Linda Dolan, Donald E. Enders Jr., James C. Enders
Like so many others who have experienced HACC first-hand, the family views the College and its outstanding faculty as an invaluable resource in the region. Linda describes the school as “truly a gem in the community.” Don continues, “I am excited to promote HACC and always tell high school students and parents to consider HACC as a high-quality, low-cost educational option.” He takes great pride in every HACC graduate who has touched lives in the region, especially when discovering that a nurse or other professional attended HACC. “So many lives are touched by those who were trained at HACC.”
Linda, Don and Jim also shared their thoughts on the quality of HACC’s student body. Jim, who has worked extensively with student volunteers, explained, “They understand the meaning of professionalism, and it’s clear that they learn this from the institution.”
HACC has been a part of the Enders family for nearly 50 years. The College launched each of the siblings, as well as their children, on a trajectory to achieve - and exceed - their educational goals. Their personal journeys describe these HACC-inspired successes:
- As a high school senior, Linda was intent on a degree in art education. Her father suggested she begin at HACC, then the new community college in Harrisburg. Linda spent one year taking college courses, during which she experienced the 1967 move to the new campus and then transferred to Millersville to earn a Bachelor of Science in Art Education. She later received her master’s degree in art education and her doctorate in educational leadership and curriculum development from the University of Pennsylvania. Linda spent her career as a teacher and as an administrator, occasionally teaching continuing education courses at HACC. With her husband, Mark, also an educator, they have two daughters, both of whom attended classes at HACC as they pursued bachelor degrees.
- Focused on a college-prep track, Don was concerned about financing his education and joined the Pennsylvania Army National Guard after high school. He returned after serving one year to attend HACC and graduated with an associate degree in 1972. He continued at Penn State Harrisburg for a degree in business administration and then joined his father at Enders Insurance Associates, where he now serves as president and CEO. Don and wife Anna Maria, an educator, have two children who attended classes at HACC. He served on the HACC Foundation Board from 2007 until 2016 and was a member of the Foundation’s Planned Giving Committee and the Joint Board Development Task Force.
- Jim earned his associate degree from HACC in 1979, later receiving a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bloomsburg University. He joined Don at Enders Insurance, where he developed expertise in flood and cyber liability insurance. Two of Jim’s three children took courses at HACC as well. Jim volunteers at HACC, where he is involved in the scholarship review process.