Another Student Success Story!3 February 2014
Meet Ashlie Sokolosky, Healthcare Administration
What were you doing prior to enrolling at Pioneer Pacific College?
I was unemployed for about five months; prior to that, I worked in the restaurant industry for minimum wage. I also had recently given birth to our first child.
Why did you choose Pioneer Pacific College?
I chose Pioneer Pacific for the small class sizes and distinctive programs. I was very impressed when I first met with Diane Kelly in admissions in 2008 and with the classes required for the degrees offered. I was happy to learn that I would not personally have to register for classes because it was such a hassle at the other colleges I have been to. My decision to go back to school came after the birth of my daughter. Looking into her small face, I knew I had to do more to be able to give her the life I want her to have. I want to be able to tell her yes when she asks to play sports or participate in an extracurricular activity.
Why did you choose the Healthcare Administrative Program?
Because I knew I wanted to work in the healthcare industry, but with my squeamish stomach, knew I would not be a good candidate for the medical assisting program. I enjoy working with the public.
What were some of your challenges/experiences while a student at Pioneer Pacific College?
The biggest challenge for me was trying to balance my studies with my family. I have a three-year old, but she was only 14 months old when I started school and it was difficult getting a routine down for studying, but I did it and I am very grateful for that. During my time at Pioneer Pacific College, I joined the Future Business Leaders of America organization and helped with fundraisers for our school. I was the secretary for four terms.
What was the job search process like?
Job searching was difficult at first but I ended up going back to a job I had worked at prior to going to school. I was able to network and share with my customers experiences from school. It was very beneficial for me because I was able to land my current position as an office manager from those networking opportunities.
What are some of the skills you are using in your current job that you gained while a student at Pioneer Pacific College?
As Office Manager at Oregon Fine Wood Floors, LLC, I used QuickBooks every day. I also use MS Word, MS Excel, and the internet on a daily basis. All of these skills I learned and fine tuned while a student at Pioneer Pacific College.
What are your long term goals?
I hope to be able to grow with this company. I would like to return to Pioneer Pacific College and earn my Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management.
What advice would you like to give other students at Pioneer Pacific College?
There is no dumb question. Don’t be afraid to speak up and ask for help. Make friends with the staff because they are great resources after you graduate.