When it comes to innovative, equity-based programming, City Colleges of Chicago is capturing international attention.
On Friday, August 5, 2022, representatives from the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) visited Richard J. Daley College and sat down with leaders from the college, as well as representatives from Olive-Harvey College and City Colleges’ District Office. In addition to receiving a tour of Daley’s state-of-the-art Manufacturing Technology & Engineering Center (MTEC), the group was interested in learning more about the colleges’ programs that advance equity and inclusion, with a focus on employment and justice work.
Leaders from Daley spoke about the Weekend Warriors initiative, a partnership with the Inner-City Muslim Action Network that aims to reduce violence by offering industrial manufacturing and welding classes throughout the weekend. Olive-Harvey leaders discussed the Still I Rise program, which offers support services and free cannabis education certificates. Finally, City Colleges shared more information about our various apprenticeships and work-based learning opportunities that help students get on-the-job training and prepare for careers.
Through partnerships and collaboration, City Colleges aims to make an impact both here in Chicago and all across the world.