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Corinthian Colleges Presents Scholarship to Houston-Area Resident Maricela Barrientes for Persisting Through Hurricane Crisis and Family Medical Issue

HOUSTON (October 11, 2010) – Corinthian Colleges, parent company of Everest Institute, today awarded Maricela Barrientes the company’s 2010 Dream Award. The award recognizes graduates who have overcome personal obstacles to complete their studies and find success in their chosen fields. Barrientes was selected from over 100 campus winners and awarded a full Everest scholarship to continue her education.

Barrientes, wife and mother of five, literally lost it all when Hurricane Ike hit Houston in September 2008. Barrientes’ home and all of her family’s belongings were severely damaged and at the same time, she lost her job. Basic necessities – food, clothing and shelter – instantly became luxuries. No water, no power, and waiting in long FEMA lines (with four children and a newborn in tow) made daily life an unbearable struggle.

Less than a year after the hurricane hit and still working on the massive cleanup effort, Barrientes enrolled in Everest’s Medical Administrative Assistant program. Motivated by her children and hopes for a better future, she began training for her career – driving more than 80 miles roundtrip every day to attend classes in Houston.

“Although I knew it would be a struggle, I knew I had to make it work and I never gave up,” said Barrientes. “My decision to attend Everest shaped my future and the future of my children for the better. I don’t know where I’d be without Everest.”

Barrientes maintained perfect attendance while in school with the exception of one day – the day of her 7-year-old daughter’s emergency heart surgery. Barrientes resumed her studies the very next day, while caring for her daughter and still living in difficult conditions.

“Maricela Barrientes is truly an inspiration to the Everest community of students, faculty and staff,” said Ken Ratliff, campus president, Everest Institute – Houston Hobby. “Given what she has already accomplished despite the obstacles she has faced, we are confident that she will make a better future for her family and those around her.”

Barrientes earned her Medical Administrative Assistant diploma from Everest Institute in Houston Hobby in May 2010 and is now working as a Medical Administrative Assistant at Immediate Medical Care in Nassau Bay, Texas.

To view Barrientes’ story, please visit http://www.youtube.com/user/Everest.

About Everest – Texas
Everest Colleges and Institutes provide career-oriented diploma and degree programs in health care, criminal justice, skilled trades, business, paralegal, and information technology. Everest – Texas has 7,500 students at nine campuses located in Arlington, Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio. Everest has over 100 schools in the U.S. and Canada, and is owned by Corinthian Colleges, Inc., one of the largest post-secondary education companies in North America. For more information, visit www.Everest.edu.

DALLAS (September 16, 2010) – Everest College has added Medical Administrative Assistant and Paralegal career training programs at the Arlington (Mid Cities) campus to meet workforce demand and address community needs. According to the Texas Workforce Commission, both the health care and paralegal industries expect to grow significantly from 2006-2016.

“The Medical Administrative Assistant and Paralegal programs provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to enter into high-demand careers in both industries,” said Kendra Williams, campus president. “The programs prepare students for success and give them the opportunity to contribute to their communities.”

Medical Administrative Assistant Program

The Medical Administrative Assistant program at Everest College – Arlington is an eight-month program that trains students for the skills necessary to manage day-to-day operations of a medical facility, qualifying them for employment opportunities in medical and dental offices, clinics, long-term health care facilities, insurance companies, and home health agencies. Class training for this program includes basic principles of accounting, medical terminology, medical law and ethics, medical transcription and more.

Paralegal Program

The Paralegal program at Everest College – Arlington is an associate degree program that consists of coursework in: researching legal issues, drafting legal documents, preparing pleadings, summarizing documents, organizing trial notebooks and interviewing clients. Paralegal graduates can gain the skills necessary to assist lawyers, clients and courts.

The Everest – Arlington (Mid Cities) Campus is located at 300 Six Flags Dr., Suite 100 Arlington, TX 76011 and also offers programs in:

  • Business
  • Criminal Justice
  • Electrical Technician
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Medical Assisting Diploma Program
  • Medical Insurance Billing and Coding
  • Pharmacy Technician

About Everest – Texas

Everest Colleges and Institutes provide career-oriented diploma and degree programs in healthcare, criminal justice, skilled trades, business, and paralegal. In Texas, Everest has 7,500 students at nine campuses located in Arlington, Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio. Everest has over 100 schools in the U.S. and Canada, and is owned by Corinthian Colleges, Inc., one of the largest post-secondary education companies in North America. For more information, visit www.Everest.edu.

HOUSTON (April 23, 2010) – Everest Institute‘s Houston Hobby campus now offers career training for dental assistants. Projections indicate that the need for dental assistants will grow 36 percent over the next 10 years making it among the fastest growing occupations.* The campus is now enrolling students for this new program.

“There is ample need for dental assistants in our local communities,” said Everest‘s Houston Hobby campus president, Adebola Hamed. “Our dental assisting graduates will fill a vital need for employers, including dental offices, dental supply houses/manufacturers, dental hospitals, dental laboratories, insurance companies and the dental department of military bases.”

Dental assistant training is eight months long and includes the study of general dentistry, dental office emergencies, dental radiography, dental specialties, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, oral surgery, laboratory procedures, dental anatomy, front office procedures and an off-site dental externship.

Graduates of the program are qualified to handle a diverse array of responsibilities in the delivery of dental care, which include chairside assisting methods, patient procedures and related office and laboratory duties.

About Everest Institute’s Houston Hobby Campus

Everest Institute – Houston Hobby campus serves the Houston, Texas area and is located at 7151 Office City Drive, Suite 100, Houston, Texas 77087. In addition to dental assistant training, the campus offers health care programs in medical assisting, medical administrative assistant and medical insurance billing and coding.

About Everest

Everest Colleges and Institutes provide career-oriented diploma and degree programs in health care, criminal justice, skilled trades, business, legal, and information technology. Everest has eight campuses throughout Texas – Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio. Everest has over 100 schools in the U.S. and Canada, and is owned by Corinthian Colleges, Inc., one of the largest post-secondary education companies in North America. For more information, visit http://www.Everest.edu.

* Adapted from the Professional and Related Occupations – Dental Assistants section of the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Your own hard work, professionalism, experience, work attitude, local market data and other factors will impact your personal employment opportunities and pay.

** Programs may vary by campus.


Everest College Information

Everest provides students with short-term career training in a variety of popular programs*. Our schools offer diplomas and/or degrees in:
Students can also earn online degrees through Everest University Online, a division of Everest University.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit www.everest.edu/disclosures or www.everestonline.edu/disclosures.

*Programs vary by campus.

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