Sam Villalobos grew up in South Chicago, one of four brothers, attending Chicago public schools. Today, at just 21 years old, and when his former Jones College Prep High School classmates are juniors in college, Sam is a senior investment analyst at Northern Trust Bank and is well on his way to his goal of becoming a financial executive.

In fact, Sam has already worked full-time for nearly 2 years at the bank, a connection he made through his participation in the Year Up program, Chicago’s premiere workforce development program. He entered this program while earning his associate degree for free at Harold Washington College as a Chicago Star Scholar.”

Sam will start Governors State University this fall to complete his bachelor’s degree in business, and expects to receive tuition assistance from his employer to help cover the cost.

With a couple years of full-time work experience already under his belt and savings in the bank, Sam’s smart choices put him leaps and bounds ahead of his peers, and show how a connection to City Colleges and its partners can catapult a student from any of Chicago’s neighborhoods to a Loop office and a very bright future.

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