Nursing program will provide much needed healthcare to South Side residents

CHICAGO – City Colleges of Chicago and University of Chicago have partnered to bring a nursing program, known as the Malcom X College Learning Center, to the City Colleges’ Kennedy King campus on the southside of Chicago. The new center is expected to open for the 2026-27 school year and will be located on Garfield Boulevard between the Green Line tracks and Calumet Avenue.

The following statement is attributable to Randy Miller, president of City Colleges Contingent Labor Organizing Committee (CCCLOC), the union representing adjunct faculty:

“The new nursing program is the culmination of years of organizing by South Side community groups and by faculty and staff unions at City Colleges that have long fought to restore programs that had been cut by City Colleges, particularly a nursing program that had provided South Side residents with health care that was geographically and financially accessible.

We had planned to bargain this issue while we are negotiating our new contract and are pleased to find, after years of effort, the solution is already on its way.

This is not just about making nursing classes accessible to our diverse student population. It also means more access to healthcare in underserved neighborhoods and more jobs in the medical field for those who live on the southside. We are glad the administrations are working together with the mayor to make this a reality for our students and our community.”

CCCLOC represents more than 1000 part-time faculty, librarians and vocational lecturers. CCCLOC works with students at all seven City Colleges campuses and four satellite campuses across Chicago.

CCCLOC is currently negotiating a new contract with the City Colleges Board of Trustees. The union’s current contract expires on June 30, 2024.


At 135,000 members strong, the Illinois Education Association (IEA) is the largest union in Illinois. The IEA represents PreK-12 teachers outside the city of Chicago and education support staff, higher education faculty and support staff, retired education employees and students preparing to become teachers, statewide.

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