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MADISON, WI (June 4, 2013) – Herzing University – Madison announced today that Jeff Westra, director of career development, has been honored with the 2012 Volunteer of the Year award from the Workforce Readiness Committee of the Greater Madison Area Society For Human Resource Management (SHRM).

 “Jeff has always worked hard to contribute to the community and create an environment where others can thrive,” said Chris Montagnino, Herzing University – Madison campus president. “We are proud to have Jeff take charge of extra initiatives outside his job scope at Herzing and be a major contributor to the Greater Madison community. He is dedicated to our students’ success, as well as the success of others.”

At SHRM, Westra has been integral to its Workforce Readiness Committee in Serving as Chairman of the Workforce Readiness Committee and working with committee members to host the First Job Boot Camp for the community, sharing best practices, and conducting seminars on interviewing and resume writing. The committee seeks to benefit the community by providing workshops like these for non-profits and education partners such as the Urban League, YWCA, Omega School, the Common Wealth Development, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, and the Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin. Westra has served as the committee chair for the past two years. He was nominated for the award by Workforce Readiness & Diversity Director, Michele Thoren, and received his award at a presentation during the committee’s annual conference on May 14, 2013.

A Herzing University – a Madison campus alumnus himself, Westra has been the Director of Career Development with his alma mater since 2006, leading a team that is responsible for creating connections with employers to help students find jobs in their career fields upon graduation. He also creates courses on resume writing and interviewing skills development, and works one-on-one with students to provide personalized career search coaching.

About Herzing University - Madison

Serving the local community since 1948 (formerly Wisconsin School of Electronics) Herzing University – Madison boasts state-of-the-industry classrooms and labs to provide a real-world,

hands-on learning environment, consistent with its “career-focused, convenient, and caring” educational mission. Students have the convenient option to take courses either on-campus or online toward their master’s, bachelor’s or associate degree or diploma, and can also earn graduate degrees through Herzing University Online.  Herzing University – Madison has built a strong reputation in Computer Sciences and Graphic Design and its students have won numerous awards in ADDY and Phi Beta Lambda competitions. Its 40,000-square-foot campus is specifically designed to prepare students for dynamic careers in the fields of healthcare, business, technology, design/game development, and public safety.  Information about Herzing University – Madison is available at  

About Herzing University

Herzing University encompasses 11 campuses in eight states, a continuing education division, plus Herzing University Online. Founded in Milwaukee, Wis. in 1965, today the University offers career-focused, convenient and caring education for master’s, bachelor’s, and associate degrees, diplomas and continuing education in the fields of technology, business, healthcare, design and public safety. U.S. News & World Report ranked Herzing University as one of the “Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs” nationally for 2013. Herzing University has the distinction of being the only woman-owned accredited university in the United States and is WBE-certified by the National Woman Business Owners Corporation (NWBOC). It also has been recognized as a member of the 2013 GI Jobs magazine list of “Military Friendly Schools.” The university provides education to approximately 6,000 students per year. Herzing University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association; or (800) 621-7440. More information about Herzing University is available at:

Kenosha - Retention Rates

Each year Herzing University provides all current and prospective students with our retention rates for a specific cohort of first-time, full-time students in Bachelor’s programs. This information is gathered annually in compliance with the Student Right-to-Know Act. Retention rates are calculated for full-time, first-time Bachelor’s students starting in the fall semester that are still enrolled in that program the following fall semester. Some students not retained may have transferred to another institution.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Returned in Fall 2013 – 65%

 If you would like to request a paper copy of this report, please contact your campus registration department.

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The dental assisting program at Herzing University - Akron has officially been awarded the prestigious accreditation from the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. CODA can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or For more information on the Dental Assisting program at Herzing, click here.

Atlanta - Career Development

Message from the Director of Career Development

William SlatonHerzing enjoys an excellent reputation with employers nationally and locally. Our staff assists students with resumes, cover letters and leads to professional internships. In addition, we work to help place our graduates in the careers of their choice. Career Fairs are frequently held on campus – and current job listings are regularly posted and updated – allowing students and graduates to keep the pulse of the current marketplace.

