Just recently, Ronald Kendall Washington was asked to summarize the longstanding mission for his flourishing organization, the Health-Tech Institute of Memphis.
He appropriately fielded the question as if he expected it.
“HTIM’s mission statement is, ‘Learn It! Know It! Apply It!’ Washington told long time journalist Andre Johnson.
To his credit, coupled with the dedicatory service and favorable contributions of his staff, this is, by all accounts, amongst the grandest reasons Washington’s organization has become the educational beacon of light, of sorts, for which it is widely known.
“This motto states exactly how we treat and the expected outcomes we have for our students,” Washington explained. “From the initial interview, to graduation, and any post graduate contact we have with our students, we design a training plan for them to achieve their goals in their chosen field. It is imperative that they understand that day one.”
The longtime owner and chief executive officer of Health-Tech Institute of Memphis along with his wife, Melanie, who’s the institution’s president and brings to HTIM well over two decades of experience in the education sector, HTIM for some time has been a fixture in the Memphis-metropolitan area.
Located at 571 Vance Avenue in the heart of South Memphis, HTIM is a post-secondary educational institution by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and is approved for Veterans Training by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
According to the organization’s website (http://www.htimphs.com/), HTIM routinely offers certifications in Certified Medical Assisting, Health-Information Management (or Medical Billing and Coding), Office Administration, Patient Care Technician, and National Craft Assessment (NCCER).
“HTIM (also) provides training in the fields of Allied Health and Business Services,” Ronald Washington acknowledged.
That’s because Allied Health and Business Services both are demand occupation sectors in the United States, in large part because they have been identified by the local greater Memphis Labor Analysis Data as well for the area.
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That, as a result, figures to benefit the Bluff City and surrounding areas for years to come.
In a nutshell, HTIM is just what Memphis needs and, because its staff is one that is well-experienced and has made education an integral force surrounding his mission, it’s safe to assume this organization’s best and brightest days are well ahead of it.
According to a spokesperson for HTIM, this post-secondary educational institution has been training individuals since November 1999.
Add to the fact that countless students have earned diplomas and professional/technical certifications in their chosen fields since HTIM’s inception, and it’s no wonder that even the mainstream media is starting to take in account just how vital a credible institution such as HTIM is in greater Memphis.
“As part of our projected growth to serve more potential students with our training services, HTIM applied and completed the initial process for accreditation with the Council on Occupational Education,” Ronald Washington said.
According to Washington, Council on Occupational Education — or COE — is a leading accreditor of institutions seeking eligibility for federal Department of Education Title IV participation, or Pell Grants, Stafford Loans, etc. Moreover, COE has scheduled the “full” Accreditation Visit for April 17, 2017 and, as Washington acknowledged, such a sequence will greatly advance the number of students, particularly as it relates to enrolling and training at his institution.
Not only that, because of its well-experienced staff that includes Jennyfer Washington, HTIM’s Director of Admissions, as well as stellar advisory board, chances are the State of Tennessee in all likelihood will start to become more enlightened about this flourishing institution.
Much sooner than later.
“HTIM’s expectation for growth is to add two additional locations in Memphis and spread to the Nashville area with additional schools before doing the same in the eastern parts of Tennessee,” Washington said. “Our goal is to have 5,000 students by the 2022 in the state of Tennessee.”
All of whom will be expected to live up to and fortify the longstanding, flagship mission:
“Learn It! Know It! Apply It!”
HEALTH-TECH INSTITUTE OF MEMPHIS’ ADMINISTRATION & FACULTY
Melanie K. Washington, President
Melanie Washington is the owner & President of HTIM. She is a retired Memphis City Schools teacher of 20 years who has devoted her life to education.
Melanie has a Bachelor of Science in Education from Lemoyne-Owen College & a Masters of Education from Cumberland University.
Ronald K. Washington, Dean of Business Affairs
Ron serves as the Dean of Business Affairs. Before joining HTIM, he was a Program Specialist with the Private Industry Council specializing in designing employment and training programs for dislocated workers. Ron holds several certifications in business and allied health services which gives him insight on how to design each training program curriculum offered by HTIM.
Veronyca Washington, Vice President of Academic Affairs
Veronyca joined HTIM in 2008 as an Executive Administrative Assistant to the President & was promoted to Vice President of Academic Affairs in 2011.
Veronyca has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Fisk University & a Master of Science in Public Health from Meharry Medical College.
Jennyfer Washington, Director of Admissions & Financial Aid
Jennyfer serves as Director of Admissions & Financial Aid & has been with HTIM for 7 years. In her role, she is responsible for student admission & retention.
Jennyfer has a Bachelor of Science in Sociology/Education/Health from Middle Tennessee State University.
Michelle Cotton, Health Information Management Professor
Rachel Lester, Medical Assistant Clinical Professor
Melissa Garrett, Pharmacy Technician Professor
OUR ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Institutional Advisory Board Members
Patricia Sonyika, MD, Board Anesthesiologist Chair
Mariah H. Mardis, MD, Associate Director; OccuMed; Vice-Chair
Program Committee Board Members
Betty Rodgers, RN, Chief Operating Officer, Pulse First 1
Carlotta Hill, BS, Medical Support Administrator, Union Avenue Dental
Jacqueline Williams, CCAT, CPAT, Billing & Collections Specialist, Methodist Healthcare Systems
Michelle Cotton, CCA, Lead Inpatient Coder, Parkwood Behavioral Systems
Doris Brown, CCAT, Reimbursement Specialist, The West Clinic
Victor Anderson, MBA, Chief Fiscal Officer, Memphis Overton Park Zoo
For more information about the Health-Tech Institute of Memphis, call 901-529-9007.
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