Oct 28, 2015
The American National University Richmond Campus recently named the Kentucky Career Center as a Distinguished Community Employer in recognition of its ongoing support of career college education. For over five years, ANU has partnered with the Kentucky Career Center to place federal work study students at the agency to provide administrative support to its staff. The partnership is a win-win for both the Kentucky Career Center and the work study students, as the job helps to fund the students’ education as they gain valuable on-the-job experience in a professional atmosphere.
The work study opportunity can also lead to employment, as it did for ANU graduate Denise Jones, who first came to the Kentucky Career Center as a federal work study student and is now employed there as the Local Veterans Employment Representative (LVER) for the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training.
Jana Reed, operations manager of the Kentucky Career Center, feels that the ANU work study students that she has supervised have displayed excellent workplace etiquette and soft skills. “We are thrilled,” Reed said. “I can’t say enough about the interns we get from American National University because they require less training, and they are very outgoing and hard working. One reason so many of these interns excel at the career center is they are open to feedback because they want to grow and learn as much as they can before they enter the workforce, and we love that.”
Business administration-management student Tiffany McKinley, who is the current ANU work study student at the Kentucky Career Center, said she was formerly employed at a day care center, so the administrative experience that she’s gaining has been invaluable. “I love it here. The people are amazing,” she said. “It’s a blessing from God. It really is.”
A- (Left to right) ANU career center director Cynthia Hansel, federal work study student Tiffany McKinely, Kentucky Career Center staff members Donna Winkler, Jana Reed, and Brian Gustafson, and Richmond Campus director Keeley Gadd participated in the Distinguished Community Employer Award presentation.
B- Business administration-management student Tiffany McKinley said that she appreciates all of the administrative experience that she’s gaining while working as a federal work study student on loan to the Kentucky Career Center.
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