Matt Heins valued his experience as a student at Jackson College, building relationships and contacts that lasted throughout his career in police work. Today, he is giving back to his alma mater as a trustee.
Attending what was then Jackson Community College after graduating from Hanover-Horton High School gave him a good start, he said, allowing him to hone his study skills and get used to college life. It also helped him make connections that have lasted throughout his lifetime.
“I chose Jackson College because it was a value in education, and also very close to our house,” Heins said. “I wasn’t certain that I was ready to move on to a four-year university, so it was a perfect fit for me to move from the high school to college level.”
After Jackson College, Heins transferred to Michigan State University to complete his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He recalls graduating on a Friday and starting the next Monday at the Jackson City Police, where he worked for 27 years. He later returned to Western Michigan University to complete a master’s degree in public administration. After retiring from the city, he worked as security head for Henry Ford Allegiance Health, and he recently took a position as a MML Pool & Fund Loss Control Consultant.
Heins started giving back by teaching as an adjunct instructor at the College. He enjoyed teaching and had a difficult decision about giving up when he decided to serve on the board. Heins has served on the Board of Trustees since 2008.
“I knew I wanted to give back to Jackson College. It was a tremendous asset for me to be able to come here to start my education and career. I’m a firm believer in continuing one’s education. I’m grateful to have had the opportunities that I’ve had over the years.”