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Ohio State Legislator Offers Encouragement and Support During Campus Visit

Ohio State Legislator Offers Encouragement and Support During Campus Visit

Ohio State Senator John Eklund recently visited the ANU Cleveland Area Campus to talk with students and learn more about the programs at American National University. As he toured the campus, Senator Eklund spoke of the door of opportunity that education provides.

In instructor Andrew Eade’s Principles of Management class, Senator Eklund distributed flyers regarding how a bill becomes a law.  After hearing that the class was studying diversity in the workplace, he explained why he feels diversity is important to an employer.  “It’s not diversity for the sake of diversity,” Senator Eklund stated. “Diversity helps businesses, because people with different points of view and different perspectives on things will bring them to bear on problems that a company has and will find better solutions.  It’s very, very important.”

“I appreciate what you're doing, because you're giving opportunities to Ohioans who otherwise might not have opportunities.”

He also encouraged the class, which was comprised of all females, to take advantage of their education as employers seek to increase the number of women in supervisory positions in the workforce. “Companies are out there looking to bring women along and put them in positions of responsibility,” Senator Eklund explained. “It’s a great opportunity.”

As he spoke to another class, he heard from Melissa Dixon, a student in the medical office professional program, about her challenges in earning her degree. “I took off for about six months because I had…some things going on at home, and then I came back,” she shared. “I love my school. They took me back with open arms.”

“It’s like a family,” added her classmate, Frieda McMillan.

Later, the Senator met with campus director Andrea Fricks and Kent Trofholz, executive director of the Ohio Association of Career Colleges and Schools (OACCS).   “I appreciate what you’re doing, because you’re giving opportunities to Ohioans who otherwise might not have opportunities.  That’s the spadework for making a great state and growing our economy,” Senator Eklund said of the programs at ANU. “From the students I met, I know they’re all eager and anxious to take advantage of those opportunities, and when they do, we’re all going to be better off for it. So, thanks to ANU for everything you do.”

Photo A-Ohio State Senator John Eklund talked with medical students about their educational journeys during his visit to the ANU Cleveland Area Campus.

Photo B-Senator Eklund (far left) is pictured with Cleveland Campus director Andrea Fricks and Kent Trofholz, executive director of OACCS.

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Graduates Enjoy Learning Intricacies of Specialized Medical Field

Graduates Enjoy Learning Intricacies of Specialized Medical Field

ANU Danville, Virginia Campus medical assisting graduates Nakia Dickerson and Carabae Jones enjoy working together at Complexions Dermatology in Danville, just as they both enjoyed attending classes at ANU. For Nakia, it was the opportunity to quickly complete the program that appealed to her. “I liked the timing, as far as how long it would take to get my degree,” said Nakia. For Carabae, it was the opportunity to get away from the high-stress field of sales and marketing and pursue something different that she’d always been interested in.

Both ladies have always had an interest in medical careers and decided to go back to school and pursue it once their kids got older. “I like the ‘yucky stuff’ involved with working in the medical field,” stated Nakia with a laugh. “And I like helping people.” Carabae explained that she was attracted to a career in the medical field because of working with the patients, as well as learning the science behind it.

“I like working with a lot of people and learning new things.”

Now as medical assistants working with Dr. Keith Robinson at Complexions Dermatology, they get to put their education into practice every day as they perform a variety of duties, including assisting with procedures, biopsies, and surgeries; charting everything for medical notes; and helping with prescriptions and insurance. “I like that it’s fast-paced; I like working with a lot of people and learning new things; and [Dr. Robinson] is a good boss,” Nakia shared. “I like learning more and more about the skin disorders, and all the different skin conditions we run into,” added Carabae.

They both credit their education at ANU with preparing them for their current careers. “It was fun when it all came together and you go out on your externship and you start getting into the real day-to-day process,” explained Carabae of how everything she’d studied clicked into place for her. “I felt like I was very prepared for my [Registered Medical Assistant] certification exam.”

“The things that I learned in school, after I finished I saw a lot of those things and knew what was going on. I didn’t panic as much as I thought I would because I had an idea of what was going on.” stated Nakia. “Everything was exciting.”

Photo A- Medical assistants Carabae Jones (left) and Nakia Dickerson (right) both graduated from the ANU Danville, Virginia Campus.

Photo B- Carabae and Nakia enjoy learning more about skin disorders and conditions while working with Dr. Keith Robinson of Complexions Dermatology.


