Gem City Business College - Yearbook (Quincy, IL)

 - Class of 1912

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Bank for Students ' Money. A well equipt bank is maintained in the College Office for the students ' convenience. They deposit their money and bank drafts, receiving a pass book so that the money may be drawn in sums to suit their convenience. If parents or guar- dians desire, they may send money direct to us, and we will look after the payment of bills and make regular reports at stated inter- vals, if requested. St. Louis or Chicago drafts may be purchased at the College Bank when desired. No Cheap Rates. Our prices are as low as we can make them and keep the work up to the high standard for which the Gem City Business College is famous. We cannot make any club rates nor family rates, but charge each student the same price for the same service. Neither do we allow any commission to those who recommend their friends to attend our school, although we fully appre- ciate such action and reciprocate by giving the student the best instruction possible. Qualifications for Entering. An ordinary district school education is all that is required to enter this institution. If a student has not been in school for some time and feels " rusty " ami behind in his studies, we can assure him he will find others like himself in school, and that he will receive, if necessary personal in- struction at his desk until thoroughly prepared to enter classes without the least embarrass- ment. School Sessions. Morning session from 9 to 12; afternoon session from 1:30 to 4 o ' clock. The roll is regularly called twice a day. Every student is expected to be present at roll-call, and to remain in school during both the morn- ing and afternoon sessions. No student is excused from school to study at his room. It will, however, be necessary for students to study in their rooms evenings, in order to properly keep up with their classes. The building is open from 8 a. m. to 5 p. m. and teachers are in charge, so that students desir- ing to work before and after school hours may do so. Deportment and Discipline. All the stu- dents are treated as ladies and gentlemen, and are at all times expected to deport themselves accordingly and to comply with the rules of the school. Those who do not comply with our reasonable regulations are asked to with- draw from the school. Attendance and Reports. Students are re- quired to be regular and punctual in attend- ance. A complete record is kept of each student, showing his attendance, application, progress in studies, branches pursued, studies completed, and general deportment. This re- port is mailed to parents or guardians in December, April, and August, and oftener if desired, or found necessary. Co-Educational. Our school is patronized by a superior class of young people of both sexes. The young ladies pursue the same courses as the young gentlemen, and are quite as successful as accountants, clerks, stenogra- phers, etc., after completing. It is a fact worthy of notice, that the health of the young people while attending this institution is proverbially good. We do not accept negro students. Individual Instruction. Students frequently enroll in the Gem City Business College who have been out of school for some time and are hence rusty in their studies. To these students we give special attention, giving them private instructions at their desks when needed, so that they have no difficulty in entering the regular classes and in carrying the work along with the other students. Classes and Individual Work. In the busi- ness department the subjects of arithmetic, law, rapid calculation, and letter writing are taught in regular classes in the lecture rooms. Four classes are maintained in arithmetic, each in a different part of the subject, so that pupils may enter at any time and be accommodated with classes to suit their advancement. The subjects of bookkeeping, writing, and spelling are taught in the study rooms, much of the instruction being individual. The actual busi- ness practice and banking is taken up after the student is sufficiently advanced to keep his own books properly. This work is carried on in a large department specially fitted up for that purpose. The instruction in this de- partment is individual, and the work is devel- oped from the transactions of the students with each other. In the Shorthand department there are several classes in the principles of the system, graded to suit the advancement of the different students. After mastering the principles, the student is advanced to the dictation classes which are graded according to the speed at which the notes are taken, 70, 80, 90, and 100 words a minute. After making these speeds, the student is promoted to the advanced or graduating class where much office practice and a great variety of work is given. Daily practice on the typewriter is required at regu- lar hours, a variety of practice, both plain work and tabulating being given, so that on attaining the required speed in shorthand, the student is also a rapid operator on the type- writer, the touch system being used. In the Normal Penmanship department in- struction is given in the form of blackboard lessons, individual work by the teacher, and careful practice at the desk on a large variety of work, so that the graduate is an all-round penman and engrosser, and thoroughly quali fied to teach this beautiful art to others. Much individual instruction and personal attention are given to the students of Gem City Busi- ness College. Having a large school, there is a more perfect classification of the work than may be had in the smaller schools, and a bet- ter opportunity for individual instruction. There is the same difference as is found in comparing the graded school with the district school. These advantages are greatly appreci- ated by many of our students who have pre- viously attended smaller commercial schools. Examinations. No examination is re- quired at the time of entering school. Exam- ' inations in commercial law, arithmetic, and letter-writing are given in classes as soon as each subject is completed, which is usually

