Malcolm X College

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Malcolm X College
Former names
Crane Junior College, Theodore Herzl Junior College
Motto Education that Works
Established 1911
Type Community
Chancellor Cheryl L. Hyman
President Anthony Munroe, Ph.D.
Location Chicago, Illinois, USA
Campus Urban
Athletics Basketball (Men), Basketball (Women)
Mascot Hawks

Coordinates: 41°52′37″N 87°40′26″W / 41.876871°N 87.674021°W / 41.876871; -87.674021 Malcolm X College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, is a two-year college located on the West Side of Chicago, Illinois, US, at 1900 W. Van Buren St. It was founded as Crane Junior College in 1911 and was the first of the City Colleges. From 1934 to 1969, it was called Theodore Herzl Junior College, and located in the North Lawndale neighborhood on Chicago's West Side, at 3711 W. Douglas Blvd. In 1969, the school was renamed in honor of civil rights advocate and orator Malcolm X. (The Douglas Blvd. site no longer serves as a college campus. It is currently operated by the Chicago Public Schools as Theodore Herzl Elementary School.)

Malcolm X College is aligned with healthcare and industry partners to provide students with career-oriented education in the healthcare field. The school's main corporate partner is Rush University Medical Center, which is aligned with the school to help write curriculum, teach, and place students in jobs.[1] The school also has 18 other healthcare and industry partners, including Walgreens and GE Healthcare.[2]


In 1911, the first city college in Chicago, Illinois, was Crane Junior College, founded to serve graduates of the nearby Crane High School. During the Great Depression, the financially strapped Board of Education considered closing the school; after arguments from Clarence Darrow, it remained open as the Theodore Herzl Junior College, named for the founder of the modern Zionism movement. During World War II, Herzl Junior College was leased by the United States Navy and used in training thousands of Navy personnel as a part of the Electronics Training Program. In 1968, at the request of the local community, the school was renamed Malcolm X College and relocated to its present site at 1900 W. Van Buren St.

In 2012, it was announced that the City of Chicago would be building a $251 million state-of-the-art facility and 1,500-space parking garage adjacent to the United Center, a facility to train students for careers in healthcare.[3] The 500,000 square-foot campus will offer: healthcare and general education courses, a virtual hospital, simulated healthcare technology, a dental hygiene clinic, smart technology in every classroom, a conference center, a daycare center and a 1,500-space parking garage. The campus will also house the new City Colleges of Chicago School of Nursing.[4]


The college provides open admissions; all prospective students are admitted. Classes take place at both the main campus on Van Buren St. and at an auxiliary site, known as the West Side Learning Center, 4624 W. Madison St. Malcolm X College focuses on adult education and continuing education. The college offers a number of different degree choices, including associate in arts, associate in general studies, associate in applied science, and associate in science. The associate in arts degree offers five different majors: business administration, English, history, psychology, and theater arts. The associate in general studies degree offers four different majors: communication and fine arts, biology, natural and behavioral sciences, and mathematics.

Through its Beacon College for Health Science Education, Malcolm X College is at the forefront of meeting the growing health care needs of the community. In that capacity, Malcolm X College offers the largest selection of health science career degrees and certificate programs in Cook County. Located adjacent to one of the nation's largest medical centers, the Beacon College for Health Science Education, offers students a unique opportunity for clinical affiliations.


Malcolm X has both men’s and women’s collegiate sports. The college has both a men's and women's basketball team. There is also an intramural for men and women, those sports consist of basketball and weight lifting, and both are for men and women. Malcolm X is on the junior college level.

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  1. ^ "[1]." Chicago Journal. Retrieved on February 9, 2013.
  2. ^ "[2]." City of Chicago. Retrieved on February 9, 2013.
  3. ^ "[3]." Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved on February 11, 2013.
  4. ^ "[4]." WBEZ. Retrieved on October 31, 2014.
  5. ^ "Johnny Burke". Songwriters Hall of Fame. Retrieved November 18, 2013. 
  6. ^ 'Illinois Blue Book 1961-1962,' Biographical Sketch of Nathan J. Kaplan, pg. 254

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