As an undergraduate student at Carroll College, Megan Olszewski combined the Community Health major with a Business Administration minor to prepare her for a career in the health administration. During her time in Helena, she gained programmatic development skills inside and outside of the classroom by participating in service-learning projects, managing the football team, becoming a Community Advisor, serving on the Presidential Search Committee, and co-chairing the annual IMPACT campaign her senior year.
“Carroll College provided me with the professional confidence and education I needed to seek an internship with a nationally recognized residential health facility, Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch (YBGR). It was such a great fit! Tey called me right before my last undergraduate final and asked if I would interview for an open administration position!”
After graduating with the Class of 2013, Megan started in June with YBGR as a Human Resources Representative. Her responsibilities encompass many aspects of health administration including volunteer and internship coordinating, employee recruitment, human resource management, and developing media for publication. Within two months of employment, Megan had the opportunity to lead the design of an advertisement recruiting a Psychiatrist for YBGR. It will be published for 6 months in The Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, which circulates nationally to over 9,000 professionals.
"The accomplishment of being tasked with such a significant project so quickly is a testimony to the ability of Carroll College to develop exceptionally capable professionals, and I am incredibly blessed to be one of them."
During her four years at Carroll, Shelby worked hard to learn the concepts needed to improve the lives of others. Along with taking an active part in the classroom, Shelby was very involved in Campus Ministry, Freshman Orientation, and assisting with the freshman retreat during her Junior and Senior Years.
Each semester Shelby volunteered at different non-profit organizations around Helena enhancing her knowledge of concepts learned in the class. Applying course content to hands-on experiences prepared Shelby for an internship with Providence Health Plans (PHP) in Portland, OR. While Shelby was at PHP, she developed a complete hydration campaign which was published in July 2012.
In September 2013 Shelby started at her new position with Cover Oregon in Durham, OR. Cover Oregon is an online market place where Individuals and small group employers (50 people or less) can compare insurance providers across Oregon and decide what will work best for them.
"The knowledge that I gained in classes at Carroll and during my internship prepared me for my new job. Without Carroll’s Course work, I would not have been offered such an amazing opportunity."
Bubba Bartlett, Health Sciences major from the class of 2012, spent his four years at Carroll working hard both in the classroom and on the football field. While he helped to produce four national NAIA championships (2007-11), he also was among the first graduates in the Health Science major.
"The degree helped me find a wonderful opportunity that I just couldn't pass up," he said.
Hired right after graduation, Bubba became a medical and surgical sales consultant for Physician Sales and Service headquartered in Jacksonville, FL. He is responsible for the Montana region, and travels the state assisting independent clinics with efficiency and cost controls as well as providing innovative medical supplies and services from medical disposables to diagnostic medical equipment and everything else in between.
"I never thought I'd be doing this, but I love the job and I love the chance to stay in Montana."
As a member of the women’s soccer team, Taryne Ela spent hours both on the field and on the road. Even with her busy schedule, she was able to complete her degree in Health Sciences with a concentration in Psychology and Anthrozoology and graduated with the class of 2012.
"Carroll really allowed me to tailor my classes so that they suited my interests in psychology and hippotherapy as well as take all the pre-request classes for physical therapy school," she said.
While at Carroll Ela volunteered for Food Share and held an internship with Special Olympics of Montana as a Training Coordinator for the Tri-Counties Area. She worked as the Head Equine Instructor at Eagle Mount of Montana for two years, as well as Fisher Physical Therapy for a semester. She was accepted to the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program at the University of New England in Portland, Maine and will begin classes in August.
"I am very excited to pursue my career in hippotherapy (using horses to provide physical therapy to people with disabilities); after PT school I want to conduct research on hippotherapy and eventually own my own practice."
After graduating in May of 2011 with a degree in Community Health, Rachel Franklin completed a CDC funded internship for Helena that focused on improving the health of a whole community. Her work entailed a complete community health assessment and action plan for the Helena area.
After moving back to Washington, Rachel found employment with Healthways as a Health and Wellness Coach and Lifestyle Management. She works with hundreds of people each month helping them make SMART goals for themselves based on the Transtheoretical Stages of Change Model.
"I had no idea these types of jobs were out there. It’s so fulfilling to see my members improve their health and meet their goals. Some have even gone off their medications due to the lifestyle changes they have made and sustained!"
Christy Neiffer, had earned a Carroll College Nursing Degree in 2007, but injuries kept her from the rigorous hours that nursing demanded. After much thought, she chose to return to Carroll to work on a degree in Community Health. After graduation in 2011, she worked in public health for small nonprofit agencies in the area. She currently works on the Healthy Mother’s Healthy Babies’ cribs program which provides free cribs for at-risk families throughout Montana.
Christy was recently invited to attend the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Champion Training in Detroit, Michigan for the unveiling of the new “Safe to Sleep Campaign.” She was also recently hired to work in Montana’s new state run Health Clinic in Helena.
Christy says, "Since graduating, these degrees have taken me places and introduced me to wonderful opportunities that I never dreamed possible."
"The Community Health Program at Carroll is amazing. One of the most appealing aspects was being able to customize the experience to my interests. I had the freedom to choose electives that were specific to my career goals and faculty support in finding a job shadow, field experience, and internships that allow me to explore various aspect of community health. Every semester I have had the opportunity to go into the community and gain hands on experience. I believe these experiences will give me a competitive edge when applying for jobs and graduate school in the future. I came to Carroll with a specific career goal; however, after seeing the wide spectrum of jobs available within the Community Health field my future has been opened to seemingly endless possibilities."
Katharine Cooney, Current Carroll Student
"Currently I am enrolled in the University of Montana's Health Promotion Master's degree program and working for a health purchasing company (MAHCP) as their wellness coordinator. My future career goals are to become a corporate work-site health consultant. Carroll's Community Health program prepared me for my graduate school experience and gave me a wide range of knowledge from sports nutrition to program planning. The possibilities with a community health degree are endless and I would recommend it to anyone who is considering a career in the health field."
Chelsea Bond, Class of 2003
"My time at Carroll was nothing short of incredible! The Community Health program taught me the in's and out's of educating people regarding their personal health and inspired me to become a certified fitness specialist. During my senior year at Carroll I became an ACE (American Council on Exercise) Certified Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer. The Kinesiology, Exercise Physiology, and Sports Nutrition and Conditioning classes have been very beneficial as I coach the Carroll Cheer Squad. I am so grateful to the Carroll staff and professors for all of the encouragement they provided to help me achieve my goals, and I look forward to the exciting future that my degree has awarded me!"
Beth (Downey) Paffhausen, Class of 2008
"My experience with the Community Health major was more than what I had anticipated. I was introduced to the community with service learning projects as well as an amazing internship. The networking skills and community connections I gained have helped me further my career beyond what I thought at the time.
Post graduation I have done contract work in two departments with the State of Montana, Epidemiology/Communicable Disease Control and Prevention Bureau/Tuberculosis and the Cardiovascular Health Program. In both departments I was asked to apply for full time positions, unfortunately I had to turn them down due to my relocation to Cleveland, Ohio. However, the professional relationships that I have made are helping me to continue with my Community Health field in Ohio. I am currently applying for jobs at the Cleveland Clinic, the Bureau of Infectious Disease & Controls Tuberculosis Program, and the Akron General Hospital.
If there is any advice I can give to a Senior with or without this degree, it would be to take your internship very seriously. Even when it is over, put in one day a week if you can and help them out. The dedication will impress and more than your foot will be in the door."
Dondi Lish, Class of 2008