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Chicago Summer Business Institute

85 students and mentors from the Chicago Summer Business Institute gathered today to prepare for their first day of work on Monday, June 26, 2017.

SBSI’s mission “Preparing Today’s Students To Become Tomorrow’s Leaders”  aligns with Harold Washington College’s Mission, so it was a great chance for me to talk with the students and discuss all of the great opportunities in Business and Professional Services, Liberal Arts, Studio and Performing Arts, Sciences and more at HWC!  I also spoke of the STAR scholarship and the benefits while at HWC and when transferring to one of our four-year partners. These students are already great leaders and we would welcome them to come to HWC for College.

— Margie Martyn

Professor Caroline Shoenberger Receives Award

Professor Caroline Shoenberger attended a breakfast at Latinos Progresando on June 21, 2017 and was given a Community Leader Award for her work as a lawyer to support the community and was also acknowledged for being a faculty member at Harold Washington College.

After her award, an HWC Alumnus, Guadalupe Rendon Guzman received a scholarship. She graduated with an Associate of Arts from HWC and is now attending Northeastern University!

Two HWC Apprentices Travel to Washington DC to Advocate for Apprenticeships

Kai Steward and Victor Gutierrez recently traded their view of Chicago’s skyline for Washington D.C.’s Capitol Hill. The two colleagues from our apprenticeship program along with Daniel Serota, public affairs manager, traveled to Washington D.C. to represent the firm at Workforce Development Week.

Hosted by the White House, the week focused on driving discussion to further employment initiatives, with an emphasis on education and job training. Our U.S. apprenticeship program offers students the opportunity to work here for two years while completing their associate’s degree. As one of the first financial services firms to start a U.S. apprenticeship program, Aon was among 10 companies asked to participate.  (Thank you Dean of Business, Paul Thompson and Aon for providing this update).

Harold Washington College – Fall 2017 PDF Schedules

Dear HWC Community,

We are working on having these PDF versions uploaded on the HWC home page, but in the meantime, I wanted to make them available to faculty, staff and students now.

HWC Programs of Study for Fall 2017 click here

To search the “live” class schedule click here

List of Course Offerings

16 Week In-Person

12 Week In-Person

16 Week Online

HWC Alumnus – Daniel Dantes Headed for Columbia University in NYC!

Daniel Dantes, HWC Alumnus just shared the GREAT news that he has been admitted to Columbia University in New York City!  Daniel has served as an intern in the President’s Office for one year, assisting with many projects including assisting with Student Activities, Student Government Association, Web site updates, and leading many other special projects.

Daniel graduated with an Associate of Arts in Business and Economics and plans to study Economics at Columbia University.

I really can’t say enough good things about Daniel.  I first met Daniel when he was President of OLAS (Organization of Latin American Students) and he did a lot of fund raising for scholarships for students by selling the most delicious tomales on campus.  We even bought the tomales for an HWC community event!

Daniel is a “self-starter” and he works as hard to  help other students as he does for himself.  He developed several templates and tutorials for student government team members, and he served as a Senator in SGA this year.

As Dan best states it himself, “Although my story is not the most difficult story I’ve heard, it’s one that defines true passion for wanting to better thyself but most important, a story that shows regardless of how hard things get, you should never-ever given up on your dreams.”

I look forward to keeping in touch with Dan to learn about his continued success at Columbia University and beyond!

— President Margie Martyn

Professor Fernando Miranda-Mendoza presents in South Korea.

Professor Miranda-Mendoza was invited to give a presentation on June 1, 2017 at Hanbat National University in Daejon, South Korea. The presentation title was “Option Pricing Models in Mathematical Finance” and was given as part of their mathematics colloquium. The presentation poster (in Korean) can be found here.

View the web page of their colloquium series:

 View the main page of Hanbat National University:

Kudos Professor Miranda-Mendoza!


On The Table….

Yesterday (June 12, 2017) The American Urban Campus invited me to The City Club luncheon with speaker Terry Mazany, President and CEO of The Chicago Community Trust.  Terry spoke of the “On the Table Event” that is in its 4th year, was held on May 16, 2017 this year.  According to the Web site,

“During each of the past three years, On the Table has proven that Chicago-area residents share a desire to come together, collaborate more, become more civically involved and more committed to our community. While we know that there’s no “quick fix” to the issues facing our region, progress will result from residents and organizations working to make contributions that add up to a greater solution that helps unite the place we call home.

What you do matters – and when we come together as a community to learn from and with each other, we have the power to impact both neighborhoods and lives. That’s what On the Table is all about.”

I think HWC should host a conversation next year! Kudos Terry Mazany for spearheading this effort.