The Lynchburg Campus’s medical assisting students also participated in the wellness fair by providing free blood pressure checks, allowing them the opportunity to practice in a hands-on situation what they have learned in class. “Blood pressures are my weakness, but having the other students work with me and give me hints was really helpful,” shared medical assisting student Amie Clowdis. “My last blood pressure of the day, I was right on point!”

A- The Lynchburg Campus’s career and wellness fair was well-attended, bringing more than a hundred people to the campus.

B- Medical assisting student Amie Clowdis performs a blood pressure screening at the career and wellness fair.


INDIANAPOLIS
HIM Graduate Honored as Alumni Hall of Achievement Recipient

HIM Graduate Honored as Alumni Hall of Achievement Recipient

Charity Rogers completed her health information management program at the Indianapolis Campus in 2014 and has built a successful career with Franciscan St. Francis Health after being hired during her externship. “First I started in my externship there, then they hired me on, and now I just got promoted to coordinator there,” she explained enthusiastically.

As a military wife and former stay-at-home mom, Charity had just relocated to Indianapolis with her husband when she found American National University after researching health information management programs in her area. “I wanted to be sure that I went to [a school] that was accredited by [CAHIIM – Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education], so I did my homework,” she recalled.

“I am living out a dream.”

Charity received funding for her education through her husband’s Post 9/11 G. I. Bill benefits, which he transferred to her. The Armed Service Recognition Grant, available exclusively at ANU, also helped her to eliminate out-of-pocket expenses. “I loved the fact that American National University was small and intimate and one-on-one,” she said.  “It’s a great school, [and I had] great teachers.”

Charity was recently recognized by the Indianapolis Campus when she was presented with the Alumni Hall of Achievement Award during the campus’s commencement ceremony that was held in May. “I am living out a dream,” she stated regarding her new career. “I love that I am working in the field that I went to school for, because I know it’s hard to find a job, so I’m very appreciative about that.”

Indianapolis Campus graduate Charity Rogers is one of the newest inductees into American National University’s Alumni Hall Achievement.


LEXINGTON
Relocation Proves To Be a Positive Experience

Relocation Proves To Be a Positive Experience

The path to an ideal career is not always simple – and Brooke Sprigler is living proof. Brooke was a nursing school student in Indiana before relocating to Lexington, Kentucky when her fiancé was transferred with his job. “Relocating to Lexington was my opportunity to look at several colleges and perhaps a new career,” explained Brooke.

Brooke weighed her options for higher education in the Lexington area and ultimately decided American National University’s Lexington Campus was the right fit for her. “American National University was so friendly and a much better experience than [I’d had] before,” she shared. “I chose [to enroll in the] surgical technology [program], and I’ve never looked back!”

Brooke has found the environment at ANU to be helpful in adjusting to a new career path in a new city. “My classes are small and my instructors are absolutely terrific,” beamed Brooke. “They teach us real-world information and my new skills give me the confidence I need to succeed.”

“My degree from American National University will help make my future career dreams a reality.”

This summer will be full of important moments in Brooke’s life, as she completes her surgical technology degree and also marries her fiancé. And her next goal is to pursue education and training as a physician assistant. “My calling is to work closely with patients – and my degree from American National University will help make my future career dreams a reality,” she stated.

Student Brooke Sprigler hopes to translate her surgical technology training into a career as a physician assistant.


MARTINSVILLE
Friedrichs Family Eye Center Helps Train Medical Assistants

Friedrichs Family Eye Center Helps Train Medical Assistants

The Martinsville Campus recently presented Friedrichs Family Eye Center with the American National University’s Distinguished Community Employer Award. Director of health science education Gary Jenkins presented a plaque of appreciation to recognize the eye center’s continued support of externship programs and employment opportunities for ANU graduates.

“This is a very good partnership between American National University and our office.”

The mission of Friedrichs Family Eye Center is to provide high quality eye health care and vision services to each patient in a caring and comfortable environment. The practice offers a full range of optometrist services, including adult and pediatric eye exams, glaucoma testing, and corrective glasses and contact lenses. In accepting the award, Dr. Gray Friedrichs commented, “This is a very good partnership between American National University and our office that provides community relations and an excellent opportunity for hands-on training.”

The medical practice has proven to be a valuable partner to the Martinsville Campus by providing externships for students in the medical assisting program. The eye center also hired four Martinsville Campus graduates in 2014.

(Left to right) Martinsville Campus director of health science education Gary Jenkins presented the Distinguished Community Employer award to Dr. Gray Friedrichs, OD, and Justin Mills, clinical medical assistant and ANU graduate, of Friedrichs Family Eye Center.


DANVILLE, KENTUCKY
Amy Whitt – Admissions Representative – Difference Maker

Amy Whitt – Admissions Representative – Difference Maker

Amy Whitt holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from the University of Pikeville. She has previous experience working in public relations with SouthEast Telephone and in advertising with The Williamson Daily News. She has been an admissions representative at the Danville, Kentucky Campus since 2014.

“I always knew that I wanted to work in a college setting. Post-secondary education is vital in today’s society, and I want to have some small part in making that happen for students.”

“Post-secondary education is vital in today's society, and I want to have some small part in making that happen for students.”

“As an admissions representative, I hope to inform prospective students about the career training offered at American National University….to let them realize the importance of higher education and how it can and will affect their lives long-term. Education is an investment!”

“I admire ANU students for their willingness and drive to make college work for them. Many students are parents with families of their own. With busy schedules at school, work, and at home, they still have the desire to complete college.”


FLORENCE
Surgical Technology Graduate Enjoys Variety at Orthopaedics Practice

Surgical Technology Graduate Enjoys Variety at Orthopaedics Practice

When Cathy Clark graduated this May from the Florence Campus’s surgical technology program, she had more than a new degree to celebrate. She had already started a new job in March, working as a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) at Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. 

“I’m extremely grateful to have been given the opportunity to expand my knowledge as a surgical technologist and receive first-hand experience at such an outstanding facility with such an awesome staff as Beacon Orthopaedics,” said Cathy. She enjoys that every day at her new job brings something new, including treating players from the Cincinnati Reds Major League Baseball team. 

“I’m extremely grateful to have been given the opportunity to expand my knowledge.”

While she was a student, Cathy worked full time on the night shift as a delivery driver while earning her degree during the day. It was not always easy, but she made it through and has found the hard work to be well worth it. “Just don’t give up,” Cathy advises current and prospective students. “I have to thank all my family and friends for their support because without them I would have never been able to return to school to pursue my lifelong career."   

Cathy Clark (right) received her surgical technology degree at the Florence Campus commencement ceremony in May, where Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Trey Grayson (left) served as the guest speaker.


 
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