Achievement & Purpose: Start Your Trocaire Story

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Even though our four alumni all come from different places and walks of life, there
are a few important things they have in common.

They all had a willingness to work hard and commit themselves to the experience of learning new things. But perhaps just as importantly, they all found a source of inspiration and support from Trocaire.

Here, you’ll learn in the classroom, in our hands-on labs and from real-life service. You’ll gain the support and mentorship you’ve been looking for, as well as valuable connections with your fellow students. And you’ll graduate ready to not just change your life, but also your community and the world around you.

ACHIEVEMENT & PURPOSE


4ACHIEVEMENT

& PURPOSE

STORIES

For more than 50 years, students have come to Trocaire College seeking

the career education, theoretical knowledge and real-world clinical

experience they need to succeed. They also find plenty of support from

their instructors and peers, as well as a culture of self-discovery, dignity

and professionalism.

1Lisa M. Pease ’18

Surgical Technician

They emerge as skilled professionals, ready to not only change their

lives, but also the lives of everyone around them.

Over the next few pages, you’ll get to know four of our alumni. Each

journey is completely unique. Yet two things form a common thread: a

desire to care for others and for the place that helped make that goal

possible, Trocaire.


3

2 4

Ky Ly ’17

Health Information Technology

Coding Technician

Jenna Kendzierski ’17

Cardiac Sonographer

Kittrella Whitlock ’20

Nurse


1

Lisa

M. Pease ’18

Surgical Technician

On the way home from her 30th birthday party, Lisa Pease’s

husband asked if she had any regrets.

“I should have been a nurse,” was her reply.

Within days of making this statement, Lisa would find herself

taking the entrance exam to start classes at Trocaire.

I LOVE

EVERY DAY

I GO TO

WORK

She was anything but a traditional student. For the

past 13 years, she’d built a successful career as a

hairdresser. But Lisa couldn’t help feeling she was

drawn to a different path. Fortunately, she discovered

that no matter the obstacle or challenge, there was

always someone at Trocaire ready to support her.

“Everyone I came in contact with, from my advisors

and teachers to even the women who worked at the

bookstore, was there to help,” said Lisa. “Being an

older student, my time was precious. But I never had

to struggle to find a resource.”

While she started in the Radiologic Technology program,

she eventually found her way to the Surgical Technology

program. After worrying about losing an entire year of

hard work, she got great advice from an instructor.

“No knowledge is wasted knowledge.” This gave her the

confidence she needed to succeed.

She discovered that she loved the hands-on portion of

her education. “When I did my first procedure, it was

one of the most thrilling moments of my life. That’s

when I realized that coming to Trocaire was one of the

best decisions I’ve ever made.”

As a surgical technologist, Lisa assists in numerous

surgeries every day, including orthopedics, podiatry,

nose and throat, and plastic surgery. “Being in

healthcare has more than lived up to my dreams.

There’s never a day where I don’t learn something

new. It’s still exciting for me.”


I love every day I go to work.

There’s never a day where I

don’t learn something new.

Even if I do the same surgery

as yesterday, every patient

offers a new and exciting

opportunity to keep learning.

Lisa M. Pease ’18

Surgical Technician


THE BEST

DECISION I’VE

EVER MADE


2

Jenna

Kendzierski ’17

Cardiac Sonographer

Jenna Kendzierski went from being a history major to the ROTC and a

five-and-a-half-year career as an intelligence officer before deciding to

change careers. She’d had a few ultrasounds while in the service and

was always interested in getting into the X-ray field. She consulted

with her mother-in-law, a lifelong nurse, who told her that Trocaire’s

students were always incredibly competent.

When she started classes, she quickly forgot any worries

that being a nontraditional student would raise. Her

classes were filled with a mix of recent high school

graduates, people like her who had been to school before,

and even a student who was starting her third career.

“This was different from anything I had ever done. I had

a history degree and I didn’t think my mind was geared

for learning science. But the teachers were very helpful,”

said Jenna.

Even though she did well in class, she still sought out

extra opportunities. “There was so much support.

And while I didn’t necessarily need tutoring, I would

go every week just to ensure I was learning as much

as I could.”

Trocaire’s mix of in-class and hands-on learning worked

well for her, too. “Because the clinical experience was

shown, not just talked about, I could already do the

job by the time I graduated. And when I started in

echocardiography, I was hired by Sister’s Hospital before

I got my degree.”

Now, Jenna works as an echocardiographer and even

teaches classes at her alma mater. ”I started as a

student ambassador in the admissions office, then

spoke at events for prospective students before

becoming an alumni tutor. So I guess you could say

that I just like giving back to Trocaire.”

People may ask themselves,

‘Can I go back to school

with work and a family?’

I would tell people that you

definitely can. And it’s not

just because of the flexibility

Trocaire offers. Flexibility

only goes so far. It’s because

of the support.

Jenna Kendzierski ’17

Cardiac Sonographer


MAKE YOUR

CAREER

We’ve built our success as a great healthcare school.

