Student Spotlight: Molly Turner

Molly Turner

Molly Turner
Major: Dental Assistant

Just a few years into her first career, Molly Turner found something amiss in parks and recreation. Planning special events, running summer camps and overseeing a fitness center may sound like fun, but for Turner the work was stressful and she didn’t like it.

“I was always intrigued by the dental field but I never acted on it because I already had a job,” she said. “After two-plus years of contemplating back and forth, back and forth, I realized I better take the plunge and go back to school and do it.”

In 2012, Turner completed the Dental Assistant program through College of DuPage Continuing Education. She kept her park district job for most of the one-semester, 280-hour course.

“I really liked the convenience of the classes being offered at night, and it was a short program,” said Turner, who also got engaged just before she entered the program.

At the start of her externship that fall, Turner quit her job, hopeful that she would get hired at a dental practice right away. Little did she know it would be the same dentist she saw as a patient. Amber Dental in Wheaton, which served as her training site for the clinical portion of the program, offered Turner a job after her final exam in December.

“I took a big chance. It all worked out and I’m very thankful,” she said.

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