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Many students are notorious for thinking they won’t need math once they finish school, but inspired to be Blue Role Models, a group of HCSC and BCBSIL employees set out to prove them wrong. On Oct. 1, nearly 100 Chicago Public Schools juniors and seniors with an interest in math and science attended an event titled "Insuring Your Future" on the 30th floor of the Chicago headquarters.
More than 80 employees introduced the students to the two main math and logic oriented careers, actuarial science and underwriting. Students had one-on-one speed networking sessions with employees on topics such as selecting colleges, business skills and typical job duties for an actuary.
They also heard from a number of speakers, including Karen Atwood, former president of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois; Ken Avner, senior vice president and chief financial officer, and Janice Knight, senior vice president and chief actuary.
Students were also able to participate in a mock game show called "We've Got Your Number," which allowed them to test their math skills and win prizes.
Chicago Public Schools officials who attended the event were all smiles, as were HCSC employees who may have just helped recruit the next generation of Blue Role Models.
What advice would you share with CPS students?
Originally published 11/7/2014; Revised 2019
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