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For Forty years Chicago Center has been expanding Liberal Arts Education.

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Chicago Center equips college students and other participants to learn from diverse urban communities through innovative programs, seminars and internships.

The Center expands the traditional classroom with a community-based, first-voice pedagogy that prepares its students for greater self-awareness and global citizenship.

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After her Chicago Internship Program: Ashley’s Apprentice Highlight

February 5th, 2014

The Urban Apprenticeship is an exciting opportunity we offer Chicago Center alumni that have just graduated college. More than a job it offers opportunities for learning and skill development in a supportive urban learning community. The apprenticeship started in 1990 and grew out of the mutual interests of Chicago Center alums to prolong their contact with Chicago Center […]

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December 19th, 2013

During her time as a student of our program, Julee Freeman, Fall 2013 Urban Teaching Practicum, shared her experience of living with other students of the program in our student housing facility, the Boulevard. Gumbo by Julee Freeman Before I came to Chicago, I was under the impression that by leaving the small town and […]

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“I took away a lot from each community, every person... everything came together to give me one of the most rewarding and beneficial experiences that I have ever had in my life.”
- Stephanie Kluk, Albion College, Comadres, Fall 2009