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“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.

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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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“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!”

Paula, Corpus Christi Graduate

“I chose the Medical Assistant program because I love to help people move forward.”

Rosetta, Fort Worth Student

“I help students take the leap every day. The difference is that I refuse to let them fall. I believe in their success!”

Latanya, CharlotteAdmissions Representative

“My proudest moment was the first day I walked into class and found my place in life.”

Catherine, Fort Worth Student

“No matter how hard my circumstances were, I never gave up.”

Taviona, Riverside Graduate

“I get to help students take that next step and push themselves to be more than they thought they could.”

Joe, El Paso Career Development Specialist

“Having three small children hasn't always been easy, but striving to make sure they are secure is what drives me.”

Audreyona, IndianapolisStudent

“Technology has always interested me, as well as taking things apart and putting them back together.”

Cory, El Paso Instructor

“My motivation comes from seeing my students succeed.”

Pamela, HammondSenior Admissions Representative

“I was afraid because I have been out of school for a very long time and was doubting myself, but I knew I needed to go back to school.”

Kimberly, Indianapolis Student

“I came to the United States searching for a future with my husband and two little boys. I wasn't sure how I was going to speak another language or where to start seaching for a job. I learned the language and got more confident about myself, but I felt like I was incomplete. I needed a career.”

Leslie, Laredo Graduate

“How can I make a difference today? That’s my daily question. Coming from circumstances that shaped me into who I am today, I want to give back in a way most of us truly need.”

Kimberly, Fort WorthCareer Development Specialist

“No matter what may ever happen to you in life, you can pull yourself out.”

Brittany, NashvilleStudent

“I have always been in love with the dental field.”

Tyshawna, Indianapolis Student

“I am motivated by my students who are enrolled to make a better life for themselves and their families. It motivates me watching them overcome many life obstacles and cross that finish line and graduate. The strength of my students is amazing!”

Marianne, Fort Worth Staff Member

“My parents are both immigrants. Being the first in my family to go to college has made my parents proud.”

Leonor, Vista Student

“I realized that college parties, the traditional classroom setting, and being far from home was not for me. I knew I wanted to continue with a career path that would help people and benefit society.”

Natalie, Indianapolis Student

“I make it my mission to create a campus culture of family and a sense of belonging. We know our students' names, we know their stories, we know what makes them smile. We listen to our students, and we recognize them for changing their life and making it happen!”

Shaheen, Fort Worth Staff Member

“I chose the medical field because I want to be able to help people. You have to have a good heart and a lot of patience to work in this field.”

Monica, CharlotteStudent

“I endeavor to remind students that life will happen with or without your personal satisfaction. Do something worthwhile. Do something you love.”

Terra, Fort Worth Dean

“I always wanted to go back to school but it seemed impossible working full-time and taking care of four children. My kids are the reason I chose this field. They have a lot of problems with their teeth, and after so many treatments, I found out this career is very interesting.”

Mirla, Indianapolis Student

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

Anna, Friendswood Student

“I needed to do something hands-on and slightly behind the scenes. So I chose pharmacy technician. The job I am doing is a perfect fit for me.”

Bright, San Antonio - San Pedro Graduate

“I loved my careeer in healthcare. Now I love passing on the knowledge and real-world experiences to my students.”

Margie, Fort Worth Instructor

“As a first-generation American, first-generation college graduate, and having been a young parent, I am motivated to help my students, many of whom share a similar life experience.”

Alex, Chula Vista Campus President

“I know what it’s like to lose everything then work hard to make a good life for myself and my children. It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. It’s not who you are, it’s who you can become.”

Melody Ann, Hammond Student Finance Supervisor

“Students motivate me every day. A chance to speak to them and show them that they do have a chance is extremely rewarding to me.”

Elizabeth, Fort WorthStudent Finance Support Specialist

“No matter what difficulties you face in life there is always hope. Tomorrow is another day with new opportunities. Love life, love people, love yourself. You are worth it.”

Amber, Modesto Student

“I have worked in Career Development for over five years and still have the same passion for helping our students as I did on day one. Improving the outlook of someone's life motivates me.”

Athenai, Fort Worth Staff Member

“Always follow your dreams even if it seems as if you could never accomplish them. Nothing is impossible!”

Gisselle, Las Vegas Student

“I enjoy watching students evolve and become responsible, hard-working individuals.”

Kendra, Fort WorthStudent Finance Support Specialist

“My children motivate me. Their father died when they were 7 and 11. Now I must provide a life for them on my own.”

Rachel, Dayton Graduate

“You have to believe in yourself and believe that you are worth it every step of the way.”

Stephanie, Fort WorthInstructor

“If I can’t be in the Marine Corps anymore and protecting my country, I might as well be protecting people from something else — bad teeth!”

Audrey, Vista Student

“My children are my world, and I want them to see their mom as a successful person.”

Guadalupe, Modesto Student

“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!”

Mariana, Charlotte Graduate

“My daughter motivates me every single day. I want the best future for her. I want to show her anything is possible and to go after your goals.”

Jazmine, Fort Worth Student

“My kids and my grandkids motivate me. I want them to be able to know, no matter your age or situation, never give up on your dreams.”

Yvonne, Dayton Student