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Start a New Career in 2015 with a Credential of Value from City Colleges of Chicago

12/17/2014 12:00 AM

For Chicago-area residents looking to change, start or advance in their career in the New Year, now is the time to enroll in the courses that will help achieve those career goals. Enrollment is underway at the City Colleges of Chicago for Spring classes, which start January 12th. All seven City Colleges (see list below) will hold an Open House on Tuesday, January 6th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., for prospective students with information about course offerings, career paths, financial aid, and the enrollment process.   

City Colleges offers quality, affordable certificate and degree programs in Advanced Manufacturing, Business and Professional Services, Healthcare, Culinary and Hospitality, Information Technology, Transportation, Distribution and Logistics, and Education, Human and Natural Sciences, and more. By partnering with industry leaders through its College to Careers program, City Colleges is making sure its graduates gain the skills employers and four-year colleges demand.   

“Mayor Emanuel and I launched College to Careers in 2011 to ensure Chicagoans are prepared with the skills to succeed in today’s economy,” said Chancellor Cheryl Hyman. “Since then we’ve partnered with more than 150 corporate and four-year institutions to redesign our curriculum and our facilities. This work has helped more than 2,000 students find a job or internship in a College to Careers area of training.”   

Students who enroll at City Colleges can start by completing a certificate program in a few months, qualifying them for new career opportunities. They can then use those credits to complete an associate degree to further advance their career. Some examples of career opportunities include: 
  • Advanced Manufacturing: Students who complete a certificate in Factory Automation will qualify for 150 annual Industrial Maintenance openings with starting salaries up to $17 per hour. 
  • Information Technology: Students who complete an Associate of Applied Science in Networking will qualify for more than 400 annual openings in the Chicago area with starting salaries up to $19 per hour. 
  • Transportation, Distribution and Logistics: Students who complete an associate degree in Logistics will qualify for 300 annual openings in the Chicago area with starting salaries up to $18 per hour.   
Associate degree programs are designed to articulate to bachelor’s degree programs to allow students to advance in the field immediately or later in their career. Obtaining an associate degree at City Colleges before transferring to a 4-year institution can save students up to $40,000 in tuition.   

City Colleges of Chicago also offers free GED (high school equivalency) and English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.  These adult education classes are conveniently offered at 70 neighborhood-based off-site instruction locations around the city. They are scheduled on evenings and weekends, and are also online. Students studying to take the GED at City Colleges have the opportunity to prepare for a career by enrolling in bridge programs, which allow students to earn a career certificate while preparing for the GED exam.  

Registration for Spring 2015 is going on now with classes starting on Monday, January 12, 2015. To begin the registration process, call 773-COLLEGE or visit our admissions page.


The City Colleges of Chicago Winter Open House will be held at the following colleges on Tuesday, January 6, from 6-8pm:   

Richard J. Daley College 
7500 S. Pulaski   

Kennedy-King College 
6301 S. Halsted St.   

Malcolm X College 
1900 W. Van Buren St.   

Olive-Harvey College 
10001 S. Woodlawn Ave.   

Harry S Truman College 
1145 W. Wilson Ave.   

Harold Washington College 
30 E. Lake St.   

Wilbur Wright College 
4300 N. Narragansett Ave. 

Register for the Open House here​.

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