MSI is fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet up with a fantastic high school group from the Gary Comer Youth Center (GCYC) of Chicago. MSI, along with Gary Comer Inc. (GCI), GCYC and the Upward Bound college preparation program, teamed up to help the students learn about potential software careers.
GCYC is a program for children anywhere from third grade to high school. It was established in Chicago to ensure that students graduate from high school prepared for college and careers. MSI was excited to have students from this program at our office and give some insight on possible career options for the students to explore. Will Irvin (Executive Director at GCYC), Vicki Kalnins (Vice President at GCI), and Ceily Moore (Upward Bound Coordinator) all worked with our President, Harvey Shovers, to help make this day such a success.
The day started with a tour of the office, followed by brief presentations from multiple departments of the company. Volunteers from groups such as development, mobile, cloud services, technical services, professional services, sales, human resources, marketing, accounting, and our president, Harvey, all educated the students about their positions. Employees explained what they do, their background, how they chose this profession, benefits of their careers, and some advice on what to study in college for that position. Afterward, students had the opportunity to chat one on one with employees and ask any further questions.
The employees of MSI found this day to be an extremely rewarding experience and we enjoyed being able to educate the youth, and hopefully help guide them to their desired career paths. The students and team from GCYC also enjoyed their time at MSI. Will Irvin expressed their appreciation to us by stating, “Today was an amazing example of how the larger “Comer Family” can make a powerful impact and open doors for young people. The breadth of career paths that our Upward Bound participants were exposed to was incredible. More than breadth of exposure, it was the warmth, hospitality, and enthusiasm of the MSI and GCI teams that shown through and connected with our students.” MSI thanks GCI and GCYC for this opportunity, and we wish all the students the best of luck on their future careers and endeavors!MSI Teams with Chicago’s Gary Comer Youth Center to Introduce High School Students to Careers in the Software Industry by Sophie Piotrowski