Welcome to the first issue of Engage.

Whether you are a district resident, business owner or community leader; a graduate, patron, benefactor or beneficiary of our programs; or a student, alumnus, faculty or staff member of our college, your engagement with this institution is important to us.

Through taxes or tuition, talent or philanthropy, you have made an investment in College of DuPage. And to that I want to personally say: Thank you! But we also owe you a periodic report on what a difference you have made—to demonstrate your return on investment.

Through stories of students and alumni, teachers and programs, community initiatives and opportunities, each issue of Engage will show how you are making a difference through College of DuPage.

In this inaugural issue, we consider the national shortage of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) talent, and various ways that the College is helping to address that issue.

Among other stories, you will learn about:

  • A College of DuPage alumna/PhD scientist who is developing new therapies for people with serious illnesses.
  • An alumna whose Argonne National Laboratory internship led to a full-time job and a chance to hire more College of DuPage students.
  • A program that combines high-school education with professional certification in high-demand professions.

Ever grateful, we hope you enjoy this inside look at the benefits that your engagement makes possible through College of DuPage.

View Engage Vol. 1, No. 1 (pdf)

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STEM Spotlight

  • Spotlight: Julianne Fernandez

    Julianne FernandezEarth Science

    "Oceanography revealed fascinating processes hidden in earth’s oceans, winds and atmosphere. Finding an interest in the sciences and gaining a reason to appreciate education is responsible for my academic success.”

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  • Spotlight: Cindy Jaunich

    Cindy JaunichComputer Information Systems

    "I've had some excellent teachers and made great new friends and look forward to always being involved with COD at some level."

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  • Spotlight: Robert Zill

    Robert ZillEngineering

    “I’ve had some great teachers at COD who have motivated me to be the best I can be. They really have helped me to develop as a person.”

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  • Spotlight: John and James Payne

    John and James PayneMath

    I really enjoyed my experience at COD. I liked the smaller class size, the hands-on approach and a good teacher who definitely helped me to develop better study habits,” said James Payne.

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