48 powerhouses of opportunity at the grass roots. No two community colleges are alike—what we share and build on is an unwavering belief in the people and places we serve. We define success student by student and community by community.

We are outcomes-driven.

Our degree and stackable certificate programs help every student forge a clear, personalized path toward their goal, giving them a sense of accomplishment and greater control over their future.

We open up access to more rewarding futures.

We make the proven and substantial benefits of higher education available to the greatest number of people by doing whatever it takes to help them succeed.

We’re flexible, innovative, and agile.

Even in the most challenging times, we deliver education that’s relevant and free of red tape. We meet students where they are, and make the most of their prior learning experiences.

We’re dedicated and accountable to our communities.

We return our communities’ investment by boosting local education levels and social mobility, developing new generations of local leaders, and being a trusted, proactive partner for local economic and civic ambitions.

Attending a Community College


Community college is part of a lot more success stories than you may realize. 67 percent of the students who have graduated from a four-year state institution in Illinois spent some time in their local community college. And if you’re looking to train, upskill, or retool, Illinois’s community colleges are the largest provider of public workforce training in the state.

Most important, we offer education totally focused on your personal success. You can study close to home and in small classes so you’re seen, heard, and mentored. With class schedules that go far beyond 9 to 5, you can keep meeting your family and work responsibilities. Our wraparound support services and personalized success teams will help you stay focused and on track. And with little or no student debt to worry about, more possibilities open up for you.