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impact Vol. 4, No. 3


Erin Birt

Erin Birt

A personal message from College of DuPage Board of Trustees Chairman Erin Birt:

Dear Neighbors,

My name is Erin Birt, and I have the honor of serving as chairman of the College of DuPage Board of Trustees. In my professional life, I have my own law practice where I work to make a positive impact on people by helping them through sometimes difficult life transitions.

At COD, we strive to have a positive impact by helping our students prepare for the next steps in their lives and careers.

In this issue of impact, you will read about the importance of STEM professions. Science. Technology. Engineering. Math. They drive our health care. Our computers. Our roads and bridges. Our world economy. Our national security.

There are plenty of high-paying STEM jobs available. But as a nation, we struggle to fill them—especially with women.

College of DuPage is helping to change that. Through our programs and our people, we’re encouraging our community—everyone from school children to adult learners—to get excited about STEM.

Sure, some find the subjects intimidating. Others find them boring. Our story on “The Math Dilemma” shows the consequences: nearly three out of four students graduating high school in Illinois are not prepared for college-level mathematics.

But when you see former COD students such as Ellen Briggs studying the world’s oceans, or Ina Furxhi awaiting word from the nation’s medical schools, or Associate Professor Carley Kopecky getting local school kids enthused about rocket science, you quickly see how one college can make an impact on an entire community. 

“Many students are not as interested in STEM subjects if they learn only in the abstract,” says Associate Professor Lubna Haque. “But if we demonstrate how STEM can help them in the real world, they get really interested.”

Real-world learning is a key part of what we do, and why our students—including our current and largest-ever class of presidential scholars—succeed in STEM and a world of other subjects here at COD.


Erin Birt, 
Chairman, Board of Trustees, College of DuPage


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College of DuPage
425 Fawell Boulevard
Glen Ellyn IL 60137

Impact Archive

  • Ellen Briggs

    Vol. 4, No 3Online Version

    Going to Sea, Why Choose COD, Around Campus, The Math Dilema, and much more. 

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  • COD students Omar Escamilla and Karen Rutt

    Vol. 4, No 2 Online Version

    An Investment in Knowledge, Training Tomorrow's Heroes, Centers of Attention, Practice Makes Perfect, and much more. 

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  • Jim Belushi

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    Jim Belushi Comes Home, A Fitness Makeover, A Culture of Philanthropy, Around Campus, Finding Serenity, and much more. 

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  • Vol. 3, No 3

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    Lasting impressions with President Dr. Robert L. Breuder, students bring their A game, 97 high achievers choose COD, Around Campus, Speaking Up!, and much more. 

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    Changing it up with COD alum and B96 radio personality Justin Roman, COD offers certificate programs ideal for degreed professionals, The World is Our Classroom, Around Campus, Joyful Rehab, and much more. 

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  • Vol. 3, No 1

    Vol. 3, No 1 Online Version

    Standing on high ground with COD alum and veteran Steve Baskis, Big Help for Small Business, Now is a Good Time to Train for a Healthcare Career, Better Facilities Benefit Community, and much more. 

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    Vol. 2, No 3 PDF Version

    Meet Author and COD Alum Lee Stein, 3 + 1 = Bachelor's Degree, Presidential Scholars, Learning Commons, Versailles Architecture Program at U of I Urbana-Champaign, and much more. 

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    Success is No Mystery, COD helps fill critical needs and keeps jobs in the USA, COD helps veterans return to the home front and the workforce, and much more.

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    COD grad's career on a 'role' in new TV comedy, Spend a night in luxury, Always room for chocolate, Art for Heart's Sake, and much more.

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    Jailhouse rock star, COD shapes the engineers who shape our world, Academic impact on your community, Helping kids find harmony through melodies, and much more.

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    Vol. 1, No 2 PDF Version

    Mobilizing a generation to build a better world, taking a healthy interest, Changing the landscape of education, around your campus, and much more.

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    "Old School" teaches modern lesson, This land is homeland, We're teaching the Great Chefs of Chicagoland, Success and achievement, and much more.

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