Yaneth Hidalgo is 23 years old and studies Respiratory Therapy at St. Augustine College since August 2016. She maintains that it was a wise move to choose SAC, given that she can hardly believe all the help she receives. “The teachers and counselors ask me all the time if I need help with homework. The truth is that it’s easy for young people to study in SAC. When I need help, they immediately provide it. They’re like my older brothers,” she said.
SAC has a student body of more than 1,500 students with an average age of 31, of which 87% are Hispanic, 79% are female, 21% are male; the ratio of students to teachers is 16 students per teacher.
Hidalgo says she was convinced to enroll in SAC primarily because of the language and because it has four locations in Chicago and one in Aurora. “I can go to any of the locations to take my classes, in case I move for some reason. That’s very convenient for me,” she said. “In addition, I was pleasantly surprised by their modern facilities, with the latest instructional materials, highly qualified teachers and an environment that has a personal touch that makes you feel like they are your family.”
The young student revealed that she decided to enroll in SAC based on a recommendation from one of her relatives because, as a newcomer from Mexico, she had difficulties with the English language. “I came to Chicago on July 19, 2016 with the purpose of studying to succeed. A relative told me about SAC and how they help those who don’t speak English well. I decided to study Respiratory Therapy because it is a quality of life career and they are accredited as one of the best,” she said.
She found out that SAC is accredited by “The Higher Learning Commission” of the “North Central Association of Colleges and Schools”. Its recognized Social Work program is accredited until 2020 by the Social Work Education Council (CSWE); and their Respiratory Therapy program is accredited by the Respiratory Care Accreditation Commission (CoARC). Accreditation ensures access to professional practice programs in respiratory care at a Bachelor’s level, and Master’s level in the United States and its territories.
SAC offers academic programs that include three bachelor’s degrees and a wide range of associate degrees, as well as job development training through the Institute for Workforce Education. SAC is a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and its programs include Bachelor’s, Associate in Arts, Associate in Applied Sciences, and Associate in General Studies. SAC is a member of the Colleges and Universities of Anglican Communion (CAAC), the Council for Higher Education (CHEA), the Federation of Illinois Independent Colleges and Universities (FIICU), the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU).
“Here at St. Augustine College I met different colleagues from different countries and a very friendly atmosphere. There are not that many young people, and I do not understand why, because the teachers have a lot of patience and you can’t find that everywhere. Young students are the most benefited by this way of teaching. I’m glad I chose SAC. I think I came to the right house,” she concluded.