City Colleges to Offer Apprenticeship 101 to Students, Employers Can Learn How to Offer Apprenticeships Too


National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) will take place November 15 – 21, 2021

City Colleges of Chicago to offer Apprenticeship 101 to CCC students

Through strategic partnerships, companies such as Allstate, ABN AMRO, and Northwestern Medicine, just to name a few, partner with CCC to develop apprenticeship opportunities that create a skilled talent pipeline trained to satisfy their hiring needs.

“I just didn’t know where to start,” said Kashawna Brantley, a recent alumna of Harold Washington College. “After attending a resource fair, I learned about an IT bootcamp that led me to the Aon apprenticeship program. This opportunity allowed me to earn on-the-job training, a salary, and benefits from the company, as well as an associate degree from City Colleges of Chicago tuition-free. The education I received during the apprenticeship helped me understand corporate culture and structure, and my role in a team setting.”

“Apprenticeships provide tremendous opportunities for job training, strengthening hirable skills, and developing the tools needed for a bright future,” said Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot. “Thanks to our partners for offering this programing, our City Colleges of Chicago students can enrich their academic careers and define their professional paths. I’m proud of each and every student taking part in this program and encourage them to continue seeking opportunities for educational and personal growth.”

“Our incredible apprenticeship program offers structured job training, supplemental education, and mentorship, all while advancing our amazing students toward earning a competitive income and honing their professional skillset,” said Juan Salgado, Chancellor of City Colleges of Chicago. “Apprenticeships are a viable path to well-paying, middle-class careers, that often, no longer require a four-year degree. Companies also find this program invaluable because it helps them find that next amazing qualified hire who will grow with their business.”

“The excellent team of career services at City Colleges connected me to an apprenticeship at a global banking institution. It’s a really remarkable experience. The nature of investment banking is giving me a a broad skillset so regardless of what I do in the future, the things I learned at this apprenticeship will serve me well in any career path I choose,” said Marvin Howell, Harold Washington College student and graduating class of 2022.

Through these types of partnerships, companies develop a workforce that will positively impact the economic recovery and creates a workforce that is more inclusive and provides access to high demand/high wage positions for a diverse student population.

CCC provides a quality education that aligns to the on-the-job train provided by the employers.  With feedback from our employer partners we can ensure our curriculum in up-to-date and relevant to today’s labor market.

Employers and Partners, join City Colleges during National Apprenticeship Week (November 15-21) for a workshop on how to offer a HR apprenticeship sponsored by the Department of Labor. This session will be held via Zoom. Please register in advance to receive the meeting link.

Apprenticeship 101 for CCC Students

Monday, November 15th and Thursday, November 18th

To learn more and register for an event, visit

We have offered hundreds of apprenticeships and look to continue to increase this number. We offer apprenticeships in various industry sectors that align to our Centers of Excellence, such as; IT, Business/Finance, Manufacturing, Hospitality, Logistics, and more. Companies are investing in our students!

Benefits of an apprenticeship and why this investment is critical to our student’s success and employee satisfaction include:

  • Mentoring
  • Coaching support
  • The development of real-world skills through on the job training
  • Quality instruction
  • A livable wage
  • Access to a high demand career

For more information about City Colleges of Chicago, visit or call 773-College.