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Paying it Forward

By Hiu To / May 23, 2017

We first met Zach as a Sophomore in 2008; he was one of the six GCE students at the time. As a Sophomore, Zach was opinionated, determined, and challenging. During his time at GCE, he challenged us as an organization and held us accountable as his teachers and mentors. As one of our first students, we consider…

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Pye GCEs the World

By Hiu To / May 19, 2017

Henry Pye, a GCE graduate from the class of 2013 talked to us about life after high school. In 2009, we met Henry in a basement of an old mansion on the Northside of Chicago. He was quiet, skeptical, and resistant. But over time, Henry would become the captain of the basketball team, the older…

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We Value Real World Relevance

By Hiu To / December 20, 2016

We asked our alums how GCE has prepared them for college and unanimously, our graduates expressed the importance of rooting classroom learning in real world problems. The core of our mission is to inspire students to fall in love with learning, prepare them to think for themselves and connect them with the world through their…

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We Value Community

By Hiu To / July 13, 2016

We asked our alums how GCE factors into their lives after graduation and unanimously, our graduates expressed gratitude for a community that they can always come back to. We take pride in the fact that developing meaningful relationships and building community are intrisically a part of our model and curriculum. 2015 graduate, Lily Fiske responded,…

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Alum Holla-Back: Lily Fiske

By Hiu To / April 12, 2016

2015 graduate, Lily Fiske talks about getting on the Dean’s List, taking an internship in New York, and how her roots remain at GCE.

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Alum Holla-Back: Meshach Maldonado-Lewis

By Hiu To / April 12, 2016

2015 graduate, Meshach talks about his business ventures and how Field Experiences prepared him for college.

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Alum Holla-Back: Becca Smith

By Hiu To / April 12, 2016

2015 graduate, Becca Smith talks about her first year of college, her 5-year plan, and how GCE prepared her for her major.

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Alum Holla-Back: Jason Krasavage

By Hiu To / April 11, 2016

2015 graduate, Jason Krasavage talks about the importance of staying on top of your work in college and how joining the poetry slam team at GCE taught him real-world skills.

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