Veterans Education at City Colleges
Mayor Emanuel and Chancellor Cheryl Hyman launched the Service to Success Initiative at City Colleges of Chicago to provide returning veterans with the support and education necessary to succeed at home. As a result of this initiative, City Colleges of Chicago now offers a dedicated Veterans Service Center and a full-time Veterans Service at each of the seven colleges, credit for prior military training and experience, and a Service to Success Scholarship Fund to assist veteran students with educational expenses such as tuition, fees, books, and technology.
Utility Worker Pipeline
In April 2012, Mayor Emanuel partnered with Peoples Gas and the Utility Workers Union (Local 18007) to launch the Gas Utility Workers Training Program. This 7-month classroom and mentorship program prepares military veterans for careers in the natural gas industry and has placed over 100 veterans into good-paying jobs within Chicago while improving the safety and operation of Chicago’s natural gas systems.