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About Richard J. Daley College

Richard J. Daley College, a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), continues to respond to the changing needs of Chicago and its people by augmenting traditional studies with the technical, career, and occupational curricula that prepare students for the 21st century. Daley graduates transfer to colleges and universities all over Illinois or join the work force where they are among its most productive citizens. Daley's main campus is located at 7500 S. Pulaski Road and its satellite campus is Arturo Velasquez Institute located at 2800 S. Western Avenue in Chicago.         

Following City Colleges’ five-year strategic plan released in the summer of 2013, Daley College met or exceeded its targets exceeded 10 of its 12 goals on the FY 2013 Scorecard, including certificates and overall awards as well as enrollment goals. the College also established benchmarks for the performance of its College to Careers program in advanced manufacturing, including baselines for student employment. Completion rates have increased 73 percent since 2010. Looking to 2018, we project doubling the number of degrees and credentials of economic value awarded since 2010. Furthermore, in FY2013, 54 percent of students found jobs in their areas of training and 38 percent of credit students transferred to a four-year institution within two years of completing their degree.       

Program Offerings  
Daley College offers associate degrees, shorter-term certificate programs, free adult education classes, and special interest courses. 

Associate Degree Transfer Programs 
Take the first two years of a degree program at Daley College, then transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a Baccalaureate Degree and save up to $40,000 on your bachelor’s degree.

Career Certificate Programs 
Specialized courses are available for students who intend to enter immediate employment or upgrade their professional and technical skills.

Adult Education 
Free literacy, GED test preparation, and ESL (English as a second language) courses.  For more info, click here. 
Continuing Education 
The programs are designed to provide students with lifelong learning opportunities.  For more info, click here.​    

College to Careers    

Daley College was named City Colleges’ College to Careers (C2C) hub for advanced manufacturing programs and works with industry experts to ensure students are prepared for 14,000 jobs in the field coming to the region over the next decade. Through C2C, industry leaders are working with Daley College manufacturing instructors to help align curriculum with new industry standards and ensure facilities provide the hands-on training needed to succeed on the job. Manufacturing classes are also available at Arturo Velasquez Institute.      


Advanced manufacturing at Daley College includes two program areas: Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) Machining and Factory Automation, both of which require substantial mathematics aptitude to direct and maintain computer-guided heavy machinery. Students completing certifications in these areas can earn between $10 and 23 per hour to start, and students completing associate of science degrees in manufacturing can up to $32 per hour. The certificate programs will be designed to empower students to advance into associate’s degrees and on to bachelors.        

Student Resources
Daley College students have access to a host of resources to support them on their path to success including:

Wellness Center 
Transfer Resources Center 
Career Planning and Placement Center 
Veterans Services Center 
Disability Access Center 
Welcome Center
Tutor Center 

Additionally, Daley College offers a host of clubs, athletics, and organizations that add fulfillment to students' educational journey. 

Recent Accomplishments      

• Achieved 14% growth in headcount across all instructional areas for two consecutive terms in FY2013.  

 Named as the Advanced Manufacturing Technology C2C school by Mayor Emanuel and Chancellor Hyman.       
 Received NIMS (National Institute for Metalworking Skills) accreditation for its Advanced Manufacturing Technology program.       
 Produced more than 10% of all NIMS credentials earned by students in Illinois in FY2013.       
• Received recognition awards by the Chicago Manufacturing Renaissance Council for its NIMS accreditation and the school’s advancement of manufacturing within Illinois.      

Class Profile
The majority of full-time students are recent high school graduates; however, many adults also attend classes. The average student age is 28 years old. Classes consist of roughly 25 students.   

Daley College is an urban campus located on Chicago’s Southwest community. The campus is accessible via public transportation:

• CTA Bus lines: Pulaski Road (north/south) and 76th street (east/west) buses.   
• L-Train: The CTA Orange Line train to Pulaski stops near the campus at Cermak Street, just a few bus stops north of the campus.

Affiliated Satellite Campus
Arturo Velasquez Institute (AVI) 

City Colleges of Chicago property housed and operated through Daley College   
Child Development Laboratory Center  

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​7500 S. Pulaski Rd.          

Chicago, IL 60652          

(773) 838-7500