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Office Manager Fulfills a Promise and Becomes More Efficient on the Job



Apr 15, 2013

Carla Looney has a successful career working for Deskins Motors, where she started as a service department receptionist and worked her way up to office manager. But there was still one thing that she had yet to achieve. “I’ve always wanted that degree,” shared Carla, whose college education was put on hold when she and her husband started a family. “I gave up, to be honest. I just thought, ‘Well, that’s something I’ll never be able to do,’” she explained, adding that she didn’t think there were programs available in the area that would allow her to continue to work full-time while going to school.

A co-worker told her about the night classes available at American National University, which is located right across the street from her job at the dealership. She enrolled in the Pikeville Campus where she will complete her associate’s degree in the business administration-management program later this month. “I never thought it would be possible,” Carla said enthusiastically.

Although Carla wanted a degree for her own gratification, and to fulfill a promise that she made to her parents many years ago, she has found that her business classes at National have greatly increased her efficiency on the job in everything from being more adept with creating flow charts and graphs, to an increased understanding of taxation. Her employer also has more confidence in her abilities which has led to expanded duties and a pay raise.

“The owner loves [my education]. It’s really helped me out here,” she said of her job, in which she compiles financial statements, completes quarterly tax returns, administers payroll, and oversees accounts payable and receivable.

Carla plans to take the summer off with her children then begin working toward her bachelor’s degree through the online program with American National University. “As long as you get a degree, that’s something no one can take away from you,” said Carla with a smile. “I’ve reached a goal that I never thought I’d reach and it feels wonderful.”

Business administration-management student Carla Looney (pictured) will graduate from the Pikeville Campus later this month.

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