One of life's greatest lessons is that plans often change. Rebecca McBride learned this lesson quickly in her first year at Iowa Central Community College.
McBride, from Fort Dodge, chose Iowa Central for its welcoming atmosphere and convenience. When she first enrolled at Iowa Central, McBride entered the nursing program, but she soon realized that nursing was not what she really wanted to do. "I started some of the classes and didn't really like it," she said.
McBride had also been taking pictures as a hobby during the fall semester.
Rebecca McBride started in nursing but switched to a photography major, a new program she is enjoying.
When she heard about the new photography program coming to Iowa Central, she wanted to check it out. Like many students do in their college careers, McBride changed her major and switched to photography.
"I have always enjoyed taking pictures, so I bought a camera and started with Photography I."
The photography program at Iowa Central now offers a major in photography, teaching students the art of portraits, still life, and photojournalism through the four photography classes offered. Howard Haase is among the professional photographers who teach for the program, promoting the use of up-to-date digital technology in and out of the classroom. Students in the program travel to art and photography exhibits throughout the region and display their own pieces in a semi-annual art show at the college.
The program offers classes in the summer as well, in which McBride is glad to take part. "The great thing about Iowa Central is that they are flexible with students who change their mind," she said.
McBride hopes to turn her hobby into a career after she graduates from the photography program next May. She has started sharing her work with the public through her Facebook page for her future business which she calls HeyPenny! Photography. McBride has already done photos for weddings, families, prom, and seniors, and she welcomes anyone who would like her to take photos for them.