Chicago City of Learning (CCOL) began in the summer of 2013 as an initiative aiming to bridge the gap between in-school learning and out-of-school learning. By connecting students from across the city to free and affordable resources and learning opportunities, the program aims to prevent "summer slide" or the tendency for students to lose the academic gains they made during the school year. By completing activities in the easily-searchable online database, students gain digital achievement badges and even have the chance to win prizes such as sports and movie tickets, tablets, and more. Most importantly, CCOL is accessible to students of all backgrounds and provides access to important resources such as laptops, computer programming camps and other hands-on experiences.
Currently, more than 100 organizations such as The Field Museum, DePaul University, and The Art Institute of Chicago have partnered with CCOL, providing students with access to job opportunities, service learning, and even free admission to 6 museums around the city. As of 2015, 54,943 students at 706 schools have participated in CCOL.
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For more information, visit https://chicagocityoflearning.org/