Featured Adult Learner

Jenna (Grafton) Jane

Jenna Jane

Previous Studies: Kishwaukee College, Associate’s Degree in Science

Current Studies: Bachelor of Science in Family, Consumer & Nutrition Science; Minor in Psychology

Jenna (Grafton) Jane is a transplant from Wisconsin but has lived in Illinois for many years. After a long break from school to raise her children, Jenna is back to pursuing her dream to help families affected by violence. Kishwaukee College gave Jenna the opportunity to be the first graduate of the newly formed Honors Program. She also earned the title of Outstanding Student from its philosophy department in Spring of 2013. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, which also honored her as Outstanding Member in fall of 2012. Her primary goal for the future is to complete law school and begin her own non-profit organization for helping those families dealing with violence.

In addition to her ambitious educational pursuits, she is a mother of four children, who range in age from six to 23. She works hard to instill great work ethic, high self-esteem, and financial sense in them. As a family, they enjoy camping, board games, and have a love of motorcycles. They also volunteer together; they facilitated a toiletries drive for adults associated with Hope Haven. Jenna is also motivated to volunteer for NICE Center (food and clothing pantry) in Lee, Ill. because of the impact it has had on her own life and well-being. She is truly an inspiration and model for overcoming adversity.

Advice for fellow students: “Follow your passion and don’t get discouraged. Everyone faces obstacles.”

Personal Motto: “No excuses.” and “Do no harm.”

Jenna was given the 2014 Eli Whitney Award of Excellence at the annual April Student Association Awards Ceremony. The Eli Whitney Award recognizes outstanding non-traditional students on the NIU Campus.