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About Kennedy-King College

Kennedy-King provides robust, holistic student support through programs, services, and social engagement opportunities designed to foster student development as well as promote college and career success.                

Kennedy-King offers a wide variety of associate degrees and certificates that prepare students for transfer to baccalaureate institutions or to enter the workforce. Serving as Centers for Excellence in Culinary, Hospitality, and Construction Technology programs, the institution collaborates with industry experts to ensure students are workforce ready.             

Kennedy-King's Adult Education program works to improve economic mobility through high school equivalency and ELL instruction.               

The Community Education program provides a wide range of recreational, vocational, and professional development courses responsive to community interests.                

In 2013, Kennedy-King was ranked among the Top 50 community colleges in America by Washington Monthly MagazineIn September 2014, Kennedy-King was selected as a top-10 finalist for the prestigious Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. The college continues to best its student success goals.                 

Program Offerings:                 

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

  • Associate Degree - Take the first two years of a degree program at Kennedy-King College, then transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a four-year degree and save up to $40,000 on your bachelor's degree. For a list of programs, click here​ (program finder).
  • 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. For more info, click here.
  • Continuing Education - The programs are designed to provide students with lifelong learning opportunities. For more info, click here.

Dawson Technical Institute, located at 3901 S. State, offers career opportunities in construction technology at companies, such as ComEd, People Gas and through major trade unions representing workers in the field.

Student Resources:        

Kennedy-King College students have access to a host of resources to support them on their path to success, includin​g the following centers: wellness, transfer, career planning and placement, veterans, and disability access center. Students can also take part in an active student life that includes athletic teams and numerous clubs and organizations.

Class Profile:The majority of full-time students are recent high school graduates; however, many adults also attend classes. The average student age is 31 years old. Classes consist of roughly 25 students.

Location: Kennedy-King College is an urban campus located at the "gateway" to Chicago's burgeoning Englewood community.           

The campus is accessible via public transportation:              

  • CTA Bus lines: Halsted Street (north/south) and 63rd street (east/west) buses
  • L-Trains: The CTA Green Line train to Ashland stops in the heart of the campus at Halsted Street and the Red Line is two bus stops east of the campus.

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Kennedy-King College was named one of the best community colleges in Illinois​ for 2024.

Winter Classes Start December 18