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Grandmother and Grandson Share a Love for National College



Jan 13, 2015

Lexington Campus student Dakota Woolums is a self-described ‘computer guy.’ “I’ve always had a fascination with not only working with computers but actually working ON them,” he stated. “I started out tinkering with our home computer, eventually dismantled it and put it back together; my parents freaked out – but they saw I had a true gift.” After taking computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) classes in high school, Dakota’s passion for working with computers was off and running. “I began upgrading our home computer, then friends’ computers; the more I explored, the more I loved it,” he said.

Dakota studied CADD after high school but soon decided to leave college. “It was obvious I was not headed where I wanted to go,” he explained. “I enjoyed it, but I didn’t LOVE it. So, with cautious blessing from my parents, I withdrew from college – taking time to figure out how to pursue my dream.” Dakota faced health issues that had him in and out of hospitals, but it led to a discovery of his love for the medical industry. “I quickly decided my ultimate dream would be to work in a hospital and ride shotgun over their computer systems,” he said. “Now all I had to do - find where to get the proper training!”

As often is the case, enrolling at American National University is a family affair. Dakota discussed his determination to find a new college with his family and learned his grandmother was a 2013 American National University graduate. She informed him that National may have exactly what he was looking for – and the pieces started to fall into place. Dakota is now enrolled in the network administration program and has his dreams firmly in his sights. “I immediately felt like part of the family here,” he stated. “I love the small classes and the focused training. This will take me where I want to go!”

Network administration student Dakota Woolums found a focus for his computer passion within the health care industry.

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