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TIAA celebrates its 100th year by helping UCity schools

Vance High students at museum

Vance High students at National Museum of African-American History and culture

UCity corporate citizen TIAA turned 100 this year, and the financial company’s University Research Park center – already a strong supporter of CMS students – chose to celebrate by giving even more than usual to our schools.

Among the projects: sponsoring Vance High student trips to Washington and Charlotte’s Museum of the New South; and helping renovate a new media room and equip creative space in the new Governors’ Village STEM Academy.

TIAA is a founding corporate member of University City Connect, providing thousands of volunteer hours and strong financial support each year to numerous activities to Governors’ Village schools – Vance High, James Martin Middle and newly created Governors’ Village STEM Academy – as well as Martin Luther King Middle, Dorothy J. Vaughan Academy of Technology, University Meadows Elementary and Newell Elementary. (more…)

TIAA is MeckEd’s Education Champion of the Year

TIAA receives MeckEd awardMeckEd annually celebrates an Education Champion of the Year, to honor the heroes and partners in the fight for our children’s future. This year, MeckEd will honor TIAA at its Annual Community Breakfast on Oct. 26.

“We hold these extraordinary people and institutions up as exemplars for all of us who are working in the service of children and their learning,” reads the MeckEd announcement.

Past honorees include education advocate and community activist Sarah Stevenson, Pat Riley of Allen Tate Realtors and, in 2016, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Superintendent Ann Clark.

TIAA, which has a large facility in University City, has offered numerous programs for students and educators both in their schools and at the TIAA campus, including a workshop on cyber-bullying, a session on career opportunities at TIAA, and an educator event to help teachers see how their classroom successes can help students find meaningful careers.  (more…)

Vance High students get look at careers at Aon Hewitt

Vance students at Aon Hewitt

Aon Hewitt employees share career information with Vance High students

On Thursday, December 8th, 27 Vance High School students visited Aon Hewitt in University Research Park to spend time learning what it means to be in the workforce.

Students learned about Aon and broke into small groups to talk about a few different areas of the Aon business, such as sales, customer service, and payroll.  Aon colleagues from each respective area discussed what it means to work in each area along with what makes a colleague successful.

Students also spent time talking about Business & Cyber Etiquette:  exploring the potential impacts of social media on their future careers.  (more…)

Partner spotlight: Classic Graphics

Classic Graphics logoArticle by Meredith Avant

Classic Graphics is a full-service graphic communications company headquartered in University City, Charlotte, that has dedicated time and resources to Governors Village schools.

Classic Graphics participates in the Cougar Back to School Drive, not only collecting supplies but also helping to run the drive itself. They are active supporters of the Governors Village 5k and provide volunteers for end-of-quarter testing.


Partner spotlight: Elevation University City


Volunteers from Elevation University City helped put on a math carnival last fall for Nathaniel Alexander Elementary students and families.

Article by Meredith Avant

Elevation University City has been very active in the four Governors Village schools for a few years, but this year the congregation is increasing its involvement and impact significantly.

Elevation University City is located at 8105 IBM Drive, near James Martin Middle School. Members of the congregation have evaluated each school’s needs and created strategic programs to deliver time, talent and financial resources to our schools.

Elevation started off the year by donating $5,000 to each Nathaniel Alexander Elementary, James Martin Middle, and Vance High School. Throughout the past semester, volunteers have painted over 30 classrooms across all four of the schools, painted the football and basketball locker rooms, and made efforts to clean up the schools by weeding and mulching where needed. (more…)

Aon Hewitt and Vance National Honor Society team up

Aon Hewitt logoArticle by Meredith Avant

Just before Christmas break, the National Honor Society at Vance High School received Christmas a week early.

On Dec. 14, the members of Vance High School’s Honor Society created a presentation to share with the leadership team at Aon Hewitt to request help in funding the cost of the National Honor Society pins, which many students could not afford on their own.

Aon Hewitt is a provider of human capital and management consulting and has an office just across IBM Drive from Vance. The students were encouraged to create a presentation that explained their needs and how the money from Aon Hewitt would help them purchase pins and support the program. (more…)

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