Rachel Williams

Student Success - RachelHelping things bloom seems central to Rachel Williams.

Williams is planning on using her Health Information Technology education to launch a consulting business that will assist new health care practices in getting off the ground. She's also a busy foster mom to two toddlers. And volunteers at an addiction recovery program. All the while, she's a budding self-sufficient "homesteader" in La Pine, intent on taking her veggie garden to new heights.

Originally from Newberg, Williams had already worked as a licensed practical nurse and earned an associate degree in general studies before hatching her business plan and returning to school. "I'll be going into practices and making sure they're up to code by an accrediting body," she says of her concept, "by focusing on billing, coding and legal components."

To broaden her knowledge, Williams intends to transfer to the University of Cincinnati's online program (articulated with COCC) this coming fall to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management. Having maintained a 4.0 grade point average, she's one of four students selected to represent COCC on the 2019 All-Oregon Academic Team.

Thanks to some flexible options in the HIT program, Williams has been able to meld her busy life with the demands of the course load. COCC has been her third community college experience in the state—and her favorite. "I've been impressed with the communication that happens here," she says. "I feel like I can reach out to anyone—the dean, faculty, whoever—and get a quick response."