Administrative Specialist, CP Federal Credit Union
When circumstances prompted stay-at-home mom Kesha Hamilton to find a new direction, she chose Jackson College to continue her education.
Hamilton is the mother of six. While going through a divorce, she knew she needed to make a new life for her family. Wanting to affect the world for the better, she completed her associate degree in criminal justice with the support of the College and of her children.
“I was a stay-at-home mom previously for about 16 years, and I thought that would be my life until my youngest child grew up. When things did not stay that way and circumstances prompted me to get out and find something else to do with my life, I knew I still wanted to change the world for the better. In order to change the world for the better, I had to get a degree.”
As a mom, Hamilton spent years homeschooling her children and pouring into them. When it came time for her to go back to class, her kids pitched in and helped out, helping at home with cooking, laundry and more. “I was focused on what I wanted to do and allowed my children to help me. I let them know it wasn’t just for me but for all of us,” she said. “They are very important to me. We’re focused and we’re dedicated, and we just did what we had to do.”
Hamilton completed her associate degree in criminal justice, following her lifelong interest in criminal justice and law. She sought help with tough classes from the Center for Student Success and recalls fondly the lively discussions in her criminal law and police administration classes. As a mother, Hamilton was also thankful for the College’s flexibility, including once when she had to bring her daughter to class with her or miss the class.
She is continuing her studies at Central Michigan University and then become an attorney, with plans to become a prosecuting attorney someday.
“Graduating from Jackson College, it boosted me. I wasn’t sure I could do it with six children and going through a divorce. But I just did what I had to do, and I was so excited to complete my associate degree!”