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IT Graduate Progresses in His Education and His Career

IT Graduate Progresses in His Education and His Career

David "Adam" Boulden feels that there’s a lot to love about his career working in IT as a field service analyst for UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital. “There are a lot of things that I like about it,” Adam said. “It’s challenging; there’s a lot of work, so it keeps me busy; it pays well; and the benefits are ridiculous.”

Although Adam feels he’s landed a great job, he’s not resting on his laurels. After earning his degree in the information systems engineering (ISE) program at the ANU Lexington Campus, he immediately re-enrolled in the network administration bachelor’s degree program, and will complete it next month.

“The more education you have, the higher your marketability, the bigger the dollar sign.”

“In my current position,…an entry level is Level 0, and then I got promoted to a Level 1. To move past a Level 1, you have to have a bachelor’s [degree],” he explained.  “I actually spoke with [my admissions representative] Sharon to get the ball rolling on my master’s [degree], as soon as I’m done with my bachelor’s next month.”

The network administration bachelor’s degree and the MBA-IT programs are part of Adam’s progressive learning path at ANU, a path which allows graduates to continue their education and transfer credits into a higher degree as seamlessly as possible. “It makes [continuing my education] a lot more hassle free,” he said of the career training track, which also allowed him to earn a number of valuable IT certifications.

Looking back at the changes that his degree has brought to his life, including his transformation from short-order cook to IT professional, Adam is committed to continuing his education throughout his career. “I went from cooking, making eight dollars an hour, to [earning] right around $50,000 dollars a year. That’s a $30,000 difference,” he shared. “The more education you have, the higher your marketability, the bigger the dollar sign."

You can read more about Adam's educational journey at ANU here.

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BRISTOL
Marla Quesenberry-Student Services Representative-Difference Maker

Marla Quesenberry-Student Services Representative-Difference Maker

Difference Maker Marla Quesenberry has been a student services representative at the National College Bristol Campus for over ten years. A graduate of the National College business administration-management program, she is a recipient of the National College Alumni Hall of Achievement Award.

“I am a graduate of National and I really liked the way that I was treated as a student.  I wanted to pass that on to others."

“I love being able to help others live the dream.”

“I admire my students’ hard work and their dedication. I make a difference by guiding and leading by example. I am also their friend and confidant.”

 “Seeing my students graduate is one of my greatest rewards. I love being able to help others live the dream.”


CLEVELAND
Alliance with Practice Allows Medical Assisting Students to Gain Real-World Experience

Alliance with Practice Allows Medical Assisting Students to Gain Real-World Experience

Dr. Winston Ho, a Board Certified Internist and the primary physician at Erieside Medical Center, was recently recognized as a Distinguished Community Employer by the Cleveland Area Campus. Erieside Medical Center has been a valued partner to ANU for many years, serving as an externship site for medical assisting students.

In addition, Sheena Jefferson,  a medical assistant at Erieside Medical Center, serves on the medical assisting advisory board at the Cleveland Area Campus, where she offers her insight and suggestions to help keep the ANU medical assisting program up-to-date with current workforce trends.

“When we need an externship site to deliver non-traditional office hours for our upcoming graduates, we can count on Dr. Ho and his group.”

“Dr. Ho’s group combines the care of a small office environment with a genuine and compassionate approach to family practice,” said Andrew Eade, the director of health science education at the Cleveland Area Campus.  “It has been a pleasure to work with Dr. Ho and Erieside Medical Center. When we need an externship site to deliver non-traditional office hours for our upcoming graduates, we can count on Dr. Ho and his group.” 

Photo-Dr. Winston Ho (left), of Erieside Medical Center, is shown accepting the Distinguished Community Employer Award from Andrew Eade (right), the Cleveland Area Campus director of health science education.


MARTINSVILLE
Externship Experience Leads to Permanent Employment

Externship Experience Leads to Permanent Employment

Graduate Ashley Wlodarczyk completed her associate’s degree in medical assisting at the Martinsville Campus in December  2015, successfully passed the certification exam to become a  registered medical assistant (RMA) , and was hired from her externship at Martinsville Family Medicine before she even graduated. 

