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John Rosales, Director of the South Chicago Learning Center, Awarded President's Volunteer Service Award

John Rosales, Director of the South Chicago Learning Center, Awarded President's Volunteer Service Award

1/24/2013 12:00 AM

John Rosales, Director of the South Chicago Learning Center (SCLC), was recently recognized for his volunteer efforts and awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award by the White House.  The South Chicago Learning Center is a satellite site of Olive-Harvey College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago. 

The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes United States citizens and lawfully admitted permanent residents of the United States who have achieved a minimum of 50 (youth ages 14 and under) and 100 (individuals ages 15 and older) number of hours of service over a 12-month time period – or cumulative hours over the course of a lifetime.  While Rosales’ volunteer hours far exceeded the award requirements, his dedication to helping others is what made him a standout in the community.  

Rosales was nominated for the award by Joyce Kagan Charmatz, founder and president of Keep Chicago Beautiful, who wanted to recognize his passionate commitment to the community.

In his current role as director of the SCLC, Rosales supports students making the transition from adult basic education, including GED and ESL courses, to college credit courses and employment.  He noted, “Olive-Harvey College has so many programs to offer our community.   Volunteerism is a great way to help our neighbors and in turn, help communicate the number of educational avenues available at the City Colleges of Chicago.”  

Currently, Rosales serves as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for the South Chicago Chamber of Commerce and is an active presence in the community.  Rosales began his career as a neighborhood organizer in Chicago’s Pilsen area, when he was recruited by the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Chicago to eventually become their Vice President of Community and Governmental Affairs.  Responsible for the company’s community affairs program, Rosales initiated a number of partnerships with community and social service organizations throughout Chicago, but his leadership on corporate volunteerism set the company apart from others.

The South Chicago Learning Center is located at 3055 East 92nd Street, on Chicago’s Southeast Side.  Registration is now open for adults interested in obtaining their GED.   Most adult education classes are free of charge. Call (773) 291-6770 for more information.  

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Nicole C. Lacey773-291-6403
Nicole C. Lacey

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