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Chicago drives toward bettering medical career training at city college

The mayor of Chicago is aiming to boost healthcare sciences at one of the City Colleges of Chicago, according to a published report.

Malcolm X College will merge efforts with several hospitals and healthcare companies as part of the effort to improve its curriculum, Mayor Rahm Emmanuel said last month.

"This is about ensuring that the curriculum taught at community colleges provides the skills you need at your place of employment," Emmanuel said at the Economic Club of Chicago, according to The Chicago Journal. "By making a diploma from our community colleges into a ticket to the workforce, we will make them a first option for job training and not a last resort."

Malcolm X is focusing its curriculum on helping students prepare for nursing jobs and other careers in healthcare. The institutes partnering with the school will help enable opportunities for internships, interviews and facilities.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that 10 of the country's 20 most rapidly developing industries for jobs are particular to healthcare. During the 10-year period leading to 2018, 3.2 million healthcare career opportunities are forecast to be created, many of which are due to concerns for the geriatric population.