Gem City Business College - Yearbook (Quincy, IL)

 - Class of 1912

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College Lecture Room, with Class in Commercial Law, Conducted by Prof. White This elegant lecture room is fifty by ninety feet, with high ceiling and abundant light. This room presents a busy scene throughout the day, classes from the various study rooms assembling here period after period according to a regular program, which is controlled automatically by a large electric clock in the college office. The lecture room is also used by the College Literary Society for its weekly programs, and as an assembly hall for the school to listen to lectures by prominent speakers who may be asked to address the students

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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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A New Speed -and -Accuracy Record Established in a Shorthand Contest A PERFECT RECORD IN SHORTHAND MISS PAULA E. WERNING, at Baltimore, Md., October 1, 1910, won the shorthand con test for speed and accuracy. She made a record in the 120-word-a-minute test which has never been equaled in any contest, amateur or pro- fessional, by handing in an absolutely correct transcript, and thereby winning over all the other competitors and receiving the first prize medal. Miss Werning attended the Gem City Business Col- lege about five years ago, taking a course in our Short- hand department. She was a very bright student and graduated in less than five months ' time. Upon completion of her course we sent her to a position in Chicago. In April, 1909, she took the Civil Service examination in shorthand and typewriting, suc- cessfully passing the 120-word-a-minute test in stenog- raphy. In September she was appointed to a position in the Navy Department, Washington, D. C, which she held until May, 1910, when she accepted her present position with the Gregg Publishing Company of New York City. Our shorthand and typewriting department, with its expert teachers, is not equaled in any other school. Those wishing to take a successful shorthand course will make no mistake in attending the Gem City Busi- ness College. MISS PAULA E. WERNING Private Secretary to J. R. Gregg President of the Gregg Publishing Co. New York City What Miss Werning has done may be accom- plished by any ambitious young person who enters the Gem City Business College and applies the time diligently to study, thus taking advan- tage of the opportunities afforded by this excel- lent school. The Judges ' Report of the Contest: Mr. A. B. Marshall, Chairman of the Judges, in awarding the prize, had the following to say regarding Miss Werning and her work: " In the shorthand contest something resulted that I don ' t think has ever been obtained from previous contests, and that is one absolutely accurate transcrip- tion. At 120 words a minute Miss Werning tran- scribed absolutely correctly, which according to our rules gives her the prize. As I said before, it is the first time to my knowledge in any contest, amateur or professional, that there has been an absolutely correct transcription turned in to the judges. At 130 words a minute Miss Werning made four errors, giving her the high net speed of 129 ' 4 words per minute, which gives her both the accuracy prize and honorable mention for high speed. I might say for Miss Werning that I have never in all my experience, both as a teacher and a writer of shorthand, seen a transcription turned in which had such wonderful punctuation, such accuracy in all lines of work, and I think Miss Werning on her first entrance into a contest has surpassed even her own expectation. She deserves great credit— coming from New York, entering a contest in a strange city, among strange faces, and making a record such as she has made. " Miss Werning was one of our high-grade shorthand students, and it is with a great deal of pleasure that we note her progress and the success she is making in the stenographic world. The abstract from a letter recently received from her and given below, shows what she thinks of the Gem City Business College: " When I was ready to attend business college I sent for cata- logs from all over. My sister was determined to have me go to Chicago, but I insisted on attending the school I considered best, and 1 have had cause ever since to congratulate myself on my good judgment. Furthermore, I am so glad that there I learned Gregg shorthand. I chose the school on account of its general excellence and not for the system of shorthand taught, as I did not know one from another. Query: Being the most excellent, how could thelG. C. B. C. teach any other system than the Gregg? 13

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