Jesse Perkins, a 22-year Veteran of the United States Marine Corps, is thriving as a criminal justice student at North Shore Community College. Jesse has held progressively responsible positions of leadership in his two years at the college, first as Student Veterans Center work study, President of the Student Veterans Club, and now elected student representative on the college's Board of Trustees. Jesse's leadership originates with his own commitment to helping the underserved. Jesse is committed to "giving back" and in every role Jesse has encouraged his fellow students to join him in making a difference by volunteering to tackle such issues as food insecurity, homelessness, and lack of opportunities for youth. He has done this through grassroots community organizing on our campus. He has mobilized students and staff to volunteer at community nonprofit agencies, serve at soup kitchens, work at a homeless shelter, volunteer to do community cleanups, and run annual blood, clothing and toy drives. Whether serving as the Student Trustee, President of the Veterans Club or volunteering in the community, Jesse's contributions to civic engagement on campus and in the community are significant and admirable.
I joined the military in 1984 right out of High School, served 4 years in the Navy, then in 1989, I joined the Marine Corps, where I served for an additional 18 years. After serving in Desert Storm/Desert Shield and later as an instructor in aircraft maintenance, I was assigned as a Marine Corps Recruiter. I was later transferred to MCAS Miramar in San Diego, where I was deployed again to Iraqi Freedom II for 9 months. In 2005 I retired from the Marine Corps.
In May of 2015 I started school at North Shore Community College where I became involved in our student Veterans Club. As the club president, I've been tasked with setting up different volunteer opportunities for the group. This includes coordinating several blood drives for the Red Cross, working at a homeless shelter, visiting schools for Memorial Day and leading students to clean up playgrounds. Since I've been a student at NSCC, I was elected Student Trustee, where I sit on the Board of Trustees. I think my most significant accomplishment as Student Trustee, is getting to know the students and the faculty and staff, and being a positive role model.