High school graduates from the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) are proving to be successful as college graduates, especially those who pursued career-focused degrees. With the nation facing a serious shortage of skilled workers, job opportunities exist even in these difficult economic times, especially in high-demand fields such as: accounting, healthcare and technology . Leading companies are stepping up to hire graduates in those fields. Of particular note are the 300 CPS alumni in the DeVry University 2012 graduating class who have been hired by industry-leading companies and organizations across the Chicagoland area. These students have joined the workforce at dozens of area companies, including Abbott Laboratories, AT&T, Bank of America and Blue Cross Blue Shield to name just a few. “As a CPS alumnus, I want to congratulate the former CPS students in this graduating class. And I want to thank the teachers and administrators of the Chicago Public Schools for their dedication in educating and preparing these students for their future success,” said Sharon Thomas Parrott, senior vice president of external relations and global responsibility and chief regulatory compliance officer for DeVry, the parent organization of DeVry University. The DeVry University graduates came from 67 Chicago public high schools across the city including Amundsen High School, Benito Juarez Community Academy, Fenger Academy, Harlan Community Academy, Lane Technical High School, Lincoln Park High School, Orr Academy, Prosser Career Academy and Whitney Young Magnet, among others. “Founded in Chicago in 1931, DeVry University has always had a special relationship with CPS students, and we’ve been honored to help thousands of CPS alumni further their education and launch their careers,” said David J. Pauldine, president of DeVry University. “From the impressive list of companies that hire them, we know that students that graduate from CPS and DeVry University represent an important segment of our region’s workforce.”
With an 80+-year history and more than 250,000 alumni nationwide since 1975, DeVry University has helped thousands of graduates launch or change careers. Many of DeVry’s students are non-traditional, including working adults, immigrants and those who are the first in their family to pursue a college degree. DeVry University’s curriculum is career oriented, and the school offers personalized career services to help students launch their careers after graduation.DeVry University has 10 locations in the Chicago area and offers associate and bachelor’s degree programs in business, engineering and information sciences, health sciences, liberal arts, media arts and technology, as well as master’s degree programs in business and education. About DeVry University Founded in 1931, DeVry University is one of the largest, private sector universities in North America, with more than 76,000 students enrolled in the United States and Canada. The university’s mission is to foster student learning through high-quality, career-oriented education integrating technology, business, science and the arts. With more than 90 locations, DeVry University delivers practitioner-oriented undergraduate and graduate degree programs onsite and online that meet the needs of a diverse and geographically dispersed student population. Home to five colleges of study, including Business & Management, Engineering & Information Sciences, Health Sciences, Liberal Arts & Sciences, and Media Arts & Technology, DeVry University’s outstanding faculty members, work in the fields that they teach, providing students with real-world experiences that prepare them for high-growth careers. DeVry University is institutionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, www.ncahlc.org. DeVry University, a part of DeVry Inc. (NYSE: DV), is based in Downers Grove, Ill. For more information about DeVry University, find us on Twitter @DeVryUniv, Facebook /DEVRYUNIVERSITY or visit newsroom.devry.edu. About DeVry Inc. DeVry's purpose is to empower its students to achieve their educational and career goals. DeVry (NYSE: DV; member S&P MidCap 400 Index) is a global provider of educational services and the parent organization of Advanced Academics, American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Becker Professional Education, Carrington College, Carrington College California, Chamberlain College of Nursing, DeVry Brasil, DeVry University, Ross University School of Medicine and Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. These institutions offer a wide array of programs in business, healthcare and technology. DeVry’s institutions serve students in secondary through postsecondary education and professionals in accounting and finance. For more information, please call 630.353.3800 or visit http://www.devryinc.com.