Student Success Day
Student Success Day

Wednesday, Oct. 2nd

Check-in: 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in Fine Arts Lobby
Check-in: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. in Heritage Hall Lobby

Check out this FREE, all-day event on Oct. 2nd. Stop by for FREE food and over 50 engaging sessions on topics such as college resources, careers and networking, money management, transfer information, study skills and MORE!

Keynote Speaker

Joshua Olatunde

Born and raised on Chicago's Southside, Joshua relied heavily on mentors from those he deemed a "leader" in his community. His mother worked as a liquor store clerk and hairdresser while his father served as a factory worker to a local steel mill. At age eight, Joshua nearly succumbed to the peer pressures of his environment, nearly losing his life to gang violence.

Shortly after, Joshua's mother forced him to join the local wrestling team to keep out of trouble. His coach drilled handwork, dedication, persistence and ambition into his mind; embedding academic metrics and behavioral standards into his program. Joshua thrived in this structured environment, gaining his passion for academia and the arts. By the time he finished middle school, he was an honor's student.

In high school, he wrestled his way to a state championship and represented the State of Illinois in National and International Competitions. His 3.8 GPA earned him multiple scholarships which allowed him to attend CUNY-Hunter College in New York City for his undergraduate studies. There, he majored in Physics and English as student - interned for JP Morgan and Lehman on Wall Street and shortly after began his work with youth in the South Bronx, Jamaica, Queens and Spanish Harlem.

After undergrad, Joshua worked as a high school teacher in Namibia while at Harvard University. He taught Physics to high school students in post-war torn villages. He eventually served as a staff member to programs at John's Hopkins University and UCLA. Today, he's the co-founder & Director of Operations of TCI Solutions, Inc. - a workforce development agency headquartered in Minneapolis that provides diverse talent pipelines to Thomson Reuters, General Mills, Metropolitan Airports Commissions and many other employers nationally who seek engineers, manufacturers, I.T. specialist, maintenance workers, mechanics and physicists as productive employees.

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