Jessica Cecil

Jessica Cecil

Academic Success Coach

Jessica is new to Michigan, having spent most of her life in Kentucky, and is excited to begin her role as an Academic Success Coach at LCC. She is passionate about higher education and supporting student success and has dedicated her life to just that. A community college graduate, Jessica earned her Associate in Arts from Owensboro Community and Technical College (OCTC) in 2008 before transferring to complete her B.S. from Kentucky Wesleyan College in Psychology in 2010. She continued on to earn her Master of Arts in Education in Student Affairs in Higher Education (2012) and Master in Arts in Organizational Leadership (2017), both from Western Kentucky University (WKU). Additionally, she earned a Certificate in Career Counseling in 2013 (also from WKU) and is a certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator practitioner.

Since her time in higher education she has worked in several areas of student support and success. Jessica began employment in higher education as a graduate assistant in student services at WKU serving nontraditional students in areas of career services, student activities, and advising clubs and organizations. From there she coordinated the National Science Foundation: Generation Innovation grant that taught students and teachers about the importance of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education for underrepresented groups through the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) program in robotics at OCTC. She also coordinated the Discover College, dual credit, program where she registered, advised, counseled, and monitored the success of students enrolled in college coursework at OCTC. Most recently, Jessica served as the Director of the TRiO Student Support Services program at OCTC which assists first generation, low-income, and students with disabilities, with advising, counseling, and connection with on and off-campus services. She has also taught psychology courses for multiple institutions as an adjunct instructor during the last 4 years.

Jessica's favorite activity is travel and she also enjoys exercise, reading, photography, binging Netflix, and playing with her two dogs - Bowser and Yoshi. Her current goals are learning to play the banjo and visiting all of the continents. Jessica understands first-hand the challenges students face to balance academics and personal life and looks forward to assisting students in the identification of obstacles, goal setting, time management, and achieving overall student success!