The American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) has announced its 2020 Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) Award recipients. The awards celebrate the achievements of distance education students who have demonstrated academic excellence and consistent commitment to society and their chosen profession.
2020 DEAC Famous Alumni: Katja Evans
Evans graduated from ACHS with honors. Her studies culminated in a Capstone Project that focused on community initiatives and secured $15,000 in grant funding for a local elementary school to implement a Farm to School program. This program will directly impact the school’s nutrition, health curriculum, garden, and local food economy.
With her newly gained knowledge and expertise in nutrition and anatomy and physiology, Evans is now teaching class members about disease prevention, specifically type 2 diabetes. After graduation, she accepted a new position as a care coordinator at her local hospital as part of the community health team.
“I chose ACHS because I wanted to focus on an integrative approach to health and wellness. The range of classes and online format allowed me to earn a comprehensive education on my schedule. The coursework built my solid foundation of knowledge which led to my new career,” said Evans.
2020 DEAC Outstanding Graduate: Stephanie Petersen
Petersen earned two master’s degrees online from ACHS and graduated with a 4.0 GPA.
As an herbalist, licensed nutritionist, licensed massage therapist, and yoga instructor, Petersen will put her enthusiasm and passion for holistic health in motion by opening a unique business that educates and empowers community members with lifestyle diseases to reclaim their health. Her clinic will offer individual sessions and group classes in nutrition, herbs, exercise, and bodywork designed to improve each client’s current health.
Petersen is currently working on a book for those ready to take their healthy diet to the next level by incorporating nutrient-packed, health-promoting edible herbs.
“At ACHS, I developed my writing skills, found my self-confidence as an herbalist, and became qualified to be a licensed nutritionist. The courses, instructors, and administrative staff were all instrumental in my success. I am excited to put my new degrees to work creating my dream business,” noted Petersen.
For more information, visit www.achs.edu.