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A dental career can be fulfilling and worth working hard for

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By Whitney Folan

As the Admissions Representative, it is always a proud moment when I am able to watch the students I have enrolled accomplish their goals and walk across the stage every graduation. Three years ago, when the Dental Assistant program began at Ridley-Lowell Business and Technical Institute, I was elated to be able to provide a new opportunity for students to learn and get the hands on training they need to start a new career.

In 2014, we had an 89% job placement rate for the Dental Assistant program, one the best placement rates we’ve had for a new program. Most of our graduates have passed their radiology and infection control certifications, including 2015 graduate Tanaysha Dixon, who proudly acknowledges her education as a key component to her success. “My experience at Ridley-Lowell helped me to become the Dental Assistant I am today because the teachers take their job seriously. If you want to have a career when you graduate, they are going to try their best to help you reach that goal. Everything I know about dental assisting, I learned by attending classes daily and putting in the work!”

After completing the Dental Assistant classes on campus, students receive training in a real dental office by completing a 300 hour externship. Tanayasha’s extern site was Columbia Dental Group. Four weeks into her externship she was offered a job and has been there ever since. “It’s been 1 year and 3 months in this position. The opportunity they gave me to be part of their team makes me feel lucky. I can say I’m completely satisfied in my office!” Of course, starting out in the office Tanayasha was extremely nervous, but confident that her classes prepared her for her job duties from start to finish.  “For me my favorite class was being in the lab because we were hands on and learning something new. You learn so much in the 6 months you’re in classes and the last 3 months at your externship. It can get tricky, but it’s all worth it.”

September classes are coming up soon and seating is limited. Tanaysha’s advice to prospective students, is simple; a dental career can be fulfilling and worth working hard for. “I knew becoming a Dental Assistant was going to be a challenge, but to know that your job is to satisfy people's needs and they walk out of your office smiling because you just gave them that boost of confidence by fixing their teeth; there is no greater feeling. The best advice I can give to anyone walking into the dental field is that nothing is easy, but it will all be worth it.”

Whitney Folan has been an Admissions Representative at the New London Campus since 2012

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The instructors and staff at Ridley-Lowell have been wonderful! I am very glad that I chose to continue my education with them. My life will be forever changed because of my time there.

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I am thankful for my new skills, and I am looking forward to enjoying my new career making people feel good about themselves.

Roxie L.
Cosmetology Graduate

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Daniel L.
Massage Therapy

Coming here was a great experience for me. The teachers and staff were very friendly and helpful. The other students were nice, and I made new friends. I would recommend this school to anybody looking for a higher education.

Mary K.
Office Support Specialist Graduate

My experience at Ridley-Lowell was great. I enrolled to learn how to do make-up and learned so much more like how to analyze the skin, do facial and body treatments, waxing and use machines like galvanic. The teachers in the beauty school are so amazing. I miss the school, my friends, and my teachers everyday.

Astrid D.
Esthetic Graduate

I love it here! Honestly, I don’t want to leave. The teachers are awesome, and I just want to be part of the greatness that is happening here. The energy is great and that make the learning process so enjoyable.

Monica L.
Cosmetology Graduate

It was difficult coming back after years of being out of school, but the teachers were great. I found them to be very informative, fun and very helpful. I had and still have a great support system here at Ridley-Lowell.

Toni J.
Administrative Assistant Graduate

Overall, I believe the school gives you a well-rounded curriculum. I will be walking away with a great sense of accomplishment. The school has taught me about commitment, compassion and character. These are the three C’s I value.

MaryAnn C.
Medical Administrative Assistant Graduate

The instructors at Ridley-Lowell assist us with real-life experiences to solve everyday problems. We work from life, not just the book. The hands-on education is priceless!

Terrence G.
Electrical Systems Technician

Making a career change when you are 40-something is a difficult decision. The education I received at Ridley-Lowell has given me the tools and confidence I need to begin a new and very exciting chapter in my life. I am settling into a new job that I find extremely rewarding!

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Networking & Technical Support Specialist Graduate

This small school has made a big difference in my life.

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Medical Administrative Assistant Graduate

My experience in the Ridley-Lowell HVAC/R program has been one of the most challenging yet rewarding experiences in my life.

C. Reeder
HVAC Installation & Service Technician

Ridley-Lowell has helped me find the right program at the right time to fit the needs of my schedule and personal goals.

Kimberly V.
Legal Administrative Assistant Graduate

Ridley Lowell's massage program really prepared me for my exciting career in massage therapy. The teachers were supportive and knowledgeable and gave me the confidence to go out and apply what I learned in the real world. I am currently employed as a massage therapist at the prestigious Adam Broderick Spa and I am so thankful to the entire staff at Ridley Lowell for a wonderful educational experience!

Maria G.
LMT Massage Therapy Graduate

I always knew I had a passion for skin due to my own challenges. The Ridley Esthetics program is excellent and I had a blast the entire time. The staff is wonderful and make sure to teach you all that is needed to help you live out your passion. I also enjoyed getting pampered everyday and pampering others. Making people feel beautiful is what we Estheticians do!

Lynn O.
Esthetic Graduate

Ridley-Lowell taught me everything I needed to know. Today, the skills Ridley-Lowell taught me saved my patient's life when he dropped because he couldn't breathe in the heat. I performed CPR effectively for 8 mins and 37 secs until the medics arrived with their AED and they jumped his heart. He's going to be fine thanks to my quick persistent skills and action that I learned throughout my time at Ridley. Thank you - you made me appreciate what I do every day. Its not easy, but I love it. Ridley shaped me as an adult and prepared me for my future, including nursing school. I love Ridley-Lowell!

Rebecca C.
Medical Assisting Graduate

Ridley-Lowell has an excellent Networking and Technical Support Specialist program. This is exactly what I was looking for in a school. The instruction helped me attain four IT certifications.

William D.
Networking and Technical Support Specialist Graduate

Ridley-Lowell helped me complete the medical training stated by the military. The Medical Assistant program was fun, exciting and fast paced. I now have a full-time career working in a physicians’ office. For the first time in my life, I enjoy going to work. The Ridley-Lowell staff has been extremely supportive from the day I enrolled to graduation and beyond. Thank you, Ridley-Lowell, for putting my career back on track.

Drew F.
Medical Assistant Graduate

Ridley-Lowell opened the door for me. From here I can move forward with confidence, knowing that no matter what path I choose in the future I’m an excellent student, and there are no limits to what I can achieve now that the initial fear of education is gone.

Susan L.
Medical Assistant Graduate