Dental Assisting Student Highlight – Kelsey Casto

Kelsey CastoWhen choosing to attend college and obtain a degree there are many aspects to consider. Does the college offer the program I am passionate about? Do the instructors offer individualized support? Will my schedule be flexible? These are just a few vital questions to ask when exploring your options.

Dental Assisting student, Kelsey Casto says she chose to transfer to West Virginia Junior College for two main reasons.

“I chose WVJC because I wanted to be a dental assistant and I knew a lot of people there have children so the staff would work with schedules well.”

Kelsey began her journey at the Charleston campus in February of 2015. Since enrolling she has served as a model student to her classmates and thrived in academics.

Originally, Kelsey was interested in pursuing a career in pediatric dentistry but through her courses and labs she has discovered she is most interested in family dentistry or orthodontics.

Upon graduating in August 2016, she hopes to begin her career in dentistry close to her hometown of Ripley, WV.

“I love my dental classes! I love how hands-on the courses are,” says Casto.

While balancing classwork and family life is not always easy, Kelsey says her son is her main motivation to succeed.

“My son, Ace, keeps me motivated to complete my education and obtain my degree.”

Outside the classroom you can catch Kelsey outside playing with Ace, at hometown baseball games or most recently, at their fishing pond. Kelsey says her son loves to fish and with flexible class schedules and every Friday off, there is plenty of time for memory making with her son, family and friends!

The Charleston Campus is proud to announce the Dental Program Chair, Mrs. Rebecca Shamblin, received the “Instructor of the Year” award for the second year running. It makes a huge difference in students’ education when their instructors are passionate and student focused. If becoming a Dental Assistant is a journey you would like to explore, call the campus today at 304-345-2820 and schedule your personal tour!

Classes are now enrolling for summer!

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