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Alumni Spotlight: Dental Hygiene Graduate Tracy Leckwold

Posted: September 27, 2021 by Stephanie Lema
Dental Hygiene graduate is in a dental office and smiling.
Dental Hygiene graduate, Tracy Leckwold.
 


Newly single and with two young children, Tracy knew she needed a career that would support her family. She started the Dental Hygiene program at our Albuquerque campus and knew she was on the right path despite the challenges she met along the way.
 
Learn from her story below how Tracy grew her career, purchased her first home and created the life she imagined through hard work and commitment to her dream. 
 
“The Dental Hygiene program at Pima Medical Institute has given me the key to unlock my dreams and to give my family the life I've always wanted for them. I moved to Albuquerque with my two young children after going through a difficult divorce. I already had a bachelor's degree from a university, but I found it nearly impossible to find a job. I knew I would need to go back to school. As a newly single mother of two trying to find a way to start a career, my options were slim. Pima Medical Institute offered me that option with their accelerated Dental Hygiene program. After researching and learning about their outstanding staff and program, I was confident I had found my path. 
 
The program was extremely challenging and the staff and my fellow classmates bonded quickly. I immediately felt the push and support needed to persevere through the two years of school. As a single mother, the obstacles were mounting. Long days of classes and late nights of studying were exhausting, but as I successfully got through each semester, the reward of accomplishment helped keep me on track. Knowing I would have a successful career to support my family once I graduated was the motivation that got me through each day.
 
Today, I have a stable and fulfilling career as a Dental Hygienist at a private office. I work full-time, just purchased my first home and couldn't be happier. My children got to see that despite the challenges that come your way, your goals are always attainable through hard work, commitment and perseverance. I hope that's a lesson they carry with them always!”
 
Learn how you can reach your career goals. Whether you’re interested in dental, medical or veterinary healthcare, we have more than 30 programs designed to help you find the right path for you and your dreams.
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