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Tribune, Sun-Times: City Colleges to Expand Early College Program

1/9/2015 12:00 AM

​Chic​ago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times covered City Colleges' announcement about the expansion in the early college programs.

Chicago Tribune - Mayor Rahm Emanuel will try to keep the focus on his education plans Friday, announcing a corporate donation to help expand a program that allows Chicago public school students to take classes in high school that earn them City Colleges of Chicago credits.

According to the Emanuel administration, the $500,000 contribution from General Electric will allow CPS and the city's community colleges to increase participation in the dual enrollment program from the current 2,481 students to 6,100 by the 2016-2017 school year.

Friday's announcement comes a day after Emanuel spoke about his second term education agenda, one of a series of five policy talks he has said he will give in advance of the Feb. 24 mayoral election. On Thursday, the mayor said the dual enrollment program helps "set up students for success."

"By establishing stronger connections with the City Colleges, universities, corporations and nonprofits, we will enable our seniors to choose additional course work, apprenticeships, and real-life exposure to jobs and careers," he said.

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Chicago Sun-TimesMayor Rahm Emanuel wants to “reinvent” the senior year of high school so more students take college courses and hold internships that inspire them to go to college.

He also wants to help them pile up college credits during high school to help reduce skyrocketing college tuition costs.

On Friday, the mayor started delivering on his education agenda for a second term, thanks to a $500,000 contribution from the General Electric Corporation.

Starting next fall, GE’s largesse will allow Chicago Public Schools and City Colleges to more than double participation in dual credit and dual enrollment programs.

Those programs were confined to 320 students when Emanuel took office. They now have 2,481 students already and will grow to 6,100 students next year.

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