Pima Medical Institute Colorado Springs Campus Students Receive Prestigious Awards
Two students honored as 2010 Students of the Year by the Colorado Association of Career Colleges and Schools
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sept. 13, 2010) – Two Colorado Springs Pima Medical Institute students are being recognized by the Colorado Association of Career Colleges and Schools (CACCS) as 2010 Students of the Year in a ceremony taking place on Friday, Sept. 24 at 9 a.m. at the Denver Newspaper Agency in Denver.
Hope Davis, a medical assistant student, was chosen as Student of the Year in the Allied Health Specialist – Administrative Medical category. Veterinary technician student, Birgit Morgan, is being honored as Student of the Year in the Technical Trades category.
“We are very excited that two Pima Medical Institute students were recognized as Students of the Year by the Colorado Association of Career Colleges and Schools,” said Eric Oster, campus director for the Colorado Springs location. “Hope and Birgit represent the dedication and passion each of our students has for their education and the allied health care industry.”
The students were chosen based on three areas: commitment, performance and leadership/professionalism. In the nomination form, nominators were asked to describe the student’s commitment to their academic and professional career goals; performance with respect to attendance, grades, participation in class and class work; and how the student exhibited a professional role within the classroom. The students were nominated by Pima Medical Institute and chosen by a review committee established by the CACCS.
Hope Davis, resident in ZIP code 80910
Hope Davis began as a student at Pima Medical Institute weighing in at nearly 450 pounds, and she struggled to get around the building. Knowing that she would need to increase her endurance in order to excel as a medical assistant, Davis decided to have gastric bypass surgery. After the surgery, Davis worked hard to reach her goals, both related to her weight and her career aspirations. Today, Davis has lost 216 pounds, graduated from Pima Medical Institute in January 2010 and works with the elderly, where she shares her empathetic nature every day.
Birgit Morgan, resident in ZIP code 80918Heading back to school after an extended period of time can be intimidating. For 47-year-old Birgit Morgan, it was necessary for her to reach her career goals. Morgan’s passion for helping rescued animals brought her to Pima Medical Institute’s veterinary assistant program. And her compassion extends past four-legged friends. One of her fellow students lost her home and, along with her husband, was displaced with several pets to care for. Morgan opened her heart and her home, offering a place for the family to stay and personally adopting two of the family’s cats. Morgan, who graduated from the veterinary assistant program in March, is currently working toward earning a veterinary technician associate degree and spends her time volunteering at a variety of organizations including the National Mills Dog Rescue, the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region and the Hamlet Spay and Neuter Clinic.
About Pima Medical Institute
Established in Tucson in 1972, Pima Medical Institute (PMI) is one of the premier medical career colleges in the western United States. PMI is a private, family-owned, accredited school dedicated to providing students with a well-rounded education that offers theoretical classroom studies coupled with real world training on-site at medical facilities. Pima offers a wide range of certificate and associate’s degree programs, such as medical assistant, radiography, veterinary assistant and pharmacy technician.
PMI operates a total of 13 campuses in seven western states, with locations in Albuquerque; Tucson and Mesa, Ariz.; Denver and Colorado Springs, Colo.; Seattle and Renton, Wash.; Las Vegas; Houston; and Chula Vista, Calif. For more information and a complete list of programs offered at each of our campuses, visit www.pmi.edu or call 1-888-442-5998.