Maine career college prepares determined student for her dream career

InterCoast College alumna, Heather Chapman, credits the college for providing her with the tools to a successful nursing career
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(PR NewsChannel) / September 29, 2014 / SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine  

Students at the South Providence, Maine campus receive high quality training that prepares them for a career in the medical industry.

Students at the South Portland, Maine campus receive high quality training that prepares them for a career in the medical industry.

After years of considering a career in nursing, Heather Chapman knew she needed to take action. Although the 42-year-old mother of two had previous experience in the medical field, she lacked the education that would land her the career of her dreams.

Driven by her goal of becoming a nurse, Chapman was determined to change her life forever. With the help of her husband she was able to start down the path that would turn her dream into a reality.

That path started in 2009 when she enrolled in the Practical Nursing program at the South Portland campus of InterCoast College.

InterCoast is a private career college designed to provide associates degree and diploma level career programs that prepare students to succeed in specialized fields of allied health, legal, business and trade industries.

After enrolling at the college, Chapman knew there were certain sacrifices that came with being a full-time student.

“My husband helped out tremendously and worked hard to support our family during my time at school,” said Chapman.

She explained that her daily commute consisted of driving more than an hour to and from campus. Chapman would commute the two hours each way in order to gain the critical, first-hand experience that would allow her the upper hand over graduates at other colleges.

“Sometimes I’d crash on a classmate’s couch for an entire week so as to save the money on gas,” said Chapman.” It tore me apart to be away from my family but the sacrifices were for them, so we could enjoy a better life with my new career.”

Overcoming obstacles like these may seem challenging to some, but for Chapman they were a small price to pay.

“It was tough sometimes but I always stayed motivated,” said Chapman. “With the support of both the school and my classmates, I was able to finish successfully.”

In 2010, Chapman graduated and became a licensed practical nurse (LPN). Always looking to better herself, the goal-oriented Chapman decided to take her education a step further to become a registered nurse (RN).

“I wanted to become a nurse without the requirements of going to a four-year state college,” said Chapman.

Chapman’s relentless dedication to her studies paid off in May when she graduated as an RN. She credits both programs for allowing her to gain real world experience that adequately prepared her for her career in nursing.

She explains that her time spent at InterCoast College is something she is thankful for.

“My experience at InterCoast was very positive because my instructors truly cared and wanted to see me succeed,” said Chapman. “They were always very helpful and I couldn’t have asked for more out of my education.”

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