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Chicago High Schoolers Visit Capsim’s Office

It is now the middle of August, which means summer programs are coming to an end as the upcoming school year fast approaches. This is the last week Senior Client Relationship Consultants, Renee Marongwe and Ranan de Jesus, will be teaching our Foundation simulation to students who are in the One Summer Chicago Program.  To celebrate all that the students have accomplished, Capsim invited them to tour our office and speak with employees. Since the sessions are at DePaul’s Loop campus, it was only a short walk to get to Capsim’s office.

The tour included Marongwe and de Jesus introducing students to different employees and discussing how companies have a variety of departments and disciplines. Since both employees are on the sales team, they explained their responsibilities and roles with clients.

Brendan Langen, senior product manager, gave a speech at the end of the tour to provide students with more insight about Capsim’s company culture and values. Langen talked about Capsim’s history and how our founder, Dan Smith, had a vision of incorporating experiential learning into classrooms and offices all over the world through simulations. Since 1985, Capsim has been used by over 1,000,000 participants ranging from undergraduates at Harvard to local high school juniors. Our wide range of products are made accessible to people of all ages.

Brendan Langen
Capsim’s Sr. Product Manager Brendan Langen talks with One Summer Chicago students.

Augmented or virtual reality use is only increasing as Langen used Pokemon Go as an example of a popular simulation technology. Universally, people enjoy learning by doing.

Students were then given the opportunity to walk around the office and ask other workers about their job and daily tasks. Some were drawn to the marketing and sales department, while others flocked to the design room. In addition to business, The Foundation simulation teaches valuable lessons that can be applied to many career fields.

Visiting Capsim and seeing the different teams work and collaborate further solidified that a fundamental knowledge of business is important to have for any job. It was fun to come together with Chicago Housing Authority, DePaul University, and BMO Harris Bank to help local youth make it a great summer.

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