Dental Assistant Student Returns to School

Posted On 5/6/2013

Janey Stoner is a 2013 Dental Assistant graduate from Great Lakes. When asked to share her story of why she decided to go school 22 years after she graduated from high school, she shared this story with us. Janey currently works for Dr. Boger in Warren as a Dental Assistant.

For many years I was a stay at home mother. I had a couple part time businesses on the side, but nothing that was fulfilling to me. After a painful divorce and many years of counseling, I emerged as a woman whom I wasn't sure how to be.

I began working with mentally and physically handicapped individuals, but after several years I was emotionally drained. I then went into the oil and gas industry, but drove several hours one way, realizing that wasn't for me either. Over the years, I worked minimal jobs for minimal pay, and was left unfulfilled in all of them. I had always wanted to have a "career" and not just a "job". This longing was my motivation for returning to school at the age of 41.

With the support of a very good friend, with whom I now am a coworker, I went to Great Lakes for a visit. That very day I decided this was the path for me, and within one week I prepared myself and did all the necessary paperwork to start classes!

Going to school at Great Lakes changed me in so many ways, some emotional and some physical. It has given me the confidence I needed to be successful in the job market. The belief in self, respect, and independence, I now crave. I feel confident I can support myself and my daughters. I know I can go after the job I want and the happiness I deserve. I have become a better mother, a better friend, and a better person. I've learned how to be the woman I was meant to be!!

Dare to dream and to take charge of those dreams. Let the butterfly emerge!

Janey Stoner
Dental Assistant / GLIT Alumni

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