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Nichole Pientka
Happy National Apprenticeship Week! If you haven’t heard of this week-long celebration of apprenticeships, then you should look no further than this blog post. National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) is a national event that is currently in its fourth year of existence as of November 12th through the 18th.  The NAW website gives the following event...
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On November 27th, 2018, the Future Institute Board‘s College Success Committee arranged a panel of three Concept alumni who are current college students to provide insight into college for juniors and seniors at HSA McKinley Park. The panelists were: Shahista Khatoon, CMSA alumna, senior Biology major at Northeastern Illinois University Bryanna Moreno, HSA McKinley Park...
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You’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, during which you can save a lot of money on big ticket items, are these days really in the spirit of the holidays and Thanksgiving? That’s why we’re trying to make Giving Tuesday, November 27th, 2018 a bigger deal than the other consumer-driven holidays. Future Institute is...
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Are you haunted by your bank accounts balances and credit card payments? Have you tried budgeting? If not, read our How to Budget in College blog post. If you want a little more detail on budgeting, saving money, and opening a bank account if you don’t have one, we have some video content for you. You can...
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College success doesn’t always mean earning good grades and attending classes. For some, it means having the money to pay for the costs associated with going to college: tuition, supplies, books, housing, etc. Essentially, you’re paying for a good education. We’ve talked a little about financial aid this month, so let’s talk a little more...
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Because it’s October, it’s a good time to talk about the scary topic of student debt. If you’re a college student, you may not understand all the details about debt and how to avoid it. Fortunately, there are many articles and videos about debt that can help you figure out your financial future.  Don’t let...
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The Future Institute Research Center (FIRC) held their Annual Planning Meetings on October 9th and 10th at the Concept Schools Central Office in Schaumburg, IL. The Center welcomed their newest fellows Dr. Evan Rhinesmith and Dr. Carmen Gioiosa to their first planning meeting. Other fellows in attendance were Dr. Lynda Leavitt, Dr. Radhi H. Al-Mabuk, Dr....
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As a new college student you may have heard your parents or other adults talking about budgeting. To most people, the word “budget” can be just as scary as someone popping out and saying “boo!” on Halloween — especially if you don’t know where to start. Don’t be spooked about creating a budget when it...
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Steven Pawlowicz and Melissa Kmetz from the ICATT (Industry Consortium for Advanced Technical Training) apprenticeship program established by the German American Chamber of Commerce Midwest gave a presentation to 20 high school seniors at CMSA on October 4th, 2018. Their presentation detailed the program during which high school graduates (or GED recipients) can apply, be connected with...
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What does your financial future look like? Do you have loans and scholarships? Have you taken charge of your finances? Depending on your current finances, you may or may not be in charge of your financial future as a college student. You may have also seen the scary topic of student debt all over the...
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