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Ian Dobbins
A.F.A. Degree, Music Performance
Class of 2013

Ian Dobbins came to Harold Washington College for a second chance at education. He studied his passion – music and participated in the HWC Jazz/Pop Ensemble. Ian worked hard to maintain straight A’s and it earned him acceptance at his dream school, Columbia University in New York City, to study anthropology and jazz. His goal is to help people and create more equality in the world. 

Carlos Guzman
A.A. Degree, Business
Class of 2010

When Carlos Guzman moved to the United States, he found it difficult to find a job with a strong company without an education. He decided to attend Harold Washington College because of the low-price tag and appreciated the friendly advisors who helped him develop a strong program to meet his academic and career goals. Before graduation, he was offered a licensed banker position and after graduation he was quickly promoted to licensed financial center manager. Carlos credits his quick promotion to the strong education and associate degree he received at Harold Washington College.  

Attending Harold Washington College has inspired Carlos to pursue a four-year degree. Currently he’s pursuing a bachelor of science degree in technical management at DeVry University and is also pursuing a second associate degree in computer information systems at Harold Washington College.


Michele Miller
A.A. Degree
Class of 2012

Michele initially came to City Colleges to study Business Administration and eventually transfer to a four-year institution. After taking a few courses, Michele discovered that her true passion was working with people and switched gears to complete an Associate in Arts degree. During her first few years at City Colleges, she juggled working and attending class part-time. Michele lost her job due to the recent economic downturn and decided to use the opportunity to go to school full-time. She completed her Associate in Arts Degree and graduated as a member of the class of 2012. Michele recently accepted a position as an Associate Client Programs Analyst at Allscripts, a company that provides healthcare information technology solutions for hospitals and physicians, through the College to Careers partnership. She plans to attend DePaul University's School for New Learning with a focus on healthcare.