Alumni Success Stories
Missouri College is proud of the accomplishments of its graduates and the contributions they are making in a variety of areas of allied health and business. Shown here are a representative sample of our students and the steps they have taken in their respective careers.
Danielle Nickelson, Massage Therapy 2010
“I always knew that I wanted to be a massage therapist,” laughs 22-year-old Danielle Nickelson. “I just didn’t expect to get this kind of recognition so early in my career!”
Massage Envy recently announced that Nickelson had been selected as their Massage Therapist of the Year for the St. Louis area. “I’ve been more than happy working here,” she states. “When I was finishing my degree at Missouri College, I simply let Career Services do what they do best. They set up the interview for me at Massage Envy. When I came in, I loved the atmosphere and really liked the manager. Everything just clicked.”
In May 2011, Nickelson will be going to Phoenix, Arizona, to receive her award. “This will be a great opportunity to meet new people in my field plus participate in some professional workshops,” she notes. “I’m really excited about the trip and the ceremony. It should be a lot of fun.”
Before choosing Missouri College, Nickelson did a great deal of research. “I wanted a program that would fit my learning style and help me reach my career goals,” she remembers. “I chose the associate degree program because with this degree, I can go on to do other things if I choose to do so. Most importantly, though, I wanted an education that would give me the capabilities to provide patients with a holistic, hands-on approach to healing. I love it when people come to see me and leave happy.”
Nickelson says that Missouri College more than fulfilled her expectations. “My time at Missouri College wasn’t like going school, it was something that I really enjoyed,” Nickelson enthuses. “The teachers pay attention and focus on what you’re doing. They give you assistance and guidance throughout every class. Sara Niebruegge, the clinic administrator, is amazing. She was on me like white on rice through every stage, every day. She constantly worked with me on my body mechanics.”
“I work evenings on Monday through Friday. Patients who come in after work seem to be more relaxed and ready to enjoy the massage experience.” Nickelson continues, “In the future, you never know. I can see myself going back to school or opening my own business.”
“With over 500 Massage Therapist employed in our 16 clinics, the competition was high. But when the votes were counted, Danielle, a Missouri College graduate, was the second consecutive Missouri College graduate to win this award.” Dan Lowery, Regional Developer, Massage Envy.
LaTunija Glenn, Medical Assistant 2005
LaTunija Glenn Knows That Success Comes With Networking
LaTunija Glenn, the new Medical Assistant Clinical Externship Coordinator at Missouri College, comes to the job bearing impressive credentials. “I worked for 5½ years as a medical administration assistant for Lifestyle Lift, a highly regarded plastic surgery organization,” Glenn says. “However, I’ve always been active as an alumni board member. When I heard about this opening, I knew I wanted to come and give back to the school that did so much for me. I’m now working here and serve as the secretary to the alumni board.”
Like many successful Missouri College graduates, Glennm has fond memories of her school days. “My experience here as a student was wonderful,” she recalls. “Career Services was a great resource in helping me launch my career at Lifestyle Lift. Once there I soon advanced. Before I left, I was in charge of staff training when they opened a new office.”
Today, Glenn is applying that same level of professional zeal to matching students with the best possible externships. “My job is to make sure that qualified students are placed in externships that truly match their career goals,” she explains. “Once they are placed, I follow up to make sure that everything is going as planned. They have just a five-week period and I want them to make the most of the experience.”
Glenn works with students to ensure their success. “We won’t just place any student anywhere. We look at an individual’s grade point average, attendance record and work attitude,” Glenn continues. “We want to place a student at a site that will turn into a job. Our major goal is to get them hired. When this happens, it’s a perfect deal for both the student and the employer.”
Glenn is currently making a major effort to find new employers who are interested in working with the Medical Assistant program. “Right now, we are focusing on developing new externship sites in the North County, South City and Central West End areas,” she notes. “When we find someone who may be interested, we go out to visit their organization. We discuss how our externship program could serve their needs and fill out the forms needed to take the next step.”
Glenn encourages all alumni to contact her about any potential externship site. “Let me know if your organization might be interested in developing a partnership with Missouri College,” she says. “Just give me a call or, better yet, send me an e-mail. Trust me; I’ll get back to you as soon as possible!”
To reach LaTunija, call 314-768-7884 or e-mail email@example.com
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