image of student Tammy SwitzerTammy Switzer did not want to have to settle on just any job after her 15 year career as a medical receptionist ended.

I wanted a career where I could be of service to people, she said. I had been out of school for 25 years and did not know where to begin.

Tammy took the step of pursuing registered nursing at MCTCs Licking Valley Campus.

From my first call to the college the staff have directed and encouraged me, and helped turned my idea of becoming a nurse into a reality, Tammy said.

One advantage she did not quite expect, however, was the impact it was to have on her family. Tammys daughter is enrolled in the registered nursing program at MCTC as well.

My twenty-seven year old son began to observe as I juggled an adult life and responsibilities while succeeding in college, she said. He has also enrolled in a community college where he lives. The convenience of MCTC being in my hometown has allowed more time for me to study with an end result of plenty of time for me to spend with my family as well.

With the flexibility of being able to complete many of her classes online or during evening hours, Tammy was able to work and complete her program requirements as quickly as possible.

It is never too late to learn, she said. As a nontraditional student I am not unique. Many people have returned to school to prepare for a second or third career change and found that pursuit to be very rewarding.

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