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Pikeville Campus Brings EMT Program to Eastern Kentucky Students

Pikeville Campus Brings EMT Program to Eastern Kentucky Students

Students in Eastern Kentucky who are considering careers as first responders will now have a new option available to them for training to become certified emergency medical technicians (EMT). In response to the critical shortage of EMTs in Eastern Kentucky, the ANU Pikeville Campus will begin offering an emergency medical technician diploma program during the next term, which starts on March 21. The program has been developed with support and input from the area’s first responder community, including Cyrus Hess, a veteran of the field who is serving as the program’s director.

The EMT diploma program will qualify graduates to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians' (NREMT) EMT examination. As a certified EMT, they will be prepared for entry-level employment working for police, fire, and rescue squads; private ambulance services; and hospitals. After graduating from the EMT program, students then have the opportunity to continue their education in the ANU paramedic program, which the Pikeville Campus launched in 2015.

“I've always wanted to help people and I don't like sitting still. I love being where the action is.”

“I’ve always wanted to help people and I don’t like sitting still. I love being where the action is,” said Dustin Reynolds, a student of the paramedic program who works as an EMT for Trans-Star Ambulance.

The first responder community and other local businesses are partnering with the Pikeville Campus for the EMT program’s kick-off celebration.  “Meet a Hero—Be a Hero” will be held at the Pikeville Fire Department, located at 104 Chloe Road, on Friday, March 18 from noon until 4 p.m.   

During the event, the community is invited to meet first responders and hear about their experiences in the field.  For those who are interested in becoming a hero, information about the EMT program at ANU will also be available. In addition, The Kentucky Blood Center will be on hand, offering participants the opportunity to donate blood to help save a life.

For more information, contact the ANU Pikeville Campus at (606) 478-7200.

Photo A-First responders are shown in action during a mock medical disaster that was conducted as part of the Pikeville Campus’s annual Healthy Fun Fair.

Photo B-Students are shown getting hands-on training using a medical simulator in the ANU EMT lab.

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DANVILLE, VIRGINIA
Love of Medical Field Runs in the Family

Love of Medical Field Runs in the Family

Barbara Daniels recently enrolled in the newly revamped phlebotomy/ECG program at the ANU Danville, Virginia Campus, and she is very excited about who her new study partners will be—her daughters! Barbara’s daughters, Octavia and Dinisha Allen, are both already students in the program, having enrolled together in January. Their mom will be joining them when the next term starts March 21.

All three family members are working in the health care field, Barbara and Octavia as Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA’s) and Dinisha as a Personal Care Aid (PCA), and are looking forward to adding the phlebotomy and electrocardiogram credentials to their skill sets. Barbara has been a CNA for ten years and was looking for an opportunity to move up in the health care field. She was encouraged to check out ANU when she saw the positive changes in her daughters and heard how much they were enjoying their classes. “I think getting our education together will make our family financially better off and bring us closer together,” she shared. “The medical field is my calling. I love taking care of people. I have four grandchildren, and I want to better myself to help and encourage them.”

“I think getting our education together will make our family financially better off and bring us closer together.”

Dinisha and Octavia knew ANU would be as good a fit for their mom as it has been for them. “There are not a lot of students in your classes, so you can concentrate better and get extra help if you need it,” explained Dinisha. “The teachers are there if you need extra help. The admissions and student services staff are open with you and always there to help you and see you through.”

“All the students help each other, and the instructors are very understanding,” added Octavia.

Barbara’s other two children are also thinking about joining their family members at the Danville, Virginia Campus. They will have their work cut out for them to keep up with their mom and siblings, who are already considering their options for continuing their education into medical assisting and perhaps nursing after they earn their phlebotomy/ECG diplomas, which can take as little as seven months. If they do decide to enroll at ANU, they will have at least three classmates cheering them on from the start. “We’ll push each other to keep going,” promised Dinisha.

A- Barbara Daniels (center) will be joining her daughters Octavia (left) and Dinisha Allen (right) in the phlebotomy/ECG program at the start of the next term.

B- Barbara, Octavia, and Dinisha all have a passion for working in the medical field and look forward to earning their phlebotomy/ECG credentials together. 


