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ABC-7 Chicago: City Colleges Announces 5-Year Plan

6/24/2013 6:00 PM

Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined Chancellor Cheryl Hyman at the City Club of Chicago on Monday in making the announcement of the new plan.

City Colleges of Chicago has been the focus of a turnaround program the past few years, where the curriculum at six of the seven campuses has been tailored to meet the needs of employers in the fields of health care, business, hospitality and manufacturing. Chancellor Cheryl Hyman implemented the College to Careers program and says that as a graduate of community college, it's important to merge high academic standards with real-life experience. ... 

The 5-year plan also calls for more than half of the students transferring to four-year institutions following graduation. Like Latorie Washington, who received an associate's degree from Harold Washington College in business administration and is attending DePaul University in the fall.

"It's definitely a great opportunity not only for price, but for the people that care so much and they focus on the students so you know which field you want to go into and they will help you there," said Washington. 

Watch ABC-7 Reporter Karen Jordan's report at abclocal.go.com.