Alumni Profile: Homegrown Talent: Nursing Graduate Gets an Early Start

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She landed her dream career when she was barely 22 years old.

It helps that Jessica Ott started paving her career path when she was a junior in high school. Ott enrolled in Northeast Iowa Community College’s concurrent enrollment program when she was 16.  She took several college level classes including Composition, Speech and earned her Certified Nurse Aide licensure.

“Instead of sitting in a study hall, I was taking college classes,” said Ott.

This gave Ott a jumpstart into her college education, with the majority of the College’s general education requirements already completed.

“It helped me out and saved me a lot of money,” she said.

During the next two years, Ott completed nursing courses to become a Registered Nurse. The hands-on learning experience gave her the tools she would eventually need in her nursing career.

“The instructors helped me more than I can even explain. But they really push you; it’s not easy,” the graduate explained.

Ott graduated from Northeast Iowa Community College in May 2017 and, just a few days later, accepted a nursing position at Winneshiek Medical Center. Each day she cares for patients in the hospital’s medical and surgical wing. She’s right where she wants to be.

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