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Johnson Controls Supports HVAC Students with Nearly $300k in Funding

Johnson Controls, through its Community College Partnership Program, is making an impact on Kennedy-King College’s HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) students – with nearly $300,000 in funding. So far, Kennedy-King College has received $273,000 via a three-year renewable grant that engages students from historically underrepresented groups and supports them in preparing for and embarking on career paths in sustainable building practices. “We are grateful that Johnson Controls recognizes City Colleges efforts to prepare our students for the workforce. This funding is directly supporting our students – and with them, the future of green building,” said Veronica Herrero, president of the City Colleges of Chicago Foundation. Thanks to the Community College Partnership Program, Kennedy-King College has established an HVAC certification boot camp, as well as a job shadowing and field experience course – all to equip students with the skills they need to succeed. “Our students are ready for an HVAC career when they finish this program, and because of Johnson Controls, they know exactly what that career can look like,” said Shondria Holmes, dean of instruction at Kennedy-King College. “That makes a huge impact on a student who might not know anyone in the field who can talk to them about the day-to-day work.” So far, 60 students have benefited from the program, including Ryan Morgia, Kennedy-King College’s 2023 Valedictorian. After earning HVAC certificates in May of 2022, Ryan decided to take the stationary engineers license exam offered by the National Association of Stationary Operating Engineers®. He passed and was able to obtain an HVAC maintenance/stationary engineer position that August. Just seven months later, Ryan was promoted to chief engineer. To learn more about the HVAC program at Kennedy-King College, visit Learn more about the Johnson Controls Community College Partnership Program here. Check out ways to donate to the City Colleges of Chicago Foundation at

By |2024-02-08T22:47:08-06:00February 7, 2024|News|0 Comments

City Colleges of Chicago Receives Generous Scholarship from the Ellucian Foundation to Support Students in Need

PATH Scholarship program supports students who face economic barriers CHICAGO — City Colleges of Chicago was selected as a 2023 Progress, Accomplishment, Thriving, Hope (PATH) Scholarship recipient through the Ellucian Foundation. The PATH Scholarship program provided grants to two-year public institutions in 2023 with a focus on supporting students facing economic hardship. City Colleges of Chicago received $10,00 which will help students cover items such as housing costs, tuition and food. “Two-year public colleges are at the heart of the U.S. higher education system, serving as educational and career launch pads for students by providing critical skills and access to a wide range of learners,” said Laura Ipsen, President and CEO, Ellucian. “It’s imperative that we support these students by mitigating the obstacles that make it difficult to stay in school and develop the skills that are integral to our workforce and society. Through the PATH Scholarship program, we are dedicated to investing in their potential and contributing to their success.” “On behalf of City Colleges and the Chicago Roadmap team, we are grateful for the financial support provided by the PATH Scholarship because it will go a long way in supporting our students as they pursue their academic goals,” said Vice Chancellor of High School Strategy Peggy Korellis, City Colleges of Chicago “Because of Ellucian’s generosity, we are able to help more students and for this, we are grateful.” The PATH Scholarship is provided by the Ellucian Foundation, established in 2020 by Ellucian, the leading technology solutions provider for higher education. To date, the PATH Scholarship program has provided more than $2 million in grants. By the end of 2023, more than 2,000 students will have received PATH Scholarships. “The Ellucian Foundation believes that every student deserves the opportunity to pursue their educational dreams, regardless of their circumstances,” said Jennifer Welding, Executive Director of the Ellucian Foundation. “Through the PATH Scholarship program, we aim to empower students to continue their path towards success, despite any financial hardships they may encounter.” For more details, visit:

By |2024-01-16T17:17:26-06:00November 20, 2023|News|0 Comments

Donor Profile: The Redmond Foundation Is Changing the Face of Architecture, Engineering, and Construction – One Student at a Time

