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Giving to the Nicolet College Foundation is giving to your friends and family; to the EMTs and firefighters in our community; to your trusted auto mechanic and nurse attendant. It's investing in the local economy by giving to future entrepreneurs, educators, and healthcare workers. Nicolet College's services go beyond the classroom; they effect all of us.
Strong support from the Foundation makes it all possible with strong support from you.
"I moved back to my hometown to start my career."
Kricket Koehn was the first person in her family to go to college. After graduating from Rhinelander High School in 2011, she decided to take the next step at Nicolet College, and says, “I worked hard in my classes at Nicolet. I loved it.” Like most students, she enjoyed being able to live at home while attending college. She also loved the small class sizes at Nicolet College because of the individual attention she received from her instructors.
This first-generation college graduate knew that going to college wouldn’t be easy. Paying for it wouldn’t be easy either. She balanced her classes with a couple of jobs. One of those was at a dental office in Rhinelander, where she had been a patient since she was 13-years-old. She job shadowed, worked as a front desk receptionist, and even had the opportunity to do some dental assisting.
Kricket also received scholarships from the Nicolet College Foundation, and says, “Receiving a scholarship is a feeling that can’t be described, but it’s like someone is taking a burden away from you, so the student can make an impact on someone else’s life.”
It soon became clear to Kricket that she wanted to be a dentist. After graduating with her associate degree at Nicolet College in 2013, she transferred to UW Oshkosh, where she earned her bachelor’s degree. Four years later, in May of 2019, she graduated from Marquette School of Dentistry in Milwaukee. Kricket says, “My biggest goal is to give back to the community. I moved back to my hometown to start my career.”
Kricket moved back to Rhinelander in the summer of 2019 and took over the practice at Northwoods Family Dental with eight employees. This is truly her passion, “Sometimes dental discomfort can affect your ability to eat, sleep, and function. I’m happy to be able to help.”
Her path to helping people here in the Northwoods started at Nicolet College. Your donations to the Nicolet College Foundation helped Kricket focus on her classes and get her to where she is today.
More than 75%
of Nicolet graduates are employed in our district.
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