Thursday, May 31, 2007

Alumni Update: Tramaine Ford

Tramaine was a student at Cabrini Connections from 1995 to 2000. He sends the following message:

I hope all is well. Wish I was able to tell you sooner, but I was recently in Chicago. I flew out there to be on The Oprah Show. I was very lucky to perform with the cast of Hairspray The Movie on Oprah live this past Wednesday May 16th. It was an amazing experience and a dream come true. I was only in town for three days and I was very busy and didnt get to tell everyone that I would have liked to tell so they could tune in. However Im sure the show will re-air. Since I didn't have the opportunity to tell her, I plan on writing Oprah a letter of thanks.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Alumni Update: Kenneth Chatman

Kenneth graduated from the program last year and still visits us here at Cabrini Connections quite often.

Here's Kenneth's update on his life:

"Although I am supposed to be in school right now, i'm not. I've decided to rest for a while but i didn't give up on opportunity. Right now i'm working for the Cabrini Green Rowhouse housing for Urban Property Avisors. You can say i'm still in school because i'm learning how to repair things that are broken such as doors or locks, and/or other things that are required as a maintenance technician."

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Student Spotlight: Cabrini Connections 2007 Graduating Class

Kevin Stanfield
Years at Cabrini Connections: 6
Volunteer: Bob Lassandrello
Years with volunteer: 4

How his tutor impacted his life: "He did not give up on me and stuck in for the long run."

After graduation: Kevin plans to attend Kennedy-King college and also continue working.
In five years: Kevin wants to be finishing college with a Master's degree in graphic design.

Jabar Norman
Years at Cabrini Connections: 6
Volunteer: Tim Bradley
Years with volunteer: 3

How his tutor impacted his life: "Tim has shown me that education and hard work is important. He always stayed and patient and honest."
How Cabrini Connections impacted his life: "They have provided a service that allows me to better my career goals and dreams. Cabrini Connections has taught me how to be a leader and a successful student."

After graduation: Jabar will attend the University of Iowa on a full-ride scholarship.
In five years: Jabar wants to be graduating from college and starting his first career.

Terika White
Years at Cabrini Connections: 4
Volunteer: Ginny Whipple
Years with volunteer: 1.5

How her tutor impacted her life: "Even though I've only been with her for a short period of time, it seems like we've been together forever. She's very cool, down to earth, intelligent and helpful. We always get the hard stuff knocked out of the way to chat about daily lives. She's just fun to be around. I am able to talk to her about whatever."

After graduation: Terika wants to get her Bachelor's in Accounting or get a massage therapy license.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Cabrini Connections Career Day 2007

Each Spring, Cabrini Connections organizes a Career Day for our students. This year, we partnered with the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. The 12 guest speakers included Kellogg students from all areas of business, a cosmetologist, and an artist. Nicole Gordon, the artist, is also a volunteer tutor at Cabrini Connections.

Each speaker spoke about what they do at their job and what kind of education and experience you need to get into their field. Students, volunteers, and speakers all had a great time and made some new friends in the process!

We would like to thank all of the volunteer guest speakers and the Kellogg School for their support of this event.

For more information and pictures see this article from the Kellogg School of Management site