1900 West Van Buren
Chicago, Illinois 60612
|Assistant Chapter Chair
Community college education has existed in Chicago since 1911, when Crane Technical High School opened its doors to 28 adults seeking higher education. This led to the establishment of Crane Junior College (now Malcolm X College). From this modest beginning, the City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) has grown to a system of seven individually accredited colleges, three learning centers, and three technical institutes.
Clarence Darrow, the renowned Chicago lawyer, argued in the defense of the City Colleges when, during the Depression, its existence was threatened by a financially-strapped Board of Education. Darrow stated that higher education in the form of the then “junior college”, had to endure because the City Colleges were “for the people”.
In the late 1960s, State legislative action changed the City Colleges’ status from junior college changed to that of a comprehensive community college.
The City Colleges of Chicago, Community College District 508, today reaches more than 200,000 people annually, through the 13 facilities of the City College system, programs conducted in local community centers, public and parochial high schools, social service centers, and branches of the Chicago Public Library. Students can also take internet-based courses via television through CCC’s Public Broadcast Station, WYCC-TV Channel 20, and the Center for Distance Learning.
The district offers a variety of Associate Degree Programs that prepare students for transfer with junior level standing to universities. A comprehensive offering of certificate programs also prepares students
for immediate entry in their chosen careers.
City Colleges provides specialized training for many workforce development programs, and tuition free Adult Education courses including English as a Second Language (ESL), Adult Basic Education (ABE), and General Education Equivalency (GED), as well as Continuing Education (CE) programs that add value to the quality of life.
City Colleges continues to serve its community, offering highly qualified faculty, a sustained commitment to affordable tuition and excellence in higher education for all citizens of Chicago.