V.J. Abil, the Director and Founder
of Chicago Professional Center
Chicago Professional Center has been in business for more than 10 years. V.J. Abil, the owner and director of the school, continues to be in the forefront of each program. V.J. Abil graduated from Washburne Trade School in 1992 as Mechanical Electrical Technician and worked as maintenance technician for the Follet company for 2 years. After that he spent almost 8 years working as a Railroad Electrician for Amtrak and Belt Railway Company of Chicago. In the last 2 years there, V.J. Abil was the Local Chairperson for IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) Local 794.
In Chicago Professional Center we are trying to keep high standards of our education. Twice since we ran our courses in Cook County we were audited by Workforce Board of Northern Cook County. We have met and exceeded the requirements of Workforce administration and our performance was found very strong.
V.J. Abil, Director: "I will not be concerned if my student would not know what kind of steel was used to build the electrical transformer, or how magnetic fields travel through the cores of transformers, but I will be more than happy if my student could tell me if the transformer is in good or bad order. In other words, in our school we teach our students how to read electrical blueprints and how to discover which element of our electrical circuit has failed. Our school was created to serve the ordinary person who does not have the time to go through the jungle of theory for a year or two, but wants to bring the bread to his table in 4 months. All of our instructors are owners of HVAC, Electrical and PLC companies. They teach our students in the real day-to-day examples of their own job experiences. It is very important that the instructor always be up to date with all the new innovations in their fields."
Taya Melnychuk, Admission Officer: "The first question I asked potential students is if they have any handyman experience. What does it mean? Do you have experience in working with screwdrivers, pliers, electrical drills? Have you fixed something around your home or worked on your car? If you answer yes to these questions, we are more than happy to work with you. Why are these questions very important? They are important because, our course is designed for people who are familiar with the use of these tools. Our programs are fast paced and our instructors are there to teach you how to solve issues and will not have the time to show you how to use the screwdrivers. If you have some trade skills like painting, carpentry, and or minor electrical, you will certainly be a good fit in our classroom environment."
Irena Tarasov, Student Services: "It is very important to qualify the student during the phone interview, so that we may be able to assist them in all aspects of their potential. Most people don’t know that they may have educational benefits available at their current job, which may assist them with their tuition. If a student is unemployed and needs financial guidance for various programs such as G.I. Bill and or W.I.A. we will be happy to assist them with the process."