WCHI’s College to Careers program graduates nearly 200 certificate and degree completers each year. One of the oldest culinary schools in the nation, Washburne combines state-of-the-art culinary techniques, with hands-on training and real-world experience. Washburne’s training facilities include several popular Chicago restaurants: Sikia, 740 W. 63rd St; The Parrot Cage, 7059 S. South Shore Dr.; Washburne Café, 226 W. Jackson Blvd., and the Washburne Café at the Fountain, a seasonal café located in Grant Park next to Buckingham Fountain.
Through the College to Careers initiative, Washburne has forged partnerships with industry leaders to ensure the high quality, relevant curriculum. Washburne’s C2C partners include: Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, InterContinental Chicago, Aramark, Rome’s Joy Catering and Washburne alumnus, Jimmy Banos, owner of Heaven on Seven and the Purple Pig restaurants.
Registration for fall classes at KKC runs through Saturday, August 23. For more information about educational opportunities at Washburne, call 773-602-5485.
About City Colleges of Chicago
City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) is the largest community college system in Illinois and one of the largest in the nation with 5,700 faculty and staff serving 115,000 students annually at seven colleges and six satellite sites. The seven colleges include: Richard J. Daley College, Kennedy-King College, Malcolm X College, Olive-Harvey College, Harry S Truman College, Harold Washington College and Wilbur Wright College. City Colleges also oversees: the award-winning Washburne Culinary & Hospitality Institute, the French Pastry School, the Parrot Cage Restaurant at South Shore Cultural Center, the Sikia Banquet Facility, five Child Development Centers, the Workforce Academy, the public broadcast station WYCC TV Channel 20 and radio station WKKC FM 89.3.
Under the leadership of Chancellor Cheryl Hyman, the City Colleges of Chicago is in the midst of a Reinvention, a collaborative effort to review and revise CCC programs and practices to ensure students leave CCC college-ready, career-ready and prepared to pursue their life's goals. Since the launch of Reinvention, City Colleges has awarded the highest number of degrees in its history and nearly doubled the graduation rate. Through the College to Careers program launched by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chancellor Hyman, City Colleges partners with employers and four year college partners to ensure its occupational programs reflect workforce need. For more information about City Colleges of Chicago, call (773) COLLEGE or visit www.ccc.edu.