Kalan Chang, manager for overseas financial operations at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, said he specifically applied for jobs at the University to take advantage of its education benefits. Arriving from Ecuador, Chang was encouraged to apply to TAP and to the Bridge Program after getting a job as a custodian at the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
“My thought was, if you’re going to learn English, why not learn it at the best university in the world? I started from the lowest, but 7½ years later, I spoke English and had a bachelor’s degree in government with minors in Spanish and accounting.”
His coursework spanned politics, race relations, the Incan Empire, and environmental management. Eleven years after he was first hired by the University, Chang is using the TRP benefit to pursue an MBA at Northeastern University, focusing on finance. For him, TAP was a key part of building a better life for himself and his family.
“Having a good job, being able to pay for school, kids, rent, or mortgage, to me that is the best. It’s what most people would like to have. It’s the American dream.”
“TAP has made access to education easier and more accessible to so many of our colleagues,” said Marilyn Hausammann, Harvard’s vice president for human resources. “It’s gratifying to think of the difference the program makes in the lives of so many of those with whom we work.”