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Education at ANU Equals Success for Accounting Graduate

Education at ANU Equals Success for Accounting Graduate

Vanessa Enriquez Ruiz has always had a head for numbers, which helped her build a successful career in her native country of Cuba, working for eighteen years in accounting and later as an attorney. But when she came to America in search of freedom and opportunity, she was disheartened to discover that her experience and college education wasn’t recognized by employers in the U.S.

Unable to find work in the field that she loved, Vanessa was forced to take a job as a line cook at a local restaurant chain to help support her family. With job dissatisfaction fueling her resolve, she became determined to get the education that she needed to reestablish her accounting career. At the suggestion of a friend, she contacted admissions representative Ely Kraft at the American National University Louisville Campus.

“I came to this country looking for opportunities, and ANU made that possible.”

“When I started to go to college I felt scared…but it was wonderful,” Vanessa recalled. “I was very nervous, but once I met Ely, who [is also] Hispanic, [she] assisted me during the enrollment process and helped me to stay focused until graduation.”

Vanessa completed her accounting office assistant program with high honors just a year after enrolling. With the credentials that she needed to back up her experience, she was hired as an accounting assistant at Quick Accounting, where she confidently provides payroll, tax, and bookkeeping assistance to her clients--from doctors to shop owners--many of whom are Hispanic, as well.

“When I finished college, I started [working] here very fast. I’m very happy,” Vanessa said with a smile. “I came to this country looking for opportunities, and ANU made that possible.”

A- Vanessa Enriquez Ruiz is appreciative of Louisville Campus admissions representative Ely Kraft, who supported her throughout her enrollment and program at ANU.

B- Vanessa, a native of Cuba, has returned to her career in accounting after graduating from the Louisville Campus.

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COLUMBUS
Military Family Discovers They All Have a Place at ANU

Military Family Discovers They All Have a Place at ANU

American National University has always had a strong relationship with the military, and the Columbus Campus has strived to build upon that relationship. An event hosted with the Ohio Air National Guard in 2011 allowed the campus to establish a connection with a very special family, who are now involved on all levels at the campus.

This family affair got started with Kandi Hughes, a GSU- (Geographically Separated Unit) Qualified First Sergeant in the Air National Guard. Kandi knew of the relationship that the Air National Guard had with ANU, and she knew about the school’s commitment to military veterans. “ANU is a place that cares about students,” she said. “If students want to succeed, ANU will give them the tools they need to succeed.” With this understanding, she contacted the campus on behalf of her husband, Terry Hughes.

“ANU is a place that cares about students; if students want to succeed, ANU will give them the tools they need to succeed.”

Terry retired from the Air National Guard and wanted to move forward in his life, and he believed that an education was the proper first step. Terry was impressed with the Columbus Campus and enrolled as a student, where he was able to use the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill and American National University’s exclusive Blue Ribbon Grant to help fund his education.

As a student in the business administration- management associate’s degree program, Terry appreciated the small class sizes at ANU and the one-on-one attention he received from the instructors. While still attending classes, Terry earned a promotion at his job and is now a project manager with Exacter, a company that manages projects for utility companies. He credits his classes at ANU for helping him to prepare for the challenges he faces in this new role, particularly the technology classes, which enhanced his computer skills—skills he uses daily to perform his job duties.

Once Terry became a student, Kandi’s own interest in the campus increased, and she applied and was accepted as an instructor. Kandi has served in the Air National Guard for over twenty years. She has earned her Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees and is currently pursuing her Master of Science in Nursing. She is also a Certified Medical Assistant and an Ohio-licensed Registered Nurse, making her an excellent resource for students in the health science programs. As an instructor, Kandi is very dedicated to her students’ success. Her goal is to make her classroom a comfortable training ground so that students can acquire the skills they need for their chosen careers. “I want students to know what they are doing,” Kandi remarked. “I want them to know that it’s okay to get it wrong in class, and that we will correct the errors and get it right together.” 

As Terry was advancing in his ANU education and Kandi was instructing classes, the third member of the Hughes family was approaching high school graduation. Their daughter Danielle reached that point in her life when she started looking at colleges, and after checking out ANU, she knew that her search had come to an end. She enrolled in the health information management program at the Columbus Campus in May with the goal of earning her Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certification. 

“We are honored to have this level of commitment from the Hughes family at our campus,” said campus director Joe DeLuca. “Serving our country, contributing to the success of our students, entrusting their career goals and futures with us – they are an example from which other students can learn and benefit. I thank them for allowing ANU to be a part of their lives.”

A- Having both served the country as members of the Air National Guard, Terry and Kandi Hughes appreciate the military-friendly nature of American National University.

B- Terry (left) and his daughter Danielle (center) are both students at the Columbus Campus, where his wife Kandi (right) serves as an instructor.


BRISTOL
National Graduate Honored with Distinguished Community Employer Award

National Graduate Honored with Distinguished Community Employer Award

Will Ison, a 2008 graduate of the Bristol Campus, recently accepted the Distinguished Community Employer award on behalf of his employer, Select Specialty Hospital. Will, who is the human resource manager for the hospital, has hired several National College graduates and frequently contacts the campus when he has open positions to fill.

“Each of the students we brought on had a great knowledge base that we felt we could continue to build upon, but their confidence was what really won us over,” said Will. “They were self-assured and seemed to know exactly where they were going.”

Will reinforced the message that National imparts to all of our students and graduates regarding career preparation and the job application/interview process. “You are trying to make a great first impression and employers don’t want fluff, they want facts,” Will explained. “Be prepared! Do a little research on the company and have some questions of your own prepared. Interviews are a two-way street.”

“Each of the students we brought on had a great knowledge base that we felt we could continue to build upon, but their confidence was what really won us over.”

Select Medical operates dozens of facilities nationwide, yet provides high-quality, community-based care. “We are always looking for well-trained individuals, but with the types of patients we have here there must be more than knowledge,” added Will. “Our staff must have a passion for patient care and a winning personality that can bring not only care, but comfort to our critically ill patients.”

Thanks to the great employers like Select Specialty Hospital in Bristol, National graduates have great opportunities to put their knowledge and skills to work.

Will Ison, a National College graduate and human resources manager for Select Specialty Hospital, accepted the Distinguished Community Employer Award presented by the Bristol Campus.


PRINCETON
Simulated Accident Tests Students’ Quick-Response Skills

Simulated Accident Tests Students’ Quick-Response Skills

Princeton Campus medical assisting students were completing a make-up day for their Clinical Medical Assisting class on a recent Saturday, when a college employee hurried into the room and said that he had called 911 already but there was an incident in the parking lot requiring medical assistance. Patricia Sell, instructor and director of health science education, told the students to grab their blood pressure kits, some gloves, and the first aid kit and head outside.

In the parking lot, the students encountered what seemed to be a multiple-party motor vehicle accident, which also involved pedestrians. A student in one car appeared unconscious with her head on the steering wheel, while another student was confused and bleeding from multiple wounds and a baby was lying on the ground. The chaos was enhanced by arguing going on between the two pedestrians.

“I was impressed with how the other students were calm and jumped right in to take care of the patients.”

The students quickly assessed the situation, triaged the scene, and began applying their medical knowledge: cleaning wounds, bandaging, splinting, immobilizing, and calming victims in a tense situation. 

Unbeknownst to them, prior to all of this, another group of medical assisting students, who was on campus that day for a Non-Invasive Clinical Procedures make-up class, had come in early to do a different kind of make-up—using water, food coloring, cornstarch, chocolate syrup, and glue to create realistic-looking fake blood and wounds and pose as injured victims of what was a mock disaster set-up by their instructors.

The simulated accident provided a fun learning opportunity that tested the students’ abilities to think and react quickly. The responding students experienced an initial adrenaline rush when they first walked out the door to tend to the injuries at the scene of the mock accident. As did many of the students, Tina Meadows was convinced it was real. “The wreck looked real, so I thought it was real—blood and all,” she stated. They realized it was not a real accident when they saw that the baby on the pavement was a doll. They did, however, commit to the exercise and tended to the doll’s wounds, as well.

“I was impressed with how the other students were calm and jumped right in to take care of the patients,” shared student Amber Rose, who helped in creating the fake wounds. “It was an awesome way to get hands-on practice and we all had fun doing it!” added Kayla Lyle, who helped Amber with the special effects make-up and, along with her classmates, completed assessments as the other students triaged victims of the accident.

Student Virginia Hymes portrayed an accident victim and said that responding student Stefanie Martin did a great job keeping her calm while she tended to her injuries. Student Carmella Akers felt that responding to an emergency scenario that can actually happen was important practice for knowing what to do and remaining calm if such a scene were ever encountered in real life. “It was a great learning experience,” she said.

A- Medical assisting students at the Princeton Campus participated in a simulated car accident, with some students acting as the injured and other students using their skills to provide care.

B- Student Stefanie Martin (left) tends to the fake wounds of student Virginia Hymes during the simulated car accident staged by their medical assisting instructors.


ROANOKE VALLEY
MBA Graduate Presents at Regional Conference

MBA Graduate Presents at Regional Conference

This May, Clay Hodges, a 2012 graduate of the MBA program at the Roanoke Valley Campus, had two opportunities to present his research, “A Quality Approach to The American Regulatory Framework,” in front of prestigious audiences: the World Conference on Quality and Improvement in Nashville, Tennessee and the Quality in the Triangle Conference at North Carolina State University.

This presentation began as a project Clay helped develop for an assignment in his Legal Environment of Business course at ANU. The project discussed the regulatory process and the Administrative Procedures Act, including enforcement and the impact of regulations on management. “If we need regulations, they need to be effective,” said Clay in regard to his presentation topic.

“It is safe to say that most people do not realize how much regulations affect their lives.”

Clay, who has experience in regulatory issues and works in quality assurance management, has continued to refine and present his research each year since graduating. He has recently expanded the presentation to include a comparison of the Administrative Procedures Act to laws, and in particular four cases that have shaped administrative law.

Clay has presented his research in front of several audiences as part of the professional development plan he follows each year. “It is safe to say that most people do not realize how much regulations affect their lives,” he stated.  

MBA graduate Clay Hodges has turned a class project into a research presentation he has had the opportunity to present in front of several audiences.


FLORENCE
Job Seekers Enjoy Personal Interaction with Employers at Summer Career Fair

Job Seekers Enjoy Personal Interaction with Employers at Summer Career Fair

The recent Summer Career Fair at the Florence Campus brought American National University students and graduates, as well as job seekers from the community face-to-face with local employers. More than 20 businesses from a wide variety of industries participated in the event, including Cincinnati Bell, Kroger, The Christ Hospital, Citi, Walgreens, The Job Store, and many more.

“This is probably one of the better opportunities that has come along.”

Rebecca Stallkamp, a business administration-management student from the campus, who is about half way through her program at ANU, felt that the job fair was a great opportunity to network with employers. “I was looking for an internship that will work with my schooling, and I found several places that were very interested in working with our students, so I’m really excited about that,” she said.

For Daniel Hobbs, a Northern Kentucky resident who has been looking for an IT position for a little over a month, the event offered a welcome reprieve from the on-line job applications that have been his primary means of interacting with employers. “As far as being centralized, without just sitting in front of the computer and feeling like nobody’s actually hearing you, this is probably one of the better opportunities that has come along,” he said of the career fair at ANU.

A- ANU mascot Eddie the Eagle and admissions representative Laura Andrade are shown in front of The Job Store's Mobile Recruiting Center during the Florence Campus Summer Career Fair.

B- ANU business administration-management student Rebecca Stallkamp talked with employers about internship opportunities at the Summer Career Fair.


PIKEVILLE
Laura Hall Smith- Career Center Director- Difference Maker

Laura Hall Smith- Career Center Director- Difference Maker

Laura Hall Smith has been a Pikeville Campus staff member for three years. She knew she wanted to work in the education field after she graduated college, receiving her bachelor’s degree. As a student, Laura, in addition to studying, was working a full-time job, and with that experience knew she could help students in the same situation.

“I grew up understanding and valuing the power of an education and always knew I wanted to work in education after I graduated college. I’ve always loved seeing the difference an education can bring to someone, both personally, and professionally, and to be involved in that process is priceless.”

“I admire American National University students' tenacity, willingness to accept and confront change, their determination, and the hard work they put into reaching their goals.”

“I admire American National University students’ tenacity, willingness to accept and confront change, their determination, and the hard work they put into reaching their goals.”

“I make an effort every day to support and encourage all of our students. I know many of them are overcoming obstacles every single day, and words of encouragement go a long way. I make sure they know I believe in them, and will help them in any way I can.”

