May 21, 2024

Like many high school students standing at the crossroads of their future, Lydia Maule was unsure of her career direction. It wasn’t until she took an EMT course through Century College’s 916 program that her path became clear.

She knew she wanted to get into the medical field, and nursing was her first choice; however, due to the prolonged wait, she chose Century College’s Medical Assistant program, a decision made because of her passion for making a difference.

“I attended a Century College career open house, met students and faculty from the program, took a tour, and instantly fell in love with the program,” Lydia enthuses.

Century College: Building a Community

Century College became more than just an educational institution for Lydia; it became a place where she could truly thrive. She transformed from a reserved student to an active participant and leader. As a program ambassador, Lydia shared her enthusiasm and insights with prospective students, embodying the spirit of community that Century College prides itself on.

A consummate team player, she created group chats for students to discuss questions or to have a study group session. “We’re all in this together, and I want everyone to be successful,” Lydia says. “The Medical Assisting program is so dear to my heart. If you are looking to go into the medical field, the teachers are passionate about their jobs. They care for you and your success. They check in on you with your clinicals and want you to pass your certification tests and be successful.”

Outstanding Student Award: A Heartfelt Recognition

Lydia’s dedication and zest for learning did not go unnoticed. Being honored with an Outstanding Student award was a moment of both surprise and deep appreciation for her. It underscored her love for Medical Assisting and her contribution to creating an engaging, supportive learning environment.

Her active participation in the Medical Assistant Program Advisory Board further underscores her commitment to her personal growth and enhancing the program for future students.

“It’s heartwarming,” she laughs, “This award and the recognition means so much. Medical Assisting is so much fun, and I love meeting new people.

“Century College is a household name for many programs, especially Medical Assisting. There are high expectations for students coming to Century College. You can get a good job with an Associate’s degree,” Lydia notes.

Helpful Resource Centers

Her path has not always been easy. During the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Lydia took a break from her courses, and worked 12-hour shifts in retail, while getting her certification in Phlebotomy. (She works as a certified Phlebotomist.)

When she returned to Century, she strengthened her academic skills by utilizing the College’s Writing, Math, and Science Resource Centers. “The resource centers are a great place to get extra help,” she says. “Century’s small class sizes are great, and the teachers know your name. If you need to speak to a teacher one-on-one, you can jump on a Zoom call, and they have regular office hours. Century’s teachers are there to help you.”

Looking Forward to a Bright Future

Lydia graduated debt-free from Century this Spring, having paid for her education. “Education is a lot less expensive at a Community College. You can save a lot of money. People think they have to go to a four-year university right away, but you can take your time to find the classes you like. When you’re ready, you can easily transfer,” she says.

Lydia Maule’s story is a reminder that with determination, support, and the right opportunities, every student can carve out a successful path for themselves.

This Fall, she’ll be taking nursing pre-requisite classes in the Fall. “I’m so excited, I want to do everything! Who knows, maybe one day I’ll return to Century as a teacher. Anything is possible.

“I’m so glad I chose the College. Century College is a great place to start your career.”


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