Reps from AT&T, BMO Harris, Microsoft to talk career opportunities with 100 CHA college students


20 corporate representatives expected to participate in winter break check-in event

WHAT: CHA’s “Take Flight: Staying the Course.”

WHERE: CHA Offices, 60 E. Van Buren, 2nd floor

WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018

WHO: 100 CHA college scholars

DETAILS: Program at 2 p.m.

CHICAGO – (RealEstateRama) — Representatives and college recruiters from big-name corporate organizations – including AT&T, BMO Harris and Microsoft – will network with 100 Chicago Housing Authority college scholars and discuss career opportunities.

“Take Flight: Staying the Course” is a check-in event designed to help CHA students in college stay connected with those who provide internship and employment opportunities. The program will be at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, at CHA offices, 60 E. Van Buren (second floor).

There will be 20 corporate representatives who will speak to the kids about their own careers and offer counsel in a networking session on how to achieve their dreams and stay afloat in the college world – financially and otherwise.

The students are CHA scholarship winners and previous participants of CHA’s “Take Flight College Send-Off,” which happens every August.

Among the representative organizations participating:

• Chicago Equity Partners


• Presence Health

• Golden Apple Foundation

• The Alford Group

• U of C Institute of Politics

• Microsoft

• First Eagle Bank

• Kellogg Company

• Addus Homecare

• Chicago Urban League

• Cabrera Capital Markets

• Chicago Community Trust

• United Way of Metro Chicago

• BMO Harris Bank

• iHeart Media

• Greenwood Project

• AT&T

• The Chicago Bulls

CHA will provide information on the CHA Scholarship, which opens its application on Jan.16. CHA awarded 235 college students attending 90 colleges nationwide with $265,000 in scholarships to help them pay for their education. Of the 235 award winners, 142 residents were returning scholarship recipients.

There are more than 7,500 CHA residents enrolled in colleges across the country. Last summer, we saw 150 students off to college at our annual Take Flight event and they are now attending 60 colleges around the country.

Also, staff from City Colleges of Chicago will talk with the students about the Partners in Education program, which covers the cost of tuition, books and fees for CHA residents at City College of Chicago year-round, plus an opportunity for any current CHA college student to enroll in two courses each Summer semester. In 2017, 50 CHA students who attend four-year institutions locally and nationwide attended CCC in the Summer and transferred credits to their college, getting these students to graduation quicker and with less debt

Press contacts:

Office of Communications – Chicago Housing Authority
Molly Sullivan: (312) 786-3344; msullivan (at) thecha (dot) org
Matthew Aguilar: (312) 935-2646; maguilar (at) thecha (dot) org


The Chicago Housing Authority provides homes to more than 50,000 families and individuals, while supporting healthy communities in neighborhoods throughout the city. CHA has utilized the flexibility of the Moving To Work agreement to test innovative, locally-designed strategies that use federal dollars to more efficiently help residents become self-sufficient and to increase housing choices for low-income families. As a result, CHA families are more successful than ever before. In 2000, 15% of work-eligible heads-of-household were employed. Now more than 58% are employed. Also, the annual income of employed heads-of-household has doubled to more than $19,000 a year.

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