Mayor of Chicago announces workplace readiness initiative for city colleges

Students enrolled in community colleges across Chicago will soon receive additional classes to help them prepare for the realities of the workplace.

The Colleges to Careers program was announced by Mayor Rahm Emmanuel earlier this week. The initiative aims to prepare students in the City Colleges of Chicago system for careers in high-growth industries such as manufacturing, healthcare and hospitality.

"With this announcement, the City of Chicago is committing the City Colleges to providing our students with the skills to win the jobs of today and tomorrow," Cheryl Hyman, chancellor of the City Colleges of Chicago system, said in a statement. "This effort will build on the strengths of the seven City Colleges of Chicago and respected corporate partners so Chicagoans can get the work skills and education they need for the careers they want."

According to the Chicago Tribune, Illinois is one of four states that has secured funding from the Accelerated Opportunity grant, and the eight community colleges will share funds of around $1.6 million to develop workplace-readiness programs.

If you're thinking about filling out a college application, you may want to consider the employment prospects for graduates of your major. Although you should definitely pick a subject that interests you, in today's job market, your prospects after graduation is something worth thinking about.

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