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Medical Assisting Graduate is Going Places With New Degree

Medical Assisting Graduate is Going Places With New Degree

Kaleigh Courts is still a couple of weeks away from completing her medical assisting program at the ANU Florence Campus, but she’s already received two job offers in her field from St. Elizabeth Healthcare. “He called me and said ‘This never happens, but I want to offer you two jobs,’” she recalled of getting that exciting call from the hiring manager.

After considering both options, Kaleigh was excited to accept a position as a medical assistant on the St. Elizabeth Healthcare CardioVascular Mobile Health Unit, a $500,000 state-of-the art unit which provides screenings, risk appraisals, and education to the community. 

In her work, she will be using the skills that she gained at American National University to help care for patients in the mobile unit, providing cholesterol and blood sugar checks, blood pressure readings, and more. “I was a CNA in high school. I like helping people,” she shared.

“It's going to give me a better life.”

Kaleigh feels happy to have gotten through her program at ANU so quickly after her attempt to earn a degree at a large public university was put on hold.  At the other university, she felt that she wasn’t making progress in her education due to the large number of pre-requisites that were required to even get admitted into her program.

She was also drawn to ANU because she felt more comfortable with its small class size. “At NKU, it was 135 people in a big class. I learn better when it’s just one-on-one,” she explained.

The funding that she’s receiving through the ANU Business Partnership Grant, which matches the tuition assistance that she’s receiving from her employer, is also a big plus.  In fact, she’s been so pleased with her experience at ANU that she even brought her brother, Stephen Courts, into the ANU family. He’ll be graduating from the network support program just a term behind her.

“It’s going to give me a better life,” Kaleigh said proudly of her education that she received at ANU.

Photo A-Kaleigh Courts, an ANU Florence Campus medical assisting student who will complete her program this term, has accepted a position working on St. Elizabeth Healthcare’s CardioVascual Mobile Health Unit.

Photo B-Kaleigh (left) is shown practicing blood pressure checks with medical assisting graduate Courtney Fales (right) during the Florence Campus Open House which was held in April.

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ROANOKE VALLEY
International Students Share Their Educational Experiences in New Video

International Students Share Their Educational Experiences in New Video

Did you know that ANU has welcomed international students from over 100 countries? Whether developing their English language skills in the English as a Second Language (ESL) program, or getting the skills that they need to advance their career in the MBA program, international students choose ANU as their home away from home due to the friendly support and exceptional instruction that they receive.

“I love American National University because it feels like home.”

 

A new video that was recently launched on You Tube features international students as they share their educational experiences at ANU. “I love American National University because it feels like home… because of the community, because of the students, because of the staff. Everyone is like family here; everybody takes care of each other. That’s the reason I love this university,” said Santosh Niroula, a student from Nepal.

To learn more from our international community, watch the complete video here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cE1SNqrifo8

Photo-Santosh Niroula, a student from Nepal, is shown in the new video featuring ANU international students.


RICHMOND
Practice Employs ANU Graduates and Looks to Hire More

Practice Employs ANU Graduates and Looks to Hire More

The ANU Richmond Campus recently presented Bluegrass Orthopaedics with the Distinguished Community Employer Award in recognition of its support of American National University medical students through externships and employment. 

“They all seem very knowledgeable.”

Bluegrass Orthopaedics currently employs several ANU medical assisting graduates, and clinical supervisor Brandy Eads shared that the practice hopes to hire several more in the near future. “They all seem very knowledgeable.  They all have a very good outlook on work. Do you have more?” Ms. Eads asked with a smile.

Paula Beth Ciolek, director of health science education at the Richmond Campus, said that she looks forward to referring many more ANU medical assisting students and graduates to Bluegrass Orthopaedics in the future. “We are very appreciative of the opportunities for externships and careers that Bluegrass Orthopaedics gives our students,” she said.

Photo-(left to right) ANU graduate Casandra Dyer, Bluegrass Orthopaedics clinical supervisor Brandy Eads, ANU graduate Mary Troxal, and ANU Richmond Campus director of health science education Paula Beth Ciolek are pictured during the Distinguished Community Employer Award presentation.


