City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor on Free Tuition Program

More than 90,000 students attend the seven community colleges and five satellite schools that make up the City Colleges of Chicago network. Some of them are educated free of charge thanks to the Star Scholarship program that launched three years ago.

Like several state universities, however, Chicago’s community colleges are battling declining enrollment after a historic state budget impasse.

City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor Juan Salgado, who began his tenure in May, has said he wants to be an “ambassador for all communities.”

How is Salgado planning to ready his students for an ever-evolving workforce, especially when jobs in industries like manufacturing have moved overseas or become automated?

Salgado joins us in discussion.


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