Student Spotlight: Areka Nieto

Student Spotlight: Areka Nieto

Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Associate

Apr 16, 2018

Career Program: Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Associate
Hometown: Appleton
Current Residence: Appleton
Age: 24
Attended FVTC: Spring 2016 - Present

Why did you choose the Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Associate program?

I chose this field after completing the Career Workshop here at FVTC. It ended up being a perfect fit for me, and it allowed me to pursue a career with advancement opportunities and the ability to make a difference in people’s lives.

What are you learning about your career field that you find interesting or rewarding?

One of the most interesting things about this field of study is how much research is actively being done. Research on addiction, treatments, and prevention are plentiful and provide new perspectives that we can integrate into our field and future practice.

Why did you choose Fox Valley Technical College?

I chose FVTC because I wanted to save money earning my associate degree, as I plan to continue on to pursue bachelor's and master's degrees. It also is right in my hometown and only five minutes down the road.

How did Fox Valley Technical College help you change your life?

FVTC has provided me a supportive and diverse community of peers, colleagues and instructors that I don't believe I would have found in a university. Through being a student as well as a Peer Advisor, I have grown personally and professionally, thanks to the support and encouragement I have received.

What type of job do you expect to find after graduation?

I hope to begin practicing as a certified substance abuse counselor somewhere within the Fox Valley as I continue my education after FVTC. Ultimately, I just want to be able to provide help to my community and those in it.

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