Jumpstart to Jobs

Jumpstart to Jobs is a dual enrollment program for rising seniors in Chicago to earn 15+ college credits, a basic certificate in a career pathway and opportunities for paid work experience in that field. Jumpstart to Jobs is a free program and includes CTA transportation, books, and tuition.

Jumpstart to Jobs Application

Program Information

Jumpstart to Jobs has 5 Career Pathways for the 2018-2019 school year; each Career Pathway is located at a specific City College Campus, see the chart below.

Harold Washington College Logo

30 E Lake St

Chicago, IL 60601

Loop Community

Near All “EL” Lines



Olive-Harvey College Logo

10001 S Woodlawn Ave

Chicago, IL 60628

Pullman Community

Near CTA Bus #106 & #28

Jumpstart to Jobs participants take 5 college courses (15+) that align with their Career Pathway in order to earn a basic certificate. Participants will begin with a course this summer and then continue taking courses during the school day throughout their senior year at the designated college campus, see schedule below.

Summer 2018 Semester Fall 2018 Semester Spring 2019 Semester
6-Week Course Two 8-Week Courses Two 8-Week Courses
June 26th – August 3rd August – December January – May
4 Days Per Week M-Th: 2:30pm – 4:30pm M-Th: 2:30pm – 4:30pm

Application Information

The online application for Jumpstart to Jobs is open from Wednesday, February 21, 2018 until Friday, April 13, 2018. Applicants will not only need to be highly motivated to complete the program and achieve intended outcomes but also thoughtful about which Career Pathway they apply for, considering important factors like interest in the career field and the location of the campus in relation to their high school and home.

Jumpstart to Jobs Application

Once your application is received, we will reach out to your counselor for the following documents to verify your application:

  • Current Attendance Record
  • Current Transcript
  • PSAT Score Report

Cohort Selection

Applicants will be notified of program acceptance during the first week of May, those selected must accept their placement, submit a parental consent form and participation contract no later than Friday, May 25, 2018 to secure a seat in the program.

For any questions or concerns please reach out to jumpstart2jobs@cps.edu

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