COLUMBUS
ANU Students and Staff Advocate for Career College Education

ANU Students and Staff Advocate for Career College Education

ANU Columbus Campus student Brandon Beyor, Columbus Campus director Joe DeLuca, and Cleveland Area Campus director Andrea Fricks, recently joined students, staff and faculty from career colleges across Ohio for the Ohio Association of Career Colleges and Schools (OACCS) Legislative Day.  The event is held each year to give students an opportunity to share their educational experiences with legislators to help raise awareness and favorably impact legislation that can affect the sector.

Ohio State Representative Niraj Antani, who sponsored House Bill 426—the Career College Placement Act—kicked off the event as guest speaker.  The Career College Placement Act will require the State Board of Career Colleges and Schools to collect and report the Annual Job Placement Rates of career colleges in a searchable database.  The legislation was developed to help bring transparency to the sector and to help guide prospective students’ decisions regarding their education and career.

“As the youngest member of the legislature, I do believe that education is the solution for everything—from welfare, to healthcare, to joblessness, unemployment, and homelessness. At the end of the day, everything comes back to--get a job. And how does one get a job?  Well, through education,” Representative Antani said.

“American National University provided me the opportunity to go to school the hours that I needed with the education that I wanted to get in the medical field.”

As he shared his recent experience serving as the commencement speaker at a career college where he personally knew two of the graduates who had returned to school to gain the practical skills that they needed to find a good-paying career, Representative Antani feels that career colleges are a vital link in closing the skills gap that leaves thousands of jobs unfilled in Ohio.

“That’s why I’m passionate about your industry, because I believe that your sector of higher education fits that need. You are meeting a need to the economy that is critically, critically important,” he stated. “I believe that you are part of the solution and part of that is because of the great career placement rates that you have.”

Later, Brandon and Joe sat in on legislative sessions and met with legislative aides in the offices of State Representative David Leland and State Senator Kris Jordan.

“I’m not your traditional student—I’m 40 year’s old and I’m a father.  I worked in the restaurant business for 20 plus years and I needed a career.  I needed something more stable that I could be proud of and my family could be proud of,” Brandon shared.  “After doing my research, American National University provided me the opportunity to go to school the hours that I needed with the education that I wanted to get in the medical field.  It allowed me to have more one on one interaction with professors.  Going to a big university with huge lectures and things like that—I knew I wouldn’t succeed. It makes it more accessible and the degree more attainable, because you do have that support system around you.  American National provides that opportunity.”

Photo A-(Left to Right)-ANU Cleveland Campus director Andrea Fricks, Columbus Campus director Joe DeLuca, medical assisting student Brandon Beyor, and OACCS executive director Kent Trofholz gathered for a photo during the OACCS 2016 Legislative Day.

Photo B-Brandon shared his experiences as a student at ANU with Katalyn Kuivila, legislative aide to State Representative David Leland from House District 22.


HARRISONBURG
Medical Students Tour AirCare

Medical Students Tour AirCare

Students from the ANU Harrisonburg Campus were recently given the opportunity to travel to Weyers Cave, Virginia and visit with the pilot and medical crew of AirCare 5 Medevac.  AirCare, a division of PHI, Inc., provides emergency medical transport service to the Shenandoah Valley and eastern West Virginia.

AirCare's primary mission is transporting and providing in-flight intensive care for the critically ill or injured patients who require the specialized services of a tertiary medical center or Level 1 trauma center. For critically ill or seriously injured patients, PHI Air Medical's speed, advanced medical equipment, and highly trained personnel can make a lifesaving difference. Their services are available 24 hours a day, and their aircraft are airborne within minutes of receiving a call for service.

“This field trip was very informative and fun.”

During their tour, students were able to see inside the aircraft and ask questions of the pilot and medical crew.  They learned about the unique challenges that go along with providing medical care in the air and the rewards that go along with being able to get patients to a hospital when they would not have been able to make it by ground alive.

“This field trip was very informative and fun,” said Vita Boychenko, a student in the surgical technology program.

Photo:(Left to right) AirCare Lead Pilot Paul Weve is pictured with ANU students Haley Dove, Azizah Karim, Emily Green, Chris Shirkey, Vita Boychenko, and Terri Gordan.


