The City Colleges of Chicago will be graduating hundreds more students this year, compared to last year.
Chancellor Cheryl Hyman said Tuesday the 3,300 associate degrees being handed out this year is the highest number in over a decade. That compares to 2,500 degrees earned last year.
The Chicago Tribune reports that in her speech to the City Club of Chicago, Hyman said college leaders are confident the upward trend in the awarding of degrees will continue.
The city college system serves about 120,000 students at seven colleges. Hyman has been promoting a "reinvention" of the colleges by increasing the number of advisers to students.
The colleges have also partnered with businesses in the health care and transportation fields to help students move from the classroom to the workforce.