Chicago City Colleges launches new careers program

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CHICAGO (AP) — City Colleges of Chicago is launching a “College to Careers” program to ready students for fast-growing fields.

The system announced nine new or enhanced degree programs Thursday. The programs prepare students for jobs in health care, transportation and related fields.

The college system, city officials and industry leaders worked together for months to design the program, dubbed “C2C.”

Courses range from a basic certificate in medical billing and coding to an advanced certificate in supply chain management.

City Colleges has partnered with the University of Illinois-Chicago to give nursing students guaranteed spots in UIC’s nursing program at reduced tuition.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel launched C2C in December to close the city’s “skills gap” by lining up academic programs with the needs of high-growth industries.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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