Bringing Equity to Chicago Communities

City Colleges of Chicago is proud to present a variety of educational opportunities designed to improve employment outcomes across Chicago’s black, unemployed, and underemployed residents. We are offering tuition-free training in high-demand fields to help people in these communities find fulfilling jobs in less than one year. 

Eligible students can enroll in any one of the areas of study below and receive supportive services in addition to free tuition and books. Services and program specifics may vary by college but generally include: 

  • Full tuition coverage throughout the duration of your studies 
  • Job training and skills development 
  • Childcare and transportation assistance 
  • Employability skills (collaboration, communication, problem-solving) development
  • Job placement assistance 

These areas of study/training are funded by the Illinois Community College Board’s Workforce Equity Initiative Grant, which aims to support working African Americans in Illinois.   

For more information  call 773-COLLEGE.

WEI Programs by College

PROJECT EVOLVE at Olive-Harvey College
10001 S Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, IL 60628 | (773)-291-6669 | (773)-COLLEGE  

Project Evolve Application

PROJECT EVOLVE at Olive-Harvey College provides short-term workforce training opportunities in high-need communities. Targeting in-demand sectors with ample employment, the project aims to increase equity among Chicagoans. The goal of PROJECT EVOLVE is to accelerate the time for black/African American individuals and those who are unemployed or underemployed to enter and succeed in college education/training programs that lead to employment in high-skilled, high-wage, and in-demand occupations.  

PROJECT EVOLVE provides full tuition coverage for students accepted into the following areas of study:   

  • Aviation Technology   
  • Automotive Technology   
  • Cannabis Dispensary Operations  
  • CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) Class A   
  • CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) Class B  
  • Cybersecurity   
  • Diesel Technology   
  • Forklift Operator Training   
  • Supply Chain Management and Logistics  

Most programs begin in January 2020 and can be completed in 20 weeks or less.   

In addition to tuition coverage, qualified and accepted students will also receive:  

  • Childcare assistance  
  • Job training   
  • Job placement assistance 
  • One-on-one mentoring 
  • Employability skills (collaboration, communication, problem-solving) development

Update: Spring 2020 program is full

Project MPACT at Malcolm X College
1900 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60612 | (773)-COLLEGE 

Project MPACT (Malcolm X Partners Attaining Career Transitions) at Malcolm X College provides tuition support, job training, professional skills development, and job placement assistance for students who complete one of six basic certificate programs by July 2020.  

This program is designed to support students from underrepresented backgrounds and communities, ensuring they have access to opportunities that will help them find a well-paying job. Preference will be given to applicants who identify as black and/or live in the following communities: 

  • Austin 
  • Belmont Cragin 
  • East Garfield Park 
  • Humboldt Park 
  • Lower West Side 
  • North Lawndale 
  • South Lawndale
  • West Garfield Park 

Thanks to Project MPACT, students can enjoy full college tuition coverage for the following areas of study: 

  • Community Healthcare Worker 
  • Cybersecurity 
  • Emergency Medical Technician 
  • Personal Fitness Trainer 
  • Sterile Processing Technician 
  • Phlebotomy 

Wright JobHire at Wilbur Wright College
4300 N Narragansett Ave, Chicago, IL 60634 | (773)-481-8089 

Wright JobHire at Wilbur Wright College (as stipulated by the state-funded Workforce Equity Initiative grant) is designed to bring equity to the residents of Chicago’s Austin community. Participating students enroll in a free, short-term program (lasting no longer than eight months) that prepares them for employment in a high-demand field. 

Wright JobHire allows the college to provide full tuition coverage for qualified students accepted into the following fields of study:   

  • CNC Machining 
  • Screw Machining 
  • Cybersecurity 
  • Networking 
  • Web Development 
  • Criminal Justice 

 In addition to full tuition coverage, participating students can enjoy: 

  • Transportation assistance 
  • Childcare assistance 
  • Job placement assistance 

Students must register in person to participate. Registration assistance is available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the following locations: 

Wilbur Wright College 

4300 N. Narragansett Avenue 

Student Services Office room L131 

or Office of the Vice President Room A106 


Wright College Humboldt Park 

1645 N. California Avenue 

Academic Advising Room P103 

WEI Scholars at Kennedy-King College
6301 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60621  | 773-COLLEGE

Kennedy-King College is providing qualified students with a scholarship/tuition waiver that will help them afford short-term workforce training opportunities in the Englewood neighborhood. The WEI Scholar funding can be applied toward any tuition dollars not covered by your existing financial aid (such as federal funding, scholarships, etc.) 

The WEI Scholars program supports students in the following short-term programs: 

  • Automotive Collision (Basic Certificate) 
  • Automotive (Basic or Advanced Certificate) 
  • Cloud Security  
  • Combination Welding (Basic Certificate) 
  • Construction Masonry (Basic Certificate)
  •  Cybersecurity 
  • HVAC (Basic or Advanced Certificate) 
  • Plumbing and Fire Protection (Basic Certificate) 

To participate, students must: 

  • Maintain a GPA of 2.0 or higher 
  • Become involved in campus or community volunteer opportunities 


In addition to a tuition scholarship or waiver, participating students can enjoy: 

  • Workforce, career development, and job placement workshops 
  • Engagement activities specific to WEI participants 
  • Transportation assistance (approval required) 
  • Support for supplies, tools, and/or union application fees (approval required)