The business school’s founder is remembered through her daughter’s words
Wilmington, DE. Students wore maroon caps and gowns as they proceeded through the auditorium where they would receive their diplomas from the Harris School of Business. The graduation ceremony, held at the nearby Brandywine High School auditorium on April 23, was a time for celebration and a time for reflection.
Students who attend the Harris School of Business in Wilmington can choose from three programs: dental assistant training, a medical assistant program, and a massage therapist program. Friends and family gathered to watch their loved ones as they took the final step toward completing their programs at Harris.
The keynote speaker, Barbara Harris-Miles of Cherry Hill, NJ, brought with her the inspirational stories of her mother, Ethel Harris, who founded the Harris School of Business. Ms. Harris started her own business in 1959, just two years after her husband had died, leaving her a young widow with three children to support on her own.
“Her story is motivational to many women, especially those who are single moms,” said Tracy DiSabatino, assistant director of admissions at the Wilmington campus. “As an entrepreneur, she inspired men and women alike, and serves as a strong model for the students of Harris School as they aspire to improve their careers and better their lives.”
The graduation ceremony also had very somber moments, as friends and family paused to honor the memory of a young student who had died in the previous year. Rebekah Walters, a student in the professional medical assistant program, died suddenly in August of 2011 at the age of 20, just three months after becoming a mother. A young woman who loved to help others, she had just completed her externship, and been offered a job. Her parents and her young son attended the graduation ceremony and accepted her diploma.
The staff at Harris wishes to congratulate all of the graduates, and wish them success as they pursue their new careers. The Harris School of Business has a tradition of providing career-focused education to adults in the fields of allied health and business management. The Wilmington campus offers a professional medical assistant program, a massage therapy program, and dental assistant training.
As one of the region’s accredited business schools, Harris School of Business operates seven campuses in the Delaware Valley. Some of the program offerings at the other campuses include medical billing courses for health claims specialist training, surgical technologist training, technology training in the legal and accounting fields, and training programs for those interested in becoming a pharmacy technician or a health technician.
For a complete listing of programs at each campus, or for more information about the Harris School of Business, please call 1-800-510-7920 or visit www.harrisschool.edu.
Tracy DiSabatino, Assistant Director of Admissions
1413 Foulk Road, Suite 100
Wilmington, DE 19803
Tel: 302-478-8890; Fax: 301-478-8891