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Graduate Helps Veterans Transition into Civilian Life

Jan 27, 2014

As a military wife and mother, Nadine Johnson developed a passion for helping veterans maximize their career success as they transition into civilian life.  After a long and successful career working for Humana, Nadine herself recently made a dramatic career change where she’s sharing that passion working in the job of her dreams as a counselor for the Fort Knox Army Career and Alumni Program (ACAP).

Nadine first began working at Humana when she was a student in the health information technology (now health information management) program at the Louisville Campus. She enrolled in the program because she felt that it was a new and exciting field, and that it would give her the opportunity to build a career working in the administrative side of health care.  

After graduating from American National University with her associate’s degree in 2001, and becoming certified as a registered health information technologist, Nadine earned a number of promotions at Humana. “I just continued my career from there, and still continued my education, as well.  I just kept moving up,” recalled Nadine, who went on to earn her bachelor’s degree and MBA.

While working at Humana, she was eventually promoted into management where she discovered that she loved to help others develop their potential, “especially if they’re struggling on what they want to do with their life,” she said. “I just loved seeing people being promoted, and using the knowledge and grabbing that skill set that they know that they have, weak or strong, and turning it into something new.”

In her new job, she enjoys assisting soldiers with their transition into civilian life..  “God opened up the door so I’m going to leap in there,” she said of the opportunity to work for ACAP. “It’s something that I’ve always wanted to do, especially with the veterans.”

She plans to begin a second master’s program in counseling in the spring, and she also hopes to earn her PhD, and to eventually teach.  She feels that her degree from American National University was a stepping stone to all that she’s accomplished.  “It just opened me up for a whole lot of other opportunities,” she said. “Once I got my associate’s, I just continued on and kept on moving.”

Graduate Nadine Johnson has found her dream job working as a counselor for the Fort Knox Army Career and Alumni Program.

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