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Education Keeps Family Business Moooving Right Along



Apr 12, 2016

When James Beckenstrater wanted to play a bigger role in the management of his family’s business, Mount Airy Dairy Farm LLC, he turned to the ANU Harrisonburg Campus to acquire the business skills that he needed.

Now, with just a few months left in his business administration-management program, Anita Andrick, James’ mother and owner of the farm, feels that James is thoroughly prepared to help manage the company. “He is prepared for a management position and he brings valuable insight into our company, because of the economic and legal aptitude that he obtained by going through his management, economics, and business classes,” Ms. Andrick stated. 

James received funding for his education through the dairy farm, and the funding was matched by the exclusive ANU Business Partnership Grant.  Due to the tuition assistance that the family business provided for James and its support of career college education, Mount Airy Dairy was recently recognized by the Harrisonburg Campus as a Distinguished Community Employer. 

“He is prepared for a management position,and he brings valuable insight into our company.”

“We are honored to receive this award,” Ms. Andrick said, “and we are very appreciative that American National University--Harrisonburg has taken the initiative to not only recognize businesses in the community, but also for their desire to build lasting relationships with us.”

Photo-(Right to left) Student James Beckenstrater and ANU Harrisonburg Campus director Wandile Maseko are pictured with James’ mother, Anita Andrick, and brother, Joe Beckenstrater, during the Distinguished Community Employer award presentation at Mount Airy Dairy Farm.

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