City Colleges Is Ready For Fall

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff are our top priorities. The City Colleges Reopening plan has been reviewed by experts from the Chicago Department of Public Health, and follows the standards and recommendations of the Illinois and Chicago Departments of Public Health, the Illinois Board of Higher Education, the Illinois Community College Board, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Take a look at a number of the ways we have made our colleges safe. We look forward to seeing you this fall, either on campus or virtually, at work or in class as Fall semester begins on August 24th. Yesenia Licona, a graduate of Richard J. Daley College, is using her artistic talent to spread news about the importance of completing the Census. She realized that her artistic skills, which she credits her mother for, could be used to encourage young people to participate in this important, nationwide survey.

thought about the iconic image of Uncle Sam, which is such a part of U.S. culture, and wanted to transform that idea to speak to a younger, more diverse population,” Yesenia said of her census-focused artwork. The words ‘you count’ are highlighted because my generation really does count, and we need to take action before we lose school funding and other kinds of representation. We need to make our voices clear and loud, and I hope my painting will inspire that.

Her words touch on why completing the Census is so important. This survey, which only happens every 10 years, helps the federal government determine how funding is spent across the nation. Responding to the Census means more money for Chicago’s roads, libraries, hospitals, fire departments, and schools—including City Colleges.

Thanks to this money, we’re able to give our students grants and scholarships to make a college education more affordable. We are committed to both serving our student population and maintaining the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff. With that in mind, we want to share more about our approach to fall classes and services.

Most classes and services will be remote. This fall, City Colleges is offering more than 80 percent of our credit courses remotely or online. All adult education courses will be offered via distance learning. In addition, all student services are available remotely. We are proud that we have been able to serve many students well with our remote offerings and are confident that we will be able to offer them to our students again this fall.

Limited CTE Classes will be held in-person. The courses not available online are primarily Career Technical Education courses that require full or partial in-person delivery due to the hands-on experiences as required in the curriculum. This summer, we successfully and safely completed most hands-on courses from spring semester that had to be paused when we went remote in March. Our students need these courses to advance towards their careers. We will serve these students again with social distancing in place this fall as health conditions allow.

A subset of our students is best served in-person. As an open access institution, we are committed to serving every student who comes to us. Our plans for limited in-person services seek to provide these students access to college in a safe manner. As one prospective student told us:

I am 100% new to all this so I have no prior knowledge of how any of this works except for the vast amounts of things I can research which is very time consuming. I’m sure it would be a lot quicker to find answers if I can just speak with someone.

We cannot let students like this fall through the cracks. To serve these students, each of our college plans calls for limited in-person student services to be offered, in particular during the peak registration period through August 20th. City Colleges typically sees 20-25% of its enrollment during this two-week time period.