Layal Dasch

Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Sciences

Layal Dasch had always dreamed of going to college. The middle child of five, she loved school growing up. After completing high school, that dream was put on hold when she married her high school sweetheart and shortly after welcomed her first child.

After 32 years and raising her family, the time arrived for Dasch to finally pursue her dream. Intimidated at first upon starting college after so many years, she found support through YVC’s Counseling Center, Office of Financial Aid and Tutoring Center.

“I was helped every step of the way by amazing faculty and staff, from financial aid help to the Tutoring Center staff to fantastic professors,” stated Dasch. “The school actually cared about my success and progression. It has been an amazing experience. I took a test to be placed in classes and did one year of prerequisites before starting my program.”

Dasch was first drawn to YVC’s Radiologic Sciences program after undergoing a major foot surgery. She loved the idea of helping support patients while they are healing and was fascinated by the science of taking x-rays.

“I love helping people and working with patients who are hurting — where I can make a positive impact on their day — and let’s be honest, x-rays look super cool! It’s an amazing, fulfilling job,” she continued.

In February she was hired by one of the clinical externship sites where she worked during her coursework. This June she graduates at age 53 with her associate of applied science degree in radiologic sciences. She hopes to pursue a bachelor’s degree in the future.

“College is an amazing experience, with all ages pursuing degrees or continuing their education and I met so many wonderful people. I would strongly encourage anyone to go to college, it can be done in any circumstances and at any age with the strong support system YVC has in place,” she concluded.