Local Student Finds Her Dream Career in Dental Assisting

At 20 years old, Mickala Guy had already been working as a server and hostess at a local restaurant for over 6 years. She knew that one day she wanted a career but did not know what she wanted to do or how to do it. This all changed when one day, during a shift, a coworker told Mickala that she would never to be able to leave and that she would be stuck in her serving job forever. Although she liked her job, she was committed to making sure this would not be her life. The same day her co-worker made that comment is the day Mickala applied to East Ohio! Three days later she was accepted. Through career planning with an admissions advisor, Mickala realized East Ohio was the right option for her because it was a short-term associate degree program and close to home. She was also excited about the small classroom sizes because she wanted the same one-on-one attention that she was fortunate enough to have in high school.  Mickala said, “I figured I would feel at home and I definitely did!”  She chose to pursue a career in dental assisting after looking at various options. “After a lot of research, I knew that being a dental assistant was something I would like to do. Little did I know that I would love it!”

When asked her favorite part about East Ohio, Mickala stated that it was “hands-down the teachers. I promise you will never meet a more caring group of people than them. I also loved the amount of one-on-one time I received from the teachers. They all really want you to succeed and do well both in the classroom and in life. All of them take time to get to know every single one of their students on a personal level to make you feel comfortable and welcome.” It was hard for her to choose who her favorite instructor was. “All of them hold a special part in my heart. I graduated almost 8 months ago and I still keep in touch with almost all of them,” she said. However, if she had to pick a favorite class, she stated that it “was probably Current Events with Mr. Clutter. It was a fun (and interesting) class to take!”

Upon graduation, Mickala earned her Associate Degree and became a Nationally Registered Certified Dental Assistant with an Ohio dental radiography license and CPR & First Aid certifications. Currently, she works as a dental assistant at the office of Melissa Padgett, DDS. Her ideal job is to be a dental hygienist. She is actively pursuing this dream. Mickala is now attending Stark State College for dental hygiene. In 5 years she hopes to have graduated, gotten married, and to have started a family of her own. Mickala concluded, “I would recommend East Ohio in a heartbeat! If you are having any doubts or you are questioning where to go to school, give East Ohio a shot. I promise you will fall in love with the atmosphere, the teachers, and the fellow students.”

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