I retain enormous energy, intellect, enthusiasm and commitment to improving educational opportunities.
Training and Development
Learning Style Assessment
Unwavering Force for Positive
Research in Social Perceptiveness
Online Faculty Certification
Comprehensive Assessment System
South Suburban College, Parent Awareness October 2004 topic "Celebrating our Youth" South Suburban College Parent Institute Day
March 2005 topic "Effective Study Skills for Youth and Parents"
South Holland Lion's Club February 2006 topic "The Plight of Today's Education
Olympia Fields Park District April 2010 topic "Personal Enrichment Workshop"
Keynote Speaker at Lincoln College February 2010 "If there is no struggle there is no progress" (Springfield, Illinois)
Presenter at Denmark Technical College "Women Today" March 2011(Denmark SC)
Commencement Keynote Speaker St. Paul's Lutheran School May 2013
Keynote Presenter for "The Women Who Work It In Business", Oak Park, IL. September, 2013.
Ph.D., Child/Youth & Adolescence Studies2004Nova Southeastern University Fischer Graduate School of Education and Human Services － Ft. Lauderdale, FloridaChild/Youth & Adolescence Studies Management of Programs
Dissertation: (Applied Research) Collaborations: Youth, schools, churches and businesses becoming part of the community solution.
Masters of Science, Human Services and Counseling1999National- Louis University － Chicago, IllinoisHuman Services and Counseling Disparity in the achievement gap between students who attend School District 227 and School District 205.
Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration1991Governors State University － University Park, ILBusiness Administration
Disparity in the achievement gap between students who attend School District 227. 2002
Collaborations: Youth, schools, churches and businesses becoming part of the community solution. (Applied Research) Nova Southeastern University. 2004
Comprehensive Assessment Report-Education Unit. The publication contains summary data relevant to candidates, faculty, and colleges addressing the education programs of Concordia University Chicago. 2013
TRiO Director, US Department of EducationFeb 2016 to Current Prairie State College － Chicago Heights, Illinois
Ensure the development of quality educational programming for the TRIO Educational Talent Search (ETS) grant for participants in the Prairie State College 515 district.
Participants are provided support services in a manner consistent with college policies, the objectives, and standards of the U.S.Department of Education guidelines for TRIO Educational Talent Search and federal regulations governing grant programs.
Responsible for the development, marketing, implementation and administration of a comprehensive academic support program to increase the retention and graduation rates of eligible participants, low income or first-generation students or students with disabilities and academic need from feeder high schools and middle schools within Prairie State College service area.
Provide alternative education programs for secondary school dropouts, entry into general educational development programs or post-secondary education; and programs and activities previously mentioned that are specially designed for students who are limited English proficient, students from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in post-secondary.
Our mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.
University LecturerAug 2013 to Current Olivet University － Bourbonnais,Ill
As a University Lecturer I teach graduate level in areas allocated by the Head of Department and reviewed from time to time by the Head of Department.
In addition I assist in the development of learning materials, preparing schemes of work and maintaining records to monitor student progress, achievement and attendance.
I participate in departmental and faculty seminars aimed at sharing research outcomes and building interdisciplinary collaboration within and outside the department as well as participate in the development, administration and marking of exams and other assessments.
Associate Dean/Director of TRiO ProgramsJun 2008 to Jul 2010 Kankakee Community College － Kankakee, Illinois
Responsible for all federal TRIO programs under the direction of the United States Department of Education includes Educational Talent Search, Upward Bound, and Student Support Services.
Aggressively provided leadership to meet and exceed objectives mandated by the Department of Education.
Provided tutorial services, career exploration, aptitude assessments, counseling, mentoring programs, workshops, information on postsecondary institutions; education or counseling services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy of students; guidance on and assistance in secondary school reentry, alternative education programs for secondary school dropouts, entry into general educational development programs or postsecondary education.
Implemented and evaluated specific programs mandated by the state and federal government.
