Students with Children Program
SCHOLAR Peer Mentoring Program/SWC
Phone: (231) 591-5034
Email: [email protected]


  • MS, Ferris State University, Career-Technical Education, College of Education-Technical Education
  • BS, Ferris State University, Office Administration, College of Business
  • AAS, Ferris State University, Administrative Assistant, College of Business


Karen is the director of the Students with Children Program within the Retention and Student Success (R&SS) division. She has been a colleague in R&SS for 16 years and a Ferris employee for 32 years. Karen held positions within the College of Business as Department Secretary in Accounting, Department Secretary in Student Leadership and Activities, and a recruiter in the College of Health Professions.

Karen received her Master's degree at Ferris State in Career & Technical Education in the College of Education and Human Services; a Bachelor's degree in Office Management in the College of Business; and an Associates in College of Business.

The Students with Children program was developed to address the special needs of Ferris students who have children to increase their chances of success at Ferris State University. This is accomplished by collaborating with community resources, university departments, and provide campus sponsored events that give the student not only the opportunity to bond with their family, but network with support systems and other parents that are designed to enhance their academic progress.