The mayor, Mr. President, and City Colleges

By Patrick Erwin, editor in chief

Chicago’s mayor, Rahm Emanuel, has made City Colleges a discussion point recently in several of his speeches, including an address to a conference of mayors earlier this month

Last week, his former boss – President Barack Obama – did the same in his State of the Union speech. Of community colleges, Obama specifically said, “Model partnerships between businesses like Siemens and community colleges in places like Charlotte, and Orlando, and Louisville are up and running. Now you need to give more community colleges the resources they need to become community career centers -– places that teach people skills that businesses are looking for right now, from data management to high-tech manufacturing.”

Specific plans for Truman have yet to be announced; however, Emanuel’s speech indicated that health care would be a focus at Malcolm X and logistics the focus at Olive-Harvey. The impact of existing programs at Truman is also unknown at this time.

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