Interview by Abernathy Cochran Realtor Ricky Lewallen
Meet April Kidd! April is the owner of North Georgia Nursing Academy in Flowery Branch and the mother to Laura, Christopher, Michael and Chelsea.
She said she opened North Georgia Nursing Academy for a more personalized touch in the education field.
“We help them with a resume, the interview process and help them get in front of someone to make a good connection,” Kidd said. “Here currently we offer CNA, medical assistant, we have medical billing and coding, phlebotomy, surgical tech, dialysis tech, patient care tech and our new program is our advanced EMT and more to come soon.”
Kidd said she plans to expand the academy in the future and add new campuses/
“We are looking to get some more land to grow here, another building and more parking,” she said.
We want to thank April for recently sitting down with us and telling us more about her life and love of Hall County.
Question: What inspired you or led you to your current career?
Answer: “I had worked at a college previously for five years and I noticed that the experience with the students and helping them want to succeed after they finished classes was just not really there, so I wanted to create something small and to assist with helping them make that connection to gain employment. We have multiple companies that come out that are in our community that do job fairs here, as well, and are also guest speakers at the school.”
Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Hall County, and what do you love there?
A: “I love Fish Tales, it’s a great way to end the day, it’s a beautiful view, live music, just my favorite.”
Q: How long have you lived or worked in Hall County? |
A: “I have been here for 30 years, this is where I was raised and graduated from West Hall High School.”
Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met in Hall County and why?
A: “Somebody here in Hall County that I have worked with closely, would be Tina Jordan. We both used to work at a school together and she was a huge influence to students, she changed a lot of lives. She is a nurse and really put a lot into a lot of people in the medical field.”
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
A: “I would probably go to Hawaii, hopefully one day I will get to do that.”
Q: What is the first movie you remember seeing in a theater?
Q: What advice would you give a crowd of people?
A: “Chase after your dreams, never give up. We all think of things that we want to do and there’s always a reason for a road block and honestly just keep going! There so many people that deal with so many obstacles in life, and I’m one of them with my son…just keep going and pray and never give up.”
Q: What is something on your bucket list?
A: “Honestly, I would love to go snorkeling with dolphins.”
Q: What is your favorite music/ three bands you would like to see (dead or alive)?
A: “I’m big on country music: Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood and Kenny Chesney.”
Q: What local business makes you the most nostalgic about Hall County and why?
A: “I love and deal with Longstreet Clinic, I work with them a lot, they have changed my life tremendously by taking a lot of students; so for me Longstreet has really left a mark on me.”
Q: What is your favorite thing about Hall County?
A: I love that it’s not over-populated, it’s a community that comes together.”
Q: Where do you see yourself in five or 10 years?
A: “Definitely, still here and growing so we can change a lot more lives in the medical industry that we are in. I definitely know that in the months to come there are lots of job openings in all the programs that we offer. I expect us to have two more schools built and at least four more new programs.”
Q: What is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
A: “That I have a big heart and I like to help people, I will go out of my way to help students and individuals.
Q: What three words mean “Home” to you?
A: “Family, God, Love.”