Career Education Corporation and Chicago Urban League Partner to Bring STEM Education to Local Schools

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    Career Education Corporation and Chicago Urban League Partner to
    Bring STEM Education to Local Schools

    $50,000 Grant Supports Integration of Science, Technology,
    Engineering and Math Curriculum in School-Based Program

    CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–
    Career Education Corporation has awarded a $50,000 grant to the Chicago
    Urban League in support of the Urban League?s efforts to increase
    African American participation in future careers based in science,
    technology, engineering and math?or STEM. The grant was announced Oct.
    31 at Benjamin E. Mays Academy in Chicago, where the Urban League hosts
    a leadership development program for middle school students. The
    announcement, which was part of a special school assembly, featured
    local doctors, engineers and other professionals who have turned their
    STEM education into successful careers.

    Students at Benjamin E. Mays Academy in Chicago talk with Walter Pryor, vice president of government ...

    Students at Benjamin E. Mays Academy in Chicago talk with Walter Pryor, vice president of government relations for Career Education Corporation, about future careers based in science, technology, engineering and math–or STEM. (Photo: Business Wire)

    ?Our nation has fallen behind the rest of the world in STEM education
    achievement. Unfortunately, achievement in these areas is worse among
    African American students. We see the results in the preparedness of
    some students entering our postsecondary schools. So we?re proud to work
    with the Chicago Urban League to improve the emphasis on STEM subjects
    and careers among local middle schools students,? said Walter Pryor,
    vice president of government affairs for Schaumburg, Ill.-based Career
    Education Corporation. ?More students need to see that studying science,
    technology, engineering and math can lead to interesting and rewarding
    careers.?

    ?We are grateful to Career Education Corporation for their partnership
    and for making this tremendous investment in our children,? said Andrea
    L. Zopp, president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League. ?An education
    curriculum with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math
    can lead to a promising career. African American children are being left
    out of their future jobs because of a lack of exposure to STEM. We must
    change this trend and our NULITES program is one of the best programs to
    introduce STEM to young people. This support from Career Education
    Corporation builds on our 95 year tradition of creating educational,
    economic, and social opportunities with the power to transform people?s
    lives.?

    STEM education will be integrated into the Chicago Urban League?s
    curriculum for the National Urban League Incentives To Excel and Succeed
    (NULITES) program in January 2012. The NULITES program, a National Urban
    League initiative that the Chicago Urban League has operated since 2007,
    works with local middle school students to develop leadership and
    academic skills to ensure success in high school, a successful
    transition into college and ultimately graduation with a higher
    education degree.

    STEM education and career exploration will be added to NULITES
    activities that include educational seminars, financial workshops, high
    school preparation sessions, community service projects and field trips.
    Since its local inception, students in the Chicago Urban League?s
    NULITES program have consistently demonstrated increases in academic
    performance, leadership and social skills, and high school preparation.
    NULITES programs are currently offered at Benjamin E. Mays Academy and
    Charles S. Deneen and Elihu Yale Elementary Schools.

    In an inspiring demonstration of what lucrative opportunities are
    available to those who pursue STEM careers, the grant announcement
    featured several local professionals who motivated more than 100
    students to take advantage of STEM education. Special presenters at the
    Mays Academy assembly included:

    • Jason Coleman, an engineer who is the Executive Director of Project
      SYNCERE, an organization that introduces students to the STEM fields;
    • Octavia Hooks, manager of community affairs at the Museum of Science
      and Industry;
    • Dr. Daniel Johnson, Section Chief, Academic Pediatrics, Associate
      Chair for Research, Associate Professor, The University of Chicago
      Medical Center;
    • Carmen Patton, an executive in research and innovation in the ethnic
      development division of L?Oreal; and
    • Dr. Karriem S. Watson, Clinical Research Specialist, Department of
      Neurosurgery, University of Illinois Medical Center.

    In addition to curriculum and guest speakers, the Career Education
    Corporation-supported NULITES STEM component will include a variety of
    hands-on activities that will give students first-hand exposure to STEM
    careers. Those opportunities will include visits to the Museum of
    Science and Industry and Microsoft offices.

    About the Chicago Urban League

    Established in 1916, the Chicago Urban League works for economic,
    educational and social progress for African Americans and promotes
    strong sustainable communities through progressive advocacy, effective
    collaboration and innovative programming. For more information, visit www.thechicagourbanleague.org.

    About Career Education Corporation

    The colleges, schools and universities that are part of the Career
    Education Corporation (?CEC?) family offer high-quality education to a
    diverse student population of more than 100,000 students across the
    world in a variety of career-oriented disciplines through online,
    on-ground and hybrid learning program offerings. The more than 90
    campuses that serve these students are located throughout the United
    States and in France, Italy, the United Kingdom and Monaco, and offer
    doctoral, master?s, bachelor?s and associate degrees and diploma and
    certificate programs.

    CEC is an industry leader whose institutions are recognized globally.
    Those institutions include, among others, American InterContinental
    University (?AIU?); Brooks Institute; Colorado Technical University
    (?CTU?); Harrington College of Design; INSEEC Group (?INSEEC?) Schools;
    International University of Monaco (?IUM?); International Academy of
    Design & Technology (?IADT?); Istituto Marangoni; Le Cordon Bleu North
    America (?LCB?); and Sanford-Brown Institutes and Colleges. Through its
    schools, CEC is committed to providing high-quality education, enabling
    students to graduate and pursue rewarding career opportunities. For more
    information, see CEC?s website at www.careered.com.
    The website includes a detailed listing of individual campus locations
    and web links to CEC?s colleges, schools, and universities.

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    Contacts

    Chicago Urban League
    Roderick K. Hawkins
    773-451-3536 (desk)
    773-892-5427
    (cell)

    Source: Career Education Corporation

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    Students at Benjamin E. Mays Academy in Chicago talk with Walter Pryor, vice president of government relations for Career Education Corporation, about future careers based in science, technology, engineering and math–or STEM. (Photo: Business Wire)

    Walter Pryor, vice president of government affairs for Career Education Corporation, presents a $50,000 grant check to Andrea Zopp, president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League. The funds will be used for after school programs that support of the Urban League’s efforts to increase African American participation in future careers based in science, technology, engineering and math. (Photo: Business Wire)

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