By Mary Smith, communications staff
Jennifer Harvala covers a lot of territory in her life. She is director of operations for the Mike Morse Law Firm in Southfield, lives with her husband and three beloved dogs in Warren, and is working on a bachelor’s degree in business administration at Macomb’s South Campus in a program offered by Ferris State University.
“This partnership (between Macomb and Ferris) has made it incredibly easy to earn my bachelor’s degree,” says Harvala. “I can take online or hybrid classes at times that are convenient for me.”
The 3 + 1 transfer agreement between the two schools also means that Harvala can save money as well as time by taking the majority of her courses from Macomb.
“I have found this to be a super accessible format for earning a degree,” says Harvala, whose husband earned the same degree in the same program two years ago. “Everything about it has been awesome.”
After a short and unfulfilling career in cosmetology, Harvala earned an associate degree in Macomb’s Legal Assistant Program in 2007, which helped her move up the ladder at Morse’s firm, where she has worked for 15 years. Next up will be Central Michigan University’s Global Campus and a master’s degree in administration, with a specialty in training and development. “That’s my passion,” says Harvala. “Fortunately, I work for a company that is very supportive of professional development.”