Chicago – More than 750 students from the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) attended the Annual Citywide Health Careers Fair at Malcolm X College on May 16, 2013. The College has hosted the CPS event since the first fair welcomed students 15 years ago. This year, Malcolm X College introduced students to programs in its College to Careers (C2C) initiative, including Nursing, Radiography, Nephrology/Renal Technology, Respiratory Therapy, Mortuary Science, and Surgical Technology. Students in grades 7 – 12 toured the campus, participated in various health sciences workshops, and met C2C faculty and staff.
The Health Careers Fair was coordinated by the CPS Office of Pathways to College & Career’s Career & Technical Education (CTE) program. Dr. Regine Rucker is the CTE’s Program Coordinator for Health Sciences.
“We value the ongoing partnership we have with the City Colleges of Chicago and Malcolm X College to introduce our students to careers in the health sciences,” said Dr. Rucker. “We look forward to developing more opportunities to engage our students with the College’s Health Sciences and Careers programs.”
CTE prepares students for life-long success by providing them with an opportunity to get a head start on preparing for college and careers. Students learn how the core school subjects like math, science, and writing are used in real life.
“Malcolm X College looks forward to hosting this event for many years to come and extends an open invitation to participating seniors to begin their college studies at our College this fall,” said Dr. Anthony Munroe, President, Malcolm X College.
Malcolm X College is the healthcare hub for the City of Chicago’s College to Careers program, which forges partnerships between City Colleges and industry leaders to better align the campus’ curricula with the demand in growing fields. Planning is now underway to build a new $251 million Malcolm X College campus. The new 500,000 square-foot campus will include a Health Science Academy that will offer healthcare and general education courses, a virtual hospital, simulated healthcare technology, a dental hygiene clinic, smart technology in every classroom, a conference center, a daycare center, and a 1,500-space parking garage. The new campus is scheduled to open in 2016.
About City Colleges of Chicago
The City Colleges of Chicago (CCC), District 508, is the largest community college system in Illinois and one of the largest in the nation, with 5,800 faculty and staff serving 120,000 students at seven campuses and six satellite sites city-wide. The City Colleges of Chicago is in the midst of a Reinvention, launched by Chancellor Cheryl Hyman, which is 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.
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