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Chicago Tribune: CCC Shifts Adult Education Sites to Meet Need

2/19/2013 6:00 PM

After a review of U.S. census data and countless conversations with community leaders, City Colleges of Chicago — the city's community college system — revamped where it holds adult education classes based on the city's shifting demographics. It has introduced 24 new locations since the summer, in areas with a "high demand" for English as a Second Language and high school equivalency classes... Six more are expected to open in the next couple of months, while 11 locations were closed.

When parents speak English and have high school diplomas, they tend to earn higher wages, Chicago community college workers and researchers have said."In our adult education pool, we see nearly half the students have earnings less than $24,000," said Sameer Gadkaree, interim associate vice chancellor for City Colleges' Adult Education division. "In many cases for them, increasing earnings is a real problem." ...

When Chancellor Cheryl Hyman started with City Colleges in 2010, eight teams consisting of faculty and staff members and students worked together to identify the greatest needs in Chicago communities. They were the first to point out that the college system's off-site adult education locations might be ill-placed.  

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