Nicole Bedard is an admissions counselor. She works primarily with students in the school counseling, horticulture with an emphasis in urban food production, adult learning and leadership, food science and hospitality management bachelor's degree completion programs.
Prior to joining the team at K-State Olathe, Bedard was a College Now administrative assistant for Johnson County Community College since August 2021. She worked with adjunct faculty members and assisted with operating the dual enrollment program that enabled high school students to take college courses, coordinated professional development events for the College Now program and supported College Now instructors who work in the local high schools as well as the College Now liaisons at JCCC. She also volunteered as an Active Minds advisor at JCCC, wherein she helped facilitate the community college's student chapter of the club and provided guidance to students on the club's executive committee.
Her other experience includes working as a pre-K teacher at Cadence Education Montessori Preparatory Academy in Overland Park, Kansas, for nearly four years; and in Tampa, Florida, as a patient access associate for Chapters Healthcare; as a case manager at Bay Area Youth Services; and as a senior division screener for the Agency for Community Treatment Services.
Bedard earned her master's degree in academic advising from Kansas State University and her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of South Florida.
She joined K-State Olathe on June 13, 2022.