Marlyce Godoy

UBEOC Class of 2011

Ms. Marlyce Godoy credits the University at Buffalo Educational Opportunity Center (UBEOC) for her “…new beginning”. Ms. Godoy was born in Belize and came to the United States when she was six years old. Although she was raised outside New York City, she decided to attend college at the University at Buffalo. She dropped out of college after becoming pregnant and raised her daughter as a single mother while receiving public assistance and working at a local restaurant.

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“UBEOC helped me forge my career path”

Upon seeing a flyer highlighting tuition free programs at the UBEOC, Marlyce enrolled in the Dental Assistant program. While the UBEOC paid for her education and vocational training, she received support for transportation costs, child care, uniforms and certification fees through a partnership between the UBEOC and Buffalo Employment and Training Center (BETC).

Upon completion of her 300 hour clinical externship and earning her certification from the Dental Assistant National Board, Ms. Godoy was immediately hired as a Certified Dental Assistant at the WNY Dental Group. Ms. Godoy earned two Associate degrees, one in Dental Hygiene from SUNY Erie. She also earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Buffalo State College with a 3.97 GPA in Career and Technical Education. Ms. Godoy completed these academic requirements at the same time she was raising her daughter as a single parent. Currently she is employed at the WNY Dental Group as a Registered Dental Hygienist.

In summer 2018, Ms. Godoy enrolled in the Career and Technical Education Master’s degree program at Buffalo State College and received a fellowship covering full tuition as a Graduate Assistant. She says, “It has been an amazing journey. I plan on becoming an educator at some point in my career, maybe at EOC!”

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