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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
  • Student Guided Pathways (GPS) and Education Planning
  • ​Career Exploration and FOCUS 2
  • Transfer Planning and Resources    


                     Training and Requirements for Current and New Instructors

Note: Applications/Registration for Training is NOW OPEN.​ 
Download the application and send the completed application to your College Success Coordinator (contact information below). 

Instructors who teach this course are required to attend an annual training.  The next district wide training will be held on Monday, December 14th and Tuesday, December 15th from 8:30am - 4:30pm at 
Harry S Truman College.          

The training covers:                                                                    

  • Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs), Course Topics, and Review of the Textbooks
  • Integration of Student Guided Pathways  (GPS)
  • Best Practices for Improving Retention
  • Overview of Student Support Resources
  • Note:                
  • 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.                  

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

College Success Coordinators                  

​​College Name​ ​Email​
​DA ​Michael Crawford
​HW ​Arlethia Mayes
KK​ ​Brandon Nichols
MX​ ​Lewis Rule​
​OH ​Robin Hicks 
​TR ​Suha Hattab
​WR ​Sara Schupack
Nancy Koll​
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.  

College Success Seminar Institute - Master Teachers

Kevin Smith, Harold Washington College  
Arlethia Mayes, Harold Washington College  
Donyel Williams, Harold Washington College      
Dr. Juandalyn Holland, Malcolm X College                                                                                    
Lewis Rule, Malcolm X College                       
Regina Walton, Malcolm X College                       
Maggie Rice-Ayala, Truman College   
Allison Zures, Harry S Truman College  
Diego Baez, Harry S Truman College     
Gregory James, District Office ​