From Daycare to Healthcare, Surgical Technologist Graduate Followed Her Calling

For 20 years, Melissa Wehlage devoted her time and energy to raising her two children and taking care of many other children from the community in her at-home daycare. She and her husband started their family young. At the time, Wehlage put her dreams of a college education on hold so her husband, who was in the middle of his program, could finish his degree. “I always knew I wanted to go to school, I just didn’t know what I wanted to pursue,” she says. Life kept her busy. It wasn’t until the pause that followed the death of a loved one that a door opened for Wehlage to a new perspective and a new mission in life.