NEIU Forges Partnership with Family Focus
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
||Media Contacts:Dana Navarro|
|February 10, 2014 |
Northeastern Illinois University El Centro Campus Forges Community Partnership with Family Focus
CHICAGO — Today Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) and Family Focus held a ceremony to mark the beginning of a new formal partnership between the two institutions. Sharon Hahs, president of Northeastern Illinois University, and Merry Ex, president and CEO of Family Focus, ceremoniously signed a partnership agreement at the event held this morning at Family Focus’ center in suburban Aurora.
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., near the intersection of the Kennedy Expressway and Kimball Avenue. In addition to serving Northeastern students, the NEIU El Centro Campus is dedicated to providing resources to its surrounding community.
Hahs said, “We are taking the opportunity, presented by this important new location, to expand our relationships with community partners, like Family Focus. We believe it is important to be a community partner and we want the community to feel welcomed at Northeastern Illinois University.”
Ex added, “The benefit of working with Northeastern Illinois University is that we have access to a potential pool of interns to assist in our centers and programs as well as have access to meeting space. Also, having a MOU [memorandum of understanding] is helpful if we have staff members looking to obtain advanced degrees from Northeastern Illinois University.”
About Northeastern Illinois University
Northeastern Illinois University is a fully accredited public university serving 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 Family FocusFamily Focus is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that helps low-income families in the Chicagoland area give their children the best possible start in life. By offering customized classes, support groups and referral services in a welcoming and caring environment, Family Focus helps families help themselves by working together in a relationship based on equality and respect. Founded on the principles of the Family Support Movement, Family Focus believes the best way to help young children is to provide their families with the skills and support they need to thrive.
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