ABOUT tHe Founder

Passionate About Helping Others Succeed!

I started College and Career Navigator, LLC because I'm passionate about providing guidance and mentorship to students who are considering the next phase of their lives. As higher education costs continue to soar, it’s essential for students (and parents) to understand all of their options.


Perhaps you’re considering college. If so, I want to explore your interests with you and help you navigate the complex world of higher education. College is a substantial financial commitment and I want to help you maximize the return on your investment, while minimizing your student-loan debt. Not sure what you want to study? That's okay! I can help you narrow the choices, based on your interests and strengths.


Perhaps you aren’t interested in traditional college, but would like to learn more about trade school options. After all, college isn’t the only path to achieving professional (and financial) success. Skilled trade positions are in high demand, and can provide a bright future for you and your family. Together, we can explore which skilled trades might be best suited for you.


Perhaps you aren’t interested in college or trade school, and want to find out what other options are available. I can help with that, too! Whatever your situation, I have the knowledge and expertise to help you navigate the next phase of your life!

Dr. Jeffrey Vaske,  Founder and CEO

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Qualifications: Why Am I An Expert?

With over 10 years of formal education and training, I possess a unique blend of skills and experience that will serve you well! I have an extensive background in academic success and have taught financial literacy courses at the college-level. I've also conducted significant research on the student-loan debt crisis in the United States. Finally, I've held important leadership positions in large, complex organizations within four different industries: higher education, healthcare, business, and the military. Please see below for more information regarding my qualifications.

Formal Education & Training:

  • Doctor of Education (Higher Education Leadership): Maryville University - 2017

  • Master of Arts (American History): American Public University - 2013

  • Bachelor of Science (Nursing): Grand View University - 2007

  • Bachelor of Arts (History): Grand View University - 2007

  • Army Reserve Officer Training Corps: Drake University - 2007

Noteworthy Accomplishments:

  • 4.0 cumulative GPA​ (doctoral program)

  • 4.0 cumulative GPA (master's program)

    • Graduated with Honors​

    • Earned “Pass with Distinction” on Final Comprehensive Exam

  • 4.0 cumulative GPA​ (bachelor's programs)

    • Graduated Summa Cum Laude

    • Nominated to the "President's List" 9 times

    • Member of several honor societies and the recipient of numerous academic awards

    • Army ROTC:

      • Distinguished Military Graduate - 2007

      • #1 Army ROTC Nurse Cadet Graduate in the United States - 2007

      • Ranked in top 1% of all Army ROTC Cadets in the United States (out of 3,806 Cadets) - 2006

      • ROTC Iowa Governor's Cup Award Winner - 2006​

Author of the Book:

  • A Student's Guide to Acing College: Tips, Tools, and Strategies for Academic Success (March 2011, iUniverse Inc.)

Doctoral Dissertation Research:

  • Understanding Student-Loan Debt: An Exploratory Analysis of the Financial Literacy of College Students (2015-2017)