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Jody Gardei

Jody Gardei

College/Department: Human Resources
Title: Manager of Staff Training & Development
Office: Prakken 150 
Phone: 231-591-2112
Email: [email protected]

  • Undergraduate Institution: Ferris State University
  • Undergraduate Major(s) & Degree(s) Achieved: Bachelor of Integrated Studies with a Minor in CIS
  • Graduate Institution(s): Ferris State University
  • Graduate Major(s) & Degree(s) Achieved:  MSCTE Career & Technical Education - Training & Development

How did you learn that you were a first generation college student?
I'm the first person in my family to go to college and earn a degree.

What support system or mentors did you have in college?
I got to know my professors and my advisor. My husband and children were also supportive of me working full time and taking classes.

What is something that you know now, that you wish you knew when you were in college?
I wish I had explored my options with the educational counseling center before choosing a degree path.

What advice do you have for a first-generation college student pursuing a degree at Ferris?
Get involved with RSOs related to your career path. Make strong connections with others in your program. Participate in the variety of free activities hosted throughout the year to broaden your perspective.