Nicole Habeger – Student Highlight

Meet Nicole Habeger, our student highlight feature for the week!

Nichole has worked in healthcare for many years and is attending the Cardio Phlebotomy program at Boardman Training Center. She chose this program because caring for others is important to her.

Before deciding to attend BTC and get on the fast track to an exciting new career, Nicole attended larger universities, but decided that they were not worth it for her. In high school, she also attended a local career and technical center, earning her STNA.

Nicole has many years of experience in the medical field, as she worked eight years at a retirement home and one year at a local hospital. Eventually, Nicole decided to try working in a different field, but she soon discovered that a career in healthcare is what’s right for her.

Nicole Habeger-Student Highlight

“I tried to get out of the medical field and very soon discovered it is what I need to do. I am a caretaker through and through,” said Nicole. She has little cousins and loves them like they are her own kids. She is always there for them and helps with anything they need.

“It seems like a great place. I fell in love with phlebotomy at the hospital and they offer it here,” said Nicole when asked why she choose Boardman Training Center to prepare for an exciting career in the healthcare field.

Nicole said her favorite part of attending Boardman Training Center is “the smaller classes and the personalities of all the instructors and directors. They truly care about everyone who walks through that door!”

When asked what her favorite class is so far at BTC, Nicole said that phlebotomy is her favorite because she loves drawing blood.

After graduation, Nicole wants to work as a phlebotomist or in a medical office so that she has the opportunity to help other people. With so many years of experience in healthcare, Nicole knows she has a lot of directions she can go in her future career, and she would like to pursue more positions in a lab setting.

Nicole would like her life to be comfortable and happy in five years. She would like to get married and start a family, and does not want to struggle living paycheck to paycheck.

Nicole said she would absolutely recommend Boardman Training Center to a friend! “I truly believe this is the best money I’ve ever spent. They set you up for success. They will do everything in their power to make sure everything is suitable for your needs. If there is anything they can do to make your life a little easier, stand back because they will all do their best to help,” said Nicole.

Now that she’s on her way to an exciting new career in healthcare, Nicole said she is very thankful that she was able to start the Cardio Phlebotomy program at BTC. She enjoys previous graduates coming into visit the teachers and giving pep talks to the classes.

When asked if she has any advice for others thinking of attending healthcare career training classes at BTC, Nicole said, “Nikki is persistent. If she sees something in you, she is not going to let you walk away easily. Just ask questions, because if you have questions, chances are that someone else does. Never be afraid to talk to your instructors. Don’t give up! They won’t let you anyway!”

After she completes her cardio phlebotomy classes, Nicole would like to enroll in the Medical Office Specialist career training program at Boardman Training Center to continue to advance her skills in the healthcare field.

Are you looking to start an exciting new career in the healthcare field? Or maybe you already work in healthcare but want to advance your career by gaining specific knowledge and skills? Whatever your career goals, Boardman Training Center offers healthcare training classes to help you get there.

Explore our career training programs in Cardio Phlebotomy, EKG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, and Medical Office Specialist and request information to get started!

Shelby Timms – Student Highlight

Shelby Timms is a student at Boardman Training Center (BTC) and enrolled in the Medical Office Specialist program. Shelby decided to enroll in BTC after seeing an ad on Instagram and immediately reached out by phone because she knew she needed a career change. Prior to attending BTC Shelby ran training operations for a small business called Rise Pies. Shelby was responsible for running the store and developing training materials. The medical field had always been an interest of Shelby’s but after being out of school for seven years, she wasn’t sure she would be able to find the right kind of program for her. However, she felt comfortable with the programs at Boardman Training Center because of the smaller classes, one on one instruction, and the ability to focus on one class at a time.

Shelby stated, “My favorite part of attending BTC is the staff! The staff makes you feel welcome and that you are not just ‘another student’. The instructors and staff make the workload fun and interactive, and do not act robotic when teaching.” Shelby also stated, “I love all of the teachers and couldn’t imagine picking a favorite because each of them has a teaching style that makes the classwork fun and easy to understand. I just started the EKG Technician program, and I feel that this is going to be one of my favorites.”

After graduation, Shelby would like to start her career in an office to begin to apply her new knowledge, but within the next five years, Shelby wants to either have a BSN or RN degree and be able to grow in her medical career.

Learn More about the Medical Office Specialist Program