CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - Jan 22, 2013) - Coyne College, a leader in education and training for HVAC & Refrigeration, Electrical Construction and Maintenance, Pharmacy Technician, Medical Assisting and Medical Billing/Coding, announced today a series of awards recognizing contributions from employers, professional advisers and staff in 2012.

The award recipients are:

  • Employer of the Year - Four Seasons™ Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing in Chicago. Between February and December 2012, Four Seasons hired 46 Coyne graduates.
  • Externship Partner of the Year - Walgreens. Walgreens sponsored 22 students in 2012 for pharmacy externship programs, which provided on-the-job experience, and then hired eight of those students full time.
  • Program Advisory Committee (PAC) Member of the Year - Laura Reynolds, of NorthStar Heating and Air Conditioning of Chicago. PAC is a group of industry professionals, practitioners, affiliated partners, and other interested parties who meet with Coyne faculty and administrators to chart improvements in the college's training programs. Ms. Reynolds has been a contributing PAC member since 2010.
  • Employee of the Year - Durwin Morris, Operations Coordinator. Mr. Morris was a computer systems student at Coyne. He has been an employee since 1995, moving up from Records Manager to his current position in the Education Office.
  • Instructor of the Year - Rhonda Steakley, Medical Terminology and Law and Ethics for Allied Health. Ms. Steakley has been at Coyne since 2009. She started working in healthcare in 1971, and has held previous positions in medical transcription and as an operating room assistant.

"The success of Coyne College students is directly related to the quality and commitment of our staff, our professional advisers and the employers who hire our students as externs and for full-time positions," said Russell Freeman, president of Coyne College. "In appreciation of these efforts, we recognize and congratulate the particularly strong contributions each year with our annual awards."

Coyne College has been recognizing employers, externship partners and PAC members since 2008. Previous award recipients include the Chicago Transit Authority; PolyScience; Professional Eye Center; Rush University Medical Center; Scheck & Siress; and Taylor Medical.

About Coyne College
Coyne College has more than 110 years of experience in educating and preparing students for brighter futures through hands-on, dedicated career training. Located on two campuses in downtown Chicago, Coyne offers individualized instruction, flexible class schedules and large, furnished labs. Coyne offers diploma and associate degree programs in a variety of fields including Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Electrical/Electronics, and HealthCare. To learn more, visit or call (800)707-1922.

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