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College to Careers Programs

College to Careers

City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) currently offers the following NEW programs and courses as part of its College to Careers​ initiative, which forges partnerships between CCC and industry-leading companies. College to Careers is initially focusing on two industries: healthcare at Malcolm X College and transportation, distribution and logistics (TDL) at Olive-Harvey College. 
All College to Careers-related programs align with CCC’s “stackable” curricular paradigm that aims to produce credentials of economic value. Students can enter CCC’s healthcare and TDL industry degree pathways at different points, accruing skills as they move in and out of the workforce and toward more advanced and marketable credentials.

Computerized Medical Billing & Coding: Basic Certificate​

The certificate program includes courses in computer concepts, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, and computerized medical billing and coding. 
  • Provides introductory knowledge and skills for entry-level billers and coders.
  • 12-week courses incorporate feedback from Accretive Health, Advocate Healthcare Systems, University of Illinois Medical Center and Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
More information here.

Automatic enrollment in UIC's Bachelor's in Nursing program

Graduates of City Colleges' associate's degree in nursing program have the opportunity for guaranteed admission to the University of Illinois' premier online Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) program through a transfer agreement. Specifically, students must have:
  • a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 in all transferrable courses
  • a minimum GPA of 2.5 in science courses
  • successfull completed the NCLEX-RN exam
UIC will grant qualified students 33 credits, at no cost. Students can earn a BSN but pay tuition for only 30 UIC credits.

Enhanced nursing foundational courses
The first-year nursing curriculum has been standardized across the District. With the help of industry feedback, CCC redesigned courses to utilize uniform assessment tools and benchmarking toolsto mark milestones of clinical skills acquisition. 

The following first-year courses required as part of either the Basic Nursing Assistant (BNA) certificate program or the A.A.S. degree program in nursing have been enhanced:
  • Fundamentals Nursing Assistant Personnel
  • Clinical Nursing Assistive Personnel
  • Fundamentals of Nursing (I and II)
  • Nursing Process and Alterations in Homeostasis (I, II, III)
  • Nursing in Perspective
Adult Education Healthcare Bridge Program
This bridge program, targeted for adult education students who want to enter the healthcare field but are not yet college-ready, will create a fluid pathway to careers in health professions and nursing. This bridge program is:
  • Free to qualified students 
  • Embedded with a Basic Nurses Assistant (BNA) certificate 
  • 16 weeks long
To learn more, visit our Career Bridge Programs page.
Commercial Driver’s License (Class A)
Program: 8 Weeks
Emphasizes entrepreneurship, communications, and logistics skills.
Commercial Driver’s License (Class B)
Program: 5 Weeks
For public passenger vehicle operators. Emphasizes customer service. 

Both of these enhanced driver's license programs now offer:
  • soft skills including communication, customer service and problem solving
  • guest lectures from relevant companies (e.g., Schneider, Roehl, Warner and TransAm)
Forklift Operator Certificate
The Fork Lift Operation and Safety certificate program prepares students to become safe and effective forklift operators. The curriculum, which is aligned with the Supply Chain Management Certificate (see below), includes theory and practical training.  

This stand-alone certificate, which can be earned in one week, offers students the opportunity to parlay forklift training into a more global certificate.

More information here.

Supply Chain Management: Basic Certificate
The Basic Certificate program for Supply Chain Management is designed for individuals interested in employment in the warehousing and distribution industry. Upon completion of the program students will understand the responsibilities of supply chain, material handlers, and freight inventory. Updated courses include:
  • Working in the Warehouse Environment
  • Warehousing Workforce Skills
  • Learning labs to provide hands-on interactive experience with latest technology
  • Soft skills including customer service and industry-tailored problem solving
The program is now 3 credit hours (up from 1.5), an enhancement made to reflect new workplace demands. 

More information here​.
Supply Chain Management Program: Advanced Certificate
New Elective Courses offered to students in this program are:
  • Field Experience: Introduction to 21st Century Ground Transportation (Class A Truck Driving)  
  • Working in the Warehouse Environment (forklift certification is included in this course)
The new curriculum, based on recommendations from C2C partner Coyote Logistics, emphasizes:
  • intermodal transportation
  • third-party logistics
  • entrepreneurship and management
  • communication and teamwork
  • safety skills
Learning labs provide hands-on interactive experience with the industry's latest technology.
Adult Education TDL Bridge Program
This bridge program, targeted for adult education students who want to enter the TDL field, is free to qualified students. The 16-week program offers:
  • an embedded forklift certificate
  • warehouse skills training
  • opportunity to prepare for GED test and COMPASS college placement exam
To learn more, visit our Career Bridge Programs page​.​
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