LOUISVILLE
Ely Kraft-Admissions Representative-Difference Maker

Ely Kraft-Admissions Representative-Difference Maker

Difference Maker Ely Kraft is an admissions representative at the ANU Louisville Campus. A native of Venezuela, she earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration-management from Santa Maria University, and then traveled to London, England where she earned a certificate in English grammar from Cambridge University. During her eleven years at ANU, Ely has provided guidance and encouragement to thousands of students, from enrollment to graduation, and beyond.

“I have the best job in the world, being part of my students’ educational journey. Many of our students are single parents, and I am inspired by their motivation and their drive to succeed as they manage their families while going to school.”

“Many of our Hispanic students left their homes in other countries and were willing to sacrifice everything just to be free. I really want to make a difference in their lives.”

“My greatest reward is when they start their career with a great job and they call to share it with me.”

“As students at ANU, I can see them become happier, more confident, more goal-oriented, and financially independent. My greatest reward is when they start their career with a great job and they call to share it with me.”

Yamisleydis Ferrer, a native of Cuba, has worked closely with Ely as a student in the ANU medical assisting program. “There are not enough words to describe the passion and dedication that Ely gives to her job,” Yamisleydis said. “I personally feel blessed that I had the opportunity to meet her. Ely gave me hope and the desire to better myself and be successful. I am very thankful.”

Surgical technology graduate Eduardo Del Toro also feels that Ely‘s support was integral to his success at ANU. “She helped me out from the beginning to the end,” he explained.


CLEVELAND
Medical Office Professional Graduate Continues Her Education at ANU

 Medical Office Professional Graduate Continues Her Education at ANU

Jill Lewis graduated from the medical office professional diploma program at the ANU Cleveland Area Campus last December, and then returned to ANU in January to continue her education in the medical assisting program. In the medical assisting program, Jill is expanding her skill set as she adds clinical procedures, such as drawing blood and giving injections, to her competencies. “I look forward to learning as much as I can,” she said.

“I look forward to learning as much as I can.”

Jill recently got hands-on experience in the lab as she practiced her phlebotomy skills under the supervision of director of health science education Andrew Eade. Admissions representative Terry Stokes generously volunteered his arm for the blood draw.

“Our class did very well with this exercise,” Jill stated. “I appreciate the help from Mr. Eade and the other students.”

Photo-Jill Lewis is shown practicing a blood draw as she continues her education in the medical assisting program at the Cleveland Area Campus.


LYNCHBURG
Health Fair Helps Community As Well As Students

 Health Fair Helps Community As Well As Students

The ANU Lynchburg Campus hosted a health fair at the end of February to offer students, staff, and community members tips on establishing healthy habits and goals in the year ahead. Representatives from a number of organizations in the Lynchburg area were onsite to provide information and resources on a variety of health and wellness topics, including fitness, nutrition, volunteerism, and financial health.

“The hands-on learning helps us experience the real thing.”

Several of the campus’s medical assisting students also participated in the health fair by providing free blood pressure checks for interested individuals while under the supervision of their instructor. Opportunities such as this allow students to gain experience using the medical skills that they’ve learned in class with members of their community, as they will one day when they are employed in health care settings.

“Being at ANU has been, so far, a great learning experience,” said medical assisting and pharmacy technician student Tameka Glover. “The hands-on learning helps us experience the real thing. We learn the do’s and don’ts, as well as the best way to do a procedure.”

A- The Lynchburg Campus recently held a community health fair to offer tips on establishing healthy habits and goals in the year ahead.

B- Medical assisting student Crystal Pannell (left) checks the blood pressure of community member Shelby Litchford at the Lynchburg Campus’s recent health fair. 


ROANOKE VALLEY
MBA Students Tour Coca-Cola Bottling Plant

MBA Students Tour Coca-Cola Bottling Plant

Students from the Roanoke Valley Campus's MBA Operations Management class recently participated in a field trip to the Roanoke Coca-Cola Bottling plant. During the trip, they were given a presentation on the production processes, and then a tasting session of all the products bottled at the plant, including Coke, Diet Coke, Fanta, and Sprite.

“It was great to see what we learned [in class] actually being used!”

The visit culminated in an hour long tour of the plant, where the students were able to observe operations concepts like quality controls, scheduling, layout strategies, and inventory management at work.

“It was great to see what we learned [in class] actually being used!” said MBA student Nilay Ghandi. The students were also impressed by the speed of the operations, especially the fact that the plant produces 900 bottles per minute.

