In addition to the French Honors courses for the NEIU undergraduate program, the French Club and the French Honor Society, Dorette Klein referred me upon recommendation from Dr. Ben Carasso and his wife Dinah from Skokie who was looking for college part-time students to work with GESA Assistance from Barcelona, Spain and Brussels Belgium, which was an international travel insurance managed by José Poquet, a Catalonian French Spaniard, and Huguette Callaway, the Belgian Dutch Administrative Assistance from Glen Ellyn who commuted via Metra from DuPage County, and both of them were in charge of the Americas travel insurance contracts for the Groupe Européen, S.A. also known as GESA Premier Assistance. José Poquet, the son of a Spanish diplomat had lived in Perú, South America, and was a former medical student who dropped out of medical school. Originally, GESA Assistance was located as a subsidiary of GAB Insurance at 10 S. Riverside in Chicago, Illinois USA. One year afterwards, José Poquet moved GESA Assistance to the Hartford Building which used to be at 150 South Wacker Drive and Adams, across from the Willis Tower today in the South Loop.

During my five college years at NEIU, I found a part-time job in the late afternoons and evenings after attending classes in the Foreign Language Department. Trans-Lingual in Chicago posted a Help Wanted ad in the newspaper and I applied for work there since Maureen Muller was the Receptionist at the office and also attended undergraduate classes at Northeastern Illinois University. I was teaching Spanish for Business Communications, in addition to translating documents and interpreting upon request by clients downtown.

After graduation from NEIU, I was registered as a Certified Illinois Teacher, Translator, Interpreter for English, French, Spanish at Trans-Lingual on Michigan Avenue at the Willoughby Tower, formerly owned by the Sisters of Mercy, Chicago, Illinois USA.

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