Dan Caldwell: Instructors instrumental in helping

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Dan Caldwell enjoys every part of his career at Memorial Hermann Hospital. He is a fully Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) working in the Detox Unit at Memorial Hermann’s Prevention and Recovery Campus in Houston.

Caldwell entered the Human Services program at Lone Star College-Montgomery in 2010. His goal was to go into the drug and alcohol treatment field. Lone Star College, said Caldwell, was an obvious choice. It was convenient, it was close to home and it was the only college that offered this course of study.

From then on, Lone Star College and its instructors made it easy for him and his fellow classmates to succeed, he said. The writing center helped him with an English paper and the tutoring center helped him pass math. “The math tutoring I used more than anything. I was there about 15-20 hours a week while taking math. I also was given one hour a week from my instructor. I could not have passed math
without it!”

Lone Star College’s instructors were some of the best that he ever had, and they had a huge impact on him becoming an LCDC, said Caldwell. “I had dropped out of high school in the 10th grade in 1990. I obtained a GED in 1999. In 2010, when I started at Lone Star College, [my instructors] really encouraged me and helped me to succeed along
the way.”

The classes that he took gave him the basis and education to take to his current job. They were some of the best that he ever had because they shared real-world experience, not just book work, said Caldwell.

Caldwell graduated in Spring 2012 with an AAS in Human Services. While at Lone Star College, he took on an internship, than became a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. He now works in the Young Adult Program at Memorial Hermann.

When asked about his favorite part of his job, Caldwell said that he likes  working with other people, seeing families and giving them hope.

He advises recent graduates and job seekers to keep moving forward and to take life one step at a time.

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