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WVVA TV a Valuable Asset to ANU Students and Graduates

WVVA TV a Valuable Asset to ANU Students and Graduates

The WVVA TV team in Bluefield, WV has been a valued partner to ANU for many years, providing internships and employment opportunities to students of the Princeton Campus. The relationship began in 2012, when WVVA installed a state of the art computerized control station and hired an ANU information systems engineering graduate to keep the technology running smoothly.

Later, WVVA served as an internship site for business administration-management student Robyne Ramsey.  Robyne learned about the WVVA Quinternship program (a paid internship program) when she met WVVA administrative assistant Audrey Sluss at a Princeton Campus career fair.  Although the Quinternship was traditionally offered to students in broadcasting, communications, or other related fields, Ms. Sluss revised the program to bring Robyne in to work in the HR department. 

“Robyne was delightful--a fast learner and I enjoyed having her with me,” Ms. Sluss recalled. Following the Quinternship, Robyne was hired by WVVA as a sales assistant. 

“Thank you for sending me good employees.”

ANU graduate Ashley Dillon-Sigmon, who earned her associate’s degree at the Princeton Campus and her bachelor’s degree in business administration-management through ANU Online, is also employed at WVVA as an office assistant/traffic coordinator.

In appreciation of WVVA TV’s ongoing support of career college education, the Princeton Campus recently named the station as a Distinguished Community Employer. The award was presented to Audrey and vice president and general manager Frank Brady, Jr., who responded with a zealous “Thank you for sending me good employees.”

Along with the support of students and graduates, a big bonus from the WVVA team has come in the form of free publicity for the ANU Princeton Campus.  We are grateful for all their support and we look forward to an ongoing relationship with them for years to come.

Photo A-(Left to Right)-ANU graduate Robyne Ramsey; WVVA vice president and general manager Frank Brady, Jr.; ANU graduate Ashley Dillon-Sigmon; and WVVA business manager Audrey Sluss are shown during the Distinguished Community Employer award presentation.

Photo B-Robyne Ramsey, a business administration-management graduate from the Princeton Campus, was accepted into the Quinternship program at WVVA TV and now works at the station as a sales assistant.

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Having it All: Mother of Five Gains Rewarding Medical Career

Having it All:  Mother of Five Gains Rewarding Medical Career

When Jennifer Kelso sent her youngest of five children off to school, she decided it was time for Mom to go to school, too.  At the recommendation of friends, she enrolled at the National College Bristol Campus, where she gained the education that she needed to transition from being a stay-at-home mom, to caring for other families as a medical assistant at Holston Medical Group (HMG) Family Medicine Sapling Grove.

“I love working for HMG. We’re very busy, but it makes the day go by fast,” said Jennifer, who has a wide variety of duties in the office—from giving breathing treatments and injections, to conducting electrocardiograms.“I like helping people when they’re sick, and then you see that you’ve made a difference.”

Although she confidently cares for her patients today, Jennifer wasn’t as self-assured when she enrolled at National. She soon found her children to be some of her biggest supporters, helping her study with flashcards and cheering her on throughout her program and into her career. “Even now, [they say] ‘Mom, you worked so hard.  Don’t give up.’ They were very behind it,” she recalled.

“I feel like I can do anything now.”

The staff and faculty at National were also always there for her, offering guidance and encouragement as she progressed from student to medical professional. “There’s more than just, ‘Here’s your homework, you have to take a test on Friday,’” Jennifer explained. “It’s smaller classes, and you become a family with the people who are there. They care about you, and your family, and your life.”

Her externship at HMG also boosted her confidence and led to her job offer from the practice. “The things that I learned during that time of being in the office, it was worth its weight in gold,” she stated. “It’s a great teaching office, because they never act like you’re a bother.  They’re just willing to help and teach and show you.”

