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Accenture and City Colleges of Chicago Team to Provide Students with the Skills to Succeed

2/22/2012 12:00 AM

​Chicago; Feb. 22, 2012 – Accenture is teaming with City Colleges of Chicago for the second year in a row to offer students a series of job readiness workshops, arming them with the skills they need to develop a career in an increasingly competitive market. The workshops are an example of City Colleges’ larger effort to connect students with Chicago business leaders to ensure they are prepared to attract employers and be successful in their careers. They are also part of Accenture’s “Skills to Succeed” initiative, which will equip 250,000 people around the world by 2015 with the skills needed to get a job or build a business.

“We have been working closely with City Colleges of Chicago for more than a year to help students sharpen their job skills in this competitive market for talented workers,” said Michael Scimo, Managing Director of Accenture in Chicago and North American Human Capital and Diversity Lead. “We feel it is vital that students have the confidence and skills to transition from college to careers. It is as rewarding for the students to receive as it is for our employees to help.”

The first of three Accenture workshops this year kicked off on February 15 with 25 students in attendance. Accenture employees provided basic mentoring and encouragement in the areas of resume writing, mock interview practice, presenting and networking tips.

“The economy is improving, but it can be difficult to find a job which is why we’re working with Accenture to give our students the best opportunity for a strong career after graduation,” said Harold Washington College President Donald J. Laackman who helped forge the partnership between City Colleges and Accenture. “These workshops provide our students with access to top business professionals and the chance to learn what’s expected in the business world. Not only do they learn important skills to land the job they want, but also skills that will help them advance in their career.”

Zaneta Wrightsell, a graduate of Harry S Truman College, attended one of last year’s workshops to learn how to develop her networking skills and what it takes to have a successful career. She found the event informative and immediately began putting the strategies she learned into action.

“The workshop taught me how to create a strong resume and how to improve my networking skills,” said Wrightsell. “After the workshop, I have spent more time meeting people, asking them about their careers and following up with them to build my network. The work has paid off because all of my job leads so far have resulted from networking.”

The next Accenture workshop is scheduled for March 29 and will offer City Colleges students lessons on how to build a professional online presence and dressing for success. Accenture will host the final session for City Colleges students on April 20. Students can register for the next two workshops at

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