Career Coaching Academy
Jumpstart your future. Find your passion. Make it a career.
Your school can only do so much. On average, a high school student spends 38 minutes per year with their guidance counselor. But that’s not nearly enough time to process the next steps toward your future.
You deserve better than a “one size fits all” career plan.
Every Career Coaching Academy student is given a unique profile based on scientifically reliable assessments. This data and experience-driven profile allow you to make smart, objective career decisions while receiving personalized coaching.
Austin has had a passion for developing others throughout his entire life and has a deep desire to find unique ways he can help improve the education system.
Austin has spent years coaching individuals and students in a wide variety of settings and was an immediate fit for J. Kruse Education Center and fell in love with our mission immediately. Now, he has made it his mission to help younger students discover their unique talents and passions so they can confidently step into careers later on in life.
Austin has a Master’s in School Psychology and is currently finishing his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a focus on Workforce Development in an effort to better prepare the next generation.
Jackie desires to guide individuals to utilize their passions and help them gain confidence to take the next step into their journey toward a fulfilling career path. She believes in coaching others through the self-exploration process and encourages lifelong learning and continuous improvement.
For the past 15 years, Jackie has worked with high school students as a school counselor. She has guided students through career exploration, academic planning, and the college admissions process. She has extensive knowledge and expertise on adolescent mindsets, growth, development, social emotional well being, and future systems thinking. Jackie is dedicated to her craft and professionally establishes trust, rapport and credibility with all clients. She is excited to focus on the individual and help them to apply their values, interest, personality, and strengths to discover a rewarding career path.
Jackie has a background in Applied Health Sciences, Education, and a Master’s in School Counseling. She understands the importance a satisfying career plays in an individual’s overall health, happiness, and lifestyle. She is very approachable and excited to help clients unveil their talents and potential.
Matthew, Executive Director of the J. Kruse Education Center, has been a cutting-edge figure in education for many years, being one of the first principals in the country to match curriculums with focuses on specific careers.
For years, Matthew has helped facilitate career changes at all age levels. He also coaches entire school faculties on innovative ways to educate while building healthy teams along the way.
He has taught at Fort Wayne Community Schools, and after obtaining his masters in educational administration he transitioned to DeKalb Central Schools as an administrator at the high school level before eventually serving as principal.
Matthew is looking to impact the future in a big way by helping individuals discover and mesh their God-given talents with their passion in a specific career field.
John Kruse is the founder of the J. Kruse Education Center and is passionate about creating environments where people can better themselves.
For as long as he can remember, John has been a serial entrepreneur who helps coach individuals at all ages in the twists and turns of entrepreneurship and building their own business. He is the owner auctioneer of Worldwide Auctioneers, president of Reppert Auction School, and partner of several businesses including a high-tech green energy startup. He has served numerous non-profits including as a board member of the world-famous ACD Automobile Museum.
John has a deep belief that it all begins with focusing on the individual and helping them discover their unique paths for their future careers while encouraging them the entire way.