5 Chicago High Schools To Begin Offering Associate’s Degrees

CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel is joining Chicago Public Schools officials, the City Colleges of Chicago, and corporate leaders in unveiling beefed up plans for five new high schools that could also offer their students community college degrees.

WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports the emphasis is on technology.

Emanuel said, with help from IBM, the city will have five so-called “early college STEM schools” – high schools focused on science, technology, engineering and math – where students could also get a two-year associate’s degree.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports

Last October, IBM gave $400,000 a Challenge Grant to Chicago to create five STEM high schools and draw up plans for six-year high schools where students can get an associate’s degree after finishing high school.

The mayor said, in addition to IBM guiding curriculum at one school, students at other schools would get help from Cisco Systems, Microsoft, Motorola and Verizon Wireless.

“They’ll get mentoring, internships, and opportunities at jobs. It’s in coordination between the Chicago Public Schools with the community colleges, although, also we’re also going to be inviting in four-year institutions in the area,” Emanuel said.

The schools are in different areas of the city and will welcome their freshman classes in September.

Matt Blakely with Motorola said the degrees could lead to jobs.

“Not only will these schools allow Chicago Public Schools to make sure that the skills being taught are the ones that employers need, but it’s going to help develop the direct links between employers who have the jobs and the students who are coming out of the system,” Blakely said.

The five new high schools will be located at: Lake View High School, 4015 N. Ashland Av.; George H. Corliss High School, 821 E. 103rd St.; Michele Clark Academic Prep Magnet High School, 5101 W. Harrison Av.; Chicago Vocational Career Academy High School, 2100 E. 87th St.; and a new Southwest Side high school being built at 7651 S. Homan Av.

  • Lesss

    WBBM- check the Board of Education for the proper address of Corliss High School!!

    • http://jldodge.wordpress.com John Dodge

      Address has been fixed. Thanks for the assist.

    • BOB

      How many parents want 20 year old 6th year high school students hanging out with there 14 year old daughters!!! Isn’t that why we send kids off to college or trade schools after high school!!! I see more problems than good with this idea!!!

      • retiredinAz1

        excellent point!

      • MAAM

        during the latter part of the program, students would attend class at CCC.

  • Average Guy

    821 East 103rd Street

  • Good teachers needed!!

    I wish this was around when I was in high school!! I hope students take advantage while it is being offered!! Great idea!!!

  • tom sharp

    Let’s all wait and see exactly who applies and who gets admitted to these schools before declaring this program “a success.” After all, in spite of his many claims to the contrary, Da Ex-Mayor did not end “social promotion in CPS.” Ergo, you may well see kids with 4th grade reading and math scores applying to enter this program and we all know that Jesse et al. will be playing the race card when some village idiots don’t get in. IBM should know better than most: “Garbage in–Garbage out”!

  • Spookiest spook

    We can’t even get enough High School Diplomas out, now we are giving out College Degrees? Something wrong here.

    • Lyndia

      I was thinking the same thing.

    • retiredinAz1

      another idiotic idea!

  • Mark

    Where’s jesse? he doesn’t complain when mostly black schools get corporate handouts. The real discrimiantion is against predominantly white schools.

    • Lyndia

      What predominantly white schools? All and I do mean ALL public high schools have Blacks. Therefore, what are you talking about?

  • Lyndia

    I would like to have seen that money spent in other areas of education. CPS has a high drop out rate, the curriculum is poor and a host of other issues. However, as a pervious person wrote, they are not handing out that many high school diplomas and isn’t there a junior college system already in place? Dosen’t this appear to be a duplication of educational services? Should 19 and 20 year olds be in the same building? How dumb can you be?

    • Mark

      Since you’re uneducated, I will spell it out for you. Pre-dominantly means mostly, NOT ALL YOU IGNORAMUS nEGRESS

  • PG

    Well, considering that a CPS high school diploma isn’t hardly worth the paper that it is written on, I don’t hold much hope for this associates degree program. Although if those who receive their associates degree can read above a sixth grade level, they’ll have most CPS graduates beat.

  • retiredinAz1

    I honestly feel the CPS is starting to lose its grip on reality! What an insane idea!

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