CLEVELAND
Graduate Uses Business Skills to Lead Non-Profit Organization

Graduate Uses Business Skills to Lead Non-Profit Organization

Sandra Carson, a graduate of the business administration-management program at the ANU Cleveland Area Campus, is using her business skills toward a higher calling as she takes her non-profit organization, the JMCR Foundation, to the next level.

“The Jesus Miracle Church Rescue (JMCR) Foundation was passed on to me from my grandfather to provide funding for struggling churches. I took on the task with apprehension and excitement,” Sandra said. “Knowledge, knowledge, knowledge is what ANU has given me. Behind basic and general education courses, I have learned plenty from the business core courses. I most enjoyed these courses, because I was able to take what I learned and directly apply it in my businesses."

“I feel prepared for and aware of everything I need to know to continue to achieve my goals.”

Sandra feels that learning from her ANU instructors, who had experience in their field, provided her with practical knowledge and direction. “For example, I was given advice by an instructor that on-line payroll services are both affordable and reliable,” she explained.

Sandra, a veteran of the U.S. Army, feels that her time in the military gave her the discipline that she needs to succeed, and her program at ANU gave her the tools necessary to put that discipline to work. “In my program, I learned how to write a business plan and present my business for funding consideration. I also benefited from the technology courses. Learning how to use Word, Excel, Access, and Power Point to promote and keep track of my business has helped me tremendously,” she shared.  “I feel prepared for and aware of everything I need to know to continue to achieve my goals. ANU taught me that a strategy for execution is KEY.”


MARTINSVILLE
Externship Experience Leads to Permanent Position

Externship Experience Leads to Permanent Position

Sarah Kendrick completed her associate’s degree in medical assisting at the ANU Martinsville Campus in December 2015 and successfully passed her Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) certification exam.  While in her program at ANU, she gained valuable work experience as an extern with Children’s Medical Center in Martinsville, VA.  Shortly after finishing her academic program, Sarah returned to interview for an opening at the same medical center and was hired as a medical assistant.  She credits her skills learned at American National University and her focus on providing care to children as advantages in her search for employment.

“I had originally planned to move after I received my degree, but when they offered me the job, I could not turn it down,” Sarah said. “My teachers, Gary Jenkins and Sheilla Coplin, helped me prepare for the externship at Children’s Medical Center, and without their help and reviews, I may not have reached my goal of working with children.”

“Without their help and reviews, I may not have reached my goal of working with children.”

The campus’s director of health science education, Gary Jenkins, commended Sarah for her hard work and dedication to her program at ANU. “Sarah was a good student who studied and also worked as a work study at the Martinsville Campus,” Gary said. “She was willing to help other students improve their study skills.”

Sarah hopes to continue her education and study nursing in the future, but for now, she's enjoying her new career.


ROANOKE VALLEY
Corrugated Container Corporation Recognized for Support

Corrugated Container Corporation Recognized for Support

Recently, the ANU Roanoke Valley Campus honored Corrugated Container Corporation (CCC) with the Distinguished Community Employer Award in recognition of the company’s support of ANU graduates and career college education. Clay Hodges, a graduate of the ANU MBA program is currently working at CCC as the quality assurance manager.

Corrugated Container Corporation, which opened in Roanoke in 1963, designs and manufactures corrugated cartons, containers, point-of-purchase (POP) displays, counter displays, retail packaging, and more for many national businesses.

“Let this award not only recognize the founders, the families, friends, and employees who helped build the company, but also recognize their contributions to this industry.”

 

Chad Tyson, the director of Virginia operations for CCC accepted the award from Dr. Annette Chamberlin, director of graduate programs at ANU.  “It was an honor to receive this award, to work with an ANU MBA graduate, and we accept it with gratitude,” Mr. Tyson said.  “Let this award not only recognize the founders, the families, friends, and employees who helped build the company, but also recognize their contributions to this industry. Through these efforts, Corrugated Container Corporation improved the community and became the place ‘where creativity happens.'"

Photo- Clay Hodges (center), a graduate of the ANU Roanoke Valley Campus’s MBA program and current quality assurance manager for CCC, and Chad Tyson, director of Virginia operations for CCC, accept the ANU Distinguished Community Employer Award from Dr. Annette Chamberlin, director of graduate programs.


 
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