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Harold Washington College Student Helps Design New City Colleges Campus

Harold Washington College Student Helps Design New City Colleges Campus

12/14/2012 12:00 AM

Daniel Robinson has wanted to be an architect ever since he was a teenager when, as a recent immigrant from Mexico who barely spoke any English, he first saw the skyscrapers lining Wacker Drive.

Now the 25-year-old Gage Park resident and City Colleges of Chicago student is pursuing his dream through a paid internship at Cannon Design, the global architecture firm designing the new Malcolm X College campus to be built across the street from the current campus on Chicago’s West Side. He is working side by side with professional architects in Cannon Design’s downtown office while he completes his associate in applied science degree.  The three-month internship is his first position in his career field.

“Thanks to this internship, I have started my career,” said Daniel. “It’s very exciting to turn theory into practice by working with professionals on a major project that thousands of Chicagoans will enjoy for decades to come.”

The internship is part of City Colleges’ ongoing commitment to expand hands-on learning experiences for students and ensure they graduate prepared for success in the workplace and further college.  The new Malcolm X College campus is a centerpiece of City Colleges' College to Careers initiative, which aims to close the city's skills gap by partnering leading companies with City Colleges to align occupational programs with demand in growing fields like healthcare and IT. Groundbreaking on the construction site is planned for early 2014.

Daniel, who attends Harold Washington College, can earn college credits through his experience at Cannon Design, which began in December 2012.

To learn more about City Colleges’ nationally-recognized College to Careers initiative and how Malcolm X College’s new campus supports it, go here​.​​​​

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Nikole Muzzy(312) 553-5787
Nikole Muzzy
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