Rahm: City colleges will be ‘ticket to workforce’

Chicago’s city colleges will partner with industry to make a community college diploma a “ticket to the workforce,” pledges Mayor Rahm Emanuel. ““We’re going to convert the community college system to a skills-based education, taking the six most promising growth fields for the city of Chicago and train for that.”

Job training isn’t community colleges’ only mission, responds Walt Gardner.

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  1. Deirdre Mundy says:

    One thing to keep in mind, wrt Gardner’s rebuttal. Chicago also has many non-competative colleges that DO provide liberal arts/ general knowledge courses. So a returning student who wanted to take a literature course somewhere has many affordable options. Also, Chicago has a wealth of cultural institutions that offer low cost continuing ed and enrichment options. Meanwhile, there’s been a shortage of options for people who want to go into a skilled trade.

    The “community college focusing only on skills” might be less workable in a rural area where the CC was the only affordable continuing ed. game in town. But in a city with the size and cultural depth of Chicago, it makes sense to have community colleges be the go-to place for a high school graduate looking for a skilled trade…

  2. Walter E Wallis says:

    First good idea out of Illinois in a long time.