City Colleges of Chicago aims to ensure the success of every student and serve as an economic engine for the City of Chicago. One of the nation's largest community college districts and the largest in Illinois, City Colleges’ 5,500 faculty and staff help to prepare more than 100,000 students each year to enter the workforce, pursue higher education and advance their careers.
Since the launch of a Reinvention in 2010, City Colleges has seen its graduation rate more than double, has more than doubled the number of degrees awarded annually, has increased the transfer rate and the rate of transitions from adult education to credit programs, has launched a College to Careers program aimed at better aligning its programs in fast-growing fields with workforce demand, has undertaken a district-wide capital plan, and has saved $70 million which has been reinvested in the classroom and student supports.
City Colleges serves students on seven campuses and six satellite sites: 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 Workforce Academy, the public broadcast station WYCC TV Channel 20 and radio station WKKC FM 89.3.
The Pulitzer Center partners with City Colleges of Chicago to provide annual on-campus journalist visits and professional development workshops for students, faculty, and staff across the district. The Center also will offer at least one international reporting fellowship to a CCC College student to report for the Center on an underreported issue of his or her choosing from anywhere in the world, outside of the United States.
This Campus Consortium partnership is made possible through financial support from the Pulitzer Center, and the Center’s funding sources, as well as funds allocated from the University of Chicago area centers’ federal grant programs.