WBEZ | Cheryl Hyman http://www.wbez.org/tags/cheryl-hyman Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en City Colleges to specialize in vocational training http://www.wbez.org/story/city-colleges-specialize-vocational-training-94847 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-December/2011-12-13/malcolm x city college flickr lorenzolambertino.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The City Colleges of Chicago will soon start focusing on vocational training with the help of local businesses. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the region needs more skilled workers in fields like healthcare, high-end manufacturing and hospitality.</p><p>"We have in the Chicagoland area, a little over 100,000 job openings and yet you have unemployment hovering around 10 percent. That is a mismatch," Emanuel said at a Monday press conference.&nbsp;</p><p>Emanuel argued it's because the mission of community colleges hasn't been updated in decades. Starting in the fall of 2012, Malcom X College will start working with Allied Heath to tailor its curriculum toward health care. Olive Harvey College will train for transportation logistics with the help of AAR, a commercial aviation corporation. Emanuel said industries will work with teachers to develop lessons, and maybe even teach.</p><p>As for what will become of current teachers, <span class="st">City Colleges of Chicago's Chancellor Cheryl L. Hyman </span>said they're expecting a need to hire even more teachers. She also said the colleges' other educational tracks and liberal arts offerings will remain in place.</p><p>The other five City Colleges are expected to follow suit, each pairing with businesses to focus on a different growing sector.</p></p> Tue, 13 Dec 2011 12:39:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/city-colleges-specialize-vocational-training-94847 New presidents for City Colleges of Chicago http://www.wbez.org/story/new-presidents-city-colleges-chicago-87663 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-June/2011-06-09/Emmanuel CCC.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Most of the city colleges of Chicago will be getting new leadership. Mayor Rahm Emanuel endorsed recommendations for five new presidents of the seven city colleges.<br> <br> In a press conference on Thursday, he said new presidents, a new board and a new plan to increase accountability in the system have to happen.</p><p>Mayor Emanuel pounded the table while saying, "You cannot continue with a seven percent graduation rate. You cannot continue with a system with a declining enrollment when everyone else during the recession was seeing dramatic increases."</p><p>The new presidents were picked from a pool of 140 candidates in a national search. The colleges board of trustees will vote on the leadership in a meeting next week.</p><p>The mayor also said he'd like to expand dual credit classes in Chicago high schools.&nbsp; These classes allow high schoolers to earn community college credit in addition to high school credit. Emanuel said he hopes that will increase student focus and "get them on a track where they have a future in mind."</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 09 Jun 2011 21:12:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/new-presidents-city-colleges-chicago-87663 Emanuel keeps on top leaders at city colleges, while replacing most of the board http://www.wbez.org/story/emanuel-keeps-top-leaders-city-colleges-while-replacing-most-board-85660 <p><p>The two top leaders of Chicago's city college system are keeping their positions, but Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel is replacing much of the board, and sending it a message.</p><p>Emanuel is keeping on the board chair, investment banker Martin Cabrera, Jr., and the chancellor, Cheryl Hyman. Hyman has led what they're calling a "reinvention" at the colleges, trying to improve a dismal graduation rate.</p><p>"I fully - not 100 - but 200 percent support this plan," Emanuel told reporters at a press conference Monday at Olive-Harvey College.</p><p>But Emanuel does not support a recently-floated idea: closing the open door policy for college admissions, to keep out low-performing students.</p><p>"I want that type of open enrollment," Emanuel said, noting that he is not going to "nit-pick" the board's decisions.</p><p>"That's my preference, but that doesn't mean that's what [the board is] going to have. And I want kids - like I just saw - and other kids, to have the opportunity to come to the schools."</p><p>Emanuel's appointments caught at least some students by surprise. A critic of the current leadership, Vivana Moreno of Wilbur Wright College, said she is upset the mayor-elect didn't seek out more student input before making his decision.</p></p> Tue, 26 Apr 2011 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/emanuel-keeps-top-leaders-city-colleges-while-replacing-most-board-85660 Cheryl Raye-Stout analyzes the Bulls and Blackhawks' post-season play http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-19/cheryl-raye-stout-analyzes-bulls-and-blackhawks-post-season-play-85384 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-April/2011-04-19/Blackhawks Getty Jonathan Daniel.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>It is playoff time at the Madhouse on Madison. On Monday the Chicago Bulls beat the Indiana Pacers at the United Center. And on Tuesday the reigning Stanley Cup champs will have one last chance to keep their post-season alive. It’s do-or-die for the <a href="http://blackhawks.nhl.com/index.html" target="_blank">Chicago Blackhawks</a>. For the latest post-season play <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> spoke with sports contributor Cheryl Raye Stout.</p><p><em>Music Button: Shawn Lee's Incredible Tabla Band, "Apache", from the CD Save The Music: A Compilation for Record Store Day, (Ubiquity)</em></p></p> Tue, 19 Apr 2011 14:02:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-19/cheryl-raye-stout-analyzes-bulls-and-blackhawks-post-season-play-85384 Higher education: A conversation with City Colleges of Chicago's chancellor http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/higher-education-conversation-city-colleges-chicagos-chancellor <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/hyman illinois institute of technology.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Those concerned about the education of Chicago&rsquo;s young people know the problem isn&rsquo;t just with our elementary and high schools. Higher education in Chicago is also facing tough times;<a target="_blank" href="http://www.ccc.edu/"> City Colleges of Chicago</a> may lose hundreds of positions this year. Officials have said cuts would most affect administrators, as they try to consolidate personnel across the seven colleges and avoid a tuition hike. That job &ndash; cutting costs while maintaining and even improving quality &ndash; falls on City Colleges chancellor Cheryl Hyman.</p><p>The former ComEd executive joined &quot;Eight Forty-Eight&quot; to talk more about her plans during its <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/mayor-monday"><em>Mayor Monday</em></a> coverage of local education.</p></p> Mon, 17 Jan 2011 17:22:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/higher-education-conversation-city-colleges-chicagos-chancellor