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g— inni— »nni-nmn »nn«— nm ' " " ' r fl s General Information j THE Fall Session begins Tuesday, Sep- tember 5, 1911, at which time new- classes in all departments will be formed. The Winter Session begins Tuesday, Jan- uary 2, 1912, when a large number of new students will enroll and new classes will be organized in all subjects. Students May Enter Any Time. The classes are so arranged that a student may begin at any time and pursue the desired studies without interruption. If one finds it inconvenient to begin at the opening of the Fall or Winter Session he may enroll at any other time with equal advantages. Many enter during the latter part of September and in October and November, and also during the spring and summer months. Courses of Study. The College offers sev- eral regular courses of study: the Business Course, the Shorthand and Typewriting Course, the Normal Penmanship Course, the Full Combination Course, and the Short Com- bination Course. Special courses may be ar- ranged if desired. The Business Course embraces bookkeep- ing, actual business practice, auditing, business management, banking, commercial arithmetic, business law, penmanship, letter writing, spell- ing; punctuation, rapid calculation, the use of the adding machine, and other special office devices. Banking is optional in this course. The Shorthand and Typewriting Course embraces shorthand, typewriting, spelling,, .let- ter writing, punctuation, business writing, manifolding, and the use of the copy press, mimeograph, planotype, and other duplicating devices. The Normal Penmanship Course embraces plain and ornamental writing, pen lettering, flourishing, blackboard work, engrossing, spec- imen making, spelling, letter writing, punctua- tion, methods of teaching, etc. The Full Combination Course embraces the subjects of arithmetic, business law, book- keeping, actual business practice, banking, business management, auditing, shorthand, typewriting, spelling, letter writing, penman- ship, punctuation, rapid calculation, office dic- tation, the use of the mimeograph, adding machine, and other modern appliances. This course embraces all the subjects of the Busi- ness Course and also all those of the Short- hand and Typewriting Course. Banking is optional in this course. The Short Combination Course consists of shorthand, typewriting, bookkeeping (11 sets), actual business practice (2 sections), letter writing, spelling, penmanship, punctuation, and office practice. This course is the same as the Full Combination Course, except that commercial law and arithmetic are omitted, and the bookkeeping and actual business work is shortened. Post Graduate Work. Many teachers and others who have taken complete or partial courses in other schools, arrange to do post- graduate and special work. The student se- lects such course or subjects as may be desired and carries them along in the regular classes. Tuition for special courses is determined by the length of time devoted to the school work. If all the branches of a regular course are completed, a diploma is issued, providing three months or more are spent in the school. Special German Course. Students who de- sire may arrange to take lessons in German. The classes are held after the regular school sessions are finished for each day. Life Scholarships. The life scholarship plan has proved a great success in our institu- tion, and to it must be given the credit for our having graduated more high-grade, suc- cessful students than any other American business college by any other plan. Life scholarships are issued for each of the regular courses described above. By life scholarship is meant a tuition certificate entitling the student to unlimited time in completing the course. One holding a life scholarship may, if desired, withdraw at any time before the course is completed and return later for the purpose of finishing the work. The holder of a life scholarship is also permitted to review the work at any time without additional cost. Many students take advantage of this privilege even after they are graduated and have been employed for a number of years. The scholar- ship is always honored by the G. C. B. C. when presented by the original purchaser, unless he has forfeited his rights and privi- leges by bad conduct. The Term Plan of Tuition. Students may if desired pay their tuition by the month or by the term. It usually costs more, however, to finish a course by this plan than by the life scholarhsip plan. Tuition Not Transferable. Life scholar- ships and tuition certificates are not transfera- ble nor redeemable, except in case of death in the early part of the course, in which case term tuition is retained, and any balance re- maining is returned to the parents. Bocks. The text books and supplies for the various courses are extra. The cost of books for each course is explained farther on. The Payment of Tuition. All tuition is payable in advance, and students should come provided with a sufficient amount to pay for the scholarship and books, and expenses for board and room for a few weeks. Money should be brought in the form of a bank draft or post office or express money order. Do nut put your money or draft in your trunk on your trip to Quincy, but carry it with you, and when you reach the college you can de- posit it in the College Bank for safety and convenience. Board and Lodging. We assist each stu- dent in getting nicely located in a good room in a private family conveniently situated near the college. A representative from the school accompanies each student and sees that he is suitably located. Board may be procured in private families, or at a boarding house.

