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Get to Know Tanise Montgomery

Tanise Montgomery“I don’t know where life would have taken me without the guidance, support, and friendship the HSTA family provided.”

For Tanise Montgomery, HSTA was a more than a path out of poverty. It changed her view of herself and the world. Now a medical laboratory scientist at Princeton Community Hospital in Princeton, WV, Ms. Montgomery gives credit to HSTA in helping her earn her master’s degree in health promotion.

“I became a single mother at a young age, and I was pretty sure my chances for succeeding were pretty slim,” she said. At Mount View High School in McDowell County, Ms. Montgomery joined HSTA as a freshman. “I honestly don’t know what I would have done or where I would be if it wasn’t for HSTA. Not only did HSTA help me recognize and take possession of my abilities, it also gave me motivation; the motivation I needed to succeed.”

Ms. Montgomery has added three diplomas to her walls since high school: an associate’s degree in lab science from Bluefield Regional Medical Center; a bachelor’s degree from Bluefield State College, and most recently a master’s degree in health promotion from Concord College. She now works as the night supervisor and a medical laboratory scientist at Princeton Community Hospital, not far from where she grew up.

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