“Ready to Go to Work”

Apparently the mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, has an interesting new plan to help graduates of the City Colleges of Chicago, the city’s long troubled public college system, get jobs: just pay companies to hire them.

According to an article by Tina Sfondeles in the Chicago Sun-Times:

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a $2 million stipend for companies willing to hire City Colleges of Chicago graduates.

“You hire one of our community college kids, we’ll pay their stipend for the first four weeks of work,” Emanuel said Saturday during his commencement address to 3,300 graduates at the University of Illinois at Chicago Pavilion. “. . . I want the rest of the country and all the people to know we got great community colleges with great kids who are ready to go to work.”

Well perhaps, but this fiscal transfer agreement suggests that the degree from one of the City Colleges alone might not really be sufficient to ensuring success in the workplace.

If you’ve really got all of these “great kids read to go to work” why do you have to pay companies $2 million to hire them?

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer