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Externship Performance Earns Graduate Full-Time Position

Externship Performance Earns Graduate Full-Time Position

Nora Murillo was cleaning rooms at Massanutten Resort, when a friend spoke of her experience at American National University’s Harrisonburg Campus and encouraged Nora to give it a shot. Nora, a mother of four children, had already been toying with the idea of improving her career opportunities. “I wanted to be a role model for my kids,” she said of her ultimate decision to go back to school.

“Going back to school and earning my degree was the best thing I have ever done.”

At first Nora chose to study business management, but her love for helping people and making them happy pulled her toward medical assisting. “When I was taking phlebotomy, and one-on-on drawing practice, I thought to myself, this is where I belong,” Nora stated when reflecting back on her time at ANU.

She now works for Sentara Rockingham Memorial Health Center, where she travels between three locations. She received this position after impressing the staff during her externship with them. “From the beginning, Nora was a great asset to the team, always helpful and cheerful. We knew we wanted to hire her full-time,” her supervisor, Jennifer Sandy, explained.

Nora’s future goals for her medical career include becoming a Spanish translator and working as a delivery nurse. “Being a mother, going back to school and earning my degree was the best thing I have ever done,” she stated. “To those thinking of going back – do it, the sacrifices are worth the rewards.”

A- Medical assisting graduate Nora Murillo went back to school to improve her career opportunities and to be a role model for her four children.

B- According to her supervisor, Jennifer Sandy (right), Nora was offered a full-time position after proving herself during her externship.

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Eric Rector – Director of Library Services – Difference Maker

Eric Rector – Director of Library Services – Difference Maker

American National University’s new director of library services, Eric Rector, has always had a passion for library services with a focus on the technological improvements that make researching and learning easier and more accessible for students. Eric has worked in library services for more than 15 years at a number of university libraries. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in writing from Missouri State University and earned his Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Iowa.

“I really enjoy being involved in all aspects of library services. The structure of higher education continues to change rapidly, and technology plays an ever larger role in how libraries deliver resources and services to our students. In my experience, our students are extremely engaged and eager to learn, despite the other commitments and activities they are juggling in addition to taking classes.”

“The structure of higher education continues to change rapidly, and technology plays an ever larger role in how libraries deliver resources and services to our students.”

“Since coming to American National University in July, I have really enjoyed establishing a new vision for library and research services. We are now able to provide chat services during the week for students, answer questions via email and text, and are excited about helping the students learn to find and evaluate information in a meaningful way. With the changes we are making, we are enabling students to use library services and databases to find answers without mediation, while also increasing their access to help from the library, both in real-time and asynchronously.”


RICHMOND
Medical Field Offers Secure Future for Graduate and Her Family

Medical Field Offers Secure Future for Graduate and Her Family

Shauna Barrett made the decision to return to school to help create a brighter future for her children. After earning her degree in medical assisting at the ANU Richmond Campus and becoming certified as a registered medical assistant (RMA) and a certified medical assistant (CMA),  she has found a career that she loves working at Berea Family Practice, thanks to the knowledge and skills that she gained at ANU. 

“It made a huge difference,” Shauna said of her education at ANU. “I don’t have to worry about what’s going to happen in the future, because I have a medical degree. [Medical offices are] always looking for somebody to help out with the front office or clinical. Either way, I can get a job.”

“I don't have to worry about what's going to happen in the future, because I have a medical degree.”

While in her program, Shauna felt that she could always count on the support of her director of health science education, Paula Beth Ciolek. “Paula Beth made sure that we knew everything we need to,” Shauna stated. ”The teachers—they’re amazing.  Any time you were struggling they were there [to help you].”

Although it wasn’t easy going to school while raising a family, Shauna feels proud to have set the bar high for her children. “My daughter looks up to me,” she shared. “She [was] excited to come see me graduate.”

Richmond Campus graduate Shauna Barrett earned certification as a registered medical assistant (RMA) and a certified medical assistant (CMA) and is working at Berea Family Practice after completing her medical assisting program at ANU.


LYNCHBURG
Campus Celebrates New Program with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Campus Celebrates New Program with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Community members, local business leaders, and Congressional staff members joined the Lynchburg Campus faculty, staff, and students for a ribbon cutting ceremony on Dec. 8, in collaboration with the Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, to celebrate the launch of the campus’s newest academic program. Students enrolling at the campus for the winter term, which begins Jan. 4, will be among the first to have the new phlebotomy/electrocardiogram program available as a career program option.

“We’re excited to give students another option for getting into the medical field and to build opportunities for employment in the area,” said director of health science education Sue Coleman.

“It's a growth field that helps our employers fill positions they already have a need for.”

The new phlebotomy/ECG program will prepare students to sit for the National Certified Phlebotomy Technician (NCPT) and National ECG Technician (NCET) exams. Mastery of these two tasks is a key component of working as a medical support employee at most health care facilities. In addition to classroom training, students will have opportunities for hands-on experience through labs and externships.

“With the addition of this program, I see workforce development that fits the needs of employers in our community,” said Mike Lewis, the Chamber’s director of sales. “It’s a growth field that helps our employers fill positions they already have a need for and will help keep a ready workforce in the pipeline.”

A- Campus and community members gather for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the addition of a new phlebotomy/electrocardiogram program to the Lynchburg Campus’s career training options.

B- (L to R) Director of admissions Nancy Wilcox, campus director Bill Baker, and director of health science education Sue Coleman look forward to welcoming students into the new phlebotomy/ECG program.


 
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