As part of our community outreach efforts, Civiltech actively promotes and participates in high school mentoring programs. Also, within the company, we believe in the benefits of a robust internship program. When these two efforts collide, the result is exciting and rewarding. This summer, we were fortunate to include in our team of interns, Oluwatosin (Tosin) Akinsanya, 他是芝加哥学者项目的参与者,我们在2016年First Look Company Exploration见过他 & Career Fair.

Chicago Scholars is an organization that selects, trains, 指导那些来自资源不足社区的学业雄心勃勃的学生完成大学学业,成为下一代的领导者. 该项目的目标是帮助这些第一代大学生专注于他们的大学目标, navigate the complex and unfamiliar application process, transition to campus life, persist through college to graduation, and transition into careers or post-graduate programs. 该组织的最终目标是培养能够回到芝加哥并丰富社区的领导人. 民用科技公司的迈克·福尔宁第一次见到托辛是在招聘会的时候. 托辛参加了这次活动,希望获得如何在工作场所发挥作用的技巧和建议,并了解工程方面的职业生涯. “我甚至都没有发简历,”他说,并解释说找工作并不是他的本意. When Tosin approached the Civiltech table, Mike took notice of his snappy wardrobe and said, “you don’t look like a typical engineering student,” and the two hit it off immediately. During their conversation, Mike explained how the office, the teams, and the projects were managed, and how the Civiltech leadership operated. Mike then introduced Tosin to other staff for a round table discussion. Tosin found the conversations meaningful and comfortable and the team welcoming. Following the event, Civiltech offered Tosin an internship for the following summer. 托辛说,他被邀请感到谦卑,这加强了芝加哥学者计划的好处.

托辛的旅程早在6000英里外的尼日利亚家中就开始了. 他的父母梦想着为他们的孩子提供进入名牌大学并拥有成功事业的机会. Pursuit of that dream, together with an economic crisis in Nigeria and dangerous Boko Haram activity, prompted the decision to move their four children to the United States. 13岁时,托辛和他的母亲、哥哥和两个妹妹来到了巴尔的摩. His father remained in Nigeria to maintain his business. After living transiently in Baltimore for a brief time, 托辛的母亲听说了芝加哥有工作机会,他们登上了美国铁路公司的火车,去往不确定的未来.

The family’s new life in Chicago was initially difficult. Tosin’s mother found work as a caregiver, which often took her away from her children for weeks at a time. 托辛和他的弟弟必须在上学期间照顾他们的妹妹. Also, Tosin missed his father. 他和他的兄弟姐妹们觉得他们的父母为了给他们提供一个安全稳定的生活做出了巨大的牺牲, as well as educational opportunities that they might not have had in Nigeria, so they were determined to succeed.

While attending Chicago’s Sullivan High School in Rogers Park, 托辛在大三的时候被选中参加了芝加哥学者计划,他热情地利用了他们提供的每一个项目. When his family had arrived in the United States, they spoke Yoruba, one of several languages primarily used in Nigeria. 托辛决心提高他的英语口语技能,并将其归功于芝加哥学者协会, as well as his high school, with helping him. 他们提供阅览书籍的机会,并鼓励他参加需要他发表演讲和演讲的活动. 只要有可能,他就在课堂上大声朗读,并学习美国电影,重复对话. 托辛看到,尽管他的母亲受过良好的教育,但语言障碍是她事业上的一大障碍. But more importantly, he was determined that he would not be prevented, due to an accent, from clearly expressing his ideas.

Tosin graduated from Sullivan in 2015. In addition to the workshops, leadership activities, college preparation, and mentoring programs, 当托辛的家人在处理移民文件时,芝加哥学者帮他处理了申请大学的复杂过程. With Chicago Scholars help, Tosin received a Star Scholarship to Wilbur Wright College where he completed two
years of study.

This year, 托辛被伊利诺伊大学香槟分校(UIUC)的电气工程365体育娱乐平台录取,今年秋天开始上课. He chose to pursue Electrical Engineering based on his interest in signal processing. 他在民用科技的实习让他有机会从我们的一些工程人员那里学习交通信号设计工作.

During his internship at Civiltech, 托辛说,他喜欢了解一个项目中有多少DET365中文网站合作,公司感觉更像一个家庭,而不是一个工作场所. 他还喜欢参观项目现场,亲眼目睹如何通过良好的设计使我们的环境变得更好. 学习代码和标准以及它们如何影响设计对Tosin来说很有趣, 他学会了新的计算机技能,包括MicroStation和各种其他工程软件程序.

Of special interest, 托辛很高兴了解到民用技术公司参与了芝加哥市的市议员菜单项目(C*NECT). While previously interning for 49th Ward Alderman, Joe Moore, 托辛曾帮助检查社区的缺陷,并参加了与社区成员和领导人的会议,以确定哪些需求应该通过菜单项目来解决. Having the opportunity to see the program from the engineering side, according to Tosin, “made it all connect.”

Thanks to Chicago Scholars, 托信得到了一贯和关怀的员工的指导和领导,以及持续的支持. 该项目帮助他保持专注,确定目标,进入大学,并过渡到伊利诺伊大学香槟分校. 他认为,芝加哥学者学院帮助他学会了如何舒适、自信地社交, and ultimately, to realize his potential. 托辛希望通过应用他所学到的知识并指导未来的参与者来回报芝加哥学者.

托辛说,在民用科技公司,他实现了找到一个“归属、成为和成长”的地方的目标.” In return, Civiltech很享受Tosin和其他优秀实习生提供的活力和新鲜的视角. 我们期待看到Tosin和我们的其他实习生继续茁壮成长,并通过我们与芝加哥学者持续的志愿者和指导工作,认识未来的实习生候选人.

Oh . . . and those other siblings? 托辛的弟弟今年秋天将在芝加哥伊利诺伊大学读大四, 他的一个小妹妹今年春天成为了苏利文高中的毕业生代表.