MCC student garners state agency scholarship

Tanya Shirley

Meridian Community College student Tanya Shirley received the Mississippi Health Information Management Association (MSHIMA) scholarship.

Shirley, a student in MCC’s Health Information Technology Program, enrolled in the MCC program in August 2020. She has worked as certified dental assistant and a middle school  interventionist before pursuing a career in health information. Currently, Shirley is an active member of AHIMA/MSHIMA.

Program Coordinator and Instructor Rebecca Higginbotham, RHIA, CCS, noted Shirley was a good candidate for the scholarship. "I truly believe she will be an asset to our field as she takes pride in her work, has a thirst for knowledge, and enjoys the challenges of learning about new technology,” Higgingbotham said.

Shirley said, “my passion has always been for excellence in all that I pursue, and this includes making a difference, excelling and loving my career. Once I receive my HIM degree, I fully know I will be pursuing my passion by lowering healthcare costs, maximizing healthcare efficiency, eliminating avoidable mistakes and helping people.”