At Jackson College, Nicole Cossum-Ready found faculty and staff who encouraged her to dream bigger and fly higher. Today she has exceeded her own expectations.
Coming back to college for the second time as a non-traditional student, Cossum-Ready admits her first brush with college was nothing to brag about. Jackson College didn’t hold her past against her – just the opposite.
“I really thought I was going to get a two-year degree and fly under the radar. Jackson College opened doors for me that I believed had slammed shut years ago,” she said. With the support of faculty members Martha Petry, professor and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society advisor, and Professor Barbara Van Syckle, business administration, she’s become more confident in her own potential.
Active in Phi Theta Kappa, she served as president for the past two years and she received the 2017 Michigan Region Distinguished Chapter Officer Award. In 2016, she was named to the PTK All-Michigan Academic Team. “My involvement with PTK has included leadership positions, event planning, recruiting, networking and even public speaking. I have presented at an international convention, and six forums at regional events,” she said.
“We value Nicole’s contributions,” Petry said. “She thinks of students, new members and officers first, and she reminds us that we can become the best of Phi Theta Kappa’s servant leaders. She reminds our chapter to strive for the best. Nicole has been our guiding light in five-star chapter and individual development.”
Cossum-Ready found her niche in business administration and graduated in 2016 with two degrees and three certificates – Associate in Arts, Associate in Applied Science Business Administration, Certificate in Business Administration, Certificate in General Education and Certificate – General Transfer. After graduation, she was accepted for transfer to eight universities. She will graduate from Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor’s degree in strategic communications: public relations in 2018.
“The experience that students receive at Jackson College is priceless. It is much more than paying for classes and getting grades. The instructors are engaging, motivating and are passionate about their subjects,” Cossum-Ready shared.