MB Financial Bank Expands Its Education Initiative With Chicago Public Schools To Help Nearly 2,000 Current And Former Students

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MB on the Block: Education, a unique public-private partnership, is helping nearly 2,000 young adults earn a livable wage after high school

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"MB's On the Block program is helping us fulfill our mission to prepare all students for their post-secondary futures!” Allison Tingwall, Principal, Curie Metropolitan High School.

Today MB Financial announced the expansion of MB on the Block:Education, its program dedicated to helping Chicago Public School graduates earn a living wage after graduation. This year MB added Mather and Curie Metropolitan High Schools, expanding the program to support four Chicago high schools and serve nearly 2,000 current students and graduates.

The program is unique because it helps both current and former students establish plans for after graduation, to get them to good-paying in-demand jobs. MB on the Block: Education supports students with job readiness training, social and emotional support, career and college counseling, and planning for after graduation. For graduates, it provides career search assistance, skills to succeed in technical school or college, and other life skills needed to thrive during the difficult time of transition after high school graduation.

Examples of the services offered in the program include:

  • Renovation of career and college centers at the high schools
  • Career coaches at the high schools
  • Social and emotional learning curriculum to guide student after high school
  • On-campus guidance and support while in college
  • Opportunities for internships at MB and access to industry- recognized early career certification program

“Our goal is for students to pursue something even bigger and better when they leave Curie,” said Allison Tingwall, Principal, Curie Metropolitan High School. “For those students who are aiming for apprenticeship and vocational pathways, we want them to have access to viable opportunities that will lead to living wage jobs. MB's On the Block program is helping us fulfill our mission to prepare all students for their post-secondary futures!”

Peter Auffant, Principal, Mather High School, added, “Being able to offer all our students a curriculum that will help them identify, explore and make well-informed decisions about what they want to do after high school is critical to graduating students who can successfully navigate new challenges. Our partnership with MB gives us the opportunity to go even further with our post-secondary planning for all kids.”

About MB Financial
MB Financial Bank N.A. is a Chicago-based commercial bank with approximately $20 billion in assets and a more than one-hundred-year history of building deep and lasting relationships with middle-market companies and individuals. MB Financial Bank offers a full range of powerful financial solutions and the expertise and experience of bankers who are focused on their clients’ success. MB Financial Bank is a wholly owned subsidiary of MB Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: MBFI).

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