Facebook5Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Charter CollegeKylie Mellott is the face of the Charter College Lacey campus. As the Campus Support Specialist, she’s the first person you see when you walk in, but her involvement doesn’t end with greeting you.She’s there to answer questions, set up tours, connect potential students with admissions representatives and so much more.“She’s the go-to person for students for just about anything they need, whether it’s getting them their scrubs or setting them up with financial aid representatives,” said Campus President Dr. Bruce Higdon.Founded in 1985, Charter College is a private, independent institution of higher education that emphasizes a new direction for education. Charter College is not a liberal arts college or university. Instead, Charter College takes the best elements from each of these respected educational institutions to create a unique and innovative experience that meets its students’ individual needs.Conveniently located at 4520 Lacey Blvd SE, Suite 40, Charter College Lacey offers programs designed to give students the skills they need to begin a career in the growing health care industry. It currently offers certificate programs in medical assistant (MA) and pharmacy technician.Mellott has been with Charter College Lacey for six months, since returning to Washington from Alaska, where her husband Kyle was stationed with the United States Army. When he was discharged, they both knew they wanted to return home to Lacey, along with their four-year-old daughter Bonnie.Mellott is trained as a mental health technician and worked in that field while in Alaska, but she quickly figured out she wasn’t cut out for it and is now pursuing her master’s degree in education.“I had always said I would be a student forever if I could,” she laughs. “So I did some soul-searching and realized education is where I’m happiest so that’s what I’m doing.”There are some similarities in the fields as Mellott sees her role as helping students become a better version of themselves, whatever that might look like.Mellott says she loves working with her Charter College team, who all have a similar goal. “We have such a great team of people, all of whom are understanding and focused on our students,” she says.In case she was having any doubts about her career path change, they were diminished when she attended her first graduation in May. “It was so amazing, feeling that energy and seeing the students getting ready to start their new journeys,” she said. “Their lives are being changed through education and that is very powerful.”In addition to Washington, there are Charter College campuses in California, Alaska and Montana; Charter Institute a division of Charter College in New Mexico; and online programs. For more information, visit www.chartercollege.edu.