Tower, JA Jump-start Careers

A motivated young student doing well in school and thinking of career options can turn to many sources for advice and guidance–and now include the School’s Margaret Tower and Junior Achievement among those sources.

Margaret Tower, Instructor in the School of Accountancy

Margaret Tower, Instructor in the School of Accountancy

Tower, Instructor in the School of Accountancy, mustered people, materials, space and over 50 Chicago high school (and high energy) students for “High School  JA in a Day,” a special offering in which JA’s popular “Careers with a Purpose” program was central. “Careers with a Purpose,” developed with the assistance of the John Hope Templeton Foundation and the HCA Foundation, introduces students to the importance of direction and goals, positive values and ethical decision-making in career and life decisions. And by combining the program with a campus visit to and tour of DePaul’s downtown Loop Campus, the May 10 event met many goals, and doubtless stimulated many young minds and certainly raised expectations.

Students from Chicago’s Roosevelt High School, Truman Middle College, and St. Patrick High School participated, under the tutelage of Tower and ten DePaul student “teachers,” role models despite their youth. At the conclusion, students’ work (yes, the program has its own workbook) was evaluated, and students presented certificates of completion–the first steps to completing many, many other goals and certifications.

DePaul students assisting with the JA project included Ashwathy John, Jennifer Matthew, Jake Saltzman, Kristina Owens, Linda Wang, Kathleen Freitag, Megan Wu, Megan Zhao, Allison Gao and Tianbai Zhu.

L&Q is always proud when its members contribute “time, talent and treasure” to help students into and through college, and prouder still when our Vincentian heritage of reaching out is part of those efforts.

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