Jamie Redmond, Partner and Chief Operating Officer at Redmond Foundation, talks about the inspiration and impact of the Building The Next Generation Scholarship Fund. The Redmond Foundation, a steadfast ally of City Colleges of Chicago, has established and sustained this scholarship specifically to support female-identifying students enrolled in Construction Management programs at Dawson Technical Institute (DTI) of Kennedy-King College. Jamie Redmond, Partner and Chief Operating Officer at Redmond Foundation What inspired the creation of the Redmond Foundation? Redmond sees the lack of diversity and representation in the AEC (Architectural, Engineering, and Construction) industry as an issue of equity and acknowledges that there are structural barriers for women and people of color to enter careers in the industry. Our team determined that one way we could have an impact on pathways to careers was through existing educational institutions. The Foundation works with Chicago Public Schools and City Colleges of Chicago to support programming that is focused on exposing students to AEC industry roles and preparing them for meaningful careers. Our goal is to support the organizations already working on the ground in disinvested communities, and add our insight, expertise, and network power to improve outcomes for students in AEC career paths. What is the Building The Next Generation Scholarship Fund and why was it created?  What has been its impact so far? The scholarship fund was created to provide direct cash assistance to students that goes beyond tuition. We recognize that City Colleges students may be career changers, working parents, or in non-traditional college student roles. The funding can be used for anything from books to childcare, to commuting to meals. Those everyday barriers require a different kind of support in order for students to succeed, and our fund is made for those circumstances. It is also DACA friendly, because all students deserve a level playing field to pursue their education and career goals. What inspired the Redmond Foundation to collaborate with City Colleges of Chicago for this scholarship fund? Redmond saw the work that City Colleges was already doing to prepare students for good careers in the AEC industry, and we wanted to support a community college that was invested in the future of Chicago’s south and west-side students. Kennedy-King College and Dawson Technical Institute are trusted anchors in the Englewood neighborhood, and already have an established relationship with the community. Our view is that supporting existing, trusted programming is the best way to build long-term, positive outcomes for historically disinvested and underrepresented communities. Why is it crucial to offer support and mentorship to students, especially women who aspire to pursue careers in the field of construction? Construction has struggled with its reputation as unwelcoming to women and people of color, especially in the corporate and commercial world. Giving someone an opportunity in a new role is great, but without intentional support with relationships, networking, and coaching those opportunities can fall flat. It’s on our current industry leadership to be willing to drive cultural change and create spaces that are welcoming, transparent, and successful, and allow the next generation of leaders to thrive. Why should other institutions consider investing in City Colleges of Chicago students? City Colleges of Chicago has long been the stepping stone for first generation college students, students who want a high-quality affordable education, and students who want to make meaningful changes to their careers. The more business and employers engage with City Colleges and provide resources and expertise to ensure programs are funded, curriculums are relevant, and students are career-ready, the better it is for students and employers. We have an opportunity to bring students from historically disinvested communities into great careers with high earning potential and overcome those structural barriers. Is there anything else you’d like to share about the Redmond Foundation? We’re excited to get even more deeply involved with Kennedy-King and Dawson’s programming and curriculums and hire City Colleges students as they come out of school.

By |2023-12-15T18:54:25-06:00October 26, 2023|News|0 Comments

Veronica Herrero Takes on Expanded Role to Strengthen Alignment between the CCC Foundation’s Efforts and City Colleges’ Strategic Plan and Equity Goal

City Colleges of Chicago continues to expand student supports on its way to eliminating equity gaps and advancing its vision as Chicago’s most accessible higher engine of socioeconomic mobility and racial equity. With the vital importance of raising the resources necessary to do so, Veronica Herrero, former City Colleges Chief of Strategy and Staff, has taken on the expanded role of Executive Vice Chancellor – Chief Institutional Advancement Officer and Chief of Staff. This will include serving as President of the City Colleges of Chicago Foundation. Veronica will lead an expanded portfolio, including private and public fundraising, government and community relations, districtwide marketing and communications and critical organizational units focused on two key levers of the strategic plan—institutional excellence and equity. Veronica has dedicated the last decade to the advancement and well-being of City Colleges of Chicago students. As Chief Program Officer for One-Million Degrees she excelled in building a highly effective model we are now poised to grow across the district to better our student outcomes and further transform our students lives. As Chief of Strategy and Staff, Veronica has been and will continue to be the caretaker of the strategic plan and facilitator of relationships with local, regional, and national partners in the public, non-profit, and private sectors in support of CCC’s vision. She has a keen eye for building systems and raising new public and private resources, and in her work thus far, has already developed a grants management operation to strengthen City Colleges’ capacity to raise and efficiently manage public grants, among other efforts.

