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University of Phoenix Partners with Chaldeans to Fill Need
By Sam Yousif :: Tuesday, May 6, 2008 :: 64985 Views :: Career & Education, Chaldean Education & Career Center

Michigan, USA - Developing on their growing relationship the Chaldean Education and CareerCenter and the University of Phoenix, Chaldeans are offered two local career fair opportunities in Southfield, Michigan. 

Corporate developer and diversity expert Stephanie English from University of Phoenix has been working with the Chaldean Education and Career Center to develop college education and career solutions for the Chaldean community.  The University is offering Chaldeans easy registration processes, one-on-one counseling, and now hosts two career fairs exposing job opportunities in the telecommunications and information technology industry for interested Chaldeans.     

“The Chaldean community has unique needs that the University of Phoenix perfectly fits.  We offer accredited college education and corporate training directly to hard-working Chaldeans.  Our university understands that many Chaldeans have a family to care for and may be unable or unwilling to travel to distant campuses or sit in a class for three to four hour stretches in the middle of the day.  Many Chaldeans are required to work long hours to provide for their family.  Our online courses are broadcasted directly to the homes or businesses of Chaldeans with ease and simplicity,” says English.

The Chaldean Education and Career Center has been in talks with the University, who has been welcoming and eager to serve the Chaldean population. 

“Along with our online campuses we have two physical campuses in the heart of the Chaldean community; one in Troy and the other in Southfield.  Chaldean students can either visit our buildings or take our classes from the comfort of their own home,” adds English. 

Unlike other universities and colleges, the University of Phoenix has aggressively sought to serve the community.  “Many Chaldeans attend Wayne State, Oakland, University of Michigan, Michigan state, Walsh, community colleges or a host of other educational institutions.  However, none have reached out to the community to understand and develop education solutions for us,” says Helen Siman of the Chaldean Education and Career Center.

 “This University knows that one size doest not fit all.  Mrs. English took the time to visit our Chaldean Computer Class programs for the community and has offered enhance our program by extending University of Phoenix computer training opportunities.”

On Friday, May 9th from 9:00 a.m. in the morning to 4:00 p.m., the University of Phoenix invites Chaldeans to a special career fair in telecommunications where Comcast corporation will be hand to interview for all corporate and local positions. 

On Thursday, May 22 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Chaldeans are invited to a specail information technology career fair featuring some of the countries top IT corporations. 

Chaldeans are reminded to bring plenty of resumes and prepare for on-the-spot interviews and possible hiring. 

Both events are being held at University of Phoenix Southfield campus building 2 at the 4400 Town Center on the corner of Civic Center Drive (10 ½ mile) and Central Park Blvd, just west of Evergreen. 

“The career fairs are less than two miles away from Our Lady of Chaldean Cathedral in Southfield, Michigan,” says Siman. “The Center is working on other education solutions for Chaldean families, but we are proud of our partnership with the University of Phoenix and how they are being so flexible and helpful.  There are few caring and compassionate people like Mrs. English that really knows our community and genuinely wants to help our people.”

St. Joseph, MI USA

St. Joseph Chaldean Catholic Church
2442 E. Big Beaver Rd.
Troy, MI 48083
Tel: (248) 528-3676
Fax: (248) 524-1957

Congregation Organizer:
Rev. Michael J. Bazzi

Church Constructing Pastor:
Rev. Sarhad Y. Jammo

Current Pastor:
Msgr. Zouhair Toma

Parochial Vicar:
Rev. Ayad Hanna

 Current Pastor: Msgr. Zouhair Toma

Msgr. Zouhair Toma (Kejbou) was born in Telkaif, Iraq in 1947.  He was ordained a priest in Baghdad, Iraq in 1968, and accepted his first assignment to serve the community of Baquba.  The Monsignor’s leadership skills and organizational talents along with his mastery of theology were immediately evident.  He later assisted Sts. Peter and Paul in Al-Salehia, and St. George in New Baghdad.

In August, 1978 Monsignor Toma was called to serve the growing community of persecuted Chaldeans finding refuge in Australia.   Being the fist Chaldean priest to arrive in Australia he quickly established a parish for the Chaldeans in Sydney to serve their social and spiritual needs.  The parish was named after St. Thomas the Apostle and built a rectory. 

In 1989, for his incredible work he was granted the title of Monsignor, Chaldean Patriarchal Vicar for Australia and New Zealand.  Continuing his passionate work to serve the Chaldean community the Monsignor moved the Parish Center to a more accessible location and built a large church campus featuring a modern community center, residence quarters, and administrative offices in 1995. 

In 2003, Monsignor Toma added a magnificent church to replace the previous one in order to serve the fast growing community and also opened two other centers.  The first was Our Lady Guardian of Plants in Melbourne, and the second was Mar Addai the Apostle in Auckland, New Zealand.  Mar Addai in New Zealand included two very large churches along with rectories and community centers.  Overseeing the Patriarchal Vicariate for 28 years, he managed to inspire six more priests to help minister to the fast growing Chaldean community. 

In August 2006, Monsignor chose to assist the St. Thomas the Apostle Diocese in the U.S. as more Catholic churches were being built in America and address the growing need.  On October 2006, Monsignor was incardinated and appointed Pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Troy.