SHU Graduate Featured in U.S. News & World Report

Dan LaRue Offers Ideas to Improve Peoples' Lives

Siena Heights University graduate and former Kellogg Community College student Dan LaRue is featured in a special report by U.S. News & World Report titled “50 Ways to Improve Your Life in 2009.”  The report will be displayed on newsstands until Jan. 26.

The article features a series of ideas for the average person to easily improve their life. LaRue is featured in a section titled “Get Some New Job Skills” that emphasizes inexpensive ways to gain new jobs skills.LaRue-Dan.jpg

“A lot of people have read it and congratulated me on it,” LaRue said. The magazine received his name and contact information from the Public Information and Marketing Department at KCC in cooperation with Michigan Works!

After working for Hillsdale Tool for six years, LaRue lost his job when the plant closed. The 29-year-old Coldwater, Mich., resident was offered two years of free schooling, including books, mileage and tuition through Michigan’s No Worker Left Behind program. He began attending KCC in 2004 and then transferred to Siena Heights to complete his bachelor’s degree in business administration, graduating in 2007. 

“I live in Coldwater so KCC was right there,” said LaRue, referring to KCC’s Grahl Center campus in Coldwater.  “Going to Siena Heights was convenient, too. They are located right on KCC’s campus in Battle Creek.”

LaRue, a 1998 Hillsdale High School graduate, had a very positive experience at both Kellogg Community College and Siena Heights. 

“I really liked that the classes were set-up for non-traditional students who are working,” he said. “There also was a wide variety of classes and going to both schools was very convenient.” 

Since his graduation from SHU, LaRue has received three promotions and is now branch manager for Kellogg Federal Credit Union’s Second Street branch in Battle Creek.

“During these difficult days, when the news is filled with stories of job loss, home foreclosures and failed businesses, Dan’s optimistic and hopeful story thrills us all,” said SHU’s Dean for the College for Professional Studies Deb Carter. “We are proud that our partnership with Kellogg Community College could help Dan realize his dream.”

“A college education should be affordable and accessible to everyone,” said SHU President Sister Peg Albert, OP, PhD. “Dan’s story has the kind of outcome we all hope for in higher education.”

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Note: Special thanks to Nicole Finkbeiner of Kellogg Community College. Photo courtesy of Kellogg Community College.

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