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Parallel Pathways of Educational and Career Success

Mauriel Henry’s love for the law started in her early childhood. She remembers spending hours watching television shows such as the The First 48 and Criminal Minds, as well as sharing deep political conversations with her mother.

Mauriel pursued this passion throughout her educational journey. She was an exceptional student at her high school alma matter – Southland College Prep Charter. She took the traditional route on her way to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she studied political science and government. However, despite earning her Bachelor’s Degree in 2019, Mauriel wanted more. It wasn’t until she was connected to the Paralegal Program at South Suburban College that her career finally came into focus.

“I’m satisfied with the progress I made but I’m ambitious,” said Mauriel. “Students need to put their fears to the side and find people that motivate them.”

Despite the challenges of the pandemic, Mauriel hit the ground running at South Suburban in her pursuit of her passion. Mauriel excelled in the college’s virtual classroom. She took advantage of the college’s support services and worked hard to earn her paralegal certification. With her tireless ambition and guidance from faculty, Mauriel secured a position at Hansen & Cleary, LLC – a giant stepping stone for her professional journey in law.

“The firm specializes in special education matters for children and young adults who are simply not receiving the appropriate services they require in order to meet their educational needs,” said Mauriel. She said she loves her position and the relationships she has developed at work. “They are true mentors who teach me more about the profession every day.”

Mauriel has plans to become a lawyer one day, just like the ones she watched growing up on TV. As she recalls those old conversations with her mother, she added: “A lot of my success is because of my parents who played a large role in helping me get where I am now.”

South Suburban College is hosting a Virtual Open House for its Paralegal Program on Tuesday, May 18th at 7 p.m. via