FLORENCE
Graduate of Public University Enrolls at ANU After Finding Certifications Essential to IT Career

Graduate of Public University Enrolls at ANU After Finding Certifications Essential to IT Career

Richard Ryan, a student at the ANU Florence Campus, recently earned certification in CompTIA Security+ and Microsoft Windows 8.1 as part of his network support program.

The emphasis on earning certifications was one of the primary reasons that Richard enrolled at American National University. “I had already graduated from NKU in 2013, [but] the degree I received was not moving me forward in any way,” Richard explained. “Once I realized the importance of certifications, I found ANU through an ad, talked with an advisor shortly afterwards, and then enrolled. The heavy preparation and positive drive to succeed on certification exams has been the biggest driving point of my decision to attend ANU.”

At ANU, Richard finds the personal attention that he receives from his instructors, including Valerie Bowman, director of IT programs, has been very important to his success in obtaining those valuable certifications. “Coming from NKU, where I had some classes with 50-60 people at once, being in a class with 3-10 people is refreshing,” he stated. “Having instructors that work in the field and knowing that I have someone that can point me in the right direction and answer any of my questions is a valuable asset,” he added.

“The heavy preparation and positive drive to succeed on certification exams has been the biggest driving point of my decision to attend ANU.”

Richard, who works as a service desk analyst for St. Elizabeth Healthcare, is earning his degree through funding provided by his employer’s tuition assistance program, which is matched by the ANU Business Partnership Grant.

In the future, he hopes to use the knowledge that he’s gaining in his program to advance into a career in IT infrastructure, networking, or security.  “I want to have a job that actually supports and adds value to an organization,” he stated. “I want to be more than just a face at a desk or a cog in the wheel; I want a job that pushes my career and company forward.”

Photo A-Richard Ryan, a student in the network administration program at the ANU Florence Campus, recently earned certifications in CompTIA Security+ and Microsoft Windows 8.1.

Photo B-Richard is pictured with IT program director Valerie Bowman, who works closely with him in preparation for his IT certification exams.


HARRISONBURG
Chris Balderson-Instructor-Difference Maker

Chris Balderson-Instructor-Difference Maker

Difference Maker Chris Balderson is the lead accounting instructor at the ANU Harrisonburg Campus. He has served as an instructor at ANU for over 15 years.  Chris earned an associate’s degree from Rappahannock Community College, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from James Madison University.  He brings knowledge from the field to his classes each day, which he gained in his career working as General Manager/Training Manager for McDonald’s, and in his current position working as a Senior Tax Manager for Rosetta Stone.

“I am able to discuss accounting regulations with my students and show them how transactions are recorded in an actual accounting department.”

“I enjoy creating projects and assignments that are actually 'real world' accounting scenarios. The students enjoy this as well, because they feel that they will be able to perform well if they are employed in an accounting department.”

“I enjoy creating projects and assignments that are actually 'real world' accounting scenarios."

“The best reward about being a part of the ANU faculty is you are able to form a bond with your students due to the small class sizes, and you are a major part of their college career.”

“I have had several students who first began in Accounting I feeling unsure about the course.  The big transformation was watching these students change their major to accounting after completing Accounting I.”

Photo-Accounting instructor Chris Balderson has been inspiring his students at the ANU Harrisonburg Campus for over 15 years.


PRINCETON
Campus Events Help Students Connect with Employers and Get Fit

Campus Events Help Students Connect with Employers and Get Fit

The ANU Princeton Campus recently hosted two events to help students kick start their careers and learn more about health and wellness.

On April 6, students talked with local companies looking to hire during the Spring Career Fair. Companies in attendance included Princeton Community Hospital, WVVA TV, Tazewell County Department of Social Services, WORKFORCE WV, and more.

On April 7, which has been designated as World Health Day, the campus welcomed representatives from Anytime Fitness and Brickhouse Cardio. They offered information about staying healthy, and also performed demonstrations of workout routines.

“Believe in yourself.”

Kirsten Rasi, a business administration-management graduate, who is continuing her education in the medical assisting program at ANU, took the opportunity to network with the employers during the career fair.  In addition to her education, she feels that there’s another important factor that job seekers need to succeed.  “Believe in yourself,” Kirsten advised.

Photo-Students Rachel Williams (standing left) and Noel Williams (right) are shown talking with an employer during the Spring Career Fair at the ANU Princeton Campus.


 
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