Chicago's New Early College STEM Schools

Strong tech skills are in high demand, but employers are finding that too few job-seekers have them. Mayor Emanuel, CPS & City Colleges of Chicago announced a partnership w/ 5 leading companies to create Early College STEM Schools that will prepare students for careers in tech.


  1. Mayor Emanuel, CPS CEO Brizard, and City Colleges Chancellor Hyman joined execs from 5 top tech companies at Chicago Vocational Career Academy (CVCA) on the South Side to make the announcement. 

    The announcement was broadcast live by the Mayor's Office. Starts at 6:53:
  2. CPS summarized key facts about the new schools on our Twitter feed:
  3. We heard *lots* of excitement on Twitter about the announcement: 
  4. CPS launched a website with detailed information on the new schools for parents and students ...
  5. ... and we shared info & stats about the high demand for employees with strong STEM skills:
  6. IBM, which pioneered the Early College STEM model, posted a video about the program's origins:
  7. IBM Smarter Cities Challenge: Chicago
  8. and a Q&A with Mayor Emanuel about the new schools:
  9. Microsoft blogged about the new partnership: