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City Colleges of Chicago At a Glance

Institutional profile                          
  • Size: The largest community college system in Illinois and one of the largest in the nation, with more than 4,500 faculty and staff serving about 80,000 students annually.           
  • Scope: The system includes seven colleges, five satellite sites, and dozens of adult education instruction off-sites citywide. It also oversees the Washburne Culinary Institute, the French Pastry School, two restaurants, a cafe, five Child Development Centers, the Workforce Academy, and WKKC-FM. 
Strategic initiatives                             
  • Centers of Excellence: Each City College is a center of excellence in a growing field: healthcare, TDL, business, advanced manufacturing, information technology, education, and culinary arts and hospitality. Companies and universities help to align curricula and facilities with employer demand.
  • Work-based Learning: City Colleges has announced a goal of ensuring atleast half of its graduates take advantage of a work-based learning opportunity while at City Colleges or immediately after.      
Recent achievements                               
  • Completion and enrollment growth: 
    • The number of degrees being awarded annually has doubled since 2009.  
    • The graduation rate has tripled since 2009, preliminarily reaching 22.9 percent in FY2018, the highest City Colleges' history.
  • 4-year partnerships: CCC has robust transfer agreements with four-year institutions, including at Illinois Institute of Technology, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, DePaul University and Lewis University.  23 four year institutions offer additional scholarships for transferring Star Scholars.
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