Stephanie Krueger always loved math and science, and she has long held the desire to work in a lab, preparing life-enhancing medications. After 10 years working as an accountant, she decided to finally follow her dream.
After starting out in the Medical Laboratory Technician program at CCAC, she realized the Pharmacy Technician program fit more with her goals. Switching majors was not difficult with the help of the advisors at CCAC South Campus, and now she is set to graduate in the fall with a Pharmacy Technician Associate of Science degree. Krueger is looking forward to working in a hospital pharmacy where she can make IV bags and medications and work closely with the patients.
“They’re preparing us really well.”
—Stephanie Krueger, student, CCAC Pharmacy Technician program
As a busy mother of six with five still at home, taking classes and studying has been something of a balancing act. While classes have been challenging, her professors have been there for her every step of the way.
Professor Dr. Charles Karnack, a registered pharmacist who works at Mercy Hospital, is an example of CCAC’s faculty—highly skilled educators with real-world experience. “They’re preparing us really well,” said Krueger. “I’m learning so much and the lessons are always reinforcing what we’ve learned.”
She likes the fact she can email her professors if she has a question, and she can drop into CCAC’s Math Café and learning assistance center whenever she needs help. These free student services have been “fantastic.”
Krueger also cites CCAC’s small class sizes as a definite plus. Students and professors are able to get to know one another, and as a nontraditional student, she never feels isolated. “It’s the perfect environment to learn something new.”