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LEXINGTON, Ky. — When Mirlleth Zapata Parra graduates from Medtech College in Lexington on Friday, she will have accomplished much more than just having completed her studies in the Medical Billing and Coding Specialist program. An emigrant from Colombia, Zapata taught herself English and endured many hardships along the way, but worked tirelessly to make a better life for herself in the United States.

Her perseverance paid off as Zapata will graduate with honors, already securing employment in her chosen field. In recognition of her accomplishments, Zapata was chosen as the school’s graduation student speaker.

Many of Zapata’s 54 fellow graduates share similar stories of overcoming significant challenges in order to achieve their dream of a higher education. They’ll celebrate those dreams come true Friday, April 18, at 7 p.m. during their commencement exercises at Northeast Christian Church in Lexington (990 Star Shoot Parkway).

Rhonda Grimes of Liberty Billing, a Medtech College externship partner, will share her thoughts on building a new career as she delivers her commencement address to the 55 graduates of Medtech’s Medical Assisting, Medical Billing and Coding and Medical Laboratory Technology programs.

“Campus associates look forward to celebrating our graduates achievements to date and hope they will return from time to time to share their career successes with our new students,” said Medtech College-Lexington President Mark Mann. “We’re all proud of them.”

About Medtech College in Lexington
Medtech College is located at 1648 McGrathiana Parkway, Suite 200, Lexington, KY 40511. The campus offers an array of healthcare career programs, including: Computerized Medical Front Office, Dental Front Office, EKG Interpretation, Electronic Health Records Specialist, Health Information Technology, Medical Assistant, Medical Billing & Coding Specialist, Medical Laboratory Technician, Nurse Aide Training Program and Pharmacy Assisting, in addition to a wide variety of short-term certificate programs. For information about the campus, call 859-410-2110 or visit

About Medtech
A prominent healthcare education and continuing professional development brand, Medtech is a nationally accredited post-secondary network of colleges and institutes with the goal of advancing healthcare career training. Working hand-in-hand with students to provide an exceptional learning environment incorporating comprehensive classroom instruction and personalized hands-on experience, Medtech helps them create an extraordinary new future for themselves. Medtech also provides continuing education solutions for healthcare professionals who need professional re-certification, updated healthcare training or professional development to enhance their existing healthcare careers. Medtech won two Best in Biz Awards in 2013, was recognized as one of Achievers’ 50 Most Engaged Workplaces in 2013 and 2012, named one of the nation’s best places to work by Best and Brightest Companies to Work For

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