Carrie Boltz has been named North Platte Community College's Business Student of the Month for September. Boltz is a non-traditional student at NPCC studying business office technology.
"I selected NPCC because I had heard great things about the programs here," said Boltz. "I was going through some pretty big life changes and needed to figure out a new career goal."
She initially intended to spend just one year at the college to earn a certificate then find her way into the workforce. Boltz enjoyed her studies so much, however, that shortly after she began the first semester, she decided to pursue an associate degree.
"NPCC has been great to work with," said Boltz. "I can't say enough about the faculty. They have all been so helpful and understanding, but most importantly, encouraging. They really do make you feel like anything is possible."
Over the summer, Boltz earned the title of Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Master. She is the first from the college to achieve the certification and, statewide, is the only person at the postsecondary level to receive the recognition for the 2015-16 school year. Nebraska has only had five college students total named MOS Masters, and Boltz is one of them.
"Carrie is a student who pushes herself," said Jimi Cole, business/office technology instructor at NPCC. "When she sees a challenge, she faces it head on. This persistence has helped Carrie to be a great student and helped her achieve the MOS Master Certification, which we [the business faculty] could not be more proud of."
Boltz is on track to graduate from NPCC in May. Her dream is to find a job in the area of medical billing and coding, but Boltz said she would be happy with anything that allows her to use her business office technology skills.
She is currently employed through a work-study program at the college. In her spare time, Boltz enjoys serving as a member of Phi Beta Lambda, reading, photography and sewing.