Chicago Champions College and Career Week 

Get involved and come out to one of the many activities taking place

October 07, 2011


“Our mission is clear: to ensure that every child has access to a world-class education and that our graduates are college and career ready.” – Jean-Claude Brizard.



Cheryl Hyman


To promote preparation for and success in college and career for all students, Chicago Public Schools has designated October 7-15 as Chicago Champions College and Career Week. CPS leadership is committed to getting all students college and career ready, and the events surrounding this week are yet another way the District is raising awareness about the future of all our children. CEO Jean-Claude Brizard has said: “A high school diploma is just the start – students need education and training beyond high school to have access to America’s middle class.”


People who pursue post-secondary education and training have higher lifetime earnings, lower unemployment and can help their entire family to permanently get out of poverty. It’s also important to note that “the same level of academic preparation is necessary for college and ‘entry-level’ jobs that require less than a bachelor’s degree, pay a wage sufficient to support a family, and offer the potential for career advancement.” i


There are many ways for you to be involved. Talk to your counselor and coach about activities happening just at your school. Additionally, we welcome you to participate in district-wide activities:


  • Wear College and Career Apparel on Fri, Oct. 14

  • Attend a College Fair.
    • Monday, October 10th, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
      2011 NACAC—McCormick Place.
    • Tuesday, October 11th, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
      Chicago National Hispanic Fair—Richard Daley College.
    • Wednesday, October 12th, 6:30 p.m. -9:00 p.m. 2011
      Chicago Performing and Visual Arts College Fair—Roosevelt University.
    • Saturday, October 15th, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
      100 Black Men of Chicago Scholarship Fair—University of Illinois-Chicago

  • Learn about an opportunity to earn college credit while in high school.
    • Tuesday, October 11th, 6:00 p.m.
      Harold Washington Library, 30 E. Lake Street, Room 1115
    • Tuesday, October 11th, 6:00 p.m.
      Kennedy-King College, 6301 S. Halsted, Building U, Room 156
    • Friday, October 14th, 4:00 p.m.
      Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson, Larry McKeon (New building), Room 146
    • Pre-register at: Opens in a new window icon

  • Send pictures of students and teachers sporting college gear to, and we’ll share them on the District’s Facebook page.


Students should talk to their school coach or counselor to get a free CTA pass to attend a college fair or information session!


iSagawa, Shirley, and Schramm J.B. High Schools as Launch Pads: How College-Going Culture Improves Graduation Rates in Low-Income High Schools  (Washington, DC: College Summit, 2008). & edsworth, William, Colby Susan, and Doctor Joe. Reclaiming the American Dream. Washington: The Bridgespan Group, 2006.