When Angela Salazar started her education at Florida Technical College in April of 2013, she was a single mom of a one-week-old baby girl. Salazar was jobless and had just moved from Daytona Beach to DeLand because of a domestic violence situation. The U.S. Army disabled veteran only knew one person: Marisol Miranda.
“She brought me in for a tour and showed me that I am not alone in this world,” Salazar said. “She showed me that I can have dreams and goals and achieve them one day a time.”
Salazar began the Medical Assistant Program that day and finished with honors in 2014. She started work in her field immediately and could not have been happier.
“You see, the dreams she made me realize were small to some but huge for me, to be able to provide for my family,” Salazar said.
Salazar moved up quickly as a medical assistant and got the opportunity to further her education one year later. She came back to Florida Technical College in 2016 and received her associate’s degree in Medical Assisting with BMO in 2017.
With the help of several current and past faculty members, Salazar enrolled in the Allied Health Bachelor’s program at Florida Technical College in DeLand in 2018. She is currently attending classes and is set to receive her degree in February of 2020.
“I will be the first person in my family to have achieved this,” Salazar said. “I hope to show my children that anything is possible with hard work and a great community of people behind you.”
Throughout her college courses, Salazar has been an active member of the Leadership Ambassadors and received mentorship from academic instructors and professors at Florida Technical College.
“There were several times that I wanted to give up and throw in the towel,” Salazar said. “But one look at my children’s faces and I know I had to finish the race for all of us. I am almost there.”
About FTC: Founded in 1982 to provide private, post-secondary education in specialized fields, Florida Technical College is an academic unit of National University College (NUC), which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267) 284-5000. MSCHE is a regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. FTC offers associate and bachelor’s degrees and diploma programs in a range of professions, including healthcare, business, construction trades, information technology, hospitality, and cosmetology. FTC campuses are located in Orlando, Kissimmee, Lakeland, Tampa, DeLand, Pembroke Pines, and Cutler Bay. Program availability varies by campus.