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Graduate Finds Career Success Thanks to Advice from Her Aunt and Help from the National College Career Center

Apr 08, 2013

When Lorianne Teegarden Franzen graduated from high school, she knew that she needed career training to put her on the right track for her future. Her aunt, Rhonda Spangler, was attending the Florence Campus at the time, and suggested that Lorianne enroll there, as well. Her aunt’s advice paid off, as Lorianne recently completed her medical office assistant program and was hired by St. Elizabeth ANC-Home Care to work in their office.

“I love National,” said Rhonda, a graduate of the administrative office professional associate’s degree program, who recommended the college to her niece because of the personal attention that each student receives. “She’s not into big crowds,” she explained. “At National, everybody knows your name. You’re not just a number.”

Lorianne agreed that National was the right choice for her. “I wasn’t really a ‘school girl,’ and I didn’t want to go to a big college. National is small and the teachers are one-on-one. I loved that. They taught me a lot,” she said adding that she utilizes skills gained in her classes every day on the job.

The Career Center at American National University also played a key role in helping Lorianne get started in her new career. She worked closely with career center director Karen Sheldon during her job search. “She was excellent. She stayed on top of things,” said Lorianne, who recalled that Karen alerted her to the job opening with St. Elizabeth ANC-Home Care. Karen also helped her refine her résumé, and she even conducted a practice interview with Lorianne just prior to her interview with St. Elizabeth.

“I love my job,” Lorianne said with a smile adding that St. Elizabeth is a large organization and she feels that there are plenty of opportunities for growth in her career there. She also feels secure knowing that the career center is available to her for life if she ever wants to utilize its services again in the future.

Lorianne Franzen was able to successfully find employment working in the office of St. Elizabeth ANC-Home Care with assistance from the Florence Campus Career Center.

tags: Business: Administrative Office Specialist - Diploma (AOS)