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from six weeks to three months from the time the classes are organized. There are four divisions of the arithmetic work, the grades on the several sections being averaged for the final grade. The various sets in bookkeeping as well as the sections in actual business and banking are examined as soon as each is presented for in- spection. Examinations are held in bookkeeping and spelling each month. Examinations in business writing are given when all the other grades of the business course have been made. Examinations in shorthand are given in the form of tests as the various classes are pro- moted, the final test being made in the ad- vanced class. Typewriting is also examined by tests at the various stages of the course. All the above examinations are held in classes and must be written. Examinations in the normal penmanship department are given individually as each stu- dent completes the course. Civil Service. Our courses are particularly . adapted for those wishing to take the different civil service examinations. A greater per- centage of our students are preparing for gov- ernment work than ever before. This past year a large number of our students passed the civil service examinations and were ap- pointed to positions at excellent salaries. Diplomas. An elegant diploma is issued free to each student who completes all the branches of a regular course with satisfactory grades. Bachelor of Accounts Degree. Graduates of the business department making an average of 90% on all the subjects of the course, re- ceive a separate diploma conferring the degree Bachelor of Accounts. Master of Accounts Degree. The Master of Accounts degree is conferred on all gradu- ates of the business department making an average grade of 95%. This degree represents a high grade of proficiency and is much cov- eted by ambitious students. The annual Roll of Honor is made up from those who receive- this degree. Demand for Graduates. There is a large demand for graduates from the different courses. These calls are for stenographers, bookkeepers, cashiers, business managers, and teachers and come to us from business houses, banks, and educational, institutions of all kinds. We frequently have more calls for commercial teachers and combination graduates than we can fill. Positions for Students. We do not guar- antee positions, although we take great pleas- ure in assisting our worthy graduates to secure employment, and we are often unable to sup- ply all the calls made on us for competent help. Mail Lessons. We do not give lessons by mail for the reason that the student does not receive much benefit from this plan of in- struction. Arriving in Quincy. Endeavor to reach Quincy on a business day. We do not keep the College Office open on Sunday. If you should happen to arrive on Sunday, go to a hotel and come to the College Office on Mon- day morning. Students arriving in the night at the C, B. Q. depot, should stop at the Moecker or the Wood Hotel, and then take a street car for the college next morning. The Moecker is just across the street from the depot, and the Wood is only a block away. All street cars leaving the C, B. Q. depot pass within half a block of the college building. Those arriving at night on the Wabash railroad should take a hack to the St. James Hotel. The Wabash depot is but three blocks from the St. James Hotel, and four blocks from the college. Retain Your Checks. Students should re- tain their baggage checks until a lodging place is selected, when the school will assist in get- ting the baggage transferred from the depot at light expense. Special Information. Information in re- gard to the different departments of the school, prices of tuition and books, and much other information of value may be found under appropriate headings farther along in the catalogue. Write to us. When convenient to do so, please write us, stating the date, as nearly as possible, when you expect to arrive in Quincy. BORROWING THE MONEY Our correspondents sometimes ask us this question: Will it pay to borrow the money with which to take a course in the Gem City Business College? For ordinary purposes, we would discour- age a young man or a young woman from going into debt, but for the purpose of secur- ing a good shorthand and business education, we certainly believe that it is a good business proposition, for after graduating one can soon pay back the money spent on his education, and the education remains a permanent in- vestment. If your means are limited and you are desirous of qualifying yourself for business, you will find that there are a number of well- to-do people in your neighborhood, who, if you will go to them and state your case frankly, will be glad to assist you in getting an education. In a great many cases people who do not know you intimately but who know you to be a steady, reliable young man or ybung woman, will be glad to assist you in this way, and we would suggest that if it is necessary for you to borrow the money, make the effort and you will not regret it in after life. SEND US NAMES If you have friends who are, or should be, interested in a business or shorthand educa- tion, kindly send us their names and we shall take pleasure in sending them our catalogue, and we will write each a personal letter set- ting forth the advantages of our institution.

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