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Bridge/Career Foundations

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Move on to Work and College

Students taking ESL and high school equivalency (GED® or HiSET®) classes may be able to take courses for college credit at reduced cost through our Career Bridge and Gateway programs.                   

In our Career Bridge program, students prepare to earn their high school equivalency degree (GED® or HiSET®) while learning about a career in the fields below.  In some cases, students can earn a professional certificate that can be used to work immediately: such as ServSave (food sanitation) or forklift certifications.           

  • ​Healthcare
  • Transportation, distribution and logistics (forklift certification)
  • Manufacturing
  • Information technology (IT)
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Culinary/hospitality (food sanitation certification)

Career Bridge Courses

  • Meet for 18+ hours a week for 2 semesters
  • Include the math, language arts, social studies, and science information students need to succeed on the GED® or HiSET®​ tests
  • Introduce students to career information. In some cases, students can earn a professional certificate that can be used to work immediately: such as ServSave (food sanitation) or forklift certifications.
  • Allow students to take a free credit course during the second semester of the program

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 Bridges: Get on the Path to a Career

 
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Healthcare                      
Kennedy-King, Malcolm X, Harry S Truman, Wilbur Wright Colleges                      
In this program, students learn about topics like healthcare reform, family nutrition, food deserts in Chicago, drug shortages, and more.                           

            
Students can go on to earn a certificate or degree in areas such as: 
           
    • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
    • Phlebotomy Technician
    • Pharmacy Technician
    • EKG Technician
    • Medical Billing and Coding Professional
                      

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Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics (TDL)
Olive-Harvey College           
                  

In this bridge, students learn about topics like warehousing, how goods and services are moved around the world, supply chains, and more. Students earn a forklift certificate in addition to taking a credit class.

Students can go on to earn a certificate or degree in areas such as:            

    • Warehousing
    • Forklift operator
                      
           

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Information Technology            
Wilbur Wright College, Humboldt Park Vocational Education Center, Daley College  
                   

In this program, students learn about topics like Internet security, how data is collected and used, artificial intelligence, and more.                       

Students can go on to earn a certificate or degree in areas such as:                        

  • Systems Engineer
  • Systems Administrator
  • Computer Programmer
  • Systems Analyst

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Culinary and Hospitality
Kennedy-King College                  
                  

In this program, students learn about topics like Chicago's tourism plan, hotel management, recipes and more. Students earn a sanitation certificate in addition to taking a credit class.

Students can go on to earn a certificate or degree in areas such as:            

  • Hospitality Management
  • Food Service Manager
  • Culinary Arts

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Early Childhood Education
Harry S Truman College           

In this program students learn about topics like child psychology, classroom management techniques, nutrition, and more.            
                   

Students can go on to earn a certificate or degree in areas such as:                  

  • Assistant Teacher
  • Pre-school Teacher
  • Head Teacher
           

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's Degree at City Colleges of Chicago
  • Not have taken college credit classes previously
  • Receive a minimum TABE reading score of 9.0 or above