Uncertainty Aside, Victoria Gay is Moving Forward for Sonography Career

Dublin, Ga., (OFTC) – After graduating from high school, Victoria Gay didn’t know what she wanted to do for a career, so, she opted to go straight into the workforce instead of attending college like many of her friends.

Victoria Gay, Sonography Student

“After years of working dead end jobs, I finally realized I needed to do something different,” she said.

Being familiar with Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) in Dublin, Gay decided to start there. She was interested in the medical imaging field and had a friend who attended another technical college in Georgia and studied radiology.

“Watching my friend grow in her career and as a person gave me the push I needed,” Gay said. “I recognized that the technical college option offered shorter programs, lower costs, and an all-round more approachable atmosphere than many other colleges I could choose from.”

Gay enrolled at OFTC in January of 2019 and has zero regrets.

“I genuinely love going to school,” she said. “As soon as each semester ends, I’m ready for the next one to start. And I never thought I would actually be friends with my instructors; they’re so much more friendly and genuine than you hear about other college instructors being.”

“Since starting at OFTC, I’ve realized that technical colleges offer the same education bigger colleges offer but with a lower price, shorter programs, and higher job placement,” she added. “They’re usually smaller so the staff are very approachable, and they truly care about their students succeeding.”

From no plans and no direction to hopeful and determined, Gay is thankful for her opportunity to start anew. “I have just completed my sonography core classes this spring with a 4.0 and compete for OFTC’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography program this fall. Then, once I complete the program and start my career, I want to return to OFTC to earn certifications in other areas of medical imaging and one day open my own imaging center focused on patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia,” Gay said.

“I’m excited for my future again,” she added. “I have plans. I have goals. I have experiences I wouldn’t have if I weren’t at OFTC.”

And while the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the spring semester by a few weeks, Victoria Gay has been able to complete her courses online and on time.

“Switching to online classes was a breeze,” shared Gay, “because both of my instructors put a lot of work into making it a smooth transition and very similar in structure to the traditional classroom.

“I am so thankful to everyone at OFTC who has helped make my experience here what it’s been. OFTC is an amazing college – from the campus to the staff to the program choices, OFTC is hands-down the best college in this area.”

Gay is from East Dublin and was named one of OFTC’s top four 2020 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) finalists.

Student interested in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program can begin this summer with core online classes. For more info on this and OFTC’s 100+ programs, visit the College’s website, OFTC.edu.