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Humboldt Park Vocational Education Center

Kenneth Santiago

Interim Dean

The history of the Humboldt Park Vocational Education Center (HPVEC) goes back to 1982, when the City Colleges of Chicago Board of Trustees authorized the Chancellor to identify an appropriate location for an adult learning center in the Humboldt Park community, even though the concept had been contemplated for several years prior. After numerous meetings with community leaders, and working with the City of Chicago Public Building Commission, acquisition of a site for the new facility was accomplished in 1989. Nearly six years later, during the spring of 1995, HPVEC opened its doors for the first time, offering adult basic education skills and some limited vocational training. Now, in its 16th year, we are serving a per semester student population of nearly 1500 students in health care, manufacturing and technology career programs, college credit, and continuing education programs. We are proud of how much we have grown and achieved over these years and of the programs we have developed to meet the needs of the community we serve.

HPVEC offers the following programs:      

  • Basic Nurse Assistant
  • Medical Assistant
  • Practical Nurse
  • RN Completion (Associate Degree in Nursing)
  • Computerized Numerical Control (CNC)
  • Electric/Electronic Industrial Maintenance (EEIM)



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1645 N. California Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647
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Front Office
Mon-Thurs: 8:30am – 7:30pm
Fri: 8:30am – 4pm
Sat: 9am – 12pm

Business Services
Mon-Wed: 9am – 5pm
Thurs: 10am – 6pm
Fri: 8am – 4pm

Financial Aid
Mon & Tues: 9:30am – 5:30pm Wed: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Thurs-Sat: CLOSED


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