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W2C Board of Education Lincoln Center Meeting

Waukegan To College students stepped up to read letters to the Waukegan Board of Education explaining why the W2C Program was important to them. They did an excellent job in their public speaking performance, definitely a moment to remember for parents, staff, board members, and other students who attended. Great Job Waukegan To College!



Waukegan To College Lake Forest Campus Visit

On Saturday April 13th, 2013 Waukegan To College visited the Lake Forest Campus where they took an awesome tour of the college. The tour included a High School Workshop where the students learned more about applying to college. There was also a workshop for parents regarding what Lake Forest has to offer and the importance of getting kids into college. After taking a complete tour of the campus and attending several other workshops (besides the ones mentioned earlier), all students returned to Buchanan Hall for a debrief by the Lake Forest & W2C Staff Members. The kids seemed to really enjoy themselves and were really interested in what this great historical college had to offer!Image

W2C Students Hard at Work During Spring Break

When we think of Spring Break we often think of rest and relaxation. Some of us have been able to do that but for some Waukegan to College students they have been hard at work all week, and are really proud of their commitment and dedication to W2C and their academic future.

 Here are just a few things that our students have been busy with all week!

Helping out at the office —

Thanks to Luz Cruz, Mirian Lopez, Carlos Rico, Cecilia Rico, and Gala Torres for filing hundreds of college brochures away in our college resourceroom!
Thanks to Guadalupe Bueno, Gabriel Murray, Carlos Rico, Cecilia Rico, and Salvador Rodriguez for counting 16,803 plastic bottle caps for our “Plastic Caps for Dialysis” drive.

Academics —

Students in 5th thru 8th grade have been coming in all week to take math assessments so that we can tell where our students need extra help. Over the summer these students will be able to work on strengthening their math skills based on a program tailored to their individual needs.

College —

Some of our seniors used this week to continue to work on finishing up applying to colleges, and working on scholarship applications.

Career Exploration —

Eric Garcia just completed a 3 month career exploration program with Fiamico Restaurant located downtown Waukegan. We’d like to thank Chef Mike and Fiamico Restaurant for working with W2C and giving Eric this great opportunity. Take a look at the yummy dish Eric created himself! At the end of Eric’s mini-internship, he created a 3 course menu on his own that included a savory soup and salad dish, a main dish (check out the picture), and desert (picture not available — it was so delicious we forgot to take a picture!)

Busy, busy, busy…


The Family Piano Company Fundraiser


Now is a great time to stock up on guitar strings! Family Piano Co. will be donating to us 15% of revenue from all Alice brand merchandise sold between Monday April 8th and Saturday, April 20th.Image

They have over 60 different types of strings for violin, viola, cello, bass, mandolin, and all types of guitar. Plus, they’ve got picks, care kits, capos, string winders, maracas, cables, and more!

You don’t have to bring in any special coupons or codes – we get 15% of all Alice merchandise sold for that week. Invite your friends and family to stock up too – every little bit counts! If you buy during this week, you also get 35% on all Alice merchandise.

Family Piano Co. will also have a tip jar available, if you would like to contribute, but don’t play a stringed instrument.

Their street address is 114 S. Genesee in downtown Waukegan, but it’s easier to find them via their parking lot on County (1 block west of Genesee, between Washington and Belvidere).

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Alice Cares program coordinator Brendan Alviani at 847-775-1988 or email him at


W2C Students With Perfect Attendance



W2C Leadership Lab


“W2C Leadership Lab Sponsored By The Evangelical Lutheran Church In America” The Leadership Lab is an intense week of study, worship, and building relationships. The participants spend from 8:30 am- 11:00 pm each day in small and large group gatherings, planning, learning, prayer, and discovering where people are in their faith journey. On Saturday March 9th, 2013, Waukegan To College participated in the St. Paul’s Lutheran workshop discussing the Leadership Lab and filling out the necessary paperwork to possibly become a participant.

Parent Community Counseling “House Meeting”


On Saturday, the 9th of March 2013, the Waukegan To College parents also participated in the Parent Community Counseling “House Meeting” workshop. In this workshop, parents discussed the importance of connecting with each other within their local community and providing logistical support to develop stronger relational bonds between one another.

W2C Tutor In The Spotlight


W2C Tutor In The Spotlight

Kevin Arns is a George Washington University graduate who majored in Political Science and is currently working in finances as a Financial Advisor for investors at Co. Genworth. He is looking to pursue a career in law and he says that he is a firm believer in education, he loves to help the W2C kids get accepted into college and he loves the W2C program in its entirety. The subjects that he tutors students in are English and Math. He is the tutor of two 8th graders and one 9th grader. In his off time, Kevin enjoys reading, Trivia Pursuit, Baseball and Football. He is currently training for a Sprint Triathlon and his favorite food is Shepard’s Pie. Thank you for all of your contributions to the W2C Organization Kevin!

Waukegan To College Saturday Tutoring 16 March 2013



Waukegan To College “Feed My Starving Children” Event

This Saturday, on the 2nd of March 2013, Waukegan To College parents, students and staff (a total of 48 participants to include 7 volunteers) participated with the “Feed My Starving Children” organization. In a combined effort, W2C helped to pack 133 boxes which equals approximately 28,000 bags of food in a collective effort to feed 79 kids per day. The backend operators utilized pallet jacks to pull pallets of boxed food 25 pallets at a time. The food that was packed by the W2C organization is now being shipped to Haiti, the Philippines, Afghanistan, Swaziland, El Salvador, Thailand and Nicaragua to help starving children get the nutrition that they need around the world. Great Job Waukegan To College!


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