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.


It wasn’t until boot camp and long-term exposure to toxic chemicals that Air Force Veteran, Chris Paschane, discovered his passion for fitness.  However, after earning several top fitness credentials, Chris realized his career would eventually plateau if he didn't acquire the essential business knowledge he needed to take his career to the next level.  His MBA in Entrepreneurship from Jones International University gave him the business fundamentals required to launch his company that is focused on helping other veterans succeed.  

Chris Paschane

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

JIU Students Share Their Stories

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

Jones International University has changed and impacted my life. Life is full of surprises and JIU gets you ready for those changes, as you further your education. My degree at JIU has taught me how to excel in writing and communicating with others. I have also learned to conquer what I have in front of me, in order to better myself.

Natashia Hunter

Despite many negative influencers in my past, here I am, at JIU, earning my bachelor’s degree! In fact, I am doing better in college than I did in high school. My husband and children have been so supportive, even when I thought it was too much. My JIU Student Solutions Avisor has also been a wonderful positive influence too. She’s encouraged me to stick with my classes and I’m doing it … I just finished my freshman year!

Tonya Dell