By |2023-12-15T18:54:26-06:00August 22, 2023|News|0 Comments

1st cohort of Dr. Timuel D. Black Jr. Scholarship and Fellowship Program celebrates a legacy

CHICAGO (WLS) -- It's the celebration of a legacy, as students become a part of the first cohort of the Dr. Timuel D. Black Jr. Scholarship and Fellowship Program."He didn't just talk the talk, he walked the way. He made a difference in Chicago," said Liz-Enne De Beauville-Jones, a Dr. Timuel D. Black scholar.The new City Colleges of Chicago program was created and named for the historian, civil rights activist, author and educator to support the emergence of Chicago leaders."This is our inaugural event," said Rhonda Brown, with the City Colleges of Chicago Foundation.Black collaborated with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s and played a pivotal role in the election of Harold Washington."So we wanted to take that legacy and really infuse a lot of mentorship, a lot of activism and a very diverse group of, you know, people," Timuel D. Black Program Director Geovonnie Bates said.SEE MORE: Timuel Black, Chicago historian and civil rights leader, dead at 102Also a retired City Colleges of Chicago professor and a former Chicago Public Schools teacher, Black had a passion for sharing the importance of the historical contributions of African Americans with young people.He died in 2021 at the age of 102."He would be very proud that his legacy is continuing. I'm very proud his legacy is continuing," Black's widow Zenobia Johnson said.Each of the 12 fellows in the year-long program were awarded a $1,000 stipend and a one-year tuition credit.ABC7 Chicago's political analyst Laura Washington gave the keynote address.At Thursday's celebratory luncheon, supporters learned about this new program, which includes scholars touring historical sites in Black's native Alabama.But for 21-year-old Juses Guerrero, the honor is a chance to hopefully make a difference in his community and the world."Ultimately, the importance is we're human. We can all interact with each other," Guerrero said.Copyright © 2023 WLS-TV. All Rights Reserved.

By |2023-12-15T18:54:27-06:00June 15, 2023|News|0 Comments

Meeting Students Where They Are

Building Trauma-informed DEI Olive-Harvey College, one of the seven institutions the comprise the City Colleges of Chicago, also thinks about being student ready as “meeting students where they are,” says President Kimberly Hollingsworth, whose college has been undertaking strategic planning around enrollment management and equity in the wake of the pandemic. Read more from the Community College Journal: Community College Journal – ‘Meeting Students Where They Are’ (

By |2023-12-15T18:54:28-06:00April 1, 2023|News|0 Comments

In Conversation with City Colleges of Chicago Foundation Board Member Norma Manjarrez

The City Colleges of Chicago Foundation recognizes the many achievements and contributions of women who continuously contribute to City Colleges. To celebrate International Women’s Day, we were so pleased to sit down with City Colleges of Chicago Foundation board member Norma Manjarrez. Norma, tell us about your involvement with City Colleges of Chicago Foundation. How did you get involved and what continues to motivate you to support the Foundation’s goals?I am a board member of the City Colleges of Chicago Foundation, and in this role, I aim to advance the organization’s efforts to support community college students from all backgrounds in reaching their academic and career goals. I am committed to supporting organizations that elevate diverse youth within under-resourced communities. It is my way of paying it forward. Tell us about your journey as a woman in your respective field. What does that look like for you? How do you overcome barriers and find inspiration to continue while balancing your personal and well-being?My journey as a woman in the legal industry has been shaped by my identity as a first-generation Mexican-American college/postgraduate. I have been undermined, assumed to have been admitted to graduate school at the bottom of the curve and as part of a diversity initiative. I have been criticized and challenged for having an “accent” after simply pronouncing my name in Spanish. I have been assumed to be the court reporter in a case I was defending as an attorney. My experience, unfortunately, is not unique. The reality is that the Latinx population is highly under-represented in the legal industry. Although the Latinx population is the largest ethnic minority group, there is still a significant gap between our representation as an ethnic minority group and our representation within the legal industry. In fact, the law student population in 2019 was 12.7% Latinx and in 2020, only 5.64% of associate attorneys were Latinx, 2.8% of partners were Latinx and only .9 (less than 1%) of partners were Latinx women. For some (maybe many) of us, the fear of being the first (or the only one) is overwhelming and sometimes paralyzing. Building and fostering relations of mentorship and sponsorship have allowed me to successfully maneuver through those new, sometimes unwelcoming, spaces. And in those moments of trepidation, I borrow from the Honorable Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor, “Don’t let fear stop you. Don’t give up because you are paralyzed by insecurity or overwhelmed by the odds, because in giving up, you give up hope. Understand that failure is a process in life, that only in trying can you enrich yourself and have the possibility of moving forward. The greatest obstacle in life is fear and giving up because of it.” Is there a specific woman or a woman in history that you find inspiring? What was inspiring about her and what did you learn from that person?My mother. She has always been a go-getter. I am constantly reminded and motivated by my mother’s tireless efforts toward the advancement of herself and our family. She does not settle. As a new mom, I am profoundly motivated by my mother (mi madre). What does Women’s History Month mean to you?Women’s history month to me means celebrating my Latinidad and the many contributions Latinas have made and continue to make to our society while also recognizing that we have a lot of work to reach equality. Women’s history month is a reminder to collaborate and support other women, to understand the uniqueness of their struggles, and unify our efforts toward the advancement of all women. What advice can you give to other women during Women’s History Month?In those moments of trepidation, as the Honorable Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor, has said “Don’t let fear stop you. Don’t give up because you are paralyzed by insecurity or overwhelmed by the odds, because in giving up, you give up hope. Understand that failure is a process in life, that only in trying can you enrich yourself and have the possibility of moving forward. The greatest obstacle in life is fear and giving up because of it.”

