Olive Harvey College
Located in Chicago's South Side, the Olive Harvey College is a part of the City Colleges of Chicago. Olive Harvey College came about in 1970 and was a product of the merger of the Fenger and Southeast campuses of City Colleges of Chicago. Olive Harvey College now has the larges campus among the other City Colleges, occupying 67 acres.
Olive Harvey College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The college offers various associate degree programs, certificate programs, and short-term training for students.
At Olive-Harvey College, there is a wide selection of programs and areas of study, including programs in Business, Management, Administration, Finance, Human Services, Manufacturing, Culinary Arts, Hospitality, Information Technology, Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics, Public Safety, Healthcare, and Construction Technology.
Olive-Harvey College also has Adult Education programs offered in various areas of study. These free classes are made available to adult students with training in Adult Basic Education, Citizenship, English as a Second Language, General Educational Development, Workforce preparation, College-readiness, basic math and reading, and other courses.
The Career and Technical Education program at Olive-Harvey College features programs designed to help students fast-track a career in the industry of their choice. There are 16 career clusters offered, with options for a basic certificate, advanced certificate, or Associate's degree, and areas of study are high demand fields including Education and Training, Information Technology, Health Science, Manufacturing, and Human Services.
Because Olive-Harvey College is a part of the City Colleges of Chicago, it also features the College to Careers program, which is a program that fosters partnerships between the City Colleges and the industry movers and shakers, ensuring that the curricula provides the most accurate instruction. Because of the top-notch and quality instruction provided through the College to Careers program, students and graduates of the City Colleges of Chicago also have first shot at many job openings.
The Olive-Harvey College has continuing partnerships with other four year institutions, and these partnerships make the transition process for students much easier and effective. Transfer degree programs are ideally planned during the student's first semester. Partner institutions include Chicago State University (CSU Dual Enrollment), DePaul University (Admission Partnership Program, Adult Bridge), Dominican University, East-West University, Eastern Illinois University, Fisk University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Northern Illinois University, Roosevelt University, and other institutions.
The Center for Distance Learning at Olive-Harvey College makes it possible for students to complete their college education even when not able to physically attend classes on campus. Distance learning courses number around 85, spanning various disciplines and areas of study, and around 10,000 students throughout the different City Colleges of Chicago take part in distance learning. Students enrolled in the Center for Distance Learning also have various support tools and services at their disposal, including online advising and online tutoring.
Non-credit courses for personal development and skills enhancement are offered by the Continuing Education Department of Olive Harvey College. Classes are offered at convenient and flexible schedules, such as evening and weekends, as well as offered online, in order to make the programs more accessible to students. Programs include Commercial Driver Training, Emergency Medical Technician, Medical Billing/Coding, Pharmacy Technician, Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management, and other programs.