Hawes Uses College Degree to Expand His Business

MOUNT OLIVE – Atkinson native Jackie Hawes began attending University of Mount Olive at Wilmington after hearing about the success his aunt had at the institution.  “My aunt, Donnitta Turner, graduated from MOC with a bachelor’s degree in business management and organizational development in 2009.  She spoke so highly of the College and the experiences she had, that I knew it must be a good institution,” he explained.
Hawes, the owner of Hawes Funeral Home LLC in Warsaw, NC, already had an associate’s degree in mortuary science.  However, he realized he needed to expand his knowledge to stay competitive and to help the patrons of his business. “Today’s economy is hard for many people,” he said. “When an unexpected death occurs, it can put a financial burden on the family. Even though I knew much about the funeral service, I needed to learn more about the operation of business.” With that in mind, at the age of 42 Hawes decided to pursue his bachelor’s degree in business management and organizational development.
 Hawes chose University of Mount Olive at Wilmington because of its convenient scheduling options and the positive referral from his aunt.  “Even though the classes were accelerated and assignments could be intense, I always looked forward to attending a new class every five weeks. This method, in my opinion, helped me see the advancements I was making.”
Hawes graduated in August and his newly earned degree is already making a difference in his business.  “I have used my degree to secure low and exclusive prices on the products our funeral home sells and uses,” he said. “In turn, we pass the savings on to the families we serve.”
In the near future Hawes and his wife, Terra, plan to expand their family-owned business to several southeastern counties in North Carolina – a goal much that is more achievable with his newly gained business acumen.  “University of Mount Olive has transformed my life because doors that were closed before are now open for opportunity.”
Now, Hawes fully endorses the accelerated one-night-a-week program for any adult wanting to earn a college degree. “I would highly recommend University of Mount Olive at Wilmington. The first reason is the non-traditional programs help people go back to school at their own rate. The second reason is the caring and concern that each and every faculty and staff member has for the students.  They are committed to helping every student achieve his or her dream of attaining an education.”
University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The College, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Goldsboro, Research Triangle Park, Washington and Jacksonville.  For more information, visit www.moc.edu.