August 3, 2018 – In the fall of 2014, ITW was proud to partner with the Noble Network of Charter Schools to establish a STEM high school in an approved academic desert in the Belmont Cragin community of Chicago. The leadership and staff of the ITW David Speer Academy have worked tirelessly to create success and on June 9, 2018, it was apparent that they did indeed accomplish their goals!
A total of 191 students graduated, a 98% graduation rate. Of the graduates, 100% will move on to advanced education, with 80% directly matriculating into four-year colleges and the rest pursuing two-year colleges, the trades or military. For the graduates, 97% are first-generation college goers. Graduates were accepted to many top colleges & universities, including Stanford, Northwestern, University of Chicago, Middlebury, Hamilton, Colby, Tufts, Purdue, the University of Miami & the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition, four students were directly admitted to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s College of Engineering, and one student is a QuestBridge Scholar heading to the University of Virginia’s School of Nursing. Students received over $7 million in scholarships and approximately 63% will not require student loans to continue their education.
ITW Chairman and CEO Scott Santi and his family were in attendance as was Barbara Speer and the Speer family. Scott provided a motivational speech and a member of the Speer family did as well. We wish to congratulate the staff of the ITW David Speer Academy on a job well done and we wish all graduating seniors the very best as they continue into adulthood! ITW is so proud of this partnership!
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