“I love our willingness to help and encourage not only our students, but each other. To go home at the end of each day and know you made a difference in someone’s life is so special.”


KNOXVILLE
Campus Flag Catches the Eye of Local Service Organization

Campus Flag Catches the Eye of Local Service Organization

National College’s Knoxville Campus was recently recognized by the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) for their prominent display of the American flag. Because of the geographic location of the campus, the 25 foot flag always seems to be catching the wind as it flies high over the campus.

“I more than ever believe as Americans we need to display our patriotism and pride.”

DAR chapter representative Patricia Chambers came to the campus to present a certificate to campus director Thomas Kemp “in recognition of exemplary patriotism in the display of the flag of the United States of America.” The DAR, founded in 1890, is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education.

“It is with great pride that I accepted on behalf of National College the certificate of appreciation from the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) for proudly displaying the American flag. Being a veteran of the U.S. Army and the son of a Vietnam-era marine, I was raised to always respect and appreciate the American flag,” explained Thomas. “It was very gratifying to me that the American flag on display in front of the building was also noticed by other community leaders like the DAR. Given the sad events that have recently happened in our country, I more than ever believe as Americans we need to display our patriotism and pride.”

A-Patricia Chambers (right) of the local DAR chapter presents a certificate of recognition to campus director Thomas Kemp for the campus’s patriotic display of the American flag.

B-The large American flag flies high over the Knoxville Campus, catching the wind and the eyes of passersby.


LEXINGTON
Student’s Ultimate Goal Is Paying It Forward

Student’s Ultimate Goal Is Paying It Forward

DeAndre Percell began his college career playing football for one of Kentucky’s large universities— with his dreams set on one day becoming an educator and a firm grasp on where he was going in life. “My major was elementary education. Teaching was going to be my way of giving back. But my biggest thing was playing football – it was who I was, or so I thought,” DeAndre reflected. “Then, an injury ended my football career. My priorities were all wrong, and I was lost. Without football, my dreams were gone—and I left college.”

With a wife and two children, DeAndre needed to find a job—fast. He knew he would not be able to build a career around giving back to youth with his education left unfinished, so following in the footsteps of a friend who was attending American National University, DeAndre visited the Lexington Campus and decided to enroll. “The dreams went on the back burner but were never gone,” he shared. With the support of his family, DeAndre is now working and earning an associate’s degree in business administration- management. “I love it here – the tight-knit family atmosphere, work-friendly schedules, and everyone is here for the students,” he happily stated of his experience at ANU. “The encouragement is absolutely amazing here!”

“I love it here – the tight-knit family atmosphere, work-friendly schedules, and everyone is here for the students.”

After leaving his football career behind, DeAndre has a revised life plan but the same ultimate goal—to find a way to pay it forward for youth in the community. “I had some great mentors as a child and I’m dedicating my life to mentoring folks who need help,” he explained. He currently mentors youth at the Kentucky United Methodist Home and loves that each day provides opportunities to impact someone’s life. “So much of life revolves around our sense of ‘self’—and I had people surrounding me who made me realize I was not football, but I was an individual who had a lot to offer,” he shared. “Your sense of ‘self’ is the door to success in your career and your life. If you can change ONE life, it will spread to others and last forever.”

Business student DeAndre Percell’s dream is to dedicate his life to helping others pursue theirs.


BARTLETT
Graduate Helps Establish Partnership That Will Benefit Future Students

Graduate Helps Establish Partnership That Will Benefit Future Students

The Bartlett Campus recently recognized Fred’s Store as a Distinguished Community Employer for providing employment opportunities for National College students and graduates. The partnership between the Bartlett Campus and Fred’s Store is new, thanks in part to graduate William Meadows.

William, a U.S. Navy veteran, has been working at Fred’s since 2013 and graduated from National College in 2014. He started out in the chemical department of the store, where he was responsible for stocking the shelves, operating the cash register, and providing outstanding customer service.

“I am honored to have National College recognize us as part of his journey to reach that goal.”

In August 2014, he was promoted to a management position. William has continued to provide great customer care and has now moved into the pharmacy department as a pharmacy technician. “William came from the store front into the pharmacy because he is eager to get the experience to become a pharmacist,” said Fred’s Store pharmacist Rhonda Boutté. “I am honored to have National College recognize us as part of his journey to reach that goal.”

