Lisa Mostafa - Hearing Instrument Technology

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Licensed cosmetologist Lisa Mostafa first considered a career change in 2010 when she separated from her husband.

The mother of a five-year-old boy, Lisa had been working as a hair stylist since 1993 and wanted to secure a better living for her family.

At first, she thought she'd enter the medical field as a nurse. "I was gearing up to pursue my nursing credentials and realized I was in my mid-40s, and it would take more time than I had to give," said Lisa.

She then began to explore the field of hearing instrument technology. "During the last five years of my father's life, he needed hearing aids," said Lisa. "This experience piqued my interest in the field, so I started talking with people in the industry."

Through her research, she discovered Bates. "Bates is one of only two colleges that offer the Hearing Instrument Technology program in the entire nation," said Lisa, who enrolled in the program spring 2011.

"One of the things I enjoy most is working with my peers. I am full of respect for them," she said. "It's a small group, and we work well together. I also appreciate the one-on-one instruction. [Instructor Dr. Marci Leong] is super knowledgeable and very approachable. She's always here for us," she added.

The Hearing Instrument Technology program will prepare Lisa for the state license exam she will take when she graduates with her associate of technology degree summer 2012.