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New Executive Director to lead Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program at City Colleges of Chicago

New Executive Director to lead Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program at City Colleges of Chicago

10/21/2014 12:00 AM

​New Executive Director to lead Goldman Sachs Small Businesses Program at City Colleges of Chicago Business owner and previous management consultant will lead program for owners of growing small businesses

 

CHICAGO – City Colleges of Chicago, the largest community college system in Illinois, announces the hiring of Vasco Bridges III as Executive Director of 10,000 Small Businesses at City Colleges of Chicago. The 10-week program provides owners of growing small businesses with practical skills training as well as the tools and professional support to develop a strategic and customized growth plan for their business. 

Bridges is an experienced strategy and operations manager as well as a small business owner, making him a great asset to 10,000 Small Businesses at City Colleges of Chicago. Prior to this role as Executive Director, Bridges was Manager of Strategy and Operations at Deloitte, a global consulting firm serving Fortune 500 clients. 

 

Additionally, Bridges is CEO of Jano Technologies, an established small business that provides software solutions to criminal justice institutions throughout Illinois.10,000 Small Businesses at City Colleges of Chicago is housed jointly at Harold Washington College and the sites of the program’s capital partners, SomerCor 504 Inc. and IFF.

 

Harold Washington College is the  City College with a focus on business, entrepreneurship and professional services through the College to Careers initiative, which partners faculty and employers to ensure students are prepared to hit the ground running in fast growing fields.  “Vasco brings a great combination of experience that will benefit the entrepreneurs in 10,000 Small Businesses at City Colleges of Chicago as well as business students throughout the college,” said Dr. Margie Martyn, interim president of Harold Washington College. “By supporting small businesses, we’re supporting the local economy and we’re supporting our students. As the graduates of this program expand their businesses, some of them hire students and graduates of City Colleges of Chicago.”
Bridges is a third-generation Chicago entrepreneur, and is excited to support the economy by helping small businesses grow. 


“There are several things that excite me about this new role, but most of all I look forward to working directly with some of Chicagoland's most ambitious small businesses,” said Vasco Bridges, Executive Director for 10,000 Small Businesses at City Colleges of Chicago. “As a business owner myself, I understand the value of small business to the economy, and I look forward to taking everything I’ve learned throughout my career in business, and apply it to support entrepreneurs and Chicago communities.”10,000 Small Businesses at City Colleges of Chicago launched in Chicago in July 2011, committing $25 million for small business loans, business education and grants for supporting community partners. Since then nearly 300 businesses have been served in the Chicagoland area. Chicago is one of with 23 sites across the U.S. and UK. Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses has now served over 3,900 small business owners.Applications are being accepted now for the next session.

 

For information about the business and management education program and to register for an information session or webinar, please visit: http://www.ccc.edu/10ksb. 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 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.