MayInn Dixon, a veteran who served in the United States Marine Corps for thirteen years, decided to get an education when she left active duty. She knew other veterans in the area that had attended the Roanoke Valley Campus at American National University and liked what she heard about the curriculum and knowledgeable instructors in the business department.
Near the end of her degree program, MayInn met with career center director Kristal Bushong to submit her resume for employment opportunities. With Kristal’s help, she applied for a job opening with Integrated Textile Solutions (ITS), a local textile manufacturer who was searching for an administrative assistant. She was hired as the administrative assistant but she made such an impression in that position that she was quickly promoted to executive assistant to chief executive officer Joanne Thornhill and chief operating officer Dan Pittman. “She does so much for us that I couldn’t even begin to tell you everything,” said Ms. Thornhill. “We couldn’t do it without her.”
MayInn said she liked that the small class sizes at American National allowed for more attention from the instructors. Her career training and interactions with fellow students in class helped her to feel comfortable in a professional business environment. She stated that one of her best rewards in attending American National was that the knowledge she gained from her courses gave her a firm foundation in what she could expect in the real civilian world after so many years serving our country.
A new partnership has since formed with ITS as they are considering externship opportunities for students in the business administration-management and accounting degree programs as they prepare to enter their new career fields.
MayInn has decided to continue her professional development by enrolling in the university’s bachelor’s degree program.
MayInn Dixon (left) is pictured with ITS chief operating officer Dan Pittman and chief executive officer Joanne Thornhill.
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