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College Success

The College Success course is designed to enhance the student experience at City Colleges by providing critical information about academic and career planning, college resources, study and research skills, and opportunities to become engaged in college life outside of the classroom.  This 3 credit course is offered to students during the first semester of their college career and covers the following topics:                                                               

  • Self Assessment
  • Successfully navigating college
  • Academic advising
  • Academic pathways and creating an education plan
  • ​Career exploration
  • Transfer planning and resources    


                     Training and Requirements for Current and New Instructors

Note: Applications/Registration for Training is CLOSED.​ Please check back at a later date for training in December.         

Instructors who teach this course are required to attend an annual training.  The next district wide training will be held on Monday, May 11th and Tuesday, May 12th from 9:00am - 4:00pm at Kennedy King College.         

The training covers:                                                                

  • Course topics and student learning outcomes
  • Review the City Colleges customized textbook 
  • Best practices for improving retention, including utilization of Early Alert  
  • Demonstration of career exploration tools (Focus2) and Guided Student Pathways (GPS) 
  • CS instructor certification is valid for one calendar year and renewed annually.
  • Current instructors who need to recertify are required to attend the first day of training.  New instructors attend both days ​

Application for Internal Candidates                                ​ 

Current CCC faculty and staff, who have not been previously certified to teach College Success, must download and complete the College Success Instructor In​ternal Application​​​ and submit it to the College Success Coordinator. Applicants must be recommended by a City Colleges of Chicago President, Vice President, or Dean.                

Application for External Candidates                     

External candidates interested in teaching the course must apply via City Colleges of Chicago Human Resources website.  All external candidates will be notified by City Colleges of Chicago Human Resources department of application acceptance, and requirements to teach the course.  Once external candidates have been selected they are required to attend both days of the College Success Spring training.                                                             

For information about becoming a College Success instructor, please contact the College Success Coordinator at your College:                     

College Success Coordinators              

Michael Crawford /, Daley College               

Rosie Banks /, Harold Washington College                     

Brandon Nichols / / Eugene Robinson, Jr /                      

Lewis Rule / / Malcolm X College                     

Robin Hicks / / Olive Harvey College                     

Suha Hattab / / Truman College                      

Sara Schupack / sschupack2@ccc.ed and Nancy Koll / / Wright College                     

College Success Master Teachers
The College Success training is facilitated by the College Success Institute Master teachers, and Academic Affairs staff members.  The College Success Institute offers opportunities for current instructors to become a College Success Master Teacher.  The criteria for the Master Teacher distinction is that a candidates must teach the course for two consecutive semesters and facilitate one of the training modules during the Instructor training.  

Diego Baez, Truman College

Dr. Juandalyn Holland, Malcolm X College                     

Gregory James, District Office                     

Dr. Ileo Lott, District Office                     

Alyssa Turner Cairns, District Office                     

Arlethia Mayes, Harold Washington College                     

Maggie Rice-Ayala, Truman College                     

Lewis Rule, Malcolm X College                     

Kevin Smith, Harold Washington College                     

Regina Walton, Malcolm X College                     

Donyel Williams, Harold Washington College                     

Allison Zures, District Office​​​​​​​​​​