Angel Fonseca loves to see students reach their goals. Jackson College helped her fall in love with learning, and now she’s sharing her passion with students.
Fonseca first came to the College in 1992 after graduating from Western. She earned an associate degree in science, and had considered transfer but instead joined the work force. She and her husband, Sam, had started a family, and after eight years at one company, she found herself seeking another position. That is when she started her career at Jackson College in the President’s Office as an executive assistant.
Working with the executive vice president and president, and learning about the educational process and curriculum development, her love of learning was rekindled and led her to want to teach others. “I felt like I learned so much about it, that I wanted to be in the classroom,” Fonseca said. She started taking classes again at JC necessary to transfer to Siena Heights University to complete her bachelor’s degree, and then went on to earn a Master of Science in Career Technology Education from Ferris State University.
In both experiences as a JC student, flexibility was key. “Getting married and having a family, I really needed flexibility. My sons have all been very involved in school, sports, community service, band, and I’ve always wanted to be there for them,” Fonseca said. “Jackson College allowed me to do that.” Her husband was also big support while she was going back to College, helping out more with the kids and encouraging her along the way.
Fonseca completed her degrees, and shortly after started teaching in the Business and Technology department at JC. Seeing students succeed is the most rewarding part of her job. “You feel like you’re part of impacting the future. You see students become contributing citizens, and it’s rewarding when you see them hired as the most qualified candidate for a job.”
With all she’s accomplished through the help of Jackson College, she encourages others to pursue their higher education goals. “You can come to Jackson College, start at ground zero and reach your goal. Whatever you want to do: set the goal, and pursue it. Don’t hesitate, it is very possible. Jackson College is a wonderful place to start.”