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Grandmother, Mother, and Son Enroll at Danville, Kentucky Campus

Jun 24, 2013

Three generations of a family have recently enrolled together to study at the Danville, Kentucky Campus.

Darlene Benedict and her daughter, Melinda Stephens, came to American National University after they lost their jobs when the Red Wing Shoe factory where they both worked closed down. They qualified for funding for college through the Trade Adjustment Act (TAA), which provides training assistance to workers who have lost their job due to foreign trade.

Darlene had previously attended American National University and was excited to have the opportunity to return to finish her degree. Melinda decided to come to National, as well, because she had often heard her mother speak highly of the school. “When she was here, she loved it,” she recalled. Both Darlene and Melinda have enrolled in the business administration-accounting program, and they plan to open a bookkeeping service together after graduating.

When Melinda’s son, Jeff Stephens, learned that his mother and grandmother had enrolled at National, he decided to enroll too. “I thought about it for a couple of days, and I figured out I’d rather go back to college, and try to get a better job than work in a factory,” he explained.

Jeff has enrolled in the office technology professional program. He has been out of high school for about a year, and he said that many of his friends, who have chosen to attend larger universities, were skeptical about his decision to attend National. Jeff said that he knew that he had made the right choice from his first day of class because of the personal attention that he receives from his instructors. “This is the best college that you could go to,” he said.

Pictured are (l to r) Melinda Stephens, Darlene Benedict (sitting), and Jeff Stephens.

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