Dental Assistant, HammondCourtney

“Growing up in Omaha, I wasn’t really doing anything. I wasn’t very focused. I was one of those kids that didn’t really want anything for myself. But then I started seeing my friends succeed and I realized that’s what I really wanted for myself.


I chose to do the Dental Assistant program because I have periodontal disease. It’s not easy. My hope is that I can help people feel confident, because I definitely don’t have that much confidence when it comes to my smile. If I could help someone else, it would make me feel great.

The program is amazing. I don’t want to stop. I actually asked my teacher if she could fail me. I love being here. The teachers are amazing and they make you feel confident in yourself so that you can succeed. Even if you ask the same question 100 times they’ll answer it and not look at you sideways. You have great people here. There’s no drama. Everyone is here for one goal and that’s to succeed.

With regards to how we learn, I think it’s much easier to have an actual laboratory since it’s like being out in the field. For me, hands-on is perfect. If I didn’t have the hands-on experience, things would be a little bit confusing because I do better when I’m looking at something.

“My hope is that I can help people feel confident, because I definitely don’t have that much confidence when it comes to my smile.”

I have four daughters who tell me every day they’re proud of me. I’ll come home with a certificate and my three-year-old comes up to me and says, ‘Mommy I’m so proud of you!’ I can’t believe I made it this far. There is nothing like having your three-year-old come up to you and tell you you’re amazing. It’s a heart-stopper, it just melts you. I want to show my kids that if you want something, just go and get it.

My husband and my mother-in-law are also there for me. My mother-in-law pushes me a lot and definitely makes me feel confident. I love that about her. My husband lets me use him as a guinea pig. I like to look at his teeth and floss them. He always tells me to leave him alone, but I can’t help it! I love looking at teeth.

Everybody says there’s never enough time, but in reality, there is time for anything. It is always a good time to do something for yourself. After graduating, I would like to go to school to become a hygienist. After that, I eventually want to try to become a DMD or a DDS. I really want to go that far.”

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Guadalupe, Modesto Student

“I proved to myself that obstacles do come your way, but when you have your mind set on what you want you will achieve it. I’m now a dental assistant!”

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“The proudest moment of my life was when I had my first interview and they offered me the job. I am happy with the place, and I love my job!”

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“It has taken me three tries and three different schools to find a place that I enjoy and a career field I love.”

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