Based on the recommendation of his friend Emad Hani Abdulaziz, an alumnus and colleague of Henry Ford College, Hishaam Ahmad applied for a position with HFC’s Institutional Research and Economic Intelligence team.
Now the two share an office on campus.
“I heard a lot of good things about working at HFC from Emad, who referred me. We went through Henry Ford Early College together,” said Ahmad, from Hamtramck.
Ahmad joined HFC in mid-July as a Business Intelligence Systems Analyst. He reports to HFC’s Director of Institutional Research and Economic Intelligence, Jacob Krogol.
“I’m thrilled to have another Early College grad on the team,” Krogol said. “Hishaam immediately impressed us with his professionalism, communication, technical skills, and ability to learn new technologies and ideas. The Early College program has already given us an outstanding teammate in Emad Abdulaziz, and I can’t wait to see this that our team can accomplish with the help of Hishaam.
HFEC: a family commitment
Born in Detroit, Ahmad is the second of four children. He discovered HFEC while attending college at Bridge Academy West in Detroit.
“The director’s eldest daughter went to HFEC,” Ahmad recalls. “I was curious so I found out more about it and put it on my radar. When I found out more about it it seemed like a good program so I applied and I have been accepted.
The award-winning HFEC is a partnership between HFC, Henry Ford Health System, and Dearborn Public Schools in coordination with Wayne County Regional Educational Service Agency and the Michigan Board of Education. HFEC is a 5-year program on HFC’s main campus in which students can simultaneously complete high school, earn college credits leading to an associate’s degree, and receive certification in a paramedic profession.
Originally, Ahmad majored in biology, planning to enter the healthcare industry, but he realized it was not the right fit for him and decided to change majors. . He graduated from HFEC in 2020, obtaining his associate degree in computer information systems. Transferring to Wayne State University in Detroit, he’s working toward a bachelor’s degree in computer science with an expected graduation date of 2023.
“CIS at HFC is a great program,” Ahmad said. “I learned a lot.”
Ahmad recommended HFEC to his younger siblings. Her brother graduated from HFEC last spring and her sister will attend HFEC in first year starting this fall.
“I received a great education at HFEC,” he said. “It really prepared me for Wayne State. Can’t recommend it highly enough.”
Support that feels familiar
Previously, Ahmad worked for Shapla, Inc., a retail store owned by his parents in Hamtramck. There he gained experience in data analysis and writing financial reports.
In his new position at HFC, Ahmad’s duties include manipulating data and providing the right people across the College with the information they need.
“I’m in a phase where I absorb all the information I can,” Ahmad said. “Once I do that, I plan to pick up the pace.”
Ahmad was not nervous about starting this new position.
“Usually when you start a new job in a new place, it’s nerve-wracking. It’s not my case. I was here for five years when I was a student. It’s familiar. It’s good that I graduated from here, only to work for the College that awarded me my degree,” he said.
“Everyone has been really helpful and really nice. It’s a very supportive environment here, that’s for sure. It was common when I was a student, and it’s common now that I’m employed.
Abdulaziz is happy to work with Ahmad – and proud that he had some influence on this decision.
“I have known Hishaam as a classmate, friend and now colleague for almost seven years now,” he said. “During this time, I’ve never seen him settle for anything – he’s always trying to grow and improve in every aspect. I’m excited to see where he will reach in the years to come.