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City Colleges of Chicago Fact Sheet

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, six satellite sites, and about 70 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, the PBS station WYCC-TV, and WKKC-FM. 
Strategic initiatives                           
  • Reinvention: Launched in 2010, the Reinvention of City Colleges is a collaborative effort to review and revise programs and practices to ensure students leave CCC college- and career-ready.    
  • College to Careers: The internationally-recognized College to Careers initiative partners City Colleges with industry-leading companies to prepare Chicagoans for careers in growing fields: healthcare, TDL, business, advanced manufacturing, information technology, education, and culinary arts and hospitality. Launched in 2011, more than 200 companies and universities are now helping align curricula and facilities with employer demand to close the skills gap. More than 3,000 students have found a job or paid internship since the C2C program launched.
  • Capital plan: A capital plan of nearly $700 million includes the completion of a new $251 million Malcolm X College campus, a $45 million TDL Center at Olive-Harvey College, and $70 million in system-wide academic and student-facing technology enhancements (i.e., smart classrooms, libraries, labs, student support centers.)
Recent achievements                            
  • Completion and enrollment growth: 
    • The number of degrees awarded crossed 5,000 in FY2016, compared to an average of 2,000 annually before the Reinvention initiative.  
    • The graduation rate has more than doubled since the launch of Reinvention, reaching 17 percent in FY2016, the highest City Colleges' history.
  • 4-year partnerships: CCC has robust transfer agreements with 86 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. 
  • Adult education overhaul: City Colleges has realigned its adult education (ESL, GED, adult basic education) off-site locations to better serve community need per 2010 census trends. In FY2016, transitions to credit courses had more than doubled since the launch of Reinvention.
External recognition                          
  • In 2015, Kennedy-King College won the first-ever Aspen Institute Rising Star Award for its rapid improvement in completion, tripling its graduation rate since the launch of Reinvention.
  • Kennedy-King College and Wright College were among 150 community colleges in the nation to be invited to apply for the 2015 Aspen Institute Prize for Community College Excellence.​
  • Daley College and Olive-Harvey College were recognized in 2014 as among the country’s top ten fastest- growing community colleges (for the 2011-2012 year) by the national publication Community College Week.  
  • Kennedy-King College was recognized in 2013 as one of the country’s top 50 community colleges by Washington Monthly magazine.