Ashley enjoyed her learning experience with American National University and appreciated medical instructor Sheilla Coplin and her approach with her medical assisting clinical classes. “I really enjoyed how Mrs. Coplin prepared us to record vital signs and to administer injections,” she said. “She was patient to work with her students to make sure that we understood the proper techniques.”

“She was patient to work with her students to make sure that we understood the proper techniques.”

In the last term of her program, Ashley gained valuable work experience as an extern with Martinsville Family Medicine.  Her work ethic was so greatly appreciated that the practice offered her a permanent position as a medical assistant in the office as her externship came to an end.

Ashley works as a floater in the practice, using her skills to help the medical staff and the patients in many different ways: scheduling appointments; assisting with filing medical insurance; giving injections to patients; going over care instructions with patients; and getting prior authorization prescription orders resolved.  Ashley is pleased with her position and she may consider continuing her education later in the nursing field.


ROANOKE VALLEY
International Student Comes to ANU for Advanced Degrees

International Student Comes to ANU for Advanced Degrees

Hemang Desai, a student from India, came to the U.S. in October to study in the MBA-IT program at the Roanoke Valley Campus. Hemang has already earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in IT computer applications.  

In India, he worked as a software developer where he spoke English while communicating with clients via phone or Skype. “I am 90 percent sure that I will go back to India, but would not be opposed to starting a business here,” said Hemang.  He still has family in India who is very supportive of his decision to come to ANU to complete his education. 

Hemang’s favorite aspect of being a student at ANU is the helpful instructors. “I like their study structure and how they push me to do my very best,” he stated.

“I like their study structure and how they push me to do my very best.”

He is enjoying living in the U.S. where “the way of life here is different in a good way.”  “Everyone [works] hard during the week, but enjoys themselves on the weekends,” he explained. Conversely, the culture in India is “getting together every day and having fun after going to school or working.”

Hemang has already recommended the MBA-IT program to most of his friends, and he hopes the ones with career interests similar to his will join him at ANU.  


COLUMBUS
Another Life Changed

Another Life Changed

The city of Columbus is known to have a high percentage of immigrant families, and as you walk the halls of the ANU Columbus Campus you see a clear representation of the many different nationalities that reside in the community. For some, attending college can be challenging, but ANU has helped many international students continue their education and realize their dreams.

Sujata Adhikari, an immigrant from Nepal, is a prime example of such a student. She moved to the U.S. with her family while still in high school. “After finishing high school, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go to college, because I didn’t know if I could handle it,” she recalled. “I was living at home with my parents and I wasn’t working, but I knew I needed to make a change.”

After researching and visiting a number of schools, Sujata heard about ANU from a friend.  She came to the Columbus Campus for a visit and got excited about the prospect of attending ANU. “I really liked the small class sizes, and it was nice to see that I wasn’t the only one from a different country,” she explained. “Also, I was relieved to find out there was free tutoring which I use whenever I need it.”

“I really liked the small class sizes, and it was nice to see that I wasn't the only one from a different country.”

Sujata is currently in her third term at ANU and she is majoring in business administration-management. She is proud to have earned a spot on the Dean’s List the last two terms, while taking a full class load of 16 credit hours per term.  In the next five years, she hopes to earn her bachelor’s degree and find a job in human resources. “I want to be able to take care of my parents and possibly start a family,” she shared.

Sujata loves her instructors and the friendly staff at the Columbus Campus. She feels that she made a great decision by enrolling at ANU, and she encourages others to do the same. ”I guess the best advice I can give someone would be not to be afraid to make the first step and enroll,  and also to ask for help if you need it,” she said.


HARRISONBURG
Monthly Collaboration with Chamber Brings “Business Smarts” to Campus

Monthly Collaboration with Chamber Brings “Business Smarts” to Campus

Business Smarts, a monthly breakfast seminar created to bring business advice from local business experts to area professionals, is held on the second Friday of each month at the ANU Harrisonburg Campus. The event is conducted by the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE). 

