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LISC Chicago: Kennedy-King College Served as a Pipeline to a Check

LISC Chicago: Kennedy-King College Served as a Pipeline to a Check

8/24/2012 12:00 AM

​A year ago he was out of work, homeless and sleeping on the floor of a friend’s apartment.

Now he’s in training to become a software instructor capable of earning more than $50,000 a year as he travels the nation helping hospitals and clinics use the latest in medical records technology.

But the rise of Terrence Anthony Prayer from jobless Army veteran to skilled IT professional is more than a story of personal transformation. It also describes an emerging template – a promising new path for economic advancement – that is evolving between LISC-supported Centers for Working Families and the City Colleges of Chicago.

Prayer’s story also displays the potential of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s College to Careers initiative that has major employers working with City Colleges to tailor curricula – and connect students – to job openings.

Allscripts steps up
In this case, Chicago-based Allscripts, a fast-growing provider of electronic health records systems to physician groups and hospitals, last spring agreed with the mayor to hire and train more than 40 City Colleges grads to assist with the global rollout of its newest software. Full article at LISC Chicago