Mayor Rahm Emanuel and City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor Cheryl Hyman broke ground Wednesday on the new Malcolm X College and School of Health Sciences. Designed with input from City Colleges’ College to Careers industry partners, the new facility will serve as the system’s hub for healthcare programs and will prepare students for the 84,000 healthcare jobs coming to the region over the next decade.
Slated to be completed in late 2015, the new campus will host students beginning in January 2016. It is part of City College’s five-year capital plan.
“We are revolutionizing the educational model by linking highly-specialized, technical curriculums with the needs of our local employers, essentially creating a direct bridge between students and jobs of the 21st-century,” Mayor Emanuel said.
Located adjacent to the Illinois Medical District, the new campus will include a virtual hospital and skill and simulation labs, as well as space for general education and adult education programs.
“Today we lay the foundation for a best-in-class learning environment that will be the pride of the West Side and all of Chicago,” Chancellor Cheryl Hyman said. “The new Malcolm X College will be a centerpiece of our efforts to ensure Chicagoans are prepared for careers in growing fields like healthcare.”