City Colleges of Chicago
City Colleges of Chicago has always represented hope and opportunity for people across our city, especially those in the most underserved communities. City Colleges of Chicago, officially known as Community College District 508, is one of the largest community college districts in the country and the largest in Illinois.
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Stretching from the far Northwest side to the city’s southern border, City Colleges’ reach is expansive. Almost 6,000 faculty and staff help prepare more than 120,000 students each year to enter the workforce, pursue higher education and advance in their career. The District serves students on seven campuses and seven satellite sites. It also oversees two restaurants, five child care centers, a trade school, a pastry school, a center for distance learning, a workforce institute, the WYCC TV Channel 20 public television station, and WKKC 89.3 FM radio station.
City Colleges Campuses & Satellite Sites:
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- Harold Washington College
- Harry S Truman College
- Kennedy-King College
- Malcolm X College
- Olive-Harvey College
- Richard J. Daley College
- Wilbur Wright College
- Arturo Velasquez Institute
- Lakeview Learning Center
- Humboldt Park Vocations Education Center
- Dawson Technical Institute
- South Chicago Learning Center
- West Side Learning Center
- Truman Technical Center
- Washburne Culinary Institute
- French Pastry School
- Parrot Cage Restaurant at the South Shore Cultural Center
- Sikia Restaurant
- Child Development Centers
- Center for Distance Learning
- Workforce Institute
- WKKC 89.3 FM
- WYCC TV Channel 20 (link)
City Colleges offers four educational programs:
Associate degree programs prepare students for entry into a career or transfer to a four-year college. Sixty-five percent of these students finished high school within the past three years.
Certificate programs prepare students for immediate entry into their chosen careers and provide in-house employee training programs for local corporations, institutions, and government entities.
Adult Education programs, including English as a Second Language (ESL), Adult Basic Education (reading, writing, and math for adult students), and high school equivalency (GED), offer critical fundamental skills that are the gateway for further education. The average age of students in these programs is 29 years old.
Continuing Education courses serve students looking to improve their skills to secure employment, advance in their current job, or to pursue personal enrichment.