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IntelliTec College In Grand Junction Graduate Jenifer Denney Believes She Can Go Anywhere in Her CareerDental Assisting graduate finds success with a can-do attitude and the hard work it takes to reach goals
There was a time when Jenifer Denney thought she might not make it through high school. Yet here she is today employed full time as a Dental Assistant, and the only employee in a prosthodontics office. She works the front desk, chair side and even functions as the lab technician.
“I’m so thankful I learned the fundamentals and experienced an externship while at IntelliTec. I can please even the most particular dentist, because I learned how to do things right,” explains Denney.
Dental Assisting Leads to a Bright Future With Career Advancement Opportunities
Denney feels lucky to currently work at an office that she loves, with an employer who believes in her and encourages her to further her training. She projects, “My five year plan? To continue to learn everything I can both by experience and by furthering my education.”
“He’s [the dentist] already sent me to several classes. I continue to build my skills and truly believe I’m on a career path with unlimited potential.” Her constant learning curve builds her confidence and leaves her grateful for an employer who believes in her future in dentistry.
Life is About Overcoming Obstacles with a Determination to Succeed
Denney lost her dad in 10th grade, which forced her to tackle adult issues as she worked alongside her mom cleaning vacation rentals to make ends meet. “I never really acted my age,” she added. Her mature outlook and personal expectations led her to jump into her education and career plans with both feet – without hesitation.
When she graduated from IntelliTec College with a 4.0 GPA, she did so as the youngest student in the Dental Assistant program. According to Jennifer Prather, Dental Assistant Program Manager at IntelliTec College, “Being able to get along with the older students could have been a big obstacle. But she has such a bubbly personality; you can’t help but like her.”
Denney’s goals are clear, “I am going to be the best at what I want to be; not just that girl, but the best girl.” This approach garnered her respect and admiration from classmates, and teachers alike. Her instructor, Karl Kunstadter, DDS, shared, “Jenifer has a personality that draws other people to her. Her attitude is one of ‘I can do that and I can do it well.’ She is a willing team player and always ready to help another student with course work or in the dental lab.”
IntelliTec’s Caring Environment Offered Support and Necessary Technical Skills
As much as she prides herself on her accomplishments while enrolled in the Dental Assistant program, she also believes she couldn’t have made it without the supportive network that IntelliTec College in Grand Junction fosters.
Denney explains, “I tell people all the time what a great school IntelliTec is, and how much I learned there. I can’t imagine going to any other school.”
“I went from spending 50% – 100% of my time on campus. I loved knowing I could walk through the halls and everyone knew my name. Even Dr. Scott, the campus director, greeted me in the hallways!” she exclaims.
About IntelliTec College in Grand Junction
IntelliTec’s Dental Assistant program is a Professional Certificate program that is designed to be completed in 9 months. Learn dental assisting skills in the classroom and work hands-on in a fully functioning dental clinic right on campus. Complete on-the-job training during your externship and prepared to sit for two industry-recognized Dental Assistant certification exams.
IntelliTec College in Grand Junction offers hands-on career training in Automotive Technician, Business Office Administration & Accounting, Cosmetologist, Dental Assistant, Medical Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, and Refrigeration & HVAC Technician. Request more information at www.IntelliTec.edu or call 800-724-9636.