Stories of Success
Victoria Reyes and St. Augustine College
My life changed completely since I began my studies at St. Augustine College, in 2006.
I attained a vocational degree in my country of origin, but I could not practice it in this country. I had to start from scratch and, since I did not speak English, it was very difficult for me to continue my education. Various colleges were recommended to me by friends until I finally arrived at St. Augustine College. The professors and counselors motivated me to continue when I was about to quit and they also helped me to get grants and scholarships to cover all my educational costs.
I graduated with an Associate Degree and I work as an Administrative Assistant. My next goal is to complete a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting. I highly recommend St. Augustine.
Smitha Thomas and St. Augustine College
I came to the United States as an immigrant, having many dreams. One of which was to have a successful career. As a foreigner getting used to a new country was difficult in addition to enrolling at a new school and maintaining a job.
Ever since I decided to join St. Augustine College, I have grown as a person and as a student. Studying here has been a joyful experience. I will be graduating soon as an RCP and enjoying the outcome of the wise decision I made to join St. Augustine.
Bincy George and St. Augustine College
I am a full-time student balancing a full-time job and I wasn't sure how I could accomplish both. At St. Augustine College I have been able to manage my studies and employment thanks to the help of my professors and staff. I am in my second year at the College and I would recommend St. Augustine to anyone looking for a flexible learning environment for working students.
Gloria Fernandez and St. Augustine College
I came to this country at the age of 15. For several years I worked in factories without a promising future until a friend recommended St. Augustine College.
There I found a familiar and supportive environment. I took accredited courses in Spanish while learning English. I received tutoring services, financial aid and academic advising. I graduated with an Associate in Computer Information Systems and now I'm a Program Supervisor at El Valor.
I will soon graduate from National Louis University with a Bachelor's Degree in Behavioral Sciences.
Oscar Perez and St. Augustine College
Cooking has always been my passion. In 2009 I graduated from John Hancock High School and decided to study Culinary Arts at St. Augustine. After one year of study I feel that I made the right decision.
I am learning in classes and field practice and within a year and a half I will earn my Associate Degree in Culinary Arts.
Here there is an atmosphere of camaraderie and teachers see my success as if it were theirs. The College also helped me to obtain the funds to pay for my education.
St. Augustine is giving me the education, support and direction to become a successful chef and eventually to have my own business. I urge others to call, inquire and register for classes.
St. Augustine opened the door for me to achieve my dreams and forge a better future.
Maryvel Torres and St. Augustine College
In 1997, I graduated from St. Augustine College with a Bachelor of Social Work. Throughout my educational journey, I met people who influenced my life positively, from sharing similar goals with students to having the continued support of teachers and staff of the College.
For the last 13 years, a have worked at the Archdiocese of Chicago, where I am currently the Coordinator of the Ministry of Support for Divorced in the Hispanic Community.
I am grateful for the education and support that I received at St. Augustine College.
Augusto Torres and St. Augustine College
I studied at St. Augustine in the 80's. Attending a bilingual College allowed me to integrate myself rapidly to this society and to develop professionally, which opened employment opportunities and increased my self-confidence.
For six years I worked as a radio announcer and later spent 14 years at the Telemundo television station in Chicago, as a journalist and news anchor.
I currently have my own business in real estate.
Norma A. Espino and St. Augustine College
My parents brought me to this country at the age of 10. After high school I decided to work and a year ago I enrolled in St. Augustine College, where I am studying for my Associate Degree as an Administrative Assistant.
I made this decision to improve my chances of success for me and my three daughters.
I will graduate soon and I am seeing the fruit of my initiative.
St. Augustine gave me the opportunity to study while I worker and it provided childcare and support in my studies. But most importantly, I am already seeing success because my self-confidence is increasing, I am an inspiration to my daughters and my goals have risen.
Upon graduation, I want to continue studying to become a legal assistant. St. Augustine has opened opportunities that were previously unattainable.