When 20-year-old Cheyenne Gentry first came to Lorain County Community College at 16, she knew she wanted to work in the medical field. She took many medical-related college courses during high school through post-secondary enrollment options (PESO, now known as College Credit Plus) in order to figure out her plan.
After two years of attending LCCC, an instructor helped her figure out exactly what she wanted. Today the Lorain resident is about to earn her EMS short term technical certificate as the youngest in a family of eight children—and the only one to graduate from college.
Once she starts working she will earn her paramedics credentials, Gentry said. She later hopes to take flight classes and work on life flights while studying pediatric critical care.
“I chose to attend LCCC because I had a baby while I was in high school and I only wanted the best for her because the future I create is the future she will live in,” Gentry said. “While I waited for my class to graduate I did the PSEO program that LCCC offers so that I could earn college credit while in high school. By doing so it has allowed me to spend less time in college after high school and put me on an early road to creating the right future for my family.”
She said many factors helped her succeed, such as teachers, the right classes, flexible scheduling, the PSEO program, family, determination and motivation.
“I have so many LCCC staff who helped me,” Gentry said. “First off was Kathy Durham in her anatomy and physiology class. She took time to tutor me when I needed help in the class and even helped me figure out the best way for me to study so that I could remember all the information.
Next were my EMS instructors Nick Gamellia and Tom Zilka. Anytime that I had any questions or needed any help in the class they were right there to help. They would answer my questions as best as they could to give me all the information that I needed.”