Emanuel Applauds Effort To Improve City Colleges

Mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel issued a statement Thursday on the announcement by Mayor Daley and City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor Cheryl Hyman detailing an overhaul plan to increase the number of students earning college credentials.

“For many Chicagoans, like Americans across the country, the opportunity to attend community college represents the best chance to obtain a steady income that can support a family.  You earn what you learn,” said Emanuel.

“Today’s announcement is a big step in the right direction — it will refocus our community colleges and make them more attentive to students’ needs while giving them the skills they need to find a job when they graduate.”

As Chief of Staff to President Obama, Rahm played a central role in crafting and pushing the administration’s American Graduation Initiative — a strategy designed to boost graduation rates, improve facilities and develop new technology at community colleges. The program will create an additional 5 million communitycollege graduates by 2020 and new initiatives to teach Americans the skills they will need to compete with workers from other nations.

Rahm worked closely with his local city college –Wilbur Wright College. His Tax Assistance Program to set up free tax assistance clinics and help with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms during tax-filing season was held at Wright. He also worked with Wright students on a World War II oral history project that allowed students to interview veterans and create a video series that now sits in the Library of Congress.