City of Chicago announces job preference for CPS high school graduates

Students in a classroom.

September 29, 2012 11:16:54 AM PDT
The City of Chicago announced Saturday that it is implementing a new city job application preference for Chicago Public Schools high school graduates in an effort to encourage students to stay in school and graduate.

It is the first hiring preference for City of Chicago positions that is targeted for CPS students.

"This new hiring preference encourages our students to stay in school and get their diploma so they are prepared for college and a career," said Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

The city's Department of Human Resources will ensure that a minimum of 20 percent of the candidates referred for a position that has the hiring consideration are CPS graduates.