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National College Students and Staff Attend Career College Day in Frankfort



Feb 17, 2014

On Tuesday, February 11th, career college students from across the Commonwealth of Kentucky had an opportunity to share their educational experiences and demonstrate their skills to state legislators during Career College Day at the Capitol, an annual event sponsored by the Kentucky Association of Career Colleges and Schools (KACCS).

During the event, the room buzzed with activity as students from culinary, medical, technology, and other programs demonstrated the skills and knowledge that they’re gaining in preparation for their new careers.  At the National College booth, Louisville Campus medical assisting students Julaun Lewis and Nicole Foree conducted glucose, cholesterol, and blood pressure screenings under the supervision of director of health care education Bonnie Kiefer and campus director Vincent Tinebra.

In addition to the demonstrations, the event also gave the colleges an opportunity to share information with the legislators about issues that affect them.  The National College booth displayed information regarding our students’ excellent student loan cohort default rate, which is one of the lowest in the state. 

State Representative Joe Fischer, who represents District 68 in Campbell County, was one of many legislators who visited the booth and took advantage of the screenings.  Representative Fisher said that this was his first time visiting Career College Day. “It’s pretty exciting that all of the colleges have come in to show what programs they have,” said Representative Fisher. “I think health care is probably one of the most explosive growth areas for jobs in the Commonwealth, and it’s good that our colleges are catering to that.”

State Representative Dennis Horlander, who serves the Louisville Campus in District 40, also visited the booth and offered his encouragement and support to the students. “It is great to see the students at the Capitol,” Representative Horlander said. “As a legislator, it is so important that we continue to keep up with the latest trends in education and career training.  Seeing an actual demonstration of much needed medical services gave me great confidence that these students will find success upon completion of their programs.”

Julaun said that she felt honored to represent her school. “It’s fun and it’s great to meet new people,” she said.

Bonnie also feels that Career College Day offers a wonderful opportunity for the students to gain hands-on experience as they interact with the legislators and their aides. “When you work in a doctor’s office, you have to deal with a lot of different types of people and it gives them a chance to do that,” she said. “They are also doing something good for their school and that builds camaraderie.”

A-State Representative Dennis Horlander (center) is pictured with (l to r) Louisville Campus director Vincent Tinebra, medical assisting students Nicole Foree and Julaun Lewis and director of health care education Bonnie Kiefer during Career College Day at the Capitol.

B-(l to r) Louisville Campus director Vincent Tinebra, medical assisting students Julaun Lewis and Nicole Foree and director of health care education Bonnie Kiefer are pictured outside the capitol following Career College Day at the Capitol which was sponsored by the Kentucky Association of Career Colleges and Schools.

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