CPS Sees A Rise In Students Receiving College Credits

Roger Plummer
May 15, 2019 - 7:46 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The number of Chicago Public High School students who will graduate with several credits through City Colleges of Chicago continues to rise.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) Chancellor Juan Salgado, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Chief Education Officer LaTanya D. McDade recognized Tuesday the achievements of graduating CPS seniors who have earned at least a semester of college credit for free from City Colleges while still in high school.

"CPS students across the city are earning college credentials at record numbers, proving once again that when we raise our expectations for what our children can achieve, there is no limit to what they can accomplish,” said Mayor Emanuel, in a statement. “As Chicago continues to lead in postsecondary readiness, these programs represent another way we are giving our students the skills and credentials they need to hit the ground running when they leave our schools.”

Nearly 380 CPS students have earned 15 or more college credits this year, which is a 25 percent increase from last year. Thirteen of those students have earned an associate’s degree while still in high school.

Additionally, more than 3,700 CPS students are expected to graduate this year with at least one college course completed through dual credit or dual enrollment.

“We are committed to creating opportunities that challenge our students, and ensure they are prepared for higher education and successful careers in whatever field they choose,” said CPS Chief Education Officer LaTanya D. McDade, in a statement. “This enduring partnership opens the doors for a successful future by providing enriching educational opportunities and making college more affordable.”

CPS high school students are eligible to earn Early College credits at no cost through dual credit, dual enrollment, and 'Jumpstart to Jobs' programs at City Colleges. CPS students who choose to pursue a credential at City Colleges after graduation also have access to the Star Scholarship, which provides free tuition and books for qualified students, up to three years after they earn their high school diploma.