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Graduate Stories

Nothing makes us prouder than the Daytona College Alumni.

We watch them grow, often remembering the first day they started classes, right through the day they pass their licensing exams. They’re a unique group of individuals we’re proud to call our own.

Spread far across the country in fields as diverse as the graduates themselves, our Alumni are out there thriving in careers they love. Take a minute to read some of their comments below.

If you don’t see a representative from a career you’re interested in pursuing, just ask, and we can probably put you in touch with one of our graduates.

amanda-rotterEric Antonucci

 

Medical Billing & Coding Graduate, 2016

From the beginning Daytona College felt different from other schools I’ve been to. The entire program was laser focused on getting me prepared for, and employed in, the career field I was entering. I had help with every step and stumble from great people dedicated to ensuring I got where I wanted to be, and never felt like I had to take on this challenge alone. I went from having no knowledge of my field, to being employed within it in about one years time. I’m thankful to the great staff at Daytona College for helping me achieve my goals faster than I ever thought possible.

amanda-rotterAmanda Rotter

 

Medical Billing & Assisting Graduate, 2013
American Medical Technologies, Medical Document Management Specialist

Daytona College has been a wonderful experience for me. Taking the Medical billing and coding course has given me so much more passion than I ever thought I could have. I am now closer to my dream career and am currently working as a medical document management specialist at a wound care center. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for me and I have Daytona College to thank for that.

lyndon-shaveLyndon Shave

 

Theapeutic Massage Graduate, 2015
Port Orange Chiropractic, Licensed Massage Therapist

Daytona College has helped me to be able to find a career field that I really enjoy. They were able to find a career that works with both my massage therapy career and my current study of medical assisting. I chose to study both massage and medical assisting at Daytona College because of the small class sizes and the personalized attention that I needed to be able to get my work done. The teachers are knowledgeable and friendly.

damaris-aliceaDamaris Alicea

 

Medical Assistant Graduate, 2012
Catalyst Physical Therapy, Medical Assistant

My name is Damaris Alicea, graduated from Daytona College in 2012, for me is a privilege had my associates degree in Medical Assistant. My goal always are pursuing my career since I was CNA for 11 years, today I feel so thankful with God and all the career development from Daytona to helping me finding a job. I’m so happy to announce in December 2015, I went to interview for MA position and they got me hire, since that I been 4 months working for Premier Physical Therapy is a good environment, I learn a lot and I feel so happy my dream come true. I encourage everyone to be part of this amazing story and for myself never it’s too late to change your life. God bless everyone!!! Thanks Daytona College to help me in my success career.

cherylwaters-300x225Cheryl Waters

 

Cosmetology Graduate, 2010
Hair Garage, Stylist

I chose to pursue Cosmetology so that I could be a mother my children could be proud of. I had no idea when I started, that I was going to find myself along the way! I am thankful I made the choice to go to Daytona College because I KNOW I got superior training and focused, individual attention from instructors. I graduated my cosmetology program more than ready to start my career as a hair dresser, with the confidence and skill to back it up. My life wouldn’t be what it is today without the training and support I received from the teachers and staff at DC!

Rodney MobleyRodney Mobley

 

Therapeutic Massage Graduate 2011

This was a great experience. I can’t believe it went as fast as it did, but I enjoyed my time. It was amazing to have such an awesome set of teachers. And the staff was excellent because it’s not a giant campus everyone knew who I was.

The class sizes are perfect, not to small not to big. The teachers interact with you on a great one to one level, even when class is full. They were always there to help if you don’t understand something. I will be an LMT because I came to Daytona College! I want to thank everyone there.

dale-watsonDale Watson

 

Therapeutic Massage Graduate 2011

As a graduate of Daytona College, Ormond Beach, I am pleased to say without question that I made the incredible right choice in regards to my education in Massage Therapy.

Living between Orlando and Daytona, gave me many choices for my education however, not one of those opportunities suited me until I found Daytona College, Ormond Beach. As I pulled onto the campus I was greeted with a beautiful facility that was impeccably manicured. Upon entering the building I was greeted by the receptionist feeling very welcome and as if I had found myself at home.

As I began to look around I realized this facility was state of the art, beautiful, clean, organized and inviting! Meeting with an adviser, I was given a tour of the facility. After that we discussed my opportunities and goals and what the college had to offer me. I was very impressed with every aspect of the interview process. It took me no time to make my decision.

I began my studies of massage on December 6, 2010 and graduated September 22, 2011. As the time passed, I began to realize that every person on staff was here for me. Any question I had was answered, anything I needed I felt at ease to ask. And then there were the teachers!!! Incredible people who cared!!! Knowledgeable, Compassionate, Professional, and Fun… Ms. Sharpe and Mr. Brooks are two of the finest people I have had the opportunity of knowing in my life, and can they teach. It has been 30 some years since I have been in school and I completed college with a GPA of 3.94. I credit my teachers for my educational success. Thank you both!

As of today, I have about 25 clients that I am working with on a regular basis. If you are looking for a college, it is my pleasure to recommend Daytona College, Ormond Beach. If you are driven for success, this is the best setting you will find and, as you can see, my choice has paid off! Although I’ve graduated, I know I am still and will always be welcome at Daytona College. Thank you for everything.

Josephine Antar, LMT

 

Gentle Balance Massage Therapy, Inc.

I have passed the State Board Exam and have become a Licensed Massage Therapist, opened my own massage business and am flourishing in my new career all thanks to Daytona College and their excellent Massage Therapy course. Daytona College is lucky to have the best Massage Therapist on staff as teachers. It is wonderful to wake each day and go to work knowing that I am going to make a difference in the way a client feels after their massage. I would highly recommend Daytona College as a stepping stone to better learning, a better career and a better future.

Olga Soltero

 

Daytona College, Cosmetology Graduate 2010

My name is Olga Soltero mother of 4 children; I had been unemployed for 11 months and didn’t have any luck in finding a job. On August 22, 2009, my mother, who was a cosmetologist since 1976, passed away. After her burial, I brought back with me all of her diplomas and achievements. As I was hanging them up, I realized that this is what I need to do in order to maintain my family.

I quickly got on the computer and researched Cosmetology schools. The next day I received a call from Daytona College. After I walked through the school and had my interview, I was confident that this is what I need to do. In October 2009, I began my ten month course of Cosmetology. I graduated on July 10th, 2010. Two weeks later (July 28) I was scheduled for my Cosmetology State Board Test, which I passed with high scores. Soon after on August 11th, I began working with Haircuttery in Palm Coast, and I’m enjoying every minute of it.

I would like to thank God and Daytona College for allowing me to achieve my goal and a promise that I made to my mother. I appreciate the confidence and the professionalism of the staff and teachers. I would like to also thank Pivot Point for their excellent curriculum and providing the books and tools for me to work with. A special thanks to Michele Guertin, at Daytona College for her quick response in submitting my paperwork and providing me with all of the jobs available in my area.