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In his talk, “Talent Not to Be Missed,” City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) Chancellor Juan Salgado explores an often-overlooked path out of poverty: community colleges. Salgado discusses how during the 2008 recession, the United States lost 5.6 million jobs for those with a high school diploma or less –– and those jobs were never recovered. […]
By Elyssa Cherney | Chicago Tribune, Jan 14, 2021  Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is infusing a scholarship program he created at the City Colleges of Chicago with a $100,000 donation — and he pledges to keep contributing every year. Emanuel will give 20 awards of $5,000 to students in the community college network’s Star […]
City Colleges of Chicago’s Adult Education program offers free classes that can help eligible participants meet the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program education eligibility requirement. “With the reinstatement of DACA,” said Maureen Fitzpatrick, Associate Vice Chancellor of Adult Education, “CCC welcomes immigrant students seeking to obtain their high school equivalency in order to […]
City Colleges of Chicago is offering tuition-free training in high-demand fields for eligible students through Workforce Equity Initiative grants from the Illinois Community College Board and Illinois Legislative Black Caucus. The grant funds will be used to offer students from low-income communities opportunities to earn industry-recognized credentials at no cost. Richard J. Daley College, Kennedy-King […]
Kennedy-King College professor Angela Jackson has been selected to serve as the fifth Illinois Poet Laureate, a prestigious position selected by a committee of experts and subsequently appointed by the Governor. Professor Jackson is an accomplished and award-winning poet, novelist, and playwright, who has published three chapbooks, four volumes of poetry, two novels and a […]
As the fall semester at City Colleges ended, students, faculty, and staff gathered virtually to view and discuss the “Healing through the Arts” gallery. The brainchild of District Director of Specialized Student Services Dr. Donell Barnett, this virtual gallery was a positive culmination of a series of Community Healing Days that took place throughout the […]
Student Success Stories
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...
Joseph Rosa-Molina
Truman College
Joseph Rosa-Molina knows he is one of the outliers within the early childhood education field. Most studies indicate that females make up roughly 95% of the workforce in early childhood education. Yet Rosa-Molina has found a career as an early childhood educator, even if he is usually the only male in his classroom or worksite....
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...
Charlette Smith
Olive-Harvey College
Charlette Smith first decided she wanted to become a teacher when she was in sixth grade and her teacher Ms. Walker played such an inspirational role in Smith’s life. Ms. Walker was a teacher that stood beside her students and assisted them step-by-step with their classwork to ensure they understood what they were doing. Smith...
Shukara Robertson
Olive-Harvey College
Shukara Robertson didn’t have plans to join the military. In fact, as a high school student at Dunbar Vocational Career Academy in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood, she was much more interested in designing prom dresses for her classmates. But when a friend was scheduled to take a military placement exam, Shukara decided to accompany her for...
Growing up in Rogers Park, Carita Bailey Thompson realized at a young age that she wanted to make a difference for people in her city who looked like her. Carita’s desire to advocate for vulnerable populations sparked her interest in social services, and she knew that advancing her education in the field would also advance...
Supporting Student Success
Patrice Henderson
Olive-Harvey College
It didn’t happen until later in life, but once Olive-Harvey College (OHC) Disability Access Center (DAC) director Patrice Henderson found her passion, she committed herself fully to her profession. Patrice grew up on Chicago’s South Side and attended Kenwood Academy. Once she completed high school, the mother of one took classes at Daley College and...
Tunisha Potter
Kennedy-King College
College advisor Tunisha Potter knows first-hand what some of her students are going through – because she’s been there herself. After graduating from Westinghouse High School in 2000, Tunisha moved to Texas with her mom. She was already a mom to a two-year old, and so community college was the best option for her. It...
Nicole Gould
Daley College, Early College
Nicole Gould always pictured herself working with young people, and has happily found her professional home at City Colleges as a college advisor, primarily for Star Scholars. Nicole is from Chicago, but after she graduated from Hyde Park Career Academy, she went on to earn her BA in criminal justice at Jackson State, an Historically...
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