Jason Valente, President, JC Foundation, wants to help JC students find success at each stage of their educational journey.
“We are convinced that education is the key to the future success of our community and our state,” Valente said. “We are making every effort to make as much funding available for students as we possibly can. We are focused on student success, and that begins with access to a JC education, which financial aid and scholarships address.”
The JC Foundation and Office of Advancement is the fund-raising and legislative affairs arm of the college, working with donors, alumni and friends to help support student scholarships and College initiatives.
“We are also focused on helping students stay in school once they have access,” Valente said. “That is done through student emergency fund support, access to learning and support services and continued scholarships. We also want to see them through after graduation, through our alumni relations program which provides opportunities for networking and support services.”
Before coming to JC in the spring of 2008, Valente worked five years as director of development at Schoolcraft College in Livonia, and before that spent five years at Concordia University in Ann Arbor serving as the director of institutional advancement.
Originally from Novi, Valente has lived in Jackson since 1999. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Concordia University, and has held the designation of Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) since 2003.
Valente is the president and chairman of the Board of Trustees of the disAbility Connections Foundation, serves on the Jackson County Hospital Financing Authority Board of Directors, and the Jackson County Parks Board of Directors. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Jackson County, and the American Red Cross. Valente is a member of the Family Centered Care committee of the Holden Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of CS Mott Children’s Hospital at the University of Michigan Health System.
His wife, Elizabeth, is a teacher at Trinity Lutheran School. They have one daughter, Abby.