Phoenix College Highlight - Student - Sharon Potter

Students are the heart behind Phoenix College. Their passion, dedication, and stories help create our diverse community. Throughout the year, we want to take a moment and recognize them and share with you their stories. 

Today we go hands-on with Massage Therapy alumnus, Sharon "Cookie" Potter. Learn about her journey to continue her education at Phoenix College below. 


Sharon “Cookie” Potter


Massage Therapy

What's your story (Tell us a little about yourself)?

I have a 4-year degree in Exercise Science and a Master’s in Education, and I am a certified Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor. I also teach yoga and Tai Chi. I have always been interested in Massage Therapy and thought this would be a great addition to all of my other areas of interests within the Health Fitness and Wellness field.

How did you get to PC?  

I looked at a variety of Massage Schools, and as an employee of Maricopa Community Colleges, I was able to take up to 12 credits/semester at no cost to me other than course fees and books. Phoenix College has a good reputation and they had an evening cohort, so I could work and go to school. I selected Phoenix College based on Reputation, Cost, Night classes and Convenience.

What was your time like at PC?

I love learning, so I think I truly enjoyed the classes and the interaction with the other students while I was at Phoenix College. I felt that with these skills, I would really be able to make a difference in my small part of the world, and now 8 years later I know I am making a difference in the lives of my clients and I feel very grateful to PC for that gift.

Any advice you would give to future PC students?

The Therapeutic Massage Program at Phoenix College is excellent if you want a “Hands-on “career (No pun intended). If you feel the need to help people, are compassionate, caring, and understand the power of human touch, then this could be the career for you. Phoenix College has a good reputable program, with caring, knowledgeable and professional instructors who will help you attain your career goals.


About Phoenix College

Phoenix College is one of the 10 colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District, one of the largest community college districts in the nation. Phoenix College offers academic courses leading to associate degrees, university transfer, certificates and short-term job training to more than 11,000 students annually.