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Envisioning a Bright Future

April 23, 2021

We are excited to announce that CSI has recently been recertified by the Student and Exchange Visa Program (SEVP) as an Academic Institution with Approval for Attendance of Students Under the F-1 classification.  We are committed to serving our international student population to support their needs and aspirations. Amongst several strategic initiatives that the institution is working on, CSI is thrilled to announce that we are developing an Associate and Bachelor level degree program in its Illinois Campuses as well as embarking on achieving institutional accreditation. 

As we chart our course for the future, our goal is to develop distinctive academic programs which support our students’ aspirations as well as maintain a strong commitment to our mission.  I am thrilled to lead the institution especially at this time when we faced global challenges together which in turn united us all to discover ways to improve our students’ experience, the institution, and our communities.


Julia Lowder
Computer Systems Institute

UTECH Inc. Collaborates with Computer Systems Institute to Transform the Classroom Experience

Chicago, Illinois (PRWEB) September 29, 2017

Starting 26.09.2017, UTECH Inc. will start offering live projects as part of the curriculum at the Computer Systems Institute (CSI). Classroom learning, in conjunction with a real-life app and software development project, will provide the students a rare hands-on experience in the field of work they will be a part of tomorrow.

Julie Lowder, CEO of Computer Systems Institute, explained, “A collaborative project with UTECH Inc. will innovate the CSI classroom experience and add a whole new level of student engagement through employer partnerships. This unique opportunity will allow our students to incorporate a real-life software project into their academic curriculum as well as expose them to working with an industry leader and premier provider in application and software development.”

UTECHInc.’s live project program is a part of the modern approach to education that is becoming increasingly popular in the United States. Real world experiences make the students recognize and acquire the knowledge and skills they need to develop in order to be successful in their professional lives. Introduction to a work environment at an early stage makes the classroom learning more relevant and hence, more engaging for students. Such projects allow them to see the bigger picture, and understand how their current academic learning fits in the path of reaching their future professional and personal goals.

Such programs also create skilled and sound professionals, who can be seamlessly integrated into the workforce. As Julia Lowder puts it, “We are excited to bring together our students with UTECH Inc., a high-tech company interested in augmenting their capacity and test-driving talent – it’s a win-win collaboration for the institution and the employer!”

UTECH Inc. views this collaboration as an investment into the future of the industry. Since the program will help the students magnify their knowledge and skills, it is a viable solution to ensure that there is healthy competition in the job market. Referring to this collaboration, CEO of UTECH Inc., Geo Forton said, “I’m very excited to be collaborating with Computer Systems Institute! Their real-world approach to higher learning is exactly what is needed to prepare our country for the future.” He further added, “On behalf of UTECH Inc., we are honored to be working with their administrative team and the exceptional future members of the workforce they help to produce!”

UTECH Inc. is proud to be associated with CSI to provide industry exposure to their students. This will give the students a better understanding of the industry today, which will help in creating highly skilled professionals of tomorrow.

About UTECH Inc.: the company offers affordable software solutions to transportation and field services industries. It caters to small and medium-sized businesses and helps them improve their operational and financial performance. For more information about the company, visit the company’s website

ESL Academy marks its launch with free training

Boston, Massachusetts (The Epoch Times)

Computer Systems Institute, the Illinois and Massachusetts post-secondary education provider announced the launch of its partnership with the ESL Academy in Massachusetts to focus on the delivery of the highest quality English as a second language training.

The ESL Academy is offering qualifying students the limited time opportunity to sign up for free, intermediate level, English as a second language (ESL) training.

Free ESL Class
The ESL Academy supports students across Massachusetts to improve their language writing and grammar skills. To celebrate the launch, all students who meet admissions requirements and enroll this month will be offered the intermediate writing and grammar 30-week course (1 day a week) free of charge.

The courses will be held at its partner school, Computer Systems Institute’s (CSI), three Massachusetts campuses in Allston, Charlestown, and Worcester.

Julia Lowder, CEO of CSI said, “The free part-time course is aimed to give students the extra support they need to achieve their professional and academic goals. Having been an immigrant to the US many years ago, I appreciate the challenges these students have in our highly competitive work environment. The offer of free training to celebrate the launch of the ESL Academy supports our aim to give them the best opportunities available.”

Students who want to apply for this course must register in person at a CSI location by October 28, 2017.

In addition to this free part-time course, ESL Academy plans to offer a wide range of ESL full and part-time courses. Courses include beginner, intermediate and advanced ESL, general writing, literature, communication, cultural immersion and English for travel. Partner school CSI operates across Massachusetts and Illinois and also offers a variety of courses in computing, business and healthcare related areas.

Computer Systems Institute supports South Asian students in greater Chicago

Chicago, Illinois (News India Times)

Computer Systems Institute (CSI), a private school with six campuses nationwide headquartered in Skokie, Illinois, is supporting South Asian communities in northern Chicago by providing them with student resources for the new school year.

