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About City Colleges

Over more than one hundred years, City Colleges has transformed the lives of more than one million students through education.  City Colleges of Chicago aims to ensure the success of every student and serve as an economic engine for the City of Chicago.             

Under the leadership of Chancellor Cheryl Hyman, City Colleges of Chicago is in the midst of a Reinvention, a collaborative effort to review and revise CCC programs and practices to ensure students leave CCC college-ready, career-ready and prepared to pursue their life's goals.                 
Reinvention begins with four goals:                   
  • To increase the number of students earning college credentials of economic value
  • To increase the rate of transfer to bachelor's degree programs following CCC graduation
  • To dramatically improve outcomes for students requiring remediation, and
  • To increase the number and share of adult basic education/GED/ESL students who advance to and succeed in college-level courses. 

Since the launch of Reinvention, City Colleges has seen:              

Completion growth:              

  • The total number of completers crossed the 10,000 mark for the first time in FY2013. The number of degrees awarded exceeded 4,000 in FY2014, compared to an average of 2,000 annually before the Reinvention initiative.  In FY2015, City Colleges awarded 4,940 degrees, the highest in City Colleges’ history, and 6,943 certificates.
  • Awarded the highest number of degrees in City Colleges’ history for four consecutive years.
  • The graduation rate has doubled since the launch of Reinvention, with FY2015 reaching the highest rate in more than a decade.·         

College to Careers initiative:             

  • The internationally-recognized College to Careers initiative partners City Colleges with industry-leading companies to prepare Chicagoans for careers in growing fields: healthcare, TDL, business, advanced manufacturing, education, information technology, and culinary arts and hospitality. 
  • Launched in 2011, 150 companies and four-year colleges are now helping align curricula and facilities with employer demand to close the skills gap. 
  • More than 3,000 students have found a job or paid internship in a C2C field since the program launched.

​New Capital Plan:             

  • A five-year, $524 million capital plan includes a $251 million new Malcolm X College campus, a $45 million TDL Center at Olive-Harvey College, and $77 million in system-wide academic and student-facing technology enhancements (i.e., smart classrooms, libraries, labs, student support centers.)·         

System-wide 4-year college partnerships:              

  • Robust, system-wide articulation agreements have been signed with four-year institutions since 2010, including at Illinois Institute of Technology, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, DePaul University and Lewis University.

Adult education overhaul:              

  • City Colleges has realigned its adult education (ESL, GED, adult basic education) off-site locations to better serve community need per 2010 census trends.  
  • Between Fall 2012 and 2013, transitions to credit courses were up 33 percent and GED attainment was up 20 percent. The FY2015 target for students transitioning from Adult Education to college credit was surpassed by more than 15 percent, with nearly 1,400 students transitioning to college credit.         

Strong financial profile:                

  • Under Chancellor Hyman’s leadership, City Colleges’ budget has been balanced with no increase in property taxes.    
  • Over the last three fiscal years, CCC has saved $66 million that are being redirected to the classroom.

City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) is the largest community college system in Illinois and one of the largest in the nation, with 5,700 faculty and staff serving more than 100,000 students annually at seven colleges and six satellite sites.                

Conveniently located across the city, the seven colleges include: Richard J. Daley College, Kennedy-King College, Malcolm X College, Olive-Harvey College, Harry S Truman College, Harold Washington College and Wilbur Wright College. City Colleges also oversees: the award-winning Washburne Culinary Institute, the French Pastry School, the Parrot Cage Restaurant at South Shore Cultural Center, the Sikia Banquet Facility, five Child Development Centers, the Center for Distance Learning, the Workforce Institute, the public broadcast station WYCC TV Channel 20 and radio station WKKC FM 89.3.                

Whether your goal is to save tens of thousands towards a college degree or train quickly to enter the workforce, City Colleges has the program for you.  Learn more about City Colleges of Chicago online or by calling (773) COLLEGE.