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Richmond Campus Celebrates 100% Pass Rate and New Careers of Medical Assisting Class

Richmond Campus Celebrates 100% Pass Rate and New Careers of Medical Assisting Class

The most recent class of medical assisting graduates from the American National University Richmond Campus have all launched new careers after passing the registered medical assistant (RMA) certification exam and finding employment in area medical offices and healthcare facilities.

The demand for certified employees continues to grow in the medical field. “It was crucial that I passed in order to gain a position as an RMA,” shared graduate Lisa Bargo, who was hired by Baptist Health Advanced Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine after passing the RMA exam.

“It was crucial that I passed in order to gain a position as an RMA.”

Paula Beth Ciolek, director of health science education at the Richmond Campus, feels that the success of her most recent graduating class is a testimony to the students’ hard work and the strong foundation of knowledge that they gained in their program at ANU.

“The fact that 100% of our class passed the RMA is an outstanding achievement for my students and shows an outstanding performance for the ANU medical assisting program,” she said.

Photo A-ANU Richmond Campus medical assisting graduates (left to right) Tonita Rose and Brittany Phillips, director of health science education Paula Beth Ciolek, and medical assisting graduates Sarah Johnson and  Lisa Bargo.

Photo B-The most recent class of medical assisting graduates from the ANU Richmond Campus have all passed the registered medical assistant certification exam and found employment in their field.

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ANU Launches Master of Science in Cybersecurity Program

ANU Launches Master of Science in Cybersecurity Program Explore National's Online Program

American National University recently launched a Master of Science in Cybersecurity (MSC) program designed to give students the practical skills they need to design and implement cyber security solutions to prevent and detect cyberattacks. 

Cybersecurity professionals are in demand as businesses and organizations seek to protect their computer networks and secure their clients’ personal data. In the program, which is available through ANU Online, students will focus on best practices in information security, including advanced prevention, detection, countermeasures, and recovery.  They’ll also develop a project plan for a security assessment utilizing the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK).

“The MSC program allows students that are looking for an edge in their current IT employment the ability to apply this program to their field concentration.”

Core classes include Information Security Systems and Organizational Awareness, Intrusion Detection Attack and Countermeasures, and Information Security Project Management. The program also prepares students to sit for a number of certification exams, including: Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP), Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP), Certified Ethical Hacker/Licensed Penetration Tester (CEH/LPT), and Certified Computer Forensics Examiner (CCFE).

“The MSC program allows students that are looking for an edge in their current IT employment the ability to apply this program to their field of concentration,” stated George Hampton, ANU’s senior director of IT programs. “It makes this program appealing to both those looking to get into the cybersecurity field and those that need a boost in their current IT employment.”

For more information about the Master of Science in Cybersecurity program, visit www.an.edu/programs/master-of-science-cybersecurity/


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Children Inspire Graduate to Continue in MBA Program

 Children Inspire Graduate to Continue in MBA Program

Angela Burnham recently accepted the Achievement Award during the ANU Danville, Virginia Campus’s commencement ceremony after earning high honors in the business administration-management bachelor’s degree program. With an eye toward the future, she is continuing her education in the American National Univeristy MBA program through ANU Online.

Angela, a former stay-at-home mom, found that her motivation to continue her education grew stronger than ever after the birth of her son.  She is determined to set an example for her children and to get the education that she needs to provide a better life for them. 

“ANU is more like a family than an institution.”

“Receiving a [college] education has increased my self-esteem. My daughter told my mother the other day when she was asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, she said ‘…I want to be just like Mommy.’  Education did this,” Angela stated.

Angela feels that the staff and faculty at ANU are always there to assist her.  “ANU is more like a family than an institution. When I say this, I mean that unlike larger schools, the instructors have the chance to know their students on a more personal level…,” she explained. “There have been many times that I have needed assistance, not necessarily academically, but with scheduling, finances, etc. The staff at ANU…has been very open to assisting me in whatever needs I may have had.”

Angela urges those considering returning to school not to let excuses get in the way. “I chose to get a secondary education to save my children from poverty,” she said. “[But] in reality, getting my education showed my children what to do to save themselves, as well as teaching me that no matter what I put my mind to, if I am dedicated enough and disciplined enough, I can achieve it.”

 Photo-Angela Burnham (right), pictured at the ANU Danville, Virginia Campus graduation ceremony with campus director Carlene Wilson (left),  has re-enrolled in the ANU Online MBA program.


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Harrisonburg Campus Recognized by Toastmasters International

Harrisonburg Campus Recognized by Toastmasters International

The ANU Harrisonburg Campus was recently recognized by the Harrisonburg Chapter of Toastmasters International.  “Harrisonburg Toastmasters club presented this award to American National University in appreciation for their support of the Toastmasters’ mission,” stated Frank Marshman, president of the Toastmasters Harrisonburg Chapter.  “The Toastmasters club’s mission is to provide a supportive and positive environment where members can learn communication and leadership skills in a non-threatening environment.”

Toastmasters meets weekly at the ANU Harrisonburg Campus and director Wandile Maseko said that he was excited to partner with the organization, which has a membership of over 300,000 members in more than 135 countries worldwide.

“Just like Toastmasters, the ANU Harrisonburg Campus is committed to developing a diverse student population to become effective communicators and leaders in their field.”

 

"Just like Toastmasters, The ANU Harrisonburg Campus is committed to developing a diverse student population to become effective communicators and leaders in their fields,” said Wandile. “We are also thrilled that the Toastmasters Harrisonburg Chapter has extended opportunities to ANU students, faculty, and staff to help them improve their public speaking skills.”

ANU offers classroom space free of charge to local clubs and organizations, as available. For more information, contact your local campus.

Photo-Harrisonburg Toastmasters club president Frank Marshman (left) is pictured presenting a plaque of recognition to ANU Harrisonburg Campus director Wandile Maseko (right).


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University of Fairfax Receives Renewed Accreditation

University of Fairfax Receives Renewed Accreditation

The University of Fairfax, an ANU partner institution which provides online graduate programs in the field of cybersecurity, recently received renewed accreditation for another 5-year term through the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).

The University of Fairfax was founded shortly after 9/11 to help meet the emerging, urgent need for cybersecurity professionals. The University’s pursuit of accreditation took nearly 10 years of effort to complete.

As the renewal notification letter from DEAC states: “Accreditation by DEAC is a reliable indicator of the value and quality of distance education that an institution offers. In receiving renewal of accreditation, [the University of] Fairfax has demonstrated its commitment to educational standards and ethical business practices that assure quality, accountability, and improvement in higher education.”

“In receiving renewal of accreditation, [the University of] Fairfax has demonstrated its commitment to educational standards and ethical business practices that assure quality, accountability, and improvement in higher education.”

The accreditation renewal is also a reflection of the accomplishments of the many University of Fairfax graduates who serve as senior cybersecurity professionals in both the public and private sectors.

“We pride ourselves on the singularity of our mission: ‘…to support the cybersecurity community by providing adult learners with quality, accessible, distance education,’” stated Frank Longaker, chairman of the University of Fairfax Board of Directors. “Ultimately, this is what matters. Graduates of the University of Fairfax occupy the frontlines of the global battle for information assurance, and the University is dedicated to the continuous improvement of our programs and coursework to continue to meet this goal.”

For more information about the University of Fairfax visit www.ufairfax.edu


 
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