William Slaton
Director of Career Development

Birmingham - Career Development

Message from the Director of Career Development

Bryan GrindleAn investment in an education is an investment in yourself. The Career Development Department at Herzing University is here to help you get the best return on your investment. We assist you in your career search and prepare you to enter the job market and be successful in your field of study.

We are committed to your success….are you??

Call or email me today for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Bryan Grindle
Career Development Director

Orlando - Career Development

Message from the Director of Career Development

Sharon RosinThe mission of Career Development at the Orlando Campus is to provide students with the tools that will not only help them launch their careers, but will equip them with the necessary skill set to drive their careers throughout their lifetime. Every class throughout their educational journey provides an ingredient essential to their success. Partnering with Career Development from day 1, our goal is to assist the student in recognizing those key elements that employers seek and help them document, celebrate, and demonstrate those competencies by creating powerful portfolios and focused preparation for the interview process.

Sharon Rosin
Director of Career Development

Madison - Career Development

Message from the Director of Career Development

Jeff WestraAt Herzing University, the Career Development Department assists students with employment from day one. We are happy to provide our students and graduates with the tools necessary for a successful employment search. This includes assistance with resumes and other career documents, interviewing skills, and identifying employment opportunities. We also conduct several career expos each year in order to bring our employers on campus to meet with our students and alumni, and to discuss employment opportunities. The Career Development Department posts job opportunities each week which our students and alumni can pursue. Our mission is to provide the tools and training necessary to allow our students and graduates to succeed in the workplace. Education works… and so do our graduates!

Jeff Westra
Career Development Director

Herzing Madison's Career Development TeamEmployers interested in attending career expos should contact the Career Development Department for more information at

International Staff

Meet Our International Staff

Thomas Haynes – Director of International Operations

Thomas Haynes has been involved in international education and higher education management for over 23 years. After ten years as a faculty member and Director of the Modern Language Center at Butler University (Indianapolis, IN), he has served as a higher education Dean and Site Director, and in international student leadership roles. He directs Herzing University’s international efforts, and he works closely with students and affiliate higher education institutions worldwide.

MA in German – University of Arkansas
BA in Music Education / German – Arkansas Tech University

Matthew Schneider – Manager of International Operations

Matthew Schneider has twelve years’ higher education experience, ten in the Herzing University system. Matthew has served as an Admissions Advisor, Director of Admissions, and Campus Director. Matthew manages Herzing University’s Asia initiatives and works directly with students and affiliate higher education institutions to develop articulation programs, joint programs, and faculty exchanges. He enjoys rugby, hiking, and camping.

MBA – Herzing University
BS in Business Administration – Herzing University
AAS in Marketing – Moraine Park Technical College

Dr. Xin Liu – Professor

Dr. Xin Tao Liu has been dedicated to USA-China culture exchanges activities in the last ten years, frequently visiting China universities to establish relationships between the two countries. He has served as full-time faculty at our Atlanta campus, contributing to his deep understanding of international students’ needs and goals. He is a native of Shangdong province in China, and he has lived in the United States for the past 32 years.

PhD in Physics – University of Tennessee
MA in Nuclear Physics – Jilin University (China)
BS in Physics – Jilin University (China)

Bryan Lutzke – International Student Advisor

Bryan Lutzke has served in many roles during his five years at Herzing University. His current role is to assist international students with our admissions process and successfully start their academic programs. He also works closely with affiliate higher education institutions to insure smooth transitions for students. Bryan has traveled extensively to Bolivia, Peru, Australia, Canada, Mexico, India, and Nepal, which has provided him with experience and a much larger appreciation of today’s global society. When not at Herzing University, you can find him on the golf course or running the many trails the city has to offer.

BA in Communications / Minor in Geography - University of Wisconsin – Whitewater

Chen Mi – International Student Ambassador

Chen Mi was an undergraduate student…. She came to American in September 2012 to study business management at Herzing University and graduated in April 2014. Chen is currently enrolled in our MBABM program and is a part-time International Student Ambassador at our Atlanta campus, working..." 

April 2015 Candidate for MBA in Business Management - Herzing University
April 2014 BS in Business Management - Herzing University
AAS in Business English - Shazhou Institute of Technology (China)