Sometimes the best career move is to start a new one – and for Nichole Brock, PCC is providing a map to an exciting new profession.
Nichole started a career in the dental health field in 2004, working first as a dental assistant. She continued to add certifications as she expanded her role through the years.
“I started out getting a dental assisting certificate because I was afraid to go to college,” she said. “A lot of kids come out of high school and are ready to go (to college), but sometimes you need to get some life under your belt first.”
Eventually, she reached a professional plateau and didn’t see a possibility for more advancement in her field. Her experience as an oral surgery technologist provided the spark for a new career, leading her to PCC’s radiologic technology program.
“I already had a baseline experience with radiology, so I was naturally driven to that program,” Nichole said.
As a new mom, she also wanted a career that offers greater earning potential. Her search for the best programs led her to PCC – a two-hour drive from her home, but one that’s worth it.
“It gives me time for extra coffee,” she said.
Nichole also applied for TRIO Student Support Services, which provides additional resources for students who are first-generation, low-income and/or have documented disabilities.
“I love TRIO,” she said. “It has helped me paint the path – it’s kept me on track with financial aid, which classes to take and not take, and tutoring.”
The most difficult part about making a life change was overcoming her long-held fear of attending college. Now that she’s done it, Nichole urges others to do the same.
“Find the courage and do it, even if it’s one class at a time,” she said. “Get out of your own way. Sometimes our minds tell us we’re not good enough. Put those demons aside and do it.”