New and Exciting Continuing Education Programming Offered to City Year Staff and Corps Members

By: Columbia College Chicago Online News

City Year Chicago and Columbia College Chicago Online announced plans to offer reduced tuition toward continuing education programming to staff and corps members. The agreement is the first of its kind to directly partner City Year Chicago with an educational institution, benefiting 3,700 corps members and 1,000 staff members nationally representing 28 cities.

Through the agreement with Columbia Online, the City Year community will be able to enroll in continuing education courses on various subjects such as: creative coding, creative storytelling, augmented and virtual reality, app development, Chicago history, American Sign Language, game development, social media and digital strategies, nonprofit arts management, and entrepreneurship. Columbia Online’s courses will provide both corps members and staff members the flexibility to learn new skills in accelerated 8-week sessions without interrupting their busy schedules. All courses are mobile friendly to accommodate students no matter where they study.

Executive Director of City Year Chicago Rebeca Nieves Huffman ’01 said, “I am a proud alumna of City Year Chicago and Columbia College Chicago. What I learned through my service with City Year and my education at Columbia allowed me to be the first in my family to graduate from college. I am pleased that two organizations which shaped my life are coming together to benefit corps members and staff members’ professional growth.”

About City Year Chicago
Founded in 1994 as part of a national network, City Year Chicago has 230 full-time Student Success Coaches deployed at 26 high-need CPS neighborhood schools who work to reduce the early warning indicators (inconsistent attendance, poor behavior, and struggling in reading and/or math) of their 4th through 9th-grade students. Fueled by national service, City Year Chicago recruits, inspires, and mobilizes emerging leaders as Student Success Coaches who empower at-risk Chicago Public School students to reach their highest potential. For more information, visit

About Columbia College Chicago Online
Columbia College Chicago Online delivers new engaging curriculum to lifelong learners anywhere in the world, and is committed to providing high-quality educational experiences to develop the necessary skills to launch or grow a sustainable career in today’s demanding marketplace. Columbia Online’s courses are developed by award-winning faculty and industry experts along with talented instructional designers focused on the student experience. Similar to the campus experience, Columbia Online prepares the next generation of artists and innovators at a recognized creative powerhouse with the flexibility to complete coursework around their schedules. For more information, visit