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Richard J. Daley College Appoints Dean of College to Careers

Richard J. Daley College Appoints Dean of College to Careers

11/22/2013 12:00 AM

Richard J. Daley College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, announced today the appointment of Raymond Prendergast, 61, to Dean of College to Careers. In his new role, Prendergast will spearhead the revamping of the college’s manufacturing curriculum to keep pace with the high-tech manufacturing workplace. In addition, he will work directly with leading manufacturing companies to develop lasting partnerships that help shape courses, determine facility needs and provide students with hands-on training opportunities.  

In October 2012, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chancellor Cheryl Hyman announced Daley College’s College to Careers focus in advanced manufacturing, an industry sector that is estimated to have 14,000 new jobs available over the next decade. The College to Careers initiative aims to equip City Colleges students with industry-recognized credentials and degrees that prepare them to secure jobs in these types of high-growth sectors.  

Prendergast previously served as the Director of Daley College’s manufacturing program since September 2010. He brings decades of experience to the position, having held leadership roles within both manufacturing companies and workforce training institutions focused on the manufacturing trades. Prendergast is a national expert often called upon to provide insights on emerging trends within the manufacturing industry and workforce development. 

 “Ray has been a creative leader and educator, consistently guiding our college to the forefront of manufacturing education and training,” said Dr. Jose Aybar, president of Daley College. “Through his extensive network and deep understanding of the trends within this high-growth industry, Ray is able to see the shifting landscape of manufacturing. In this new role, he will work with our industry partners to shape the training needed for the next generation of manufacturing workers so that our students continue to graduate job-ready.” 

Under Prendergast’s leadership, Daley College received NIMS accreditation for its Advanced Manufacturing Technology program in November 2012. In the last year, the program has produced more than 10 percent of all NIMS credentials earned by students in Illinois; students have successfully passed certification requirements to receive nearly 200 NIMS industry credentials.  53 manufacturing students have been hired into jobs or internships since the launch of College to Careers.  Furthermore, enrollment in manufacturing programs at Daley College is up 40% between Fall 2012 and Fall 2013. 

The Daley College program was recently recognized by the Chicago Manufacturing Renaissance Council for the NIMS accreditation and the school’s advancement of manufacturing within Illinois. In addition, the program has been awarded grants from the Illinois Network for Advanced Manufacturing, the Partnership for New Communities, and the Safer Foundation to continue the work of educating the new Chicago manufacturing workforce. 

In the new position, Prendergast will be tasked with hiring new full-time faculty and will develop a robust, hands-on professional development approach to ensure faculty keep their skills current. This new role will transition Prendergast away from program administration and student advising, into a leadership role that includes working extensively with industry partners to create and vet current program tracks, develop new program options and ensure the Advanced Manufacturing Program continues to train students for the jobs of tomorrow. 

Prendergast brings broad management and manufacturing experience to the position, having worked as the Executive Director for Jane Addams Resource Corporation, a community-based organization focused on workforce development in manufacturing, industrial retention, adult education and community economic development.  Additionally, Prendergast served as Program Manager for Chicago Public School’s Department of Education to Careers and modernized manufacturing training programs with NIMS credentialing in machining and IPC certification in electronics.  He also served as instructor at Oakton College teaching Math, Print Reading, Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing, Manufacturing Processes and Materials, Quality Assurance, and Computer aided-design (CAD). 

Prendergast holds an MBA from North Park University with certificates in Finance and Economics. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University. 

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Lisa Hernandez773-593-5472
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