Fred’s Store began in 1947, and now operates over 650 discount general merchandise stores across the southeastern states. Fred’s offers the best elements of a discount dollar store, drug store, and mass merchandise to its customers. “We would love to offer an externship position to a student,” Boutté said of their willingness to continue to grow and expand their partnership with National College.

Fred’s Store pharmacist Rhonda Boutté (left) and National College graduate and pharmacy technician William Meadows (center) accepted National College’s Distinguished Community Employer Award from career center director Sammie Hawkins (right).


DANVILLE, KENTUCKY
Externship Opens Door to Career for Pharmacy Technician Graduate

Externship Opens Door to Career for Pharmacy Technician Graduate

Pharmacy technician Amanda Taylor’s days are busy, as she works closely with the staff pharmacist at Rite Aid, mixing medications, consulting with doctors’ offices and insurance companies, maintaining electronic health records, and more. But her favorite part of her job is getting to know her customers. “We see a lot of the same patients all the time, so we really get to develop a relationship with everybody,” she explained.

A graduate of the Danville, Kentucky Campus, Amanda enrolled in the pharmacy technician program at American National University because she felt that jobs were plentiful in the field, and she liked that she could get in and out of the program in about a year.

“I probably wouldn’t be making the pay that I make now if I hadn’t gone through with getting my diploma.”

Near the end of her program at ANU, she participated in an externship at Rite Aid, where she had an opportunity to put the knowledge from her classes to work and prove her skills to her future employer. “I did my externship here and they hired me,” she said. “I don’t know how easy it would have been to find a job if I hadn’t [had the externship].”

Amanda feels that the time she spent in the pharmacy technician program at ANU was time well spent. “I probably wouldn’t be making the pay that I make now if I hadn’t gone through with getting my diploma,” she stated. “It helped me do a step up in my life, as far as my career.”

A- Pharmacy technician graduate Amanda Taylor was hired from her externship in the Rite Aid pharmacy.

B- Amanda has a variety of duties in the pharmacy which includes consulting with doctors' offices and insurance companies regarding their patients' prescriptions.


RICHMOND
Lectordryer Recognized for Support of ANU Richmond Campus and Grads

Lectordryer Recognized for Support of ANU Richmond Campus and Grads

The ongoing support that Lectrodryer has provided to the Richmond Campus and its graduates was recently recognized when CEO John McPhearson was presented with the Distinguished Community Employer Award. The partnership between American National University and Lectrodryer, a local manufacturer of drying and purification systems, is a longstanding one. Human resources director Monica Kidwell works closely with career center director Cynthia Hansel when looking for new employees, and she also works side-by-side in the community with campus director Keeley Gadd as active members of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce.

Graduate Cheryl Fruzzetti recently experienced the benefits of this partnership when Ms. Kidwell contacted Cynthia to find candidates for a quality assurance administrative assistant position that had opened up at Lectrodryer. Cynthia recommended Cheryl, who recently graduated with high honors from the office technology professional program. She was hired by the company soon thereafter.

“Cynthia let me know when she got my interview set up. I came here and the boss that I have, we just clicked,” said Cheryl, who came to ANU through the Workforce Investment Act program when she lost her job in the auto industry. “After two months [on the job] I can pat myself on the back that I’m progressing fairly well.” (You can read more about Cheryl’s experience at ANU here:  http://bit.ly/1SJJZXy)

“Not only do we love to support our local academic institutions, but we respect that many ANU students are non-traditional and have a seasoned work ethic.”

Ms. Kidwell said that she enjoys working with ANU because the career center responds quickly to her needs. “We work well together in that they follow up and ask for feedback that benefits their students in their future endeavors,” she explained. “Not only do we love to support our local academic institutions, but we respect that many ANU students are non-traditional and have a seasoned work ethic.”

The ANU Richmond Campus looks forward to continuing its partnership with Lectrodryer for many years to come.

A- Representatives from Lectrodryer and American National University gathered as Lectrodryer CEO John McPhearson accepted the Distinguished Community Employer Award from ANU career center director Cynthia Hansel.

B- Richmond Campus graduate Cheryl Fruzzetti was hired to work in the quality assurance department at Lectrodryer after the company's HR director contacted the ANU career center.


 
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