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The City Colleges of Chicago’s apprenticeship program gives students the unique opportunity to learn in the classroom and on the job, gaining important professional skills and real-world experience while still enrolled in college. Our employer-partners also benefit from having employees who are trained to meet their organization’s specific needs.
City Colleges’ goal, with support from Chicago’s business and civic communities, is to ensure that more than half of graduates participate in a work-based learning opportunity during or immediately following their City Colleges experience.
Apprentices study and serve in areas such as health care, business, IT and more.
Our program is designed to meet your needs, whether you’re a student or employer, a large corporation or a small business.
An education- or employer-driven program: You select what works for your goals.
The City Colleges Apprenticeship program is a groundbreaking measure designed to bring employment opportunities and upward mobility to Chicago’s many residents. Through innovative partnerships with major companies in the area, City Colleges creates a program that shapes our students for the careers of tomorrow.
Note: This list is a sampling, and not inclusive of every program that apprenticeships are offered.
In this economy, no business can afford to be without competent, capable IT support. City Colleges understands this, and we also know that each business’s IT needs are unique. That’s why our apprentice program lets businesses choose how students learn and what they work on, supporting them with the skills needed in a modern business environment. Our IT program can prepare students for positions like Network Support Specialist, User Support Specialist, Web Developer, and more.
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The future of manufacturing will be driven by advanced technology such as A.I., the Internet of Things, 3D printing, augmented reality, and much more. As part of the City Colleges Apprenticeship program, businesses can ensure students have the exact skills they need not only to thrive in the manufacturing industry, but to support the future of Chicago and the nation.
Culinary Arts and Hospitality
The food and hotel industry is one of the unrecognized backbones of the American economy. They bring amazing culinary experiences and relaxing accommodations to people in every city. Our apprenticeship program teaches students all the essential skills needed to work in a restaurant, hotel, or tourist area. Our students graduate to work in some of Chicago’s most celebrated restaurants and hotels. Businesses can have the first pick of great talent by participating in our program.
Transportation, Distribution, & Logistics
Modern life is only as efficient as our ability to transport goods and services. In a world where buyers expect free two-day shipping and rely on express delivery, businesses must ensure that the TDL companies they partner with are up to the challenge. Thanks to the City Colleges Apprenticeship program, students get hands-on experience in transportation, distribution, and logistics.
Business, Banking, Finance, Operations, & Insurance
Chicago homes many regional and multinational corporations, all of which are major employers and economic players. They’re the ones helping shape the new economy, and they need competent, capable people to keep them running. The City Colleges Apprenticeship program lets students learn from the leaders of today so they can become the leaders of tomorrow.
Innovations in health care are driving healthier, more robust communities. Thanks to technological innovations, patient-focused strategies, and community-minded organizations, people are transforming their lives and habits for the better. By being a part of the City Colleges Apprenticeship program in health care, students learn the latest in industry methods, equipping them to work in a variety of settings. Employers, meanwhile, ensure their new hires are trained and prepared for real-world situations.
Architecture, Construction Technology, & Engineering
Chicago is home to some of the greatest architectural marvels in the world. The City Colleges Apprenticeship program honors that legacy, encouraging students to make their mark on the city and the world.
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