Megan Steffens is Terra State Fremont Rotary Student of the Year

Megan Steffens
Megan Steffens with Terra State President Dr. Ronald Schumacher.

Terra State Community College has recognized Megan Steffens as the 2019 Fremont Rotary Student of the Year. She was previously named the January recipient of the award. Currently, Megan is coordinating a networking event for graduates of the Health Information Technology (HIT) and Health Information Management (HIM) programs for University of Toledo, Mercy College, Owens Community College and Terra State. “I am hoping that we can get a few students jobs to start their career pathway,” she said. She plans to go on to get her bachelor degree in HIM and will be taking her exam to get credentialed as a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) this May.

Megan is a HIT student and chose Terra State Community College for several reasons that were important to her. “Terra State is close to my home,” she says. “It’s convenient, affordable and offered the courses I was seeking in the medical field.”

Megan was nominated by Terra State HIT Professor Mardi Davis who says she is a lifelong learner. “Megan believes there is always room for improvement and that an ‘A’ does not mean success,” says Davis. “She believes success is when you complete something and can take away experience, knowledge and new information from it.” Davis also points out that Megan pushes herself to be her best despite medical disabilities. “Megan has set goals for herself. She plans to graduate, become certified, work for medical facilities and then move on to insurance companies to get a full point of view of medical billing and records related processes.”

Megan has been successful in the Terra State classroom by being named to the Dean’s List multiple times. Outside of the classroom on campus, she serves as the President of the Health Information Technology Student Organization, is the student liaison representing Terra State in the Northwest Ohio Health Information Management Association (NWOHIMA) and is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

As busy as Megan is on the Terra State campus, she is just as busy in the community. She serves as an activity coordinator for the Kids’ Club/Big Club after school program at Trinity United Methodist Church in Lindsey. In the past, she has led food drives and donation collections for various events that help the needy and volunteered as morale and welfare, legal aid, residential board liaison and military spouse support for Fleet and Family Services for the U.S. Naval Branch.

After Megan graduates from Terra State, she will be taking away more than just knowledge. “I will take with me the experience of working with professionals in my field from networking with other seasoned professional as the student liaison NWOHIMA. I will also be able to use the improved interpersonal communications skills I acquired.”

Davis sums up why Megan is the perfect student to receive this honor. “Megan is the type of student that you would like to clone!”