And now we’ve grown to offer a variety of certificate,

associate and bachelor’s degree programs that will

prepare you or advance your skills—for a multitude of

in-demand technology careers.

97 %

of alumni surveyed said

their Trocaire College degree

helped them get their job

Trocaire-trained professionals are consistently in

high demand. Beyond the opportunity for high

earning potential, our graduates also enjoy plenty of

opportunities for long-term growth. Which means

you won’t be getting just another job. You’ll be blazing

your own trail with a career you can be proud of.

The opportunity to discover an amazing job that

rewards and fulfills you—physically and emotionally—

is here. We’re ready to teach you how to make a

difference every single day for the rest of your life.

$61K

Average starting nursing salary


96 %

of Trocaire alumni who completed our

graduation survey are employed in their

field or continuing their education within

six months of graduation

#3

Workforce Development

provider in Western New York

97 %

of graduating students were satisfied

or extremely satisfied with their

overall experience at Trocaire


TROCAIRE

WAS THE ONLY

COLLEGE I

APPLIED TO


3 Health

Ky Ly ’17

Information Technology Coding Technician

Ky Ly is currently a certified Epic Health Information Management

Coding Analyst who configures the proprietary Epic coding system.

But his story starts across the world in Vietnam, a country he left

when he was just a toddler.

Settling in Buffalo, his mother and stepfather worked

tirelessly to provide for their family. The journey to

discover his career began as a high school junior, when

a field trip to Trocaire gave him a glimpse of his future.

After taking one look at the nursing simulation labs,

Ky made Trocaire the only school he applied to.

While he started in the Registered Nursing program,

Ky found that while he wanted to help people, he

didn’t enjoy hands-on nursing. A counselor helped him

discover the HIT program, which is all about organizing,

analyzing and protecting valuable healthcare data.

“My advice is to pick the major that’s meant for you and

not just one your friends are in. That’ll be the difference

in the end when you love your job because you’re

passionate about it,” said Ky.

Ky thrived once he changed programs. And he still

remembers the support that Trocaire’s faculty—one in

particular—gave him. “A story I always tell is that during

my freshman year—and I’ll never forget this—I was late

to a class because I had overslept. The professor walked

out of class and called me to remind me that everyone

else had already started and I’d better get my butt

there! Typically you hear college professors could care

less if you show up or not, that it’s your tuition. I feel

like no other school would do this,” remembered Ky.

Today, his work ensures that his employer’s systems

are as efficient as possible. “This increases our revenue,

which provides the organization the resources to get

better technology, hire highly skilled healthcare workers,

and ultimately offer the best care to our patients.”

I stepped off the bus on

a high school trip, saw

the campus, felt the

energy in the building,

and immediately knew

this was the only place

I wanted to attend.

Ky Ly ’17

Health Information Technology

Coding Technician


If you have more than one

passion, you don’t have to

live by the rules and go to

school for just one thing.

You can study something

else. You can create your

own career. After all, it’s

your own destiny.

Kittrella Whitlock ’20

Nurse & Entrepreneur


I’M FULFILLING

A PASSION

4 Nurse

Kittrella Whitlock ’20

& Entrepreneur

After earning her bachelor’s in

communications and master’s

in public relations and corporate

communications from NYU, Kittrella

found her journey through corporate

America was filled with job loss and

broken promises.

Then, her father had a stroke.

As she spent days and nights with him in the hospital,

she found that her interactions with his care team

reminded her that she once dreamed of being a nurse.

She recalled, “The biggest regret I’ve had my whole

life is ‘what if?’. You know, what if I had become a

nurse or a doctor in the medical field?”

At Trocaire, she found a new path. And while she

doesn’t see it as a career change—“I’m adding to my

skills, not reinventing myself,” she says—she is excited

to combine her existing skills, such as communicating

with others, research and marketing, with the new

things she’s learned at the school.

“I have two degrees, but nursing was the toughest

time in school I’ve ever encountered,” said Kittrella.

Yet she found support from peer mentors and the

faculty, saying, “The faculty and student relationship

feels like one big family. They even stop by your

house to see if you’re OK. Trocaire exceeded my

expectations.”

Now, she’s getting ready to start her nursing career

while running her own public relations business. “I

know that I’m passionate about a lot of different

things. And I’m finally living my truth,” said Kittrella.

Does she have any advice for aspiring students?

“My whole thing is please don’t be afraid to leap. You

may not know what the future looks like. It may be

scary, but taking a leap of faith can be the best thing

for you.”


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TROCAIRE STORY

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Even though our four alumni all come from different places and walks of life, there

are a few important things they have in common.

They all had a willingness to work hard and commit themselves to the experience

of learning new things. But perhaps just as importantly, they all found a source of

inspiration and support from Trocaire.

Here, you’ll learn in the classroom, in our hands-on labs and from real-life service.

You’ll gain the support and mentorship you’ve been looking for, as well as valuable

connections with your fellow students. And you’ll graduate ready to not just

change your life, but also your community and the world around you.

This is where careers of achievement and lives of

purpose begin. Contact our admissions team today

at 716-827-2545.

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