12 Herzing University students ‘pinned’ to enter professions
By Kevin Milliken of Herzing University - Toledo
mom sat in a church pew with an endless smile on her face.
Her 25-year old daughter was standing at the front of the
sanctuary telling her personal story of perseverance and
triumph. Tabitha’s mom had just made a stressful, three-hour
drive north from Cincinnati in a snowstorm for this proud
moment. The smile was one of satisfaction: her little girl is
It’s a story of better late than never. Tabitha told the crowd
her original plan was to attend college right out of high
school. But life happened. Now the single mom of two young
daughters, her dream was delayed, but not denied.
Tabitha juggled the demands of motherhood and household as she
attended Herzing University-Toledo to earn an associate’s
degree in Medical Assisting. After completing an
externship at Fallen Timbers Family Physicians in Maumee, the
medical practice hired Tabitha full-time. Tabitha will receive
her diploma with her classmates during a graduation ceremony in
“The message is if I can do it, all of you can do it, too,” she
said, smiling and pointing across the crowd.
Along the way, Tabitha became the inaugural president of a new
student group at Herzing University-Toledo: the Herzing
Allied Health Leadership Organization (HAHLO), a
community-service based club for students in allied health
Tabitha has been accepted into a biology-based, pre-med program
to complete her bachelor’s degree on her way to achieving her
original dream of becoming a doctor.
Tabitha was one of six graduates in Medical Assisting to attend
a pinning ceremony Fri. evening, Dec. 6, at Glenwood Lutheran
Church, 2545 Monroe St., marking their entry into the healthcare
profession. Six other graduates in Medical Insurance Billing and
Coding also took part in the ceremony. Many of the women share
similar stories of raising kids, overcoming hardship, and
perseverance in completing their education.
Other Medical Assisting graduates include: Heather Barrand,
Tomica Gibson, Renee Harroun, Jamella Jones, Andrea Kizer, and
Jodi Swartz. Medical Insurance Billing and Coding graduates
Nicole Bail, Cassandra Brown, Melissa Buzza, Misty Coffee,
Christy Dumont, Angel Hosley, Ayrika Myles, Terry Robideau,
and Holly Williams.
of the Kaleidoscope Group, a diversity training and education
firm, served as the keynote speaker. Ms. DeLeón founded the
Diamante Awards partnership 25 years ago, a scholarship program
for Latino students involving five public and private colleges
and universities in Northwest Ohio, including Herzing
Herzing University-Toledo will host a Holiday Open House on
Wed., Dec. 11, 2013, 5-8 p.m. at its campus, 5212 Hill Ave.
(Hill-Reynolds intersection). Photos with Santa, ornament
decorating, cookies and hot chocolate will be among the
family-friendly activities offered for kids and others, while
parents and others have the opportunity to learn more about
career-oriented study programs in Healthcare, Business, Computer
Technology, and Criminal Justice/Homeland Security. Classes
begin Jan. 6 for the spring semester.
Herzing University-Toledo will begin offering an evening Medical
Assisting program in January for working adults who want to
further their education but may not be able to fit daytime
classes into their busy schedule. A third cohort of Surgical
Technology also will be added in January, expanding the number
of students who may participate in this limited, competitive
program. The growing demand for healthcare workers is prompting
the expansion of both programs.
Anyone interested in learning more can call 419.776.0300 or