Jacquelle Luckey of Toledo has been selected as the Owens Community College class representative and will address the graduates during the 36th Fall Commencement ceremony. She is graduating with an Associate of Applied Business degree in the Medical Office Support major and with Cum Laude honors.
Luckey, 46, enrolled at Owens during Fall Semester 2014 after her office job was outsourced to Costa Rica. She recalled her doubts when she considered earning a higher education. She said she thought it was too daunting a task, because she was too old and a college campus was intimidating.
She said she overcame her fears, got started and gave herself a two-year deadline to earn a degree. She's meeting her self-imposed deadline this evening.
"My experience at Owens has been great," she said. "I followed the rules and put in the work. I did what I needed to do to get done. It's a strong academic community at Owens. You are part of something that's going to help you move forward in your life. I want to stay connected to Owens after I graduate."
Personable and self-motivated, Luckey will discuss empowerment in her speech.
"Jacquelle sets a high standard for herself and is an outstanding example to others," said Sherri Johnson, the secretary in the Transportation Technologies academic department who supervises Luckey in her role as student worker. "Many students have gone to Jacquelle for support and advice, and she has been unwavering in stepping up to support and direct her classmates to be successful. Other students have sought her out to work on group projects with them."
Luckey was born in Hawthorne, California and grew up in San Fernando Valley, graduating from Chatsworth High School about an hour northwest of Los Angeles. After briefly considering her future at a local community college, she caught a break and got a job working as a model in the fashion industry. She continued modeling until she was in her mid-twenties.
Her fashion career took her to Europe, where she lived in Paris and Toulouse, France as well as Madrid, Spain. "In my young adult years, I used to be able to speak three languages. I traveled the world. But I missed my family. I was burned out."
She returned to California for a decade. About 10 years ago, at a time Luckey was going through a divorce, members of her immediate family moved to northwest Ohio. Andrea Guice, her mother, relocated first. Luckey soon followed, as did her grandmother, Annie Bumpus, who passed away during Luckey's time as an Owens student.
Luckey's close-knit family also includes her daughter, Jessica Guice, a junior at the University of Toledo "who's been my study partner the past two years," as well as her fiancè, Renzie Williams, who she said supported her throughout her academic pathway.
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