Jessica Lynn Hoffman - Valedictorian

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Spotlight on Our Graduates – Class of 2008

Jessica Lynn Hoffman - Valedictorian


Jessica Lynn Hoffman

Jessica Lynn Hoffman said she “was really happy” to learn that she had been named the valedictorian of the Passaic County Community College (PCCC) graduating class of 2008. But with a grade point average of a perfect 4.0 for seven semesters, she shouldn’t have been surprised. The 19-year-old Totowa resident received her associate’s degree in Business Administration and Accounting on May 22 at the College’s 36th commencement exercises where she also delivered the valedictory address.

Jessica plans to continue her education this fall at Fairleigh-Dickinson University in Teaneck in order to earn her bachelor’s degree and pursue a career as a certified public accountant. “I always knew I wanted to do something with numbers,” said Jessica who noted that she chose her major after taking an initial accounting course at the College. “I really liked it and decided that’s what I wanted to do.”

Home-schooled along with her two siblings since fourth grade, Jessica entered PCCC in her senior year of high school and is pleased with that decision. “Compared to what I’ve heard about other colleges, I think PCCC has a very caring environment,” she said. “It is very close-knit here, and the professors really want to see you succeed and excel.”

Outside of her business courses, Jessica enjoyed studying political science and was particularly impressed by professors Martin Bookbinder and Petar Drakulich.  “Jessica was a pleasure to have in class,” remarked Professor Drakulich. “Her scholarship – both verbal and written, rank her among the finest students I have had the honor to teach.”  Professor Bookbinder agreed. “Jessica is every faculty member’s ideal student,” he said. “She is bright, hard-working, thoughtful, and analytical...among the top I’ve ever instructed in over thirty-five years.”

A member of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges, Jessica said attending the organization’s convention in Philadelphia was one of the most exciting events of her PCCC experience. “It was so much more than I even expected,” she notes. “We met people from everywhere.”  Jessica was also named to the New Jersey Collegiate Business Administration Honor Society and the New Jersey All-Academic Community College Team, and she received the College’s Business Administration Graduate Achievement Award.

The Hoffman household marks three academic milestones this spring. Jessica’s older sister, Lisa, also a PCCC alumna, will receive her BA from Montclair State University. Her younger brother, Michael graduates from eighth grade. 

Jessica, who enjoys knitting and watching sports, is also a cooking and baking enthusiast. “When I get my cookbook, my family says ‘watch out,’” she laughs. Evidently, this valedictorian has all the right ingredients for continued success. 

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