Bachelor of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene
Aida Bazan grew up in the Yakima Valley, graduating from Davis High School in 2006. After high school she enrolled at Yakima Valley College and began taking prerequisite courses. After deciding to take a break from her education, Bazan married, had her first child, and began working as a dental assistant.
When her husband lost his job and needed skills for a new career, Aida supported his decision to return to school. This situation was a changing point for the couple, and they both realized that they wanted to be able to provide a better life for their family. After he earned his bachelor’s degree, it was Aida’s turn to complete her education. In the fall of 2014 she reenrolled at Yakima Valley College with a goal of completing YVC’s Dental Hygiene program. Aida found success while juggling family life, financial struggles, rigorous coursework, and even a new baby.
“YVC’s Dental Hygiene program is very hard and rigorous,” Bazan stated. “It is very challenging especially if you already have a family. I found it especially difficult to balance studying and family time. I would not have been able to be successful in this program without the support of my family,” she continued.
While on campus, she was a member of the Healthy Teeth club. The club provides community outreach to help children learn proper brushing techniques. She has also volunteered at Yakima’s annual Veterans Stand Down event.
Now that she has completed her bachelor of applied science in dental hygiene, Bazan plans to begin working as a dental hygienist in the Yakima Valley. Her goal is to work for a community dental clinic. She also plans to spend time with family.
Bazan would like to give a shout out to fellow classmates Kayla Nelson and Kristian Carrasco. “The Tremendous Trio made it!”