By: Riley Holcraft
The Tennessee Reconnect Program gives eligible, nontraditional students the chance to attend community colleges free of tuition, and Volunteer State Community College is home to several participants.
Lindsay Williams is a reconnect student enrolled in the Vol State Dental Assistant Program; she is also president of the Dental Assistants Club.
Williams is passionate about leading a club dedicated to real-life, hands-on experience that encourages students to get an authentic taste for a career in dental assisting.
“I have come to Vol State twice before and just never really found the degree I was truly passionate about,” said Williams.
After she job-shadowed a dental assistant at a local office in Hendersonville, she discovered her love for the career.
In August, Williams was admitted into the program as a Tennessee reconnect student. She revealed that finding her interest and becoming president of the Dental Assistants Club, “has completely changed my life!”
Enrollment at Vol State is not her only recent milestone. The former Miss Kelley became Mrs. Williams in August of last year.
Her husband, Phillip, is a preacher at a local church. Williams upholds certain responsibilities as the preacher’s wife that includes teaching Sunday school, getting involved in church activities, and showcasing positive energy.
She is recognized as “a Tennessee girl at heart” that is proud of the Christian faith, and she enjoys spending quality time with her husband, church family, and friends.
Williams hopes to become a mother in the near future and raise her child within the church culture.
In her free time, she operates a craft business making and selling wreaths and home decor. She remains busy by juggling school, church, and other hobbies, but her main goal in life is to use her compassion and humility to help and inspire others.
Since serving her community is vital to her, Williams always tries to find a way to intertwine her daily routine with the helping of others.
Her value of service blends well with The Dental Assistants Club since it is involved in multiple service-learning projects throughout the year.
Williams admires “the daily opportunity we have to improve someone’s self-confidence, the excitement of preparing treatments for patients, and our positive influence on people.”
Being a part of both the program and the club encourages students to not only perform the job correctly but also become ethical people dedicated to quality care for patients.