Fulfilling a promise made to herself, Jenny Engle enrolled in Jackson College & Siena Heights University’s accelerated business degree program in 2009. She followed her dream to an associate, a bachelor’s, and later a master’s degree.
Engle is originally from Findlay, Ohio and relocated to Adrian after high school when she married her husband, Jed. After having her family, she decided it was time to go back to college. She enrolled in the accelerated Bachelor of Business Administration program available from Jackson College and Siena Heights University. “Jackson College realty set the foundation for me, really taught me how to be that non-traditional student and gave me the tools that I needed.”
Through the program, students may complete their bachelor’s in three years instead of four, taking classes at both Jackson College and SHU. Students progress together through the program in a “cohort,” offering the opportunity for connection, support and friendship.
“We really worked well together and encouraged each other,” Engle said. “We were all non-traditional students but a whole variety of ages, and it was a good group that came together and worked together and accomplished a big goal that we all had.”
She completed her bachelor’s degree in 2012, and went on to complete a master’s degree in organizational management from SHU. She also began working in development and alumni relations for Siena Heights after finishing her degree. Later, she went to work as vice president of development for the Lenawee Community Foundation, a position she left in 2018.
Today, she volunteers with several community groups, including the Promedica Bixby and Herrick Hospital Foundation and Hickman Cancer Center. Engel is a 16-year breast cancer survivor, an experience that taught her the importance of pursuing her dreams, because life is short.
“My degree at Jackson College opened doors to meet tons and tons of people who have just been a part of my personal life and my professional life. It’s really opened up the doors to my community.”