The Harbor City Harbor Gateway Chamber of Commerce honored Westwood
College - South Bay Campus Pres. Chris Turen as its "Educator of the
Year" at the HCHG Chamber Awards and Installation luncheon on Thursday,
Jan. 30 at the Palos Verde Golf Club. Originally formed in 1939, the
HCHG Chamber of Commerce has been working to improve business and
economics, and to represent businesses and local residents at every
level of government for 75 years in southern Los Angeles.
"The Chamber regularly recognizes education because we all know how
important it is to business," said Joeann Valle, executive director of
the HCHG Chamber of Commerce. "Westwood has always done an incredible
job of contributing to and supporting the business community here and
Chris has done a great job of leading that charge. We are very proud to
honor Chris and Westwood College this year."
Turen has worked with Westwood College since 2002. He started his
Westwood tenure working as a regional associate executive director in
the California region, helping schools with leadership transitions. His
role then expanded to Texas and Illinois. After serving as campus
president of Westwood affiliate Redstone College in Los Angeles, Turen
took on his current position of campus president for the Westwood South
Bay campus in 2008.
Turen credits much of his success at the Westwood South Bay campus to
his exposure to so many different parts of the Westwood College system.
Working with numerou other campuses and leaders gave him the chance to
see what was most effective, which he applies daily.
"Everything we do here and the success we enjoy begins and ends with our
people," said Turen. "My job is to communicate what roles each of our
staff plays and and to provide them with the tools they need to succeed.
Seeing our students and staff succeed, and success happens here every
day, is very gratifying, and I share this honor from the Chamber with
our entire campus."
Turen will be part of an elite group honored at the event on Jan. 30,
joining HCHG Chamber "Man of the Year" Councilman Joe Buscaino,
"Business of the Year" Kaiser Permanente, "Small Business of the Year"
Camp Run-A-Mutt, "Volunteer of the Year" Rohan Sourjah of Trico Maritime
International USA and several others, "President's Choice Award" Evelyn
Salinas from Simplicity Bank, "Community Volunteer of the Year" Mike
Herrera from Boys and Girls Club of South Bay, and others.
For more information on the HCHG Chamber of Commerce, visit www.hchgchamber.com.
For more information on Westwood College, visit www.westwood.edu.
About Westwood College
Westwood College is an institution of higher learning with 14 campuses
located in California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois and Virginia.
Westwood offers a hands-on, career-focused curriculum in fields such as
healthcare, technology and business. Westwood is nationally accredited
by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).
A 2012 survey conducted by Noel-Levitz
showed Westwood students are significantly more satisfied than the
comparison group of approximately 125 public and private colleges,
particularly in the areas of course content, quality of instruction and
the school meeting their career goals. For more information, visit westwood.edu.
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