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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 Transportation Technology
  • Collision Technology
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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.                                   

 

Become a Gateway Scholar

Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Gateway eligibility*         
        
Students may be eligible for the Gateway Scholarship if they meet the following criteria:         
  • ​Completed/will complete one or more Adult Education classes at City Colleges during the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 Academic Year
  • Qualify for in-district tuition by either living in Chicago or working full-time in Chicago
  • Earned a high school diploma or equivalency OR plan to earn your high school equivalency before your anticipated first college credit term
  • Students with F-1 or J-1 visas are ineligible for the Gateway Scholars Program
Students interested in becoming a Gateway Scholar should complete the online interest form, and a Transition Specialist will contact students with next steps. In addition to the requirements above, students will need to:        
  • Complete the online credit application
  • Take the CCC Read-to-Write placement exam and score a 3 or higher (or 33 or higher for the CCC-RTW-ESL)
  • Take the ALEKS placement exam and score a 30 or higher or placement into Math 90.
  • Enroll in at least six credit hours in their first term, which must include English.** 
        
Current Gateway Scholars may continue in the program without meeting the new eligibility requirements.       

*Eligibility requirements may be adjusted in future academic years for new cohorts       
**Students in programs which do not require English are not required to enroll in English.