Navigate Up
Sign In

Success Stories


City Colleges' programs are aligned to careers in the industries with the most promising economic growth. Our alums can be found working in hospitals, boardrooms, manufacturing firms, IT facilities, law offices, fine restaurants and international distribution centers.                                    

Rose Lee                      
Harold Washington College                      
Graduated: Fall 2014         
Rose's Story         
Rose found success at City Colleges before she even graduated. While attending Harold Washington College, she saw an opportunity to further her career while still in school. Through a school event, Rose met members of City Colleges' College to Careers partner Fifth Third Bank. Through this networking event, Rose was hired in a part-time role while she was still a student, so she could better manage her classes and schedule. Once she received an associate degree in May 2015, Rose was quickly promoted to a full-time role.                      


Pedro Corniel
Richard J. Daley College                      
Graduated: Fall 2012                  

Pedro's Story                   
Pedro received his bachelor's degree in architectural studies and started a career as an architectural designer. After several years in the field, he decided to make a change. He had become interested in manufacturing and heard it offered a strong job market that could provide job security and fast professional growth. Pedro chose the Advanced Manufacturing program at Richard J. Daley College. As part of the program, Pedro received six National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) certificates while at Daley. After successfully completing his studies, Pedro was offered a position as a line inspector at a Chicago-area company. He has most recently been hired as a quality engineer at WaterSaver Faucet Co​mpany.     


Marisol Gilmore          
Kennedy-King College          
Graduated: Spring 2015          

Marisol's Story         

Originally enrolling at Kennedy-King College to finish her general requirements, Marisol saw City Colleges as the most cost-effective option, saving thousands of dollars a semester compared to other schools she was interested in attending. Early on, thanks to the Kennedy-King Wellness Center, Marisol was able to get help with housing issues and received help with personal issues so she could maintain focus on her schoolwork. After settling into classes, Marisol’s interest was piqued when she started noticing students wearing chef’s coats around the campus. Getting information from the Career Center, Marisol saw Culinary as a great way to express her interests in a dynamic work environment. Since then, the Career Center is where Marisol has gone for resume building, job searching, networking opportunities for her career field, as well as general career advice. Marisol currently works as a line cook, gaining experience for her ultimate goal of being a personal chef.​         


Shari Smith                      
Olive-Harvey College                      
Graduated: Fall 2014                    

Shari's Story                 
Shari attended Olive-Harvey College after receiving her BS degree from National Louis University. She wanted a career transition from the medical field and discovered a new love in Olive-Harvey's College to Careers focus area, Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics (TDL). Shari enjoyed the classes so much that she joined the TDL Club, served as Treasurer and helped recruit new students for the TDL program. After receiving her Basic Certificate in TDL in the Fall of 2014, she was hired shortly afterward by Coca-Cola. In her role as Inventory Control Assistant, she is responsible for warehouse inventory maintenance on a daily basis.                        

"The Olive-Harvey TDL program opened a new opportunity for me," Shari says. "I am now working at one of the top corporations in America with strong growth potential. I would recommend the program to anyone." She is excited about her future with Coca-Cola. She is already planning to pursue management positions in the future.          




Trina Mack                       
Malcolm X College                       
Graduated: Spring 2014​                    
Trina's Story         
Part of City Colleges' College to Careers initiative is about giving students access to the most in-demand jobs in the city of Chicago. Trina completed her basic certificate in sterile processing at Malcolm X College in 2014. She nows works full-time as a sterile processing technician at lead College to Careers partner Rush University Medical Center. Not only did the partnership give Trina a leg up in finding a job after she completed her field of study, but Rush was also where she completed the clinical rotation for her certificate program. These partnerships ensure students like Trina are prepared for exactly what employers are looking for when they are hiring.        



Jelena Zunic        
Wilbur Wright College          
Expected Graduation: Spring 2016                
Jelena's Story             
For Jelena, working in the Information Technology (IT) field is a natural fit. Throughout her life, she's been fascinated with technology and the dynamic role it plays in all facets of society. Jelena is currently pursuing her associate degree in Networking Systems & Technology at Wright College. and plans to graduate in Spring 2016. Throughout her coursework, Jelena has sharpened her understanding of the IT industry's challenges and opportunities. She plans to transfer to a four-year university after graduating from Wright to continue her studies in networking systems and security. Through Wright and her professors, Jelena learned about her current job at CivilTech Engineering, where she works as a Desktop Systems Administrator. She was also one of five Wright College students selected by Cisco - a College to Careers partner - for the Cisco Networking Academy. Through the Academy, Jelena and her fellow students performed IT work at the 2015 NBA Draft Combine in Chicago.     




Cornell McCullom        
Harold Washington College                      
Graduated: Spring 2015                    
Cornell's Story                  
Cornell enrolled at Harold Washington College in the summer, planning to take a few classes while he decided his next academic step. Cornell enjoyed the small class sizes and personal attention and decided to complete his associate's degree. He met with his advisor and she helped him create an education plan, which gave him a path to his goal, which helped him stay on track.                             

In May 2015, Cornell completed his associate degree and will attend DePaul University to pursue a bachelor's degree in finance. He also benefited from the Career Center, which placed him into part-time roles and internships. He participated in the non-credit soft skills course at Harold Washington College, which helped him focus his career search and improve his interviewing skills. This summer he’s an intern at Loop Capital, working in finance and accounting.​                            

Tina Watson                       
Kennedy-King College                       
Graduated: Spring 2015                    

Tina's Story                   
Watching her mother get a degree from Kennedy-King College made Tina wish she had pursued higher education out of high school. When health issues forced her away from her job in child care, Tina decided the path to a better job would only come with a college degree. Going back to school in her 30's wasn't always easy, but Tina took advantage of Kennedy-King's writing lab for her English papers, she received tutoring in science, she used Level Up for math help, and worked one-on-one with professors during office hours. Even when things were hard, Tina knew that Kennedy-King had the resources to help her through. While taking part in City Colleges' Spring Break College Tour, she discovered Fisk University in Nashville, TN. Now that she's received her associate degree, Tina is transferring to Fisk to study Business Management for her BA and she plans to focus on higher education for her master's degree.                      
Mia Norris                       
Harry S Truman College                       
Graduated: Fall 2014                 
Mia's Story                     
Truman College's small classes and flexible schedules were exactly what Mia needed to complete her associate degree in child development as a part time student. During her time at Truman, Mia interned at the Jewish Council for Youth Services in Lakeview. This opportunity led to Mia's full-time employment in the organization's child care center.                        


See More Success Stories:                


​ ​   ​​​​