Chicago Public School Graduates Matriculate to Truman College to Become Future Teachers, Attend Teach Chicago Signing Event


On May 1, more than 150 people gathered at the Chicago Cultural Center to celebrate Chicago Public School (CPS) students who are graduating and matriculating to Harry S Truman College’s Teaching program utilizing the SEED program. The incoming class of 70, biggest cohort to date, joins 60 current students studying at Truman to become educators.

The students represented more than 40 Chicago Public High Schools “There is nothing more important than ensuring your success,” said CPS CEO Pedro Martinez.

“Truman College will be with you every step of the way.” said President Shawn Jackson, Harry S Truman College. “Teachers change lives and inspire young people to be their best.”

In 2021, City Colleges of Chicago announced the SEED Scholarship to increase the pipeline of talented and diverse educators. The scholarship (Supporting Emerging Educators Development) support CPS graduates participating in Teach Chicago Tomorrow, a partnership initiative that creates a clear path from high school to college and back to CPS as a full-time teacher. The scholarship is designed to cover the majority of costs that include tuition, books, and class materials.

The SEED program ensures City Colleges students can access and complete a college credential which will work to transform Chicago, creating a more diverse teacher workforce and a more inclusive economy.

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