By |2023-12-15T18:54:28-06:00March 8, 2023|News|0 Comments

City Colleges of Chicago Proudly Announces the Timuel D. Black Jr. Scholarship and Fellowship Program

CHICAGO— (February 19, 2023) — The Timuel D. Black Jr. Scholarship and Fellowship (TBSF) program is inspired by the late City Colleges professor Timuel D. Black Jr’s remarkable career, his lifelong commitment to equity and justice in Chicago, and his belief in the power of community history and activism. “People often ask me: ‘where are the next Tim Blacks?’ Now I can say with confidence: At City Colleges of Chicago – being encouraged, educated, and standing ready to make a difference! This makes my heart glad,” said Zenobia Johnson-Black, his wife of four decades. “I am honored to join City Colleges in announcing the Timuel D. Black Jr. Scholarship and Fellowship Program (TBSF), which will support dozens of students seeking to excel in higher education,” said Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot. “This initiative not only celebrates the life and legacy of Mr. Black, one of Chicago’s greatest champions for equity, but encourages future generations to follow in his footsteps by becoming advocates for justice. Ultimately, the TBSF represents our collective commitment to our students and dedication to helping them achieve long lasting success here in our city and wherever their career takes them next.” “Timuel D. Black was a deeply beloved public servant and educator. He is an inspiration to people across our city and country, including me, and that is why I wanted to honor Mr. Black’s memory with a fellowship that will help to cultivate generations of future Chicago civic and social justice leaders,” said Chancellor Juan Salgado, City Colleges of Chicago. The scholarship and fellowship program will work to support 20 City Colleges students in its pilot year who are emerging community leaders as they complete their studies and hone their community change leadership skills, as well as their knowledge of Chicago social movements and local history. With a commitment to social justice and racial equity, the program will uphold the values of Mr. Black and empower students to affect positive change in their communities. Mr. Black was a force for change throughout his life as an activist, educator, historian, and revered elder statesman and griot of Chicago’s Black community. He worked with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when he came to Chicago to protest housing issues for West Side residents and helped to organize thousands of Chicagoans to join the historic March on Washington. He taught at Chicago Public Schools and City Colleges and was instrumental in the renaming of Loop College to Harold Washington College in honor of Chicago’s first Black mayor. Later he consulted with then community organizer Barack Obama about running for the U.S. Presidency. “I’ve been inspired by his public service and Mr. Black’s work in civil rights all my life. He has inspired countless leaders to affect change from our city’s first Black mayor, Harold Washington, to former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama. I am honored to be part of this work–supporting our students as they too seek to affect change— by supporting this fellowship and scholarship through my work,” said Rhonda Brown, president of the City Colleges of Chicago Foundation, which will help to fund this new program. The deadline to apply is April 15, 2023 and applicants, in part, must be a City Colleges of Chicago student with plans to take classes in both the Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 semesters, have an interest in civil rights and community activism, and strive to be a changemaker. Students must also commit to the many activities of the Fellowship throughout the 2023-2024 school year. For more information, to apply, or to donate, visit City Colleges of Chicago’s more than 3,800 faculty and staff serve more than 50,000 students annually at seven colleges and five satellite sites. City Colleges’ vision is to be recognized as the city’s most accessible higher education engine of socioeconomic mobility and racial equity – empowering all Chicagoans to take part in building a stronger and more just city. Learn more at: The City Colleges of Chicago Foundation is a separate, not-for-profit 501(c)3 created solely to provide financially for the educational needs of the City Colleges of Chicago that cannot be met through state aid or student tuition income. The CCC Foundation, with its donors and partners, provides financial assistance to the student body, faculty and staff of our seven colleges and five satellite sites through the execution of a sustainable development plan built to maximize contributed income through effective fundraising, planned giving, major gift strategy and prudent investment to fund scholarships and special programs at the City Colleges of Chicago.

By |2023-12-15T18:54:30-06:00February 19, 2023|News|0 Comments
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