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Empowered Working Mom Launched Her Own Business

When Jean Obenour moved to Marion to take a job at a local bank, she had one year of college under her belt. This take-Jean Obenourcharge woman knew she needed to finish her degree. Her employer encouraged her to enroll at Marion Technical College.

Working full-time and taking one class at a time was an adventure – especially when Obenour started a family.

“The professors were really nice. I was pregnant with my first child during one class. I sat near the door and at the break, I would go throw up,” Obenour chuckles. “When I came back, they would tell me what I missed.”

In six years, she proudly finished her Associate of Applied Business in Business Management Technology degree.

The degree and the knowledge she gained, combined with her professional experience, gave her new opportunities and eventually the confidence to start her own business. “I took the jump and I have the scars to prove it,” Obenour states.

She had discovered her love of doing taxes. “It’s a strange person who enjoys doing taxes,” Obenour laughs. “The pieces come together easily for me.”

MTC gave her the tools she needed to launch Custom Professional Accounting in 1992. Today, it is going strong. She manages seven employees.

“One marketing class was very engaging and useful. I still use her tips!” Obenour declared.

“I would recommend MTC to others in a heartbeat,” Obenour states. “I recommend everyone stay in Marion and get an education. Student loans are staggering these days.”

At $170 a credit hour, MTC is hundreds of dollars less per credit hour than many Ohio four-year colleges. By saving room and board, MTC averages $5,935 - $7,937 a year for many programs. Compare that to $18,850 a year for Bowling Green State University’s tuition, room and board, for example.

Obenour comes back to the Marion Campus each week for her Business Networking International (BNI) meetings on Tuesday mornings in the gorgeous Health Technologies Center.

“It is fun to see how MTC has grown. It is not just one building any more. It’s a beautiful campus,” Obenour shares. “I like saying I am an alumna.”

After raising her three children, Obenour considers her business her fourth child. “That buck stops here. It’s a learning event and I’m not done learning. I should go back for more classes … but I haven’t done that yet!”

If you’re a working adult looking to gain new skills … or a parent or student looking to save thousands of dollars a year on a quality education with classes that transfer, stop by the Marion Campus at 1467 Mt. Vernon Avenue, call us at 740.389.4636 or visit and find out why MTC is the best choice for you.


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1467 Mt. Vernon Ave.
Marion, Oh. 43302


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