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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, or even Chancellor of the City Colleges of Chicago.      


Shaunea's Story

Associate of Arts Degree, business     
Class of 2014 - Valedictorian      

Shaunea Brown graduated as the first female in her family to earn a college degree. At Harold Washington College, she completed the Employment Success Skills Program and the Mary T. Washington Wylie Internship Preparation Program through the Illinois CPA Society. The latter included three days of professional development and a $500 scholarship. She has also landed an internship for Summer 2014 with a top public accounting firm. Shaunea transferred to University of Illinois-Chicago where she's studying business. 

Learn more: Business & Professional Services Programs   


Suzzette's Story 
Associate of Applied Science Degree, nursing   
Class of 2014    

When Suzzette graduated from high school several years ago, she did so with a dual diploma/Certified Nursing Assistant certificate at age 16. So it was no surprise when she went on to complete the Licensed Practical Nursing program through a CCC nursing program. Suzzette was employed as an LPN with a specialization in psychiatric care for many years before working her way up to a Nurse Manager position. She returned to Malcolm X College two years ago to pursue a Registered Nursing degree so she could take her career to the next level. In spring of 2014, Suzzette graduated with an AAS in nursing and states that as a single mother, she is extremely proud to be a role model for her children. 

Learn more: Healthcare Programs


Cartina's Story

Class A Truck Driver's License 
Completed in 2013

At the urging of her brother – a licensed commercial truck driver – Cartina Dixon enrolled in the Commercial Driving License (CDL) program at Olive-Harvey College in 2013. After completing the program and obtaining her license, Cartina was hired as a driver for the Illinois Department of Transportation. A devoted mother of four, Cartina enjoys this career path because it offers both stability and longevity. She’s planning to return to Olive-Harvey College in January 2015 to pursue an associate degree in Transportation, Distribution and Logistics, which will help her advance in her career at

Learn more: Transportation, Distribution, & Logistics programs


Tajuana's Story
Basic Certificate, Baking & Pastry Arts
Class of 2013

Tajuana completed the Basic Certificate in Baking & Pastry Arts at Kennedy-King College's Washburne Culinary & Hospitality Institute, in 2013. She’s currently the Head Pastry Chef at the Shedd Aquarium and loves her job. She’s exploring options to start her own pastry business and is excited to see Washburne has added a degree for Hospitality Management. Tajuana is plans to return to Washburne to complete her associate degree. 

Learn more: Hospitality & Culinary Programs

Jose Sosa
Associate of Applied Science Degree, Manufacturing Technology and Maintenance Mechanics
Class of 2014

Jose Sosa wanted a stable career so he decided to study advanced manufacturing at Daley College. He chose Daley College because of the affordable cost and the hands-on courses. Jose qualified for a scholarship through the Society of Manufacturing Engineers to help pay for class. Just months before graduation, he was hired as a buyer by Midland Metal Products. In the future Jose hopes to transfer to a four-year institution and pursue a bachelor's degree.

Learn more: High-Tech Manufacturing


Michele Miller
Associate in Arts Degree
Class of 2012

Michele initially came to City Colleges to study Business Administration and eventually transfer to a four-year institution. After taking a few courses, Michele discovered that her true passion was working with people and switched gears to complete an Associate in Arts degree. During her first few years at City Colleges, she juggled working and attending class part-time. Michele lost her job due to the recent economic downturn and decided to focus on completing her degree full-time. She completed her Associate in Arts Degree and graduated as a member of the class of 2012. Michele recently accepted a position as an Associate Client Programs Analyst at Allscripts, a company that provides healthcare information technology solutions for hospitals and physicians. She plans to attend DePaul University's School for New Learning with a focus on healthcare.  

Learn more: Information Technology Programs




mari's Story
Advanced Certificate
Class of 2


Omari enrolled at Kennedy-King College's Dawson Technical Institute because he was tired of dead-end jobs and wanted a career. He chose the 5 1/2-month-long apprentice lineman training program and loved it. He completed his Advanced Certificate in April 2014 and was hired by Ameren Illinois in June 2014.      

Learn more: Construction Technology Programs


Carolina's Story
Associate of Science Degree
Class of 2014

Carolina discovered how much she enjoyed physics and science as a student at Harold Washington College. She transferred to Illinois Institute of Technology to pursue a bachelor's degree in computer engineering. She was awarded the Presidential Scholarship by IIT and also won the Friends of Harold Washington College Graudation Award. 

Learn more: Transfer Resourc​es

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