Community college education is an excellent, economical alternative to the larger universities. Chicago has an array of colleges that's perfect for individuals interested in pursing associate degrees, professional certification and non-credit courses.

Harold Washington College

Harold Washington College (HWC) was founded in 1962, and was originally called Loop Junior College. The school has gone through major structural changes and a $29.5 million renovation. It is now one of seven city colleges in Chicago. While HWC offers associate degree programs, there are numerous certificate programs available, such as child development. Adult education programs are also offered at HWC, including Literacy-Adult Basic Education (ABE), General Educational Development (GED) and English as a second language.On-line courses are also available.

Harold Washington College 30 E. Lake St. Chicago IL 60601 (312) 553-5600 hwashington.ccc.edu

Truman College

The Truman College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC-NCA). This college was founded in 1956 as an "evening college." Today, Truman has one of the oldest, most successful two-year nursing programs in Illinois. It is also the only college in the state to have a two-year biotechnology program. The academic programs include two-year associate degree programs, career certificates, adult education and continuing education programs. Tuition and fees are determined by where you live.

Truman College 1145 W. Wilson Ave. Chicago IL 60640 (773) 907-4000 trumancollege.edu

Kennedy King College

Kennedy-King College (KKC) is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Situated on 18 acres of land, KKC has a swimming pool, two gymnasiums, and a daycare center. Their facilities also include a theater, a television studio, and radio station WKKC FM. The school offers transfer programs for individual interested in pursuing a baccalaureate degree at four-year college or university. It offers career programs, associate degree programs, and adult education programs.

Kennedy King College 30 N. LaSalle St. Chicago, IL 60602 (312) 263 0456 kennedyking.ccc.edu