After working at HMG for three years, Jennifer still finds her career very rewarding. “This is just where my heart was,” she shared.  She may eventually continue her education, possibly in a nursing program, and is confident that she will succeed in reaching whatever goals she sets for her career. “You get that base from National—studying, and becoming a good student, and a good employee—and then that transfers to other places. I feel like I can do anything now."

Photo-Bristol Campus graduate Jennifer Kelso is pictured on the job at Holston Medical Group Family Medicine Sapling Grove.


LEXINGTON
Multi-Media Production Students Say, “Lights, Cameras, ACTION!”

Multi-Media Production Students Say, “Lights, Cameras, ACTION!”

Students in the Media Marketing class at the ANU Lexington Campus are embarking on a project which will require all of the skills they’ve mastered in their multimedia production program to date. The students are developing all aspects of a marketing campaign for a fictional product they’ve named “KY Hills Coffee.”

According to multimedia production program director William Gray, the project will teach the students about the many facets of an effective marketing campaign, including the use of radio, television, and multiple social-media outlets for product promotion.

“The most effective commercials may look simple, but they are the result of endless hours of hard work by highly-skilled teams of professionals,” William explained. “Our multimedia production degree is designed to train our students to become the very professionals employers in the industry are looking for. Their finished product will ideally be suitable for all media outlets, including social media, which is rapidly becoming the preferred choice for many advertisers world-wide.”

“This is real-world production work and it teaches us the skills employers demand from the first day on the job.”

The students in the multimedia production program exhibit a great deal of dedication and enthusiasm for their program. “We love the hands-on training and projects like this,” said student Steven Damron. “There are high expectations, deadlines, and real stresses for the team to produce the best campaign we can. This is real-world production work, and it teaches us the skills employers demand from the first day on the job.”

Photo-Students from the ANU multimedia production program’s Media Marketing class are pictured in the lab at the Lexington Campus.


DANVILLE, KENTUCKY
Veteran Finds Military-Friendly Campus at ANU

Veteran Finds Military-Friendly Campus at ANU

After leaving the U.S. Air Force and moving back to his hometown of Danville, Kentucky, Joe Troxler checked into several universities  before making the decision to enroll at American National University using his Post-9/11 G. I. Bill benefits.

“Being from Danville, I was familiar with the campus,” Joe said of ANU, which has served the area since 1975. “It’s a more military-friendly atmosphere than the [other] universities that I was looking at. [The others] didn’t understand how to process my applications and my [VA] paperwork, so I could sense that it was going to be a difficult situation.  That’s why I leaned more towards coming here.”

“It's a more military-friendly atmosphere than the [other] universities that I was looking at.”

At ANU, Joe also benefited from the Armed Services Recognition Grant, a grant which was created to help minimize out-of-pocket expenses not covered by military educational benefits.

He is studying in the business administration-management program with plans to one day open his own business. After one semester in his program, he’s finding ANU to be the perfect fit for him. “The staff is really friendly and you feel like family here,” he stated.

Photo: U.S. Air Force veteran Joe Troxler is studying in the business administration-management program at the Danville, Kentucky Campus using his Post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits and the ANU Armed Services Recognition Grant.


CINCINNATI
Mercy Health-West Hospital Recognized for Support of Surgical Technology Program

Mercy Health-West Hospital Recognized for Support of Surgical Technology Program

The American National University Cincinnati Campus recently recognized Mercy Health-West Hospital as a Distinguished Community Employer. The Distinguished Community Employer award was created in appreciation of the many businesses and organizations who support ANU students and graduates by providing employment opportunities, externships, and more.

"I am very proud to have two graduates employed by such an honorable establishment.”

Mercy Health-West is a valued partner to the surgical technology program at ANU and recently hired two graduates from the program."I am very proud to have two graduates employed by such an honorable establishment," stated Deborah Shumate, surgical technology program director at the ANU Cincinnati Campus.

Photo: Deborah Shumate (left), surgical technology program director at the Cincinnati Campus, is shown presenting the Distinguished Community Employer Award to Cryssie Tin (right), operating room manager at Mercy Health-West Hospital.


 
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