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Attending College, Like Everything in Life, is About Dedication and Perseverance
Sometimes it’s the little things in life that impact our attitude and set the tone for the day ahead. For Nichole Richardson, IntelliTec College of Pueblo’s Personal Training graduate, it was the daily motivational quotes one of her teachers posted on the gym wall.
“I always looked forward to seeing what wisdom she had to share with us each day,” says Richardson.
Even after graduation, she revisits those pearls of wisdom as a means to motivate and inspire when daily life gets overly hectic.
The Personal Training Program at IntelliTec College Fit Her Like a Glove
After a recent move to Colorado, this single mother of three found herself needing to re-enter to the workforce, so she turned to her passion as a means to support herself professionally.
“I have always had a love of fitness, and when I saw that IntelliTec offered a degree and a personal training certificate, I jumped at the chance to follow my dreams,” explains Richardson.
Nichole previously attended a college where classes were large and impersonal, and she preferred the small class environment at IntelliTec where instruction was focused and individualized.
Finding a Balance Proves to be the Greatest Challenge
As any single parent recognizes, setting a balance between college and parenting is a challenging task. Richardson faced it head-on with a straightforward practicality.
“It’s something I just had to learn to juggle. It’s just part of being a mom,” she says.
According to her program supervisor, Peggy Rayburn, Richardson always found time to lend a hand to her fellow classmates.
“Nicole was always a team player. She would volunteer for outside events as well as help those who needed it,” comments Rayburn.
Instructors Take Time to Teach Inside and Outside Classrooms
Nichole viewed this approach as just another component of her degree, which she learned first-hand from invested instructors. She notes IntelliTec teachers would go to any length to ensure students were successful, making themselves available before and after class to revisit content or answer questions.
“They really wanted us not just to learn but to take that knowledge into our careers and succeed,” she says.
New Personal Training Job With Flexible Hours Fits Full-time Mom’s Schedule
Richardson accepted a position just two days after graduation at a large fitness center. They were able to accommodate her full-time parenting demands and schedule her with part-time hours, which fit her needs perfectly. She loves everything about her job, from the owners to her co-workers, and she feels lucky she gets to spend so much time in a gym pursuing her passion for fitness.
Nichole reminds students, especially “seasoned” students returning to the classroom who question their potential success,
“Even those with unfailing motivation can sometimes hit a wall. Always remember why you enrolled in the first place, and then start by putting your nose to the grindstone. If you maintain a singular focus – success – that commitment will pay off,” encourages Richardson.
About IntelliTec College of Pueblo
The Personal Training program in Pueblo gives you hands-on career training to earn your earn your Associate of Occupational Studies degree, designed to be completed in 18 months. IntelliTec College of Pueblo offers hands-on career training in automotive technician, business office administration and accounting, cosmetology, medical assistant, and personal training fields with associate degree (occupational) and professional certificate programs. Request information at www.IntelliTec.edu or call 1-800-724-9636.