The Chicago Tribune reportedon the work produce of Lt. Gov. Shiela Simon’s tour of all the community colleges in the state.
The story emphasized the low percentage of junior college students who complete two-year degrees or career certificates in three years.
While I can’t find the report, the Tribune found a source at the U.S. Department of Education that revealed such graduation rates at six Chicagoland institutions.
And, guess what?
McHenry County College was Number 1 at 24%.
The state average was 20%.
The College of Lake County was 17% and the College of DuPage 14%.
On the low end of the scale were three Chicago colleges:
- 4% – Harold Washington College
- 6% – Richard J. Daley College
- 11% – Malcolm X College
I remember the fight my father waged and lost when he served on MCC’s first board.
He wanted most emphasis to be on career education.
The majority of the board wanted a traditional junior college.
There’s still a little award in the basement from the auto mechanic training program.
Care to chime in on whether MCC would be a better or worse place, if his vision had prevailed?