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he Chancellor of InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico, San Germán, Agnes Mojica, and Alexander Gonzalez, president of California State University, Sacramento, will be inducted into the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Uni- versities (HACU) “Hall of Champions” during HACU’s annual conference in October. Expected to draw more than 1,500, participants will include college and university presidents and CEOs, academic and community leaders, government officials, corporate and business leaders, and college student leaders and scholars.

“HACU is honored to recognize Chancellor Agnes Mojica and President Alexander Gonzalez, two remarkable individuals who have devoted their careers to enhancing opportunities for stu- dents and have been tireless champions for Hispanic higher edu- cation success,” said HACU President and CEO Antonio R. Flores.

HACU represents more than 450 colleges and universities committed to Hispanic higher education success in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Latin America and Spain.


acebook’s Sheryl Sandberg joins the list of leading corporate executives to speak at Hispanic-serving Institutions. This past May, Sandberg delivered the commencement address at the City Col- leges of Chicago.

Sandberg, Facebook COO and author of New York Times bestseller Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead de- livered the address at the City Colleges of Chicago graduation ceremony. Prior to the ceremony, Sandberg met with a group of graduates to learn how they have overcome personal challenges and “leaned in” to accomplish their goals.

Sandberg said, “I’m thrilled for the op- portunity to speak at the City Colleges of Chicago commencement. Since Chan- cellor Cheryl Hyman launched the Rein- vention initiative in 2010, the number of degrees granted by CCC has nearly doubled and last year, for the first time, over 10,000 graduates completed a course of study. Chancellor Hyman and I have also spoken about the importance of STEM as not just an important area of study but also as an essential element to nearly every discipline.”

In 2010, Chancellor Hyman launched the City Colleges’ “Reinvention” initia- tive—a comprehensive effort to improve all aspects of the seven-campus commu- nity college system. Its four goals are to increase the number of students earning degrees, increase the transfer rate to

Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg

four-year institutions, improve outcomes for students needing remediation and increase the number of adult education and English as a second language stu- dents advancing to college-level courses.

In 2011, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chancellor Hyman launched the College to Careers initiative to ensure City Colleges’ occupational programs are aligned with market demand. College to Careers has enabled faculty and staff to work closely with more than 150 industry leaders and four-year colleges to revamp curricula, consult on facility upgrades, provide teacher-practitioners, and offer students internships and first pass at job interviews. The programs focus on the

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six core industries expected to create 80 percent of the Chicago region’s living- wage jobs in the next decade: advanced manufacturing, business and professional services, culinary/hospitality, information technology, healthcare, and transporta- tion, distribution and logistics. More than 1,200 students have found a job or paid internship in a College to Careers field since the program’s launch.

Through the College to Careers and other City Colleges programs, students learn the skills needed to succeed on the job including soft skills such as working within a team, asserting their opinions to solve problems on the job, and net- working effectively.

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