Suffolk University-Private Industry Council Partnership Provides Summer Jobs and College Prep

8/10/2006

Suffolk University and the Private Industry Council are providing Boston students with a unique combination of summer employment and college preparation.

Nineteen Boston students entering their senior year in high school were accepted into the six-week program. They are working as financial services interns in downtown Boston, and their employers allow them time off each week to take courses at Suffolk University.

The specially designed courses show the students how to successfully apply to college. They are learning the college admission process, how to apply for financial aid, professional communication skills, and writing skills. They are using computers and learning the basics of writing e-mail and cover letters, as well as the college application essay.

The employers partnering with Suffolk University and the Private Industry Council to provide summer internships are Bank of America, the Federal Reserve Bank, Citizens Bank and Sovereign Bank.

“Sovereign Bank is delighted to partner with Suffolk University, the Boston Private Industry Council and the Noonan Business Academy to assist high schools students in preparing for the college application process,” said Richard J. Bausemer, operations and automation risk manager for Sovereign Bank in Dorchester . “This program demonstrates Sovereign's commitment to improve the quality of life in our communities and reflects our conviction that we have an opportunity to make a difference.”

The program provides essential skills for the students and helps establish a talent pipeline for the financial services industry in Boston.

“When I started the College Admissions class, I knew some stuff but the instructors went much further in the details,” said Rode Coronado, a student at Madison Park Technical Vocational High School . “They also helped us create a structure to start researching colleges and to easily eliminate some colleges and keep others on our list based on various factors.”

Students in the program include:

Brook Farm Business and Science Academy, West Roxbury:
Debora Lewis, Dorchester
Mislyne Augustin, Dorchester
Geraldine Legros, Hyde Park

Excel High School, South Boston:
Eric Matthew Hernandez, Dorchester
Tanesha Ortiz-Rodriguez, Brockton
Jeffrey Massena, Mattapan
Robert Gomes, Dorchester
Eric Mendes, Dorchester

Madison Park Technical Vocational High School, Roxbury:
Shatora McGruder, Dorchester
Rode Oneida Coronado, South End
Yuleysi Luna, Roslindale
Darrell Johnson, Dorchester
Andrea Morris, Dorchester
Sam Walker, Roxbury

Noonan Business Academy, Dorchester:
Claudia Rosembert, Dorchester
Latricia Hendren, Roxbury
Richard Carter, Dorchester
Tarita Hall, Roslindale
Breyana Ramsey, Roxbury

Suffolk University, located on Boston's historic Beacon Hill, with campuses in Madrid, Spain and Dakar, Senegal (Africa), is a comprehensive global institution distinguished by its teaching and the intellectual contributions of its faculty. Suffolk offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs in more than 70 areas of study. Its mission is to provide quality education at a reasonable cost for students of all ages and backgrounds, with strong emphasis on diversity. Suffolk has a combined enrollment of more than 8,300 full-time and part-time students at its Law School, College of Arts and Sciences, and Sawyer Business School.

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