On Thursday, September 26th, students, faculty, and staff filled the student center at the Lynchburg Campus to see the Distinguished Community Employer award be presented to Nationwide Insurance. The award was accepted by Paul Kopack, human resources specialist at the local Lynchburg call center, and Andrea Hardeman, talent acquisition manager from the company’s headquarters in San Antonio, Texas. Mike Lewis, director of sales for the Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, was also present to help present the much-deserved plaque to Nationwide.
Nationwide was chosen because of their decades-long commitment to hiring the college’s graduates. “We want to acknowledge Nationwide in its contribution to the success of National Business College, National College, and now American National University,” said Bill Baker, Lynchburg campus director. “What better partner than Nationwide to understand for close to 30 years, the mission of our university—to educate and train.”
Ms. Hardeman was thrilled to come into town and accept the plaque on behalf of Nationwide. “Partnerships are important, and having partnerships with colleges and universities is the key to success,” she said. “To be part of the preparation and molding of young minds as they pursue their career goals is a passion of mine, and I’m blessed to be part of an organization that shares that passion as well.”
Following the plaque presentation, Ms. Hardeman and Mr. Kopack spoke with students about the hiring process at Nationwide. They provided helpful tips, such as how to create a functional résumé and how to answer the tough interview questions. They also spoke on job opportunities available at the Lynchburg center, as well as throughout the country.
Kim McCoy, a student in the business administration diploma program, enjoyed Nationwide’s presentation and found the information to be motivational. “This is the kind of place I want to work, a place where I can grow, learn, build,” she said. “I could see myself getting where Ms. Hardeman is-- to be very professional and to love what I do.”
Paul Kopack (human resources specialist for Nationwide in Lynchburg), Nancy Wilcox (director of admissions at ANU Lynchburg Campus), Andrea Hardeman (talent acquisition manager for Nationwide, based out of San Antonio, TX), Michelle Andrews (career center director at ANU Lynchburg Campus), Mike Lewis (director of sales for Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce)
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