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Register by September 18 for City Colleges of Chicago’s Fall 2017 Semester 12-week Classes

8/1/2017 12:00 AM

Chicagoans who want a quality, affordable education to prepare for further college or a career should register now for the Fall 2017 semester 12-week classes at City Colleges of Chicago (CCC), the largest community college system in Illinois. The registration deadline is Monday, September 18, 2017, with classes beginning Monday, September 25.      

CCC courses are offered during the day, in the evening, on weekends, and also online.  It is now easier to apply, using CCC's enhanced application page ( Visitors to will find clear, step-by-step application instructions, whether they are interested in certificate and associate degree programs, continuing education or free programs for high school students.       

For those unsure of their career goals or still deciding what to study, CCC’s online “Student GPS” tool (Guided Pathways to Success) is available via the new page and helps applicants learn about the career paths that are expected to have more than 600,000 job openings in the Chicago region over the next decade.       

Through CCC's College to Careers initiative, each City College has been designated a “Center of Excellence” in one or more of these high-demand industries: advanced manufacturing (Daley College), business and professional services (Harold Washington College), construction (Dawson Technical Institute at Kennedy-King College), culinary and hospitality (Washburne Culinary & Hospitality Institute at Kennedy-King College), healthcare (Malcolm X College), transportation, distribution and logistics (Olive-Harvey College), education, human and natural sciences (Truman College), and information technology (Wright College).  

City Colleges has developed partnerships with more than 200 corporate and university partners to revamp our curriculum and facilities in these fields, and more than 4,000 students and alumni have secured a job or internship.       

Chicago Star Scholarships are available to graduates of Chicago Public Schools who meet eligibility requirements. Chicago Star Scholarships provide recipients with free tuition and books as they pursue an associate degree at City Colleges.       

Chicago Star Scholars are also eligible for scholarships and bachelor’s degree transfer opportunities offered by four-year colleges and universities in the Star Scholarship Partnership program. City Colleges of Chicago graduates who are part of the STAR Scholarship program have received more than $1 million in scholarship offers from four-year colleges and universities, along with financial, academic and advising supports.       

By completing an associate degree at City Colleges, students can save tens of thousands of dollars when they transfer to a bachelor’s degree program at a four-year college or university.  City Colleges has more than 60 transfer partnerships with four-year colleges and universities, helping students seamlessly transition to bachelor’s degree programs nationwide.       

Some of the newer degree and certificate programs include three at Harold Washington College: Banking (Basic Certificate), Paralegal (Associate in Applied Science) and Human Resources (Basic Certificate). Malcolm X College also introduced a new degree program: Physical Therapy Assistant (Associate in Applied Science). In addition, Child Development programs across City Colleges have been revised to align with updated industry credential requirements.       

In addition to certificate and associate degree programs, CCC also offers free Early College programs for high school students, as well as free English as a Second Language (ESL) and high school equivalency instruction through GED and, new this year, the HiSET test.  

City Colleges of Chicago now offers students pursuing their high school equivalency a choice between taking the GED or the HiSET high school equivalency test. The HiSET test has both a paper-based and computer version compared to the GED, which has only a computer-based version. The HiSET test is less expensive than the GED test; it costs $90 for the complete battery as opposed to $120 for the GED battery. Eligible City Colleges of Chicago students can get scholarships to help defray the cost of the tests. With scholarships, the total cost of the tests to students is $50 for the GED and $40 for the HiSET. Free ESL and high school equivalency classes begin August 21, 2017.  

Credit classes (degree and certificate programs) for the 16-week Fall Semester begin Monday, August 28, 2017. The 12-week session begins Monday, September 25 (the registration deadline for the 12-week session is September 18).​​​ For more information, visit or call 773-COLLEGE.​       

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