PSC Seeks African-American Professionals to Network with Students

Chicago Heights, IL–(ENEWSPF)– At some point in a young man’s life, he has an occasion to wear a necktie. Many young men don’t know how to tie one and perhaps don’t have a male figure in their life to teach them.

Prairie State College (PSC) is seeking African-American male professionals, both currently working and retired, to participate in its annual networking event, “Ties That Bind or Knot: Strengthening Ties Between African-American Males.”

During the invitation only event for students, the professionals will spend a few hours encouraging, motivating, inspiring, and advising young men from area high schools and colleges. In addition, the professionals will show the young men how to tie a necktie.

The event will be held on Thursday, February 25, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Matteson Holiday Inn. Professionals interested in participating in the event should contact Sean Smith, coordinator of the college’s Protégé Program, at (708) 709-3912 or [email protected] or visit and click on “Announcements” and then “Ties That Bind or Knot Professional Registration Form.” Professionals are encouraged to RSVP for the event, but can show up the night of the event without reservation.

“Just two hours of a professional’s time could result in a lifetime of change for a young student,” said Smith. “We hope that professionals could provide inside industry information to students who are choosing a major and planning their college path, which will shape and develop their future.”

The event is part of the college’s Protégé Program, which addresses the issues facing collegiate minority males in the areas of enrollment, retention, and graduation. The Protégé Program is a member of the South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium (SMHEC) Brother2Brother regional initiative between 17 member schools including two- and four-year institutions and selected feeder high schools.

The Protégé Program is partially-funded by the Predominately Black Institutions Program. In accordance with the Predominately Black Institutions Program, the grant-funded portion of the Excellence=Men of Color in 2 Programs at Prairie State College for fiscal year 2010 is 100 percent financed with federal funds totaling $600,000.