Photos A & B-Students in the Roanoke Valley Campus’s MBA Operations Management class are pictured at the Coca-Cola Bottling plant.


LEXINGTON
Video Conferencing Connects Students From Multiple Campuses For a Unique Learning Experience

Video Conferencing Connects Students From Multiple Campuses For a Unique Learning Experience

Instructor David Hoagland and student Chris Wilson from the ANU Lexington Campus were joined this semester by students from ANU’s Cincinnati, Knoxville, Louisville, and Lynchburg Campuses for their weekly Payroll Accounting course, but everyone was sitting at their respective campuses. The course is being taught via video conferencing utilizing ANU’s ACANO portable conferencing equipment.

“I enjoy instructing the VC courses a lot. They are very efficient for our university and they offer an outstanding learning opportunity to our students,” said instructor David Hoagland. “There is a continuity of education with all participating campuses, which assures our students will be prepared for their next accounting courses. The VC classes offer a unique interpersonal experience by providing interaction between students from several of our campuses, resulting in even more valuable input during the lectures.”

“You get a wide variety of questions and information when you join students from other campuses. It definitely adds to the classroom experience.”

The students in the class had very positive feedback to share about the benefits of video conferencing. “I enjoy the video conferencing experience. You get a wide variety of questions and information when you join students from other campuses. It definitely adds to the classroom experience,” commented Christopher Wilson, who is majoring in accounting at ANU.

Photos A & B-Student Chris Wilson (left) and instructor David Hoagland (right) are pictured during the Payroll Accounting video conferencing class at the Lexington Campus.


DANVILLE, KENTUCKY
Graduate Returns to ANU for Refresher Classes

Graduate Returns to ANU for Refresher Classes

Jessica Harmon, a 2014 graduate of the ANU Danville, Kentucky Campus, recently returned to ANU to take advantage of the free refresher courses that are available to graduates.  After graduating from ANU, she was hired from her externship at a local urgent care clinic, then recently moved into a new position performing lab work for PremierTox Laboratory in a family practice.

With her job duties changing, Jessica returned to ANU to re-take the invasive clinical procedures class to refresh her skills, particularly in phlebotomy. She’s also considering becoming certified as a phlebotomist.  “[If] I want to take the phlebotomy [certification] exam, I can refresh any time,” she explained.

“I knew that I liked helping people, and there will always be jobs in the medical field.”

Jessica loves the large variety of jobs that are available to those in the medical assisting field. “There’s so many options,” she said of the employment opportunities, which may include working in the administrative or clinical areas in a medical office.

After working in dead-end jobs for many years, she’s glad that her training at ANU has led to a more stable career.  “I knew that I liked helping people, and there will always be jobs [in the medical field],” she stated.


CINCINNATI
Local U.S. Army Reserve Battalion Trains at ANU

Local U.S. Army Reserve Battalion Trains at ANU

Companies from the U.S. Army Reserve’s 372nd Military Intelligence Battalion recently conducted creative and critical thinking training and exercises at the American National University Cincinnati Campus in order to facilitate better adapted leaders and soldiers.

Thanks to the newly established ties between the two organizations, students of the course were able to train in a classroom environment, where instructors of the class utilized the latest in technological learning aids, including Kahoot and other interactive training tools.

According to Battalion Executive Officer Captain Kate deGategno, community relationships such as these are the backbone of what the U.S. Army Reserve stands for in communities around the country.  She expressed her appreciation for the assistance of the ANU faculty, who were instrumental in establishing the essential training for the newly formed battalion.

“Thank you for your support, ANU. Keep up the fight!”

ANU Cincinnati Campus director Michael Holmes was pleased that his campus could be of service to the 372nd Military Intelligence Battalion. "‘Support our Troops’ is more than a slogan to us,” stated Michael, a U.S. Navy veteran. “It was an honor to assist the military in their time of need.”

“The 372nd Military Intelligence Battalion and American National University hope to carry on this relationship of both helping our great nation and our local communities, both in and out of the normal traditions of a learning environment,” said Captain deGategno. “Thank you for your support, ANU. Keep up the fight!”

Photo-ANU Cincinnati Campus director Michael Holmes (center) is pictured with members of the U.S. Army Reserve’s 372nd Military Intelligence Battalion.


 
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