South Asian Community
Among those South Asian organizations to receive donations is ZAM’s Hope Community Resource Center, a community center in Little India on Devon Street in northern Chicago. The CSI donated school supplies to ZAM valued at around $5,000, the private school said in a press release.

ZAM’s Hope Community Resource Center specializes in housing, after-school, senior and family emergency programs. The donation from CSI will be used to support low-income families in the Rogers Park, West Ridge and West Roger’s Park communities, by reducing some of their education costs. Amongst other supplies, CSI provided school bags that fit the educational needs of close to 200 students of various ages.

“We would like to express our gratitude to Computer Systems Institute for the generous donation; we are always striving to do more for those in our community and beyond,” Zehra Quadri, executive director of ZAM’s Hope Community Resource Center is quoted saying in the press release.

The CSI has approximately 2,600 international students currently in its six campuses in Illinois and Massachusetts.

Thai student seizes opportunities


Posted Apr. 27, 2015 at 6:00 AMthai carpe diem

STURBRIDGE — A 31-year-old native of Thailand is making the most of her opportunities here.

Rosarin Mafoo of Chaing Rai is a student in an adult international studies program, and through it, was able to become part owner of a Thai restaurant in Attleboro.

Ms. Mafoo has been living in Sturbridge since April 2008, when she became an au pair nanny for a local family. That opportunity ended in 2010, but her host allowed her to remain in the home so that she could pursue her studies. After that, Ms. Mafoo said, she decided to change her visa status to an international student and started to study English full time.

Ms. Mafoo went to a couple of schools before she enrolled at the Computer Systems Institute on Mechanic Street in Worcester in early 2013. She joined more than 150 students from 90 countries at the institute, an English-as-a-Second-Language and skill-building program that also offers customer service and hospitality industry programs. It opened in the city in 2012 and also has a site in Charlestown and five in Illinois. According to Kenneth Jobity, campus president of the Worcester and Charlestown campuses, the students are a driven group who have amassed a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 on a 4-point scale during the past two quarters.

Mr. Jobity said Ms. Mafoo is “one of the best students you can have in the classroom. Academically she’s been successful. For the most part, her overall attitude and persona is just great.”

After completing the yearlong ESL program, Ms. Mafoo enrolled in hospitality industry, requiring her to be in class 10 hours a week until September and to hold a job.

Through the program, Ms. Mafoo said, she learned what she needed to open Sala Café in Attleboro in September. She is one of three partners who took over the business after the previous owner retired. They picked the location, she said, because it’s across the street from a hospital and is in a neighborhood of factories and office buildings. Attleboro has no other Thai restaurant, she said.

Mr. Jobity said Ms. Mafoo “took exactly what we taught in the classroom and applied it to her professional life.” Ms. Mafoo said the harsh winter made for a difficult first several months, but business began to increase in March. To cut down on all the driving, Ms. Mafoo, who previously worked at a Thai restaurant in Putnam, Connecticut, said she is sharing an apartment in Attleboro with one of her business partners. Lack of familiarity with local regulations and not having much money to invest were the trio’s biggest obstacles in the beginning, she said.

Prior to opening, Ms. Mafoo said, she used to sell some of her belongings — mostly women’s clothing bags and shoes — online as a means of becoming more business-minded. It helped her communicate with customers in the United States “to see how they talk about business” and “to see how doing business in the U.S. was, as a hobby.”

Ms. Mafoo said she came to America because she viewed it as a land of opportunity and wanted to improve her English. In today’s world, she said, English is used everywhere, including her home country. But in Thailand, she didn’t have the chance to speak English daily. She said she told her parents and sister, who’s three years older, “I’ll go there and try, and if I can’t, I’ll just come back.”

Asked if she’s here to stay, after opening the restaurant, she said, “I’m not sure about that yet. As long as there’s still something for me to learn, and an opportunity for me to start to do things here, I’ll try to do it as much as I can.” She said she has a secondary interest of hotel management and eventually would like to pursue that field as well. Ms. Mafoo said she also has a fulfilling social life here in the States. “Especially the first two years, when I was an au pair,” and studied just part time.

“I did a lot of hanging out, traveling, site-seeing,” she said. “I love road trip. I’d call up many friends to get together and rent car or cars to go to Washington, D.C., Niagara Falls, or fly over and rent a car.”

Her Sturbridge host, John Howland Jr., was also complimentary, noting that, besides checking the oil in Ms. Mafoo’s car, she’s taken care of most things on her own. “She’s somewhat quiet, but very hard-working,” he said. “It’s not like I show her how to do stuff. She figures it out through the Internet and just her gumption to get it done.” He added, “She can stay here forever.”