NEIU Forges Partnership with Ethiopian Community Association
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||Media Contacts:Dana Navarro|
|December 13, 2013 |
Northeastern El Centro Campus Forges Partnership with Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago
CHICAGO — Today Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) and the Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago (ECAC) held a ceremony to mark the beginning of a new partnership between the two institutions. Sharon Hahs, president of Northeastern Illinois University, and Erku Yimer, executive director of the Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago, signed a partnership agreement at the event held this morning at the ECAC offices.
This partnership is especially important for Northeastern as it prepares for a fall 2014 opening of its new El Centro Campus. The new NEIU El Centro Campus currently is under construction in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood at 3390 N. Avondale Ave. In addition to serving Northeastern students, the NEIU El Centro Campus is dedicated to providing resources to its surrounding community.
Hahs, said, “The signing of this agreement is a symbol of our commitment to welcoming the members of the Ethiopian community to the El Centro Campus and to the University. It is my hope that this partnership, founded upon a mutual belief in the power of education to transform individuals and the world, will do much to ensure that generations to come learn from the past as they create a new future.”
Yimer added, “This MOU is a rare opportunity that provides access to each others' resources and help build long lasting professional relationships”
About Northeastern Illinois University
Northeastern Illinois University is a fully accredited public university serving more than 11,000 full and part-time undergraduate and graduate students in the Chicago metropolitan area. NEIU engages its diverse campus community in a rich environment of learning, teaching and scholarship. The University offers more than 80 academic programs in the arts, sciences, education and business. Newsweek magazine has named Northeastern Illinois University the sixth best investment among all universities in the nation and number one in Illinois. The University also is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the most diverse universities in the United States and is federally designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution.
About the Ethiopian Community Association of ChicagoThe Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago is a non-profit, mutual aid association committed to serving the cultural, psychological and socio-economic needs of refugees and immigrants in and around metropolitan Chicago. Founded nearly 30 years ago as a grassroots committee of five refugees who had recently fled civil war in their homeland, ECAC has grown into a thriving resettlement agency, serving over 3,500 refugees and immigrants annually. Programs and services offered include: Resettlement and Placement, Financial and English Literacy Education, Health Education and Community Outreach, Employment Training and Development, including Chicago’s first Electromechanical Assembly Training Program, Financial Literacy, Computer Training, Citizenship and Civic Education and Youth and Family Development. ECAC’s overarching goal is to provide refugee and immigrant families with the tools they need to become self-sufficient, full participants in the cultural, economic and civic life of the United States and its impact resonates deeply among both Chicago’s immigrant and refugee communities.
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