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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 5,700 faculty and staff serving approximately 115,000 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, two cafes, five Child Development Centers, the Workforce Academy and the PBS station WYCC-TV and WKKC-FM. 
Strategic initiatives                
  • Reinvention: Launched in 2010 by Chancellor Cheryl Hyman, 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, and culinary arts and hospitality. Launched in 2011, 200 companies and four year colleges are now helping align curricula and facilities with employer demand to close the skills gap. More than 1,200 students have found a job or paid internship in a C2C field since the program launched.
  • Capital plan: A five-year, $524 million capital plan includes a $251 million new Malcolm X College campus, a $45 million TDL Center at Olive-Harvey College, and $77 million in system-wide academic and student-facing technology enhancements (i.e., smart classrooms, libraries, labs, student support centers.)
Recent achievements                
  • Completion growth: The total number of completers crossed the 10,000 mark for the first time in FY2013. The number of degrees awarded is approaching 4,000, compared to an average of 2,000 annually before the Reinvention initiative.  The number of degrees awarded in FY2013 was the highest in City Colleges’ history. The graduation rate has nearly doubled since the launch of Reinvention, reaching 13 percent in FY2013, the highest in more than a decade.
  • 4-year partnerships: CCC has robust transfer agreements with 58 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.  Between Fall 2012 and 2013, transitions to credit courses were up 33 percent and GED attainment was up 20 percent.       
  • Strong financial profile: Under Chancellor Hyman’s leadership, City Colleges’ budget has been balanced with no increase in property taxes. Over the last three fiscal years, CCC has saved $51 million that are being redirected to the classroom.
External recognition              
  • ​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. 
  • 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.


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