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Dental tech student to graduate work-ready

Outstanding Student, Cal Stovie

By Christina Uptain
On April 17, 2019

Dental technology student Cal Stovie will graduate work-ready in May after completion of his internship. Stovie is no newbie to the dental world but found new inspiration and interests during his time at Kirkwood Community College.   

Q: Why did you choose Kirkwood? 

A: I have always been interested in the dental field and Kirkwood has one of the only dental tech programs in the Midwest. Being from Cedar Rapids, it was a goal of mine to stay in the area and Kirkwood comes highly recommended from many including everyone I know who has gone here. The whole of all of that made it the right decision for me. 

Q: What inspired or motivated you to get into dental technology?  

A: Well, two people mainly. My dad is a dentist, so I have been around the dental field all my life and I have learned a lot about how it helps people. The other is a technician in the office where I intern and he is so passionate about the technology we now have. We can be so conscious about our appearance and there is a lot of science as well as art to it, which many do not realize and does not appeal to everyone. I find it awesome that there is much more to dentistry than what people typically think. 

Q: What is next for you after graduation?  

A: I will graduate with a work-ready degree that I will be able to take out into the field. What I like the most about dentistry is that by starting with the science and technology behind it, I can work for a bit and get some experience but also learn more about where I want to go long-term. I have not quite decided yet if I want to be a dentist or go a different route but it’s exciting that I have many opportunities to grow. 

Q: What is your favorite memory or experience from your time here at KCC? 

A: It’s not one specific memory or experience, but instead the feeling of family and the relationships that I have built over my time here that will stick with me forever. We are a small group that will graduate as a class of seven so we are close and I will always remember when so-and-so did this or the inside jokes that we had. 

Q: What does it mean to you to be named an Outstanding Student? 

A: Sometimes I was staying extra, and I didn’t necessarily want to be there, but I did it. Putting in all of that effort, time and studying… there are good students in my program so to be named ‘outstanding’ among them let’s me know it was worth it and I earned it. You have to dedicate your time to what is important to you. 

Q: Tell us about Cal outside of KCC/academics? 

A: Well, I obtained a bachelor’s degree from Loras College prior and I have always had an interest in science. I was in Chemistry, Biology and Pre-Dent Club at Loras and I also love golf. What time is left when not studying, I try to relax and like to watch Criminal Minds. 

Interview conducted by Christina Uptain, Co-Managing Editor

Outstanding Student Cal Stovie, dental technology, plans to enter the workforce right after graduation. 
Photo contributed.

 

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