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Highlights from 2015–2016

OMD is proud to collaborate with corporate and community partners to offer innovative programs that help shape the community college model.

“I am the return on your investment.” Jarrett Adams speaks at Food & Wine

OMD Alumnus Jarrett Adams inspired all as he shared his story of perseverance with nearly 500 guests at One Million Degrees’ 9th Annual Food & Wine Tasting. After spending nine years incarcerated due to a wrongful conviction, Jarrett went on to graduate from South Suburban Community College, earn a bachelor’s degree from Roosevelt University, and eventually earn a law degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Now a practicing lawyer in New York, Jarrett reminded us how important it is to support community college scholars, many of whom face seemingly insurmountable obstacles, but have the determination to succeed. Jarrett’s keynote address helped inspire attendees to contribute to the more than $650,000 raised by this year’s event.

Seeing Results: Chancellor Cheryl Hyman Speaks at OMD/x

Building on the success of One Million Degrees’ first thought leadership breakfast in 2015, OMD was thrilled to host more than 70 business leaders and industry professionals at the second annual OMD/x: The Idea Exchange at One Million Degrees, sponsored by Deloitte. As OMD grew its partnership with the City Colleges of Chicago this year, City Colleges Chancellor Cheryl Hyman joined OMD Co-Founder Michael Golden for a rare discussion and Q&A on the system’s progress and plans to continue expanding OMD supports to each City College campus. OMD is honored to have the support of Chancellor Hyman and aims to continue deepening its partnership with City Colleges in the coming years.

Through engaging Chicago’s leaders and the higher education community, OMD continues to make ground-breaking strides in advancing community college student success.

Alternative Summer Break trip to DC and Baltimore

In partnership with United Airlines, OMD sponsored a week-long service trip to our nation’s capital for 20 OMD Scholars. During the week of volunteering and learning, scholars completed service projects for Food for Friends, Boys & Girls Club, and Real Food Farm. Scholars also visited Northern Virginia Family Services Shelter to assemble playground equipment for children living at the shelter.

Service trips are an eye-opening experience for our scholars, providing them with opportunities to give back to our communities and inspire civic engagement. OMD offers many volunteer opportunities throughout the year, encouraging scholars to affect positive change in their communities.