Doing well by doing good

‘Doing well by doing good’ is a part of everyday life at DeVry Education Group institutions in the U.S. and abroad. DeVry Group supports educational and community initiatives that will help our next generation of workers succeed. Some of those initiatives include:

 DeVry Advantage Academy
 Junior Achievement
 The DeVry Foundation
 Interprofessional Global Healthcare Project

DeVry Advantage Academy

DeVry Advantage Academy is a dual-degree program that gives students the opportunity to earn an associate degree while they finish high school. The program was launched in Chicago in 2004 under former CEO of Chicago Public Schools Arne Duncan, and has since expanded to school districts across the country including Decatur, Georgia; Columbus, Ohio; and Houston, Texas.

DeVry Group started the Advantage Academy to meet the needs of low- and moderate-income students by: 

  • Increasing the number of college-ready and employment-ready high school graduates

  • Improving college access for students with limited financial resources

  • Introducing students from underserved communities to career opportunities in high-demand fields

  • Reducing barriers to well-paying jobs for this population

Advantage Academy students enroll at the end of their sophomore year, start classes their junior year, then complete their senior year as well as one summer term. At the conclusion, students earn their high school diploma as well as an associate degree.

DeVry Advantage Academy has a proven track record of success with more than 1,000 students enrolled since 2004. To date, 93 percent of Advantage Academy students have graduated with their high school diploma and 84 percent of those graduates have also earned an associate degree.

Junior Achievement

DeVry Group’s partnership with Junior Achievement started with one school in the Chicagoland area. Today, more than 400 DeVry Group colleagues participate in JA programs in nearly 300 classrooms across the country.

Through programs ranging from grades kindergarten through 12th, Junior Achievement is an international organization that teaches kids entrepreneurship, financial literacy and work readiness. The lessons are taught by volunteers who are working professionals –our own DeVry employees.

Junior Achievement invests in local communities by inspiring youth, emphasizing the value of education, sharing the skills needed to reach their career of choice and how these skills will allow them to achieve their future goals.

The DeVry Foundation

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Interprofessional Global Healthcare Project

Recently, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (IOM) called for an increase in the collaboration between nurses and physicians in an effort to advance patient care and ensure the highest level of safety.

Chamberlain College of Nursing and Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM), both a part of DeVry Group, responded to this call for action and established the Interprofessional Global Healthcare Project (IGHP), a joint initiative that enables nursing and medical students from each school to provide healthcare services and education to impoverished communities. Students and faculty recently conducted their first joint global project in Nairobi, Kenya.

In coordination with the nonprofit organization Family Hope International, nursing and medical students from Chamberlain and RUSM engaged in highly intensive hands-on training to develop stronger critical thinking, clinical assessment skills as well as enhanced understanding of cultural differences. In 2011, the IGHP team traveled tothree separate poverty-stricken villages in Nairobi within two weeks, where they worked 12-hour shifts in clinics visited by nearly 200 patients per day. Students also conducted seminars for the village and local healthcare practitioners on preventative care topics including hand washing, breastfeeding, parasites and basic household safety.

Learn more and view photos about Ross University’s global healthcare projects.

Learn more about Chamberlain College of Nursing’s global healthcare projects.