CHICAGO, Aug. 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Nearly 460 students graduated Sunday, Aug. 23 from Westwood College's four Chicago area campuses. These graduates earned bachelor's degrees, associate degrees and diplomas in a variety of programs, including Criminal Justice, Information and Network Technologies, Graphic Design, Construction Management, Healthcare Management and Medical Assisting.
The commencement ceremony was held at Chicago's Orchestra Hall.
For Esmeralda Rodriguez, who graduated with a diploma in medical assisting from Westwood College's DuPage campus, graduation means she can successfully transition to the medical field. Rodriguez has been working as a warehouse manager for 15 years, and has always wanted to get into medicine to help make a difference in peoples' lives.
"I tried going to community college, but didn't get the support or the hands-on training I was looking for," said Rodriguez, who is in the process of interviewing for medical assisting positions. "At Westwood College, they supported me and taught me everything I need to know about being a medical assistant, from phlebotomy to billing to back-office administration."
Westwood College has four campuses in the Chicago area: River Oaks, O'Hare, DuPage and Chicago Loop. Students from Westwood College Online also participated in Sunday's graduation ceremonies. The campuses offer a variety of degree programs, which include student-focused benefits such as:
- Accelerated programs that allow students to earn degrees in as little as 17 months
- Day, evening and online classes
- Accredited programs
- Hands-on training
- Industry-experienced instructors
- Support from a dedicated team of enrollment, financial aid, academic and career representatives
- An Employment Pledge, in which Westwood College will help pay students' bills if they don't find a job within six months after graduation *Terms and conditions apply
"These graduates have shown dedication and worked hard to earn their degrees," said Kelly Thumm Moore Ed.D., Chicago Loop campus president. "Many of these outstanding graduates come from diverse backgrounds and are the first in their families to graduate from college. They have taken personal responsibility and gained the skills they need to further their careers and change their lives. At Westwood College, we will continue to support them through tuition-free lifetime alumni retraining programs and career services."
About Westwood College
Westwood College is a private, for-profit college founded in 1953 in Denver, Colorado, with 14 campuses in five states. Westwood's mission is to prepare undergraduate and graduate students with the knowledge, skills and training needed for meaningful employment. Through education, Westwood creates opportunities, changes lives and impacts futures. The college offers degree programs in the areas of business, design, justice, healthcare and technology. Westwood, which is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, has graduated more than 39,000 students. For more information, visit westwood.edu, like Westwood on Facebook and follow on Twitter.
SOURCE Westwood College