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Lakeside Behavioral Health System Recognized as Valued Partner



Feb 24, 2015

The Bartlett Campus recently presented Lakeside Behavioral Health System with the Distinguished Community Employer Award in recognition of its ongoing support of National College and career college education.  

Lori Deason, human resources director of Lakeside Behavioral Health, feels that National College is a valuable resource for qualified job candidates, and she contacts career center director Sammie Hawkins whenever she has openings to fill. “She’s been very responsive,” Lori said. “We love to work with the local schools whenever we can; we get some good candidates that way.”

Nikki Stafford, health information director at Lakeside Behavioral Health, is a 2011 graduate of the Bartlett Campus. She has three other National College graduates working in her department, including one whom she hired following her externship at the facility. 

Nikki, who also began her career as an extern at Lakeside Behavioral Health, knows firsthand how valuable externships can be, and she feels proud to play a part in a fellow National College graduate’s career success. “[They] get a lot of hands-on experience,” she explained of the externship program. “They can use [the externship] on their résumé and say, ‘Yes, I actually did this; I actually coded; I actually did chart assembly.’ I think that’s very important.”

Bartlett Campus career center director Sammie Hawkins (far left) is shown with National College graduates Martha Harris (front center), Nikki Stafford (back center), and Katrina Griffiths during the Distinguished Community Employer Award presentation.

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