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​City Colleges will provide students the applied, academic and personal skills they need to begin an enriching career or continue their education through the College to Careers program. City Colleges has identified six career clusters that will provide 80% of the jobs for graduates at the Associate's and Certificate level over the next ten years. Those industries are business, healthcare, hospitality, information technology, manufacturing and transportation, distribution, and logistics.

After carefully reviewing the occupational makeup and training required for those career clusters, City Colleges has developed a training platform that will result in assuring our students have the skills to launch careers in each focus industry and then can advance and further their career aspirations or go on and complete higher education.

Working with business partners City Colleges will develop the curriculum to support that training platform, assuring it aligns with the 21st century reality of work in that industry.  College to Careers will provide extensive job placement and advising services to assure that students set down the path to their dreams, stay on course, and accomplish their goals.  Finally, City Colleges will assure everyone has access to an enriching career by developing bridge programs that allow our adult education students to gain access to the College to Careers programs and by developing dual enrollment relationships with Chicago Public Schools so that high school students graduate ready to begin a career or continue their education.

Our Vision

  • An institution focused on product innovation by developing pathways of stackable credentials where each credential assures a student a job and completing the next level assures the student advancement
  • Pathways that allow students to complete the first two years of a degree in a C2C industry at City Colleges before moving on to complete the last two years at a four year institution
  • Contextualized education for adult and developmental education students that allows them to quickly enter C2C pathways
  • An institution with a data culture that utilizes drivers, a review cadence with initiative owners, and accountability to meet targets around each area of readiness


Current Initiatives

College to Careers

Under the leadership of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, City Colleges of Chicago has launched an innovative program called “College to Careers” to ensure Chicago residents are ready for jobs in high growth industries - jobs that are available today but remain unfilled because of a skills gap. The program will forge partnerships among City Colleges, corporations and organizational partners to drive the creation of jobs in growing fields and help increase the competitiveness of Chicago’s companies.

This comprehensive strategy will draw upon the partners’ industry expertise and knowledge of business demand to develop the definitive standard in industry credentials for respective fields. The partnerships will initially focus on two fields, healthcare and transportation, distribution and logistics, and will grow to include programs in other
high-demand sectors.

Over the next ten years, the Chicago area will need approximately 43,000 more health care practitioners than currently exist and 15,000 new nurses. In transportation, the region will need 4,000 new truck drivers to fill the openings that will occur between now and 2020.

The partnerships will bring corporations and City Colleges together in at least three ways:

  1. CURRICULUM DESIGN & CREATION OF CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS: Industry experts will inform the creation of best-in-class industry training programs that align with national standards, garner industry certification, and equip students with the skills they will need to be successful in growing fields.
  2. CURRICULUM DELIVERY: Partnerships will engage industry experts as teacher-practitioners to deliver a real-world perspective in City Colleges’ classrooms.
  3. ACCESS TO INTERNSHIPS, INTERVIEWS, AND FACILITIES: Partnerships will provide City Colleges students with direct access to top-notch facilities for training purposes and give students the opportunity to secure internships and job interviews.

Models will vary by employer based on the skills gap in the respective industry and employer capacity and interest.

The healthcare partnership will take advantage of Malcolm X College’s proximity to the Illinois Medical District and build upon its strong and growing allied health programs. The transportation and logistics industry partnership will focus on enhancing existing programs and developing new offerings predominantly found at Olive-Harvey College.

See the College to Careers section of the CCC Website for additional details.

Information Technology Programs

Information Technology positions increasingly require a bachelor’s degree for employment. City Colleges currently only offers an Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology. While students learn excellent skills in that degree program, they may have to retake many courses at a four-year institution to learn the theories behind the practice.

City Colleges has begun working with large employers and professional associations to develop a fully transferable Associate of Science degree that still meets employers’ skill needs. Further, City Colleges is evaluating how to make our continuing education programs in Information Technology a strategic way to teach key emerging skills that can be incorporated later into the academic curriculum.

Computerized Numerical Control Program

The thriving sector of the American manufacturing industry today is the province of highly skilled, well-paid workers using complex, cutting-edge machinery. Yet some training programs, including at CCC, lag.

Wright College’s Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) program at Humboldt Park Vocational Education Center (HPVEC) is one of only three higher education programs in Illinois accredited by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) and the only NIMS-accredited program in Chicago.

Working with industry representatives, the Reinvention Career and Academic Pathways Task Force is working to extend certification to the existing manufacturing program at Daley College and is encouraging students to take the exam that ensures they’re being trained to industry standards.

In spring 2012, all students in the Daley College manufacturing program will commit at the beginning of their program to take the certification exam.