Jay Verner '98
Each year, the Alumni Association (HCCAA) will recognize and individual who through their accomplishments, both personally and professionally, personifies the values of the College which include a "can-do" attitude, a respect for diversity, and ethical decision-making among others.
Jay Verner delivered this year's commencement address, sharing his personal story of success and demonstrating how Heartland Community College positioned him for a rewarding career and success in his philanthropic activities. Verner is the sixth recipient of the annual award, which recognizes individual career achievements and positive community impact while exhibiting Heartland values.
A former news anchor and reporter for WJBC Radio and WMBD-TV, Verner serves as the Public Affairs and Media Relations Manager for COUNTRY Financial assisting to administer the company's philanthropic giving and telling the COUNTRY story in the community. As someone who admits he once thought higher education might not be for him, Verner is convinced that "none of [his] professional opportunities would have been possible without the confidence, drive and enthusiasm [he] developed at Heartland."
Verner's advice to graduates was to not make the same mistakes he made after leaving Heartland Community College. He listed three main mistakes:
A transcript of the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient video transcript* (available in PDF format, 1 page, 207 KB) is available.
The HCCAA is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award. Do you know someone who:
If so, please consider nominating him/her for the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award. To nominate someone, please fill out the nomination form* (available in PDF format, 1 page, 113 KB) and send to:
For more information call (309) 268-8188.
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