The faculty and staff of Kennedy-King College, along with those at its satellite site, Dawson Technical Institute, the Washburne Culinary & Hospitality Institute (the hub for City Colleges’ hospitality and culinary programs), and its adult education off-site locations, work to ensure that each of its 14,000 students annually completes his or her program, prepared to succeed in further college or a career.
In 2013, Kennedy-King, which is located at 6301 S. Halsted St. in the heart of Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood, was ranked among the Top 50 community colleges in America by Washington Monthly Magazine. In September 2014, Kennedy-King was selected as a top-10 finalist for the prestigious Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. The college continues to best its student success goals.
Kennedy-King College offers associate degrees, shorter-term certificate programs, free adult education classes, and special interest courses.
• Associate Degree
Take the first two years of a degree program at Kennedy-King College, then transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a four-year degree and save up to $40,000 on your bachelor’s degree. For a list of programs, click here (program finder).
• Career Certificate Programs
Specialized courses are available for students who intend to enter immediate employment or upgrade their professional and technical skills.
• Adult Education: Free literacy, GED test preparation, and ESL (English as a second language) courses. For more info, click here.
• Continuing Education: The programs are designed to provide students with lifelong learning opportunities. For more info, click here.
College to Careers:
Kennedy-King was named City Colleges’ College to Careers hub for culinary and hospitality programs and works with industry experts to ensure students are prepared for the 44,000 jobs in the field coming to the region over the next decade. Culinary/hospitality courses are offered at Washburne Culinary & Hospitality Institute — where students receive hands-on training at restaurants serving the public, including Sikia, the Parrot Cage, the Washburne Cafe — or they can take classes at the French Pastry School.
Dawson Technical Institute, located at 3901 S. State, offers career opportunities in construction technology at companies, such as ComEd, People Gas and through major trade unions representing workers in the field.
Kennedy-King College students have access to a host of resources to support them on their path to success, including the following centers: wellness, transfer, career planning and placement, veterans, and disability access center. Students can also take part in an active student life that includes athletic teams and numerous clubs and organizations
During the 2013-2014 academic year, KKC received reaccreditation in two key areas: child care and automotive technology. The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) approved its Child Development Program for reaccreditation in April 2014 and Automotive Technology was reaccredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) in December 2013.
KKC’s FY2013 Reinvention Scorecard indicated that the college exceeded its IPEDS 150 completion rate. KKC has experienced tremendous improvement in student outcomes over the past five years, even as enrollment has declined with the improving economy.
Class Profile: The majority of full-time students are recent high school graduates; however, many adults also attend classes. The average student age is 31 years old. Classes consist of roughly 25 students.
Location: Kennedy-King College is an urban campus located at the "gateway" to Chicago's burgeoning Englewood community. The campus is accessible via public transportation:
• CTA Bus lines: Halsted Street (north/south) and 63rd street (east/west) buses
• L-Trains: The CTA Green Line train to Ashland stops in the heart of the campus at Halsted Street and the Red Line is two bus stops east of the campus.
• Washburne Culinary Institute (WCI)
• The French Pastry School (FSP)
• Dawson Technical Institute (DTI)
City Colleges of Chicago properties housed and operated through Kennedy-King College:
• WYCC PBS CHICAGO
• WKKC 89.3FM Radio
• Center for Distance Learning
• Child Development Laboratory Center (Child Care)