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NEW CHANCELLOR AIMS FOR STUDENT-CENTERED APPROACH

5/10/2017, noon | Updated on 5/3/2017, noon
Juan Salgado began his first day as the Chancellor of City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) with a press conference on ...
Former President of Instituto del Progreso Latino, Juan Salgado, began his first day as the Chancellor of City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) with a press conference on May 1, 2017 at Kennedy-King College, located on 740 West 63rd St. Salgado, who has served the community for more than 20 years, said he plans to keep the 90,000 enrolled college-students as his first priority and show Chicago that CCC is a powerful institution filled with exceptional students and experiences.

NEW CHANCELLOR AIMS FOR STUDENT-CENTERED APPROACH

By Christopher Shuttlesworth

Juan Salgado began his first day as the Chancellor of City

Colleges of Chicago (CCC) with a press conference on May 1,

2017 at Kennedy-King College, located on 740 West 63rd St.

Salgado introduced his vision for a student-centered

community college system and announced some of his personnel

appointments as leader of Chicago’s 90,000-student public

community college system, according to a City Colleges of

Chicago (CCC) press release.

Salgado said while this is technically day one for him, he has

already committed to a great deal of listening to the community.

He said listening to the community started 20 years ago for him,

when he began his work in communities, which included work

with city college students.

“You might say I’m built like an elephant,” Salgado said.

“I’ve got big ears and a sticky memory. So, I listen and I’ve already

spent time with faculty, staff, students and community members.

I’ve met with employers from 4-year College Universities, elected

officials and there are many more discussions that are planned.”

Salgado said it is his privilege to work with the

90,000-students enrolled in CCC because they are tremendous

assets and he plans to make sure that everyone understands and

recognizes the students’ exceptionalism.

The City Colleges of Chicago includes seven colleges:

Richard J. Daley College, Kennedy-King College, Malcolm X

College, Olive-Harvey College, Harry S Truman College, Harold

Washington College and Wilbur Wright College.

Salgado said the students will be his first priority. “The

central driving force that underlines my priorities is to believe

that the students belong at the very center of our work,” he

said. “City Colleges only exist because of our students. We’re all

here to serve them. I know so many great staff and faculty at

City Colleges of Chicago who already take the student center

approach, but I do believe that we can take it to the next level,” he

added.

Salgado said from the moment potential elementary or high

school students come into contact with CCC or even if a parent

is learning at a City College, faculty or staff should want to make

sure that positive relationships are forged every step of the way

and that they emerge and know that this powerful institution has

provided an exceptional experience for them.

“Just as I aim to be a servant-leader with my faculty and

staff, so must we all act as servant-leaders when working with

students who we have the privilege to teach and to guide,” he said.

“Every student deserves an exceptional experience.”