College to Careers (C2C) is a joint initiative between the City Colleges of Chicago, the City of Chicago and industry partners from across the city to increase the number of students earning college credentials of economic value. The goal of the program is to help close the skills gap in Chicago by ensuring that Chicago residents are ready for jobs in high-growth industries that remain unfilled because of gaps in training.
An intergovernmental agreement between the City Colleges of Chicago and the Chicago Department of Housing and Economic Development authorizes the transfer of $2 million for “employment expenses” associated with the College to Careers program, $1 million of which is allotted to cover the first six months of salaries of 49 City Colleges’ graduates hired in June 2012 by Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, a C2C partner and Chicago-based global provider of electronic records and information systems to hospitals and physicians.
For the remaining $1 million, the City and City Colleges will partner with selected companies to (1) hire identified and pre-screened candidates, (2) fund selected job seekers’ salary for 4 weeks to 6 months, and (3) track and monitor job seekers’ persistence in employment after the conclusion of the funded period.
To participate in this initiative, City Colleges will select companies who can show:
- Persistent job openings that align with City Colleges’ program pathways in Transportation, Distribution & Logistics and Health Professions;
- Job openings in careers where City Colleges’ students have traditionally had a difficult time securing employment;
- Job opportunities that provide candidates with full-time work, a living wage, and benefits;
- Job openings aligned with academic programs in which a significant number of City Colleges’ students are enrolled; and
- A significant impact on Chicago’s economy based on participation in the program.
Selected companies will be held to the following expectations:
Establish a shared mission and goals;
Maintain employees a minimum of 6 months after the incentive expiration date;
Assist City Colleges in identifying training issues found with employees hired under the program;
Provide information on skills requirements and long-term hiring needs to establish a continuous improvement model;
Provide an assessment tool for employee performance evaluations; and
Provide a sustainability plan to assure City Colleges and the City that the employer has the capacity and intent to retain employed participants.
To learn more about the C2C incentive program, contact:
Meredith Sparks Ament
Associate Vice Chancellor of Workforce Development