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College Success

The College Success course is designed to enhance the student experience at City Colleges by providing critical information about academic and career planning, college resources, study and research skills, and opportunities to become engaged in college life outside of the classroom.  This 3 credit course is offered to students during the first semester of their college career and covers the following topics:                                          

  • Self Assessment
  • Successfully navigating college
  • Academic advising
  • Academic pathways and creating an education plan
  • ​Career exploration
  • Transfer planning and resources    


                     Training and Requirements for Current and New Instructors

College Success is now offered at all of the City Colleges of Chicago - over 140 sections of the course were offered district-wide during the fall 2014 semester. 

Instructors who teach this course are required to attend an annual training.  The next district wide training will be held from on Wednesday, December 17th and Thursday, December 18th, 2014 from 9:00am - 4:00pm at Harold Washington College.  

RSVP for the training by contacting Molly Weisman at no later than Wednesday, December 10thPlease indicate in your RSVP whether you are a currently certified College Success instructor or will be a new instructor.

  • CS instructor certification is valid for one calendar year and renewed annually.
  • Current instructors who need to recertify are required to attend the first day of training.  New instructors attend both days.                               

The training covers:                                            

  • Course topics and student learning outcomes
  • Review the City Colleges customized textbook 
  • Best practices for improving retention, including utilization of Early Alert  
  • Demonstration of career exploration tools (Focus2) and Guided Student Pathways (GPS) 

Application for Internal Candidates

Current CCC faculty and staff, who have not been previously certified to teach College Success, must complete the College Success Instructor Internal Application.  Applicants must be recommended by a City Colleges of Chicago President, Vice President, or Dean.  Applications must be submitted to the College Success Coordinator at your college no later than Wednesday, December 10th, 2014.


Application for External Candidates

External candidates interested in teaching the course must apply via City Colleges of Chicago Human Resources website.  All external candidates will be notified by City Colleges of Chicago Human Resources department of application acceptance, and requirements to teach the course.  Once external candidates have been selected they are required to attend both days of the College Success Spring training.                                         

For information about becoming a College Success instructor, please contact the College Success Coordinator at your College (below) or Karen Jackson at (312) 553-2938 or


College Success Coordinators
Michael Crawford /, Daley College

Rosie Banks /, Harold Washington College

De’ Reese Reid-Hart / / Kennedy King College

Lewis Rule / / Malcolm X College

Robin Hicks / / Olive Harvey College

Suha Hattab / / Truman College

Sara Schupack / sschupack2@ccc.ed and Nancy Koll / / Wright College


College Success Master Teachers
The College Success training is facilitated by the College Success Institute Master teachers, and Academic Affairs staff members.  The College Success Institute offers opportunities for current instructors to become a College Success Master Teacher.  The criteria for the Master Teacher distinction is that a candidates must teach the course for two consecutive semesters and facilitate one of the training modules during the Instructor training. 

Diego Baez, Truman College

Dr. Juandalyn Holland, Malcolm X College

Gregory James, District Office

Dr. Ileo Lott, District Office

Alyssa Turner Cairns, District Office

Arlethia Mayes, Harold Washington College

Maggie Rice-Ayala, Truman College

Lewis Rule, Malcolm X College

Kevin Smith, Harold Washington College

Regina Walton, Malcolm X College

Donyel Williams, Harold Washington College

Allison Zures, District Office