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City Colleges of Chicago expands tutoring program

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CHICAGO -- Chicago's network of community colleges is expanding its partnership with a nonprofit group that provides students one-on-one tutoring, skills training and career guidance.

The organization One Million Degrees currently serves about 100 students in the City Colleges of Chicago system. Under the expansion announced Friday, those numbers will grow to 6,000 students over five years.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the program helps students graduate, transition to four-year colleges and universities and make the leap to the workforce.

The one-on-one help includes guidance from professional volunteers and tours of local companies.

City Colleges of Chicago is the largest community college system in Illinois and one of the largest in the nation. It serves 115,000 students annually at seven colleges and six satellite sites.

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