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  • Community
  • Education & Literacy
  • Employment


180 N WABASH AVE STE 310CHICAGO, IL 60601 United States

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Mission Statement

One Million Degrees accelerates community college students’ progress on career pathways to economic mobility.


One Million Degrees is the only organization in Illinois and one of few in the country dedicated to providing comprehensive supports to low-income, highly motivated community college students to help them succeed in school, in work, and in life. From tutors and coaches to financial assistance and professional development, OMD offers the support that empowers scholars to transform their lives and those around them for generations. OMD Scholars graduate at twice the state average with the skills and experiences necessary to launch economically mobile careers.

Currently in its 12th year of programming, OMD continues to expand the number of scholars it supports to be a catalyst for change in Chicago. OMD partners with 10 Chicago-area community colleges, including the seven City Colleges of Chicago, Harper College, Prairie State College, and South Suburban College. OMD serves about 700 scholars across the region in the 2018-2019 academic year.


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