Tuesday, December 13, 2011

WBEZ: City Colleges to specialize in vocational training

The City Colleges of Chicago will soon start focusing on vocational training with the help of local businesses. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the region needs more skilled workers in fields like healthcare, high-end manufacturing and hospitality.

"We have in the Chicagoland area, a little over 100,000 job openings and yet you have unemployment hovering around 10 percent. That is a mismatch," Emanuel said at a Monday press conference.

Emanuel argued it's because the mission of community colleges hasn't been updated in decades. Starting in the fall of 2012, Malcom X College will start working with Allied Heath to tailor its curriculum toward health care. Olive Harvey College will train for transportation logistics with the help of AAR, a commercial aviation corporation. Emanuel said industries will work with teachers to develop lessons, and maybe even teach.
Now would this mean that the City Colleges would work with any plan that would see CPS schools confer associate degrees on students, especially if this relates to vocational training?

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