by Diane VanDyke
When Jenna Rosenberger, Hatfield, started working part-time as a teenager at a stove and artisan shop, she didn’t know the position would eventually inspire her to go to college and become an entrepreneur.
“My mother wanted me to have a steady job before I got my permit when I was 16 years old,” she said. “The store is down the street from my house, so I would walk to work almost every day after school.”
At first, the convenient job provided her with the extra spending cash she needed. However, she gradually started to learn more about fireplaces and stoves, the main products of the business.
Then, she became interested in the overall operation of the business and started attending different sales meetings, training sessions and certification programs.
As her interest in the business grew from sales to management, and she decided to start taking classes at Montgomery County Community College to earn her associate’s degree in Business Administration. Her goal is to eventually co-own the business with another partner.
The College’s associate degree program for Business Administration provided Jenna with the skills and strong business foundation she needs to pursue her bachelor’s degree and then successfully manage a business.
While working 25 to 30 hours per week, she maintained a 3.31 GPA. She contributes her success to her caring instructors and advisor.
“My professors were wonderful. They thoroughly taught and reviewed the material and made it easy for me to succeed,” Jenna said.
“The one person who really helped my success at MCCC was my advisor, Gay Seidman,” she continued. “She was always very helpful and directed me to the right path, including what classes to take, the transfer process and applying for scholarships. Now, because of her help, I am on the road to success to Gwynedd-Mercy College and making positive changes in the world.”
Following her graduation from the College, Jenna will continue her education in the fall at Gwynedd-Mercy College, where she received a $27,000 scholarship.
“Jenna is extremely ambitious and does well in challenging classes,” said Senior Academic Advisor/Assistant Professor Gay Seidman. “Her ability to balance work and school demands always impressed me.”