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Start Your Career with City Colleges of Chicago

City Colleges of Chicago's Career Bridge Program helps students improve their reading, writing, math, and English skills while earning an industry certificate that can lead to entry-level job opportunities and careers in one of seven areas:        

  • Culinary/Hospitality
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Healthcare
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Supply Chain and Transortation Technology
  • Collision Technology

Career Bridge Courses

Career Bridge programs are tuition-free - all books, materials, and industry certifications are provided to students at no cost.

Students can complete the program in as few as 1-2 semesters.

How to Apply                        
Students must meet with a City Colleges Transition Specialist​ and fill out an application to enroll in a Career Bridge Program.               ​​​   

Career Bridge Program Details

 
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Healthcare                                
Richard J. Daley College, Kennedy-King College, Malcolm X College, Olive-Harvey College, Truman College, Wilbur Wright College                             
                                      
Earned credentials and possible entry-level jobs availble after completing this Career Bridge program include Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) ($13-$15/hour).
  

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Supply Chain and Transportation Technology
Olive-Harvey College                   
                            

Earned credentials and possible entry-level jobs available after completing this Career Bridge program include forklift operator($13-$18/hour).
   

   

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Information Technology                     
Wilbur Wright College, Harry S Truman College         
                             

Earned credentials and possible entry-level jobs available after completing this Career Bridge program include COMP TIA A+ to work as help desk support ($13-$15/hour).       


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Culinary and Hospitality
Kennedy-King College                            
                            

Earned credentials and possible entry-level jobs available after completing this Career Bridge program include ServSafe to work as a food service worker($12-$13/hour)
  


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Early Childhood Education
Harry S Truman College, Richard J. Daley College            
     
Earned credentials and possible entry-level jobs available after completing this Career Bridge program include Illinois Gateways Level 2 to work as a child care center worker($13-$14/hour)
   
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Manufacturing       
Richard J. Daley College, Wilbur Wright College  
    
Earned credentials and possible entry-level jobs available after completing this Career Bridge program include National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) to work as a machine operator($13-$18/hour).        
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Collision Technology      
Kennedy-King College
 
 
Earned credentials and possible entry level jobs available after completing this Career Bridge program include I-CAR to work as an automotive body repairer ($13-$20/hour).      
 

Gateway to the City Colleges of Chicago: Take College Courses at a Reduced Cost

In the Gateway to City Colleges of Chicago Program, Career Bridge completers and other eligible Adult Education students receive reduced tuition and supportive services as they transition into credit certificate and degree programs. Gateway scholars’ tuition for credit courses is reduced by half for four semesters.                       

 

Applying to the Gateway Program

To apply for the Gateway to the City Colleges of Chicago program, students must complete an application, receive a letter of recommendation from a teacher, complete an interview, attend a Gateway orientation, and maintain strong academic performance. Interested students should visit a Transition Specialist at the City Colleges of Chicago location closest to them to learn more.       

                     
Eligible students must also:                                
  • Have demonstrated solid academic performance in the Adult Education program
  • Be a resident of Chicago
  • Intend to pursue a basic certificate, an advanced certificate or associate degree at City Colleges of Chicago
  • Not have taken college credit classes previously
  • Receive a minimum TABE reading score of 9.0 or above