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About Richard J. Daley College

Richard J. Daley College, a Hispanic Serving Institution, continues to respond to the changing needs of Chicago and its people by augmenting traditional studies with the technical, career, and occupational curricula that prepare students for the 21st century. Daley graduates transfer to colleges and universities all over Illinois or join the work force where they are among its most productive citizens. Daley's main campus is located at 7500 S. Pulaski Road and its satellite campus is Arturo Velasquez Institute located at 2800 S. Western Avenue in Chicago.                         

Program Offerings                   

Daley College offers associate degrees, shorter-term certificate programs, free adult education classes, and special interest courses.                  

Associate Degree Transfer Programs 
Take the first two years of a degree program at Daley College, then transfer to a four-year college or university and save up to $40,000 on your bachelor’s degree.

Career Certificate Programs 
Specialized courses are available for students who intend to enter immediate employment or upgrade their professional and technical skills.

Adult Education 
Free literacy, GED test preparation, and ESL (English as a second language) courses. 
Continuing Education 
The programs are designed to provide students with lifelong learning opportunities. 

College to Careers                     

Daley College was named City Colleges’ College to Careers (C2C) hub for advanced manufacturing programs and works with industry experts to ensure students are prepared for 14,000 jobs in the field coming to the region over the next decade. Through C2C, industry leaders are working with Daley College manufacturing instructors to help align curriculum with new industry standards and ensure facilities provide the hands-on training needed to succeed on the job. Manufacturing classes are also available at Daley College's satellite campus Arturo Velasquez Institute.                      


Advanced manufacturing at Daley College includes two program areas: Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) Machining and Factory Automation, both of which require substantial mathematics aptitude to direct and maintain computer-guided heavy machinery. Students completing certificates in these areas can earn up to $23 per hour to start, and students completing associate of science degrees in manufacturing can earn up to $32 per hour. The certificate programs are designed to empower students to easily advance to associate degrees and bachelor's degrees.                        

Student Resources
Daley College students have access to a host of resources to support them on their path to success including:

Additionally, Daley College offers a variety of clubs, organizations, and athletic​ teams to add some fun for students.

Recent Accomplishments                       

Richard J. Daley College’s FY2014 Scorecard details progress toward 18 key performance metrics outlined in the City Colleges of Chicago’s Five-Year Plan that taken together help ensure student success. In FY2014, the hard work of students, faculty and staff resulted in Daley College exceeding 11 of 18 key performance metrics and coming within five percent of an additional six targets. Daley College saw impressive gains in student completion. The official federal graduation rate reached 13 percent, one percentage point higher than the FY2014 target and an increase of 63 percent since the start of Reinvention. In total degrees and certificates awarded, Daley College exceeded its target. 

  • Exceeded certificate completion target by nearly 200 percent, a 133 percent increase from FY2013
  • Enrollment in C2C programs doubled year over year
  • More than 2,100 students enrolled in C2C programs at Daley College or four percent above the target
Daley College’s C2C team has been working with its manufacturing partners to update curriculum, completing new certificate programs in Computer Numerical Control (CNC), factory automation, welding and quality assurance. As these new programs come online, we expect to see even more success in C2C enrollment and certificate completion. 

Class Profile
The majority of full-time students are recent high school graduates; however, many adults also attend classes. The average student age is 28 years old. Classes consist of roughly 25 students.   

Daley College is an urban campus located in Chicago’s Southwest community. The campus is accessible via public transportation:

• CTA Bus lines: Pulaski Road (north/south) and 76th street (east/west) buses.   
• L-Train: The CTA Orange Line train to Pulaski stops near the campus at Cermak Street, just a few bus stops north of the campus.

Affiliated Satellite Campus
Arturo Velasquez Institute (AVI) 

City Colleges of Chicago property housed and operated through Daley College   
Child Development Laboratory Center  

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​7500 S. Pulaski Rd.                           

Chicago, IL 60652                           

(773) 838-7500