JIU Students and Alumni

JIU STUDENTS are a diverse group of adult learners who are leaders, motivated to advance their careers and change their lives.  Each student has a personal story and unique reasons for pursuing their education at JIU.  They may be just starting out in their careers or may have been in their field for many years and are looking to expand their skills or change jobs altogether. 

As different as they are, all our students share a common belief that knowledge is critical to their professional and personal growth.


Vanessa used the tools and skills from her master’s courses at Jones International University, as building blocks to create and launch a non-profit organization. The Ayden Rae Foundation was born from a deep passion that drives Vanessa to impact her community and the world with the good news that woman can survive a life threatening pregnancy condition called Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG). At Jones International University you really do, Learn it today. Use it tomorrow. Own it forever. Vanessa is a powerful testimony of how hard work, dedication and perseverance really can change the world!

Vanessa Pack

Furthering your education isn’t always about moving up the ladder. Sometimes the ability to enrich your life with experiences, both personal and interpersonal, can be enough motivation to reach for greater heights. Such is the case with Miguel Saenz, who recently received his Master’s degree in Leading The Customer-Driven Organization from JIU. It’s not only opened up doors of opportunity, but more importantly, it’s exponentially expanded his universe outside of work.

Miguel Saenz

Dr. Toni Hull always knew she wanted to be a teacher. But it wasn’t until she completed her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from Jones International University that she realized she wanted to become a trailblazer in the education field. Through her doctorate coursework, Toni gained the skills, knowledge, and confidence to move beyond the classroom. Today Toni guides her peers in improving their classroom methods and, in doing so, supports the development of educational practices for students across the country.

Toni Hull

Opportunity doesn’t always knock. Sometimes it just sits there waiting to be recognized. For Taino Palermo, it came in the form of a Masters of Arts in Business Communication specializing in Entrepreneurship from JIU. His degree has provided him with the valuable skills and knowledge required to turn his passion for helping the underserved youth of Syracuse, New York into a vital force for positive change in his community.

Taino is now pursuing his Doctorate in K-12 Education Leadership from JIU.

Taino Palermo

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JIU Students Share Their Stories

Getting my Graduate Degree was truly an achievement.  I wanted to prove to my daughter, who is now in college that it doesn’t matter where you are in life that you can still learn.  I think I did that by graduating Summa Cum Laude at the age of 53.

Elaine Lofton

I decided to pursue my Masters in Education from Jones International University with the goal of completing my degree and then getting licensed to teach.  I will be almost 50 years old by the time I finish my degree.  That fact does not concern me at all.  I have a deep love for children and a desire to be that person who makes a difference in the lives of others.  I will take my Masters in Education my passion for education and go out there and help those students who need me the most.I chose JIU because it is the first fully accredited online university. I really feel proud of my affiliation with JIU and its wonderful staff who help and respond to issues and questions directly and ethically.

Barbara Peterson

I chose JIU because it is the first fully accredited online university. I really feel proud of my affiliation with JIU and its wonderful staff who help and respond to issues and questions directly and ethically.

Taif Alsaad

I have been taking classes for my BBA for a year and a half now. I plan to use my degree to get a better paying job and someday I would like to own my own business. I would also like to go on to my Masters degree with Jones International University. I would like to thank everyone at JIU for giving me a second chance in life and in education.

Kathy Martinez

After careful selection, I chose JIU to continue my studies. It’s the best, most serious academic outlet that is supportive of my education. I will soon obtain a Master of Arts in Business Communication (MABC) degree. The JIU courses have given me life, energy and joy! Hats off to the excellent courses, great professors, outstanding technical support team and Student Solutions Advisors!

Helene Cara Chester