Member of the college's student crisis committee, academic performance and retention committee and community service committee (co-chair) Proficient in monitoring numerous college departments and providing feedback in a timely and accurate fashion.
Hired personnel for all programs member of faculty hiring committee.
Developed goals and guidelines for first year students: created innovative, comprehensive programs to increase intellectual engagement and academic rigor in students' freshman year.
Supervised 3 departments with a total of 23 staff.
Director TRiO Programs Associate DeanFeb 2002 to Feb 2008 South Suburban College － South Holland, IL.
Educational Talent Search administrator responsible for providing: academic tutoring in reading, writing, study skills, mathematics, science, and other subjects.
My staff and I advised and assisted with post-secondary course selection, assisted students with information on student financial aid programs, benefits and resources for locating public and private scholarships; and assisted in completing financial aid applications.
I conducted financial and economic literacy workshops for participants.
Successfully placed students enrolled in two-year institutions into four year colleges and or universities.
My department provided individualized counseling for personal, career, and academic information.
Acquainted students with career options; exposure to cultural events and academic programs not usually available underserved, economically disadvantaged students.
Job Training: Provided services to disadvantaged adults and economically and academically disadvantaged youth.
Services include no cost training, job placement assistance and follow-up.
Identified and assisted individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education.
Provided academic, career, and financial counseling to participants and encouraged students to graduate from high school and continue on to and complete their post-secondary education.
Insistently attained and exceeded objectives mandated by the Federal and County government.
Responsible for budgeting, monitoring, evaluation, revenue and expenditures of three Cook County grants.
Acted as liaison between the operations support areas and the State and Federal government.
Provided outcome assessments on institutions programs along with budget analysis, including personnel evaluations.
Wrote and awarded federal funded grants totaling over $1,500.000.00 for four years with the United States Department of Education as the grantee.
Closely monitored federal budget to stay within the rules and regulations mandated by the United States Department of Education.
Disseminated information on college selection, college admissions, college visits and other career explorations.
Thorough knowledge in managing college programs, preparing budgets and developing program expenditure policies.
Proficient in monitoring numerous college accounts in a timely and accurate fashion.
Supervised, trained and developed a staff of 16.
Executive DirectorFeb 1997 to Current Gloria J. Taylor Foundation － Harvey, IL.
Successfully wrote and awarded the Department of Labor YouthBuild (1.5million) grant in collaboration with several other agencies to provide YouthBuild program in an urban low-income community.
Responsible for the nucleus of the grant, leadership development.
Provide detailed leadership curriculum, community involvement, public policy, college and career exposure and placement.
Personal one-one and group mentoring/counseling.
Complete annual performance reports, presentations to local business, municipalities and state policy decisions makers.
Additional responsibilities include: Preparation of budget and grant procedures for the purpose of securing and maintaining monitoring and evaluation of grants for the foundation.
Mentoring sessions, cultural excursions, and academic sessions.
Annual school supplies give-a-way for 850 students.
Spearhead annual toy give-a-away for needy children in the community over700 students receive toys and clothing during the holiday season.
Placed over 800 students in college and aggressively secured $120,000+ in financial aid and scholarships for students.
Produce a local talk show for youth called "TEEN TALK".
The show discusses issues of today's youth, currently airing on local cable stations.
Supervise all aspects of events: Select site, negotiate terms of event, decide on speakers, refreshments and make all special arrangements required.
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Companies Worked For:
Prairie State College
Kankakee Community College
South Suburban College
Gloria J. Taylor Foundation
Nova Southeastern University Fischer Graduate School of Education and Human Services
National- Louis University
Governors State University
Job Titles Held:
TRiO Director, US Department of Education
Associate Dean/Director of TRiO Programs
Director TRiO Programs Associate Dean
Ph.D. , Child/Youth & Adolescence Studies 2004 Masters of Science , Human Services and Counseling 1999 Bachelor of Arts , Business Administration 1991
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