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About Kennedy-King College

The faculty and staff of Kennedy-King College, along with those at its satellite site, Dawson Technical Institute, the Washburne Culinary Institute (the hub for City Colleges’ hospitality and culinary programs), and its adult education off-site locations, work to ensure that each of its 14,000 students annually completes his or her program, prepared to succeed in further college or a career. 

In 2013, Kennedy-King, which is located at 6301 S. Halsted St. in the heart of Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood, was ranked among the Top 50 community colleges in America by Washington Monthly Magazine.  The college continues to best its student success goals.

Location: Kennedy-King College is an urban campus located at the "gateway" to Chicago's burgeoning Southside Englewood community. The campus is accessible via public transportation:

  • CTA Bus lines: Halsted Street (north/south) and 63rd street (east/west) buses    
  • L-Trains: The CTA Green Line train to Ashland stops in the heart of the campus at Halsted Street and the Red Line is two bus stops east of the campus.

Kennedy-King College offers:    

  • Associate Degree Transfer Programs
    Take the first two years of a degree program and transfer to a senior college or university to pursue a Baccalaureate Degree. Students can earn an Associate of Arts (with areas of concentration in communications, social sciences, humanities and pre-professional fields), Associate in Science, Associate in Fine Arts Music, or Associate in General Studies Degree.
  • Career Certificate Programs
    Specialized courses are available for students who intend to enter immediate employment or upgrade their professional and technical skills. Courses are offered in business, computer technology, culinary arts, broadcasting, theater, air conditioning and refrigeration, automotive technology, electronics, graphic communications, dental hygiene, child development, and mental health. Students can earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree or a Certificate of Completion.
  • Adult Education: Literacy, GED test preparation, and ESL (English as a second language)     
  • Continuing Education: The programs are designed to provide students with lifelong learning opportunities    
  • Student Life    
  • Athletics    

Affiliated Satellite Campuses    

City Colleges of Chicago properties housed and operated through Kennedy-King College    

College to Careers:
Kennedy-King was named City Colleges’ College to Careers hub for culinary and hospitality programs and works with industry experts to ensure students are prepared for the 24,000 jobs in the field coming to the region over the next decade.  Culinary/hospitality courses are offered at Washburne Culinary & Hospitality Institute—where students receive hands-on training at restaurants serving the public, including Sikia, the Parrot Cage, the Washburne Cafes—or they can take classes at the French Pastry School. 

Other highlights of the college include: its construction programs at Dawson Technical Institute, its operating television station (WYCC) and radio station (WKKC).
Student Resources:

Kennedy-King College students have access to a host of resources to support them on their path to success, including the following centers: wellness, transfer, career planning and placement, veterans, and disability access center (LINKS). Students can also take part in an active student life that includes athletic teams and numerous clubs and organizations.

Recent Accomplishments:
During the 2013-2014 academic year, KKC received reaccreditation in two key areas: child care and automotive technology. The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) approved its Child Development Program for reaccreditation in April 2014 and Automotive Technology was reaccredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) in December 2013.
KKC’s FY2013 Performance Scorecard indicated that the college exceeded its IPEDS 150 completion rate target, as well as its enrollment targets.

Class Profile: The majority of full-time students are recent high school graduates; however, many adults also attend classes. The average student age is 31 years old.   Classes consist of roughly 25 students.   

Location: Kennedy-King College is an urban campus located at the "gateway" to Chicago's burgeoning Englewood community. The campus is accessible via public transportation:
• CTA Bus lines: Halsted Street (north/south) and 63rd street (east/west) buses   
• L-Trains: The CTA Green Line train to Ashland stops in the heart of the campus at Halsted Street and the Red Line is two bus stops east of the campus.

Affiliated Campuses:   
• Washburne Culinary Institute (WCI)  
• The French Pastry School (FSP)   
• Dawson Technical Institute (DTI)   
City Colleges of Chicago properties housed and operated through Kennedy-King College:   
• WYCC PBS CHICAGO   
• WKKC 89.3FM Radio   
• Center for Distance Learning   
• Child Development Laboratory Center (Child Care)   
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