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Team Olive-Harvey at last week’s Bud Billiken Parade (at Bud Billiken Parade)

We’re proud to unveil the official hashtag of the start of classes! Tell us, what classes are you looking forward to this fall? 

We’re proud to unveil the official hashtag of the start of classes! Tell us, what classes are you looking forward to this fall? 

The Chronicles of Sharknado: Part 2
A year ago, we brought you the story of @sharknado, a CCC tutor who received over 600 misdirected Twitter mentions in four days because of, as she described, the “toothy” Twitter handle she chose four years before the Sharknado movie came out.
This summer, SyFy released Sharknado 2: The Second One. To celebrate Shark Week and the second Sharknado movie, we chatted with the Malcolm X College tutor who has been called “The Real Sharknado”:
Q: You gained fame through your Twitter handle. Did you think to grab @Sharknado2 or a variant for the release of Sharknado 2: The Second One?
A: I didn’t think to grab @Sharknado2. Or @Sharknado3, which is already planned for next summer. If they make it to Sharknado 4, I may have to see if I can get that.
Q: Have the Sharknado producers or the network approached you about your handle? Any misdirected tweets this time around?
A: Neither SyFy nor the folks behind Sharknado have contacted me, at least not intentionally. This time around, I received about 450 @ mentions, many of them misdirected — and none of them funnier than @SyFyMovies itself incorrectly using my Twitter handle to refer to the film.
Q: What did you think of this Sharknado movie? What was your favorite part?  
A: I thoroughly enjoyed Sharknado 2: The Second One. I’ve long been a fan of disasters movies, so when Sharknado 2 kicked off with an insane action sequence that spoofed Airplane!, which is itself a hilarious spoof of disaster movies, I knew that the audience was in for quite a ride.

The Chronicles of Sharknado: Part 2

A year ago, we brought you the story of @sharknado, a CCC tutor who received over 600 misdirected Twitter mentions in four days because of, as she described, the “toothy” Twitter handle she chose four years before the Sharknado movie came out.

This summer, SyFy released Sharknado 2: The Second One. To celebrate Shark Week and the second Sharknado movie, we chatted with the Malcolm X College tutor who has been called “The Real Sharknado”:

Q: You gained fame through your Twitter handle. Did you think to grab @Sharknado2 or a variant for the release of Sharknado 2: The Second One?

A: I didn’t think to grab @Sharknado2. Or @Sharknado3, which is already planned for next summer. If they make it to Sharknado 4, I may have to see if I can get that.

Q: Have the Sharknado producers or the network approached you about your handle? Any misdirected tweets this time around?

A: Neither SyFy nor the folks behind Sharknado have contacted me, at least not intentionally. This time around, I received about 450 @ mentions, many of them misdirected — and none of them funnier than @SyFyMovies itself incorrectly using my Twitter handle to refer to the film.

Q: What did you think of this Sharknado movie? What was your favorite part?  

A: I thoroughly enjoyed Sharknado 2: The Second One. I’ve long been a fan of disasters movies, so when Sharknado 2 kicked off with an insane action sequence that spoofed Airplane!, which is itself a hilarious spoof of disaster movies, I knew that the audience was in for quite a ride.

Fall 2014 is around the corner! Classes begin August 25, 2014. 

Register here.

It’s time to register for classes! Tell us which science course you’ve signed up for this semester. 

One of the best things about Washburne is the hands-on experience we offer students! 

Some photos from this week’s job fair at Malcolm X College. Thanks to everyone who came out!

Today our Student Government Association (SGA) students from all over CCC are learning about professionalism and leadership at Harold Washington College! Recognize anyone?

Visit our TDL Open House at Olive-Harvey!

Olive-Harvey College will host a Transportation, Distribution and Logistics (TDL) Open House on August 13, 2014 from 10am – 2pm at its main campus located at 10001 S. Woodlawn Avenue.

There are excellent opportunities in TDL for those with the proper education and skills. The regional median wage for logisticians typically ranges from $40K-$70K annually. Olive-Harvey College’s new software training will offer students valuable analytical skills that translate directly into real-world practice and help them stand out to employers. Olive-Harvey plans to help students meet the demand for qualified workers in the field by embedding advanced logistics technology into its Transportation, Distribution and Logistics (TDL) classes beginning in fall 2014. 

Logisticians manage shipping, distribution, and warehousing, and apply technical problem solving to supply chain challenges in order to minimize costs and maximize efficiency.  To fully prepare students, Olive-Harvey’s curriculum will now include Max Load Pro, a load optimization software that allows users to test loading scenarios that maximize container space and minimize damage to vehicles.  Courses will also include Roadnet, a tool for long-haul route planning that emphasizes cost-/time- effectiveness.  The new software will allow instructors to conceptualize processes for students, be more creative with class time and provide additional coaching prior to hands-on training with actual equipment. 

TDL is Olive-Harvey’s focus area under College to Careers, an initiative launched by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chancellor Cheryl Hyman in 2011 to ensure Chicagoans are ready to hit the ground running in fast-growing fields.  The College offers basic and advanced certificate programs in Logistics Management, as well as an Associates in Applied Science degree.  Programs can be completed in as little as one to two years and prepare graduates for work as logistics coordinators, analysts, specialists and managers in industries ranging from manufacturing to retail to government.

In October 2013, the College also broke ground on a nearly $45 million TDL Center slated to open in 2015.  The 103,000 square feet facility will include a working warehouse environment that will act as a supply chain hub to efficiently provide office supplies to the City Colleges’ seven campuses, six satellites and District Office.  Students will be afforded a chance to gain hands-on training and meet the growing industry demand that lies ahead.

A big congratulations to Omar Dixon, who was honored last Sunday on Military Recognition Night at Wrigley Field! He works for Mission Continues Chicago 1st Platoon, an organization where he and fellow Veterans participate in projects that improve health and wellness for Chicago communities.

Omar is from the South Side of Chicago and served over five years in the US Army, where he worked as a computer technician and learned discipline, time management and patience. After his military tenure, he said he decided to return to school in 2012 hoping to show his children a good example of dedication and educational achievement — regardless of age.

A member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Omar is studying Business and Criminal Justice at Kennedy-King College. 

If you or someone you know is a veteran, click here to learn more about how our veterans services centers at CCC are here to help you succeed.

Today’s Throwback Thursday is from a college fair with Olive-Harvey College representatives! We have three colleges that are Predominantly Black Institutions as designated by the Department of Education. Can you guess the other two?

Driving to Malcolm X College this fall? You’ll have to find alternate parking as we continue construction on the new Malcolm X College. Click here for a full run-down.