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Graduate Helps Establish Partnership That Will Benefit Future Students



Jul 28, 2015

The Bartlett Campus recently recognized Fred’s Store as a Distinguished Community Employer for providing employment opportunities for National College students and graduates. The partnership between the Bartlett Campus and Fred’s Store is new, thanks in part to graduate William Meadows.

William, a U.S. Navy veteran, has been working at Fred’s since 2013 and graduated from National College in 2014. He started out in the chemical department of the store, where he was responsible for stocking the shelves, operating the cash register, and providing outstanding customer service.

“I am honored to have National College recognize us as part of his journey to reach that goal.”

In August 2014, he was promoted to a management position. William has continued to provide great customer care and has now moved into the pharmacy department as a pharmacy technician. “William came from the store front into the pharmacy because he is eager to get the experience to become a pharmacist,” said Fred’s Store pharmacist Rhonda Boutté. “I am honored to have National College recognize us as part of his journey to reach that goal.”

Fred’s Store began in 1947, and now operates over 650 discount general merchandise stores across the southeastern states. Fred’s offers the best elements of a discount dollar store, drug store, and mass merchandise to its customers. “We would love to offer an externship position to a student,” Boutté said of their willingness to continue to grow and expand their partnership with National College.

Fred’s Store pharmacist Rhonda Boutté (left) and National College graduate and pharmacy technician William Meadows (center) accepted National College’s Distinguished Community Employer Award from career center director Sammie Hawkins (right).

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