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 West Side Learning Center

Barbara Meschino

West Side Learning Center​
The West Side Learning Center shares the Mission and Vision of Malcom X College, a public post-secondary institution. In addition to offering courses for a two-year traditional associate's degree, we offer basic and advanced certificates in Basic Nursing Assistance and Health Science career pathways. We also offer programming in Adult Education and Community and Continuing Education​.                                   

For more information, visit​ our Virtual Student Services page at:            

Adult Education Department
Adult Education is a comprehensive program of free classes for adult students who need to learn or improve their English language or basic literacy skills, obtain a High School Equivalent (GED or HiSET) certificate, or transition to college or a career.  

For more information and to register for GED and ESL classes visit, or call (312) 850-7420.                                                                                             

Basic Nursing Assistant Training Program
The eight-week Basic Nursing Assistants (BNA) program prepares students to work in the healthcare industry as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). Students are introduced to the discipline of nursing and the basic approaches to patient care.  Five programs are offered each year at WSLC and Malcolm X College – two in the spring and fall and one during the summer. Students complete 120 hours of theory and skill practice on-campus.  Theory classes are held 3-4 days per week (M-Th) for 6.5 hours each day. 40 clinical hours are completed between weeks 6 and 8.  The clinical hours are completed within 5-8 hour days.                              

Upon successful completion of all components of the program, the graduate must pass the State of Illinois          Competency Examination to become recognized as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). 
Completion of a BNA Program and certification as a CNA are pre-requisite requirements for admission into the AAS Nursing Degree Program at Malcolm X College.                                                                             

Click on the following link for further information about the BNA Program and admission requirements:                                                                               

Community and Continuing Education​ Department 
The Department of Community and Continuing Education offers classes daily, evenings, weekends, online and in intensive workshop formats to attract students who want to earn industry certification such as Food Service Sanitation and Information Technology, as well as, students who want to take classes for personal enrichment or recreational purposes.

Auxiliary Services Department
The department oversees the day-to-day operations related to campus building management and operations in an effort to provide an efficient, safe and well-maintained environment for students, faculty, staff and the general public. Spaces are available for rent; contact Facilities Management​ for more information.                

Security Contact Information              
Westside Learning Center - Security Desk                
Phone: (312) 850-7444               
Note: After hours contact the Malcolm X College Security Room.               
Address: 1900 W. Jackson Blvd. Chicago, IL 60612               
Room 1316A               
Phone: (312) 850-7168               



Faculty & Staff





Barbara Meschino, MSW 


(312) 850-7424               


​Jessica Holloway 
Auxiliary Services Director
​ ​(312) 850-7152 ​​Main Campus 0214

Franklin Smith
Chief Engineer

(312) 850-7433                            


Sherwood Wright​
Asst. Director Security

(312) 850-7444                  


Felicia Welch                           

College Clerical Assistant          

(312) 850-7428         



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Contact Information

(312) 850-7420
(312) 859-7440
4624 West Madison Street
Chicago , IL 60644
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Days                            Hours

Monday-Thursday  9:00a.m.-6:00p.m.
Friday                     9:00a.m.-3:00p.m.
Saturday                 9:00a.m.-1:00p.m.
Sunday                    Closed


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Summer classes start June 7