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Chicago Wins IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Grant

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the city won a competitive grant from IBM designed to assist in raising Chicago’s high school and community college graduation rates and better prepare graduates to enter the 21st century workforce.  The grant makes room for personalization in student education so that students build the necessary skill set to land high-paying, quality jobs.

The program will begin on Oct. 15 and last for three-months. IBM will dispatch a team of technology consultants to Chicago to work with educators and city leaders in evaluating ways in which the city can improve the educational system and enhance students experience. The project, funded by IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant, will be implemented in five Chicago high schools by 2012. The grant’s value wasn’t disclosed.

“Mayor Emanuel is demonstrating real innovative leadership here, by working closely with business and education leaders to catapult Chicago’s educational system to the forefront, along with some of the world’s most progressive cities,” said Stanley Litow, vice president of IBM’s Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs, and president of the IBM Foundation. “IBM is proud to bring the most forward thinking educational and business models to Chicago and expand career opportunities for the city’s young adults.”

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