Topics for Business Smarts range from marketing and technology to finances. The February meeting featured Wes Dove, from Dove Development and Consulting, whose presentation focused on the question, “Are You (Personally) Connected?”

“I really enjoyed attending Business Smarts this morning, because it makes what I learn in class applicable in the real world.”

In his interactive discussion, Mr. Dove explained that in today’s global community there is often little difference in the physical or technical features of a product or service from that of its competition.  When product and price are similar, people choose to do business with those whom they like and trust.  “When you take the time to make a personal connection, the message you communicate has a much better chance of being received,” Mr. Dove explained.   

Jamal Baynes, a business administration management student from the Harrisonburg Campus who attended the Business Smarts event, felt the information that Mr. Dove shared would be very beneficial to him in his career. He also enjoyed the opportunity to network with local business owners. “I really enjoyed attending Business Smarts this morning, because it makes what I learn in class applicable in the real world,” Jamal said.

For more information about the Business Smarts monthly breakfast series, contact the Harrisonburg Campus at (540) 432-0943.

Photo A-Student Jamal Baynes (right) is pictured with Wes Dove (left), owner of Dove Development and Consulting, who spoke at the Business Smarts monthly series at the ANU Harrisonburg Campus.

Photo B-Wes Dove is shown discussing making personal connections during the Business Smarts event.


DANVILLE, KENTUCKY
Student Transfers Credits to Get Started Quickly in Medical Career

 Student Transfers Credits to Get Started Quickly in Medical Career

Kayla Widner, a student at the ANU Danville, Kentucky Campus, can’t wait to get started in her new career in medical assisting.  She previously attended several other colleges, including a local community college and a large public university, but found the medical assisting program at ANU was better able to meet her needs, allowing her to transfer a number of credits and get started quickly in her medical career.  

“Everybody is super friendly and helpful,” she said of ANU, where she’s learning about both the administrative and clinical sides of a medical practice. “It’s a lot different from the bigger places that I’ve been. It’s really nice to know that they really do care about your education.”

“It's really nice to know that they really do care about your education.”

After graduating, Kayla hopes to work in a doctor’s office, which will allow her to spend her nights and weekends with her son.  She feels secure knowing that the education that she’s gaining at ANU will be something that she can always draw on. “I’ll be able to take it with me wherever I go and no matter what I’m doing,” she stated. “It will always be with me.”


SOUTH BEND
Human Rights Commissioner Speaks to Human Resources Class

 Human Rights Commissioner Speaks to Human Resources Class

Lonnie L. Douglas, the executive director of the South Bend Human Rights Commission, recently visited the ANU South Bend Campus as a guest speaker for the Human Resources Management class. Mr. Douglas has received numerous awards from civil and human rights organizations for his contributions in the field of human relations.

During his presentation, Mr. Douglas discussed a variety of human rights issues affecting businesses today. “The SBHRC is always here to help you,” he told the class.

Mr. Douglas discussed the commissioner’s responsibilities, and the procedures of filing an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) discrimination complaint against an employer. He explained that the Human Rights Commission acts as a neutral agent and the entire process is administrative, not a criminal process. 

“My career focus in business has shifted to HR due to this course and the enthusiasm of the speaker.”

He also spoke briefly on the immediate need to understand the gender identification issues that are being deeply felt by both employers and employees, and he fielded questions from the students.

“The end result of the work done by the SBHRC is to ensure all people and cases are treated fairly, including respondents,” Mr. Douglas explained.  “The bottom line is that the employer can be responsible for all of their front line supervisor’s actions.”

Emerson Williams, a business administration-management student, has been inspired by the Human Resources Management class and by Mr. Douglas’s presentation.  “My career focus in business has shifted to HR due to this course and the enthusiasm of the speaker,” Emerson said.

Photo A-Business administration-management student Emerson Williams (left) is pictured in class with guest speaker Lonnie Douglas (right), executive director of the South Bend Human Rights Commission.

Photo B- Mr. Douglas (left) served as a guest speaker in instructor Rhonda Jordan’s (right) Human Resources Management class at the ANU South Bend Campus.


 
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