On Friday, June 3, the ANU Martinsville Campus held its graduation ceremony honoring 39 graduates with associate degrees and diplomas in the career fields of healthcare, business management, and computer technology. Some graduates reflected on the challenges and obstacles they experienced in finishing their programs, and others expressed their contentment with employment opportunities obtained while enrolled or shortly after completing their academic study.
Graduate Dionna Jones shared information about her recent hiring as a medical assistant at Paths Medical Center in Martinsville. “I was offered the job while I was finishing up my externship,” she said. Dionna expressed her appreciation for instructors Joan Blankenship and Sheilla Coplin for teaching her the skills that she needed in the workplace, and for their patience while she learned medical lab procedures.
Samantha Witt reflected on her employment at the ICSM Medical Center in Martinsville. “I enjoy my work. I work in internal medicine with no pediatrics – the focus is on lab procedures and venipuncture.” Samantha credited Gary Jenkins, director of health science education, for helping the students reach high performance levels. “Mr. Jenkins was performance oriented and driven to help students,” she explained.
Sarah Kendrick stated that she is happy with her position at Children’s Medical Center and also mentioned instructors Sheilla Coplin and Gary Jenkins as being good instructors who were skills oriented.
Virginia Delegate Les Adams, 16th House District, gave the keynote address. Delegate Adams remarks focused on character traits and commitment needed to meet goals, but also highlighted change and the need for flexibility. His comments were received by graduates and staff as uplifting and motivational. After the recessional march, Delegate Adams mingled with graduates and offered congratulations to end a happy occasion.
Photo A-Martinsville campus director John Scott is pictured with graduates (left to right) Karen Ross, Sarah Kendrick, Samantha Witt, and Lisa McGhee as they discussed their experiences and their career goals as members of the ANU Class of 2016.
Photo B- Virginia House District 16 Delegate Les Adams addresses the ANU Martinsville Campus graduates on the importance of character values and motivation in building their careers.
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