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Cybersecurity Course in City College’s of Chicago (CCC) Continuing Education Program Provides Platform for Students to Compete in National Cyber League’s Capture the Flag Event As the pandemic was unfolding, planning for a new program was underway in the spring. One that would have students competing in the National Cyber League’s biannual cybersecurity competition known […]
Today, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation announced the list of semifinalists under consideration for this year’s Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, including 21 students from City Colleges of Chicago! The 21 CCC students listed below make up the majority of the 30 semifinalists selected from the state of Illinois for the highly-competitive award. In total, 406 […]
From apprenticeships to pathways for specialized career certificates, “earn and learn” partnerships are proliferating. Obtaining a four-year college degree is not essential for all students. In Illinois, 52 percent of jobs require education and training beyond high school, but not a B.A. degree. These high-demand fields include health care, medical technology and advanced manufacturing. Written […]
Ready to advance your career? Programs at City Colleges don’t just help students transfer to four-year colleges and universities, they also prepare students with the knowledge, skills, and hands-on training they need to succeed in the workforce. In fact, we offer over 150 Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs across our seven colleges at CCC, […]
Black History Month is a time to celebrate, to honor, and importantly, to learn. To help expand our knowledge about Black history this February, we turned to three experts in the field – City Colleges professors Dr. Zoe Franklin, Curtis Keyes, Jr., and Dr. Daniel Davis – for their insights and perspective. From the origins […]
Aon’s corporate office at 200 E. Randolph St. is only three blocks from Harold Washington College in the Loop, but it might as well be in another time zone. The insurance giant never hired from the two-year community college.  But after collaborating with the school on curriculum, Aon devised an apprenticeship program that provides paid […]
Student Success Stories
Jamela Carrell
Wright College
For as long as she can remember, Jamela Carrell has dreamt of becoming a lawyer. It’s the answer she gave in grade school when asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, and the idea was reinforced throughout her adolescent years as she saw lawyers depicted in films like A Few Good Men....
Stefany Cardenas
Wright College
If you ask Stefany Cardenas, a native Chicagoan of Ecuadorian descent, about her educational journey, she might tell you “the opportunity of my dreams landed on my lap.” But that shorthand version of her story doesn’t mention the incredible work that Stefany put in for nearly a decade to overcome homelessness and become a computer...
Cordell Wilson
Olive-Harvey College
When Cordell Wilson decided to study computer science as an undergraduate student in 1996, he wasn’t motivated by a passion for the industry. Instead, he thought the degree would help him land a steady job. However, after the dotcom bubble crash in the early 2000s, positions in the field weren’t as widespread as Cordell had...
Vickie Custodio
Olive-Harvey College
Growing up in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood, Vickie Custodio was instilled with a strong work ethic. “I did a lot of community activist work,” she remembers about her childhood. “My mother used to run a women’s shelter there [in Uptown], too.” So, when Vickie completed high school, she naturally carried that sense of motivation and determination...
Angelique Nieves
Olive-Harvey College
At 24-years-old, Lake View resident Angelique Nieves came to the realization that she had spent the last several years stuck in her comfort zone. While she had earned her associate degree in networking systems administration at the same time as her high school diploma, she wasn’t quite sure how to put the degree to use...
Valeria Davis
Olive-Harvey College
By the time Valeria Davis walked through the doors of Olive-Harvey College in 2004, she had already built up an impressive resume working in communities on the South Side of Chicago. In fact, while employed by a local state representative, she even got the chance to partner with an up-and-coming local politician – a South...
Supporting Student Success
Paul Wandless
Harold Washington College
As a professional sculptor, Paul Wandless knows a thing or two about breaking the mold. In fact, he has his own art studio in Chicago, has displayed his work at numerous museums and galleries, and has authored four books, written 24 articles, and led nearly 100 workshops regarding his art, techniques, and research around the...
Jennifer Jackson
Malcolm X College
When it comes to getting ahead, Malcolm X College Advisor Jennifer Jackson often shares three keys for success with her students: networking, communication, and responsibility. The three keys are all related, as Jennifer says that students who are connected to college tend to stay in school, and the personal connections they build help students hold...
Rashaan Russell
Harold Washington College
As one of the first in her family to go to college, Harold Washington Advisor Rashaan Russell remembers what it felt like to be the new kid on campus. She looks back on her freshman year at Northern Illinois University as one of the most exciting, overwhelming, and, at times, heartbreaking experiences of her life....
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