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2006 Alumna of the Year - Jane Brunk Kost

Kost started college at age 17 but left after one semester to work and raise her children. In her early 30s, she decided that she wanted to teach and chose Jefferson College. After graduating with an Associate of Arts degree, she completed her bachelor's degree at Harris-Stowe State College and returned to Jefferson College as an instructor in the Adult Education and Literacy Program.

After her first year of teaching, she was asked to direct the program and was soon also directing the Job Training Partnership Act Program. Through these positions, she implemented curricula that provided job-training skills for economically disadvantaged youth and adults. She obtained a Master's degree in Adult Education and became the Dean of Extended and Non-Traditional Learning for Jefferson College, a position she held until she retired in 2005 after 21 years of service to the college.

Jane Kost"In reviewing my 30 year association with Jefferson College (as a student and employee), it is hard to find the words to express my appreciation for this local institution of higher learning," said Kost. "I would not be who I am today if it had not been for the election in 1962 that formed the Junior College District of Jefferson County. Jefferson College and its fine instructors rivaled any coursework that I experienced at Harris Stowe State College, the University of Missouri - St. Louis, Central Missouri State University, and others that I attended. Community colleges allow ordinary people, like me, to become much more than they ever imagined. I am proud to be selected as Alumnus of the Year by those with whom I worked at Jefferson College; they are the best!"

In addition to her service to the College, Jane has always been very active in her community. She started the first adult literacy program in Jefferson County in 1984. She is a past president of the Twin City Area Optimists Club and continues to work actively with the program, including recently helping start a Childhood Cancer Campaign.

Through her work with the college and community groups, Jane has received many awards, but she says, "It was not for me personally that I accepted them. I always felt that I accepted them for Jefferson College to promote the college in the community."

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