Malcolm X College
Malcolm X College in June 2016
Former names
  • Crane Junior College (1911-1934)
  • Theodore Herzl Junior College (1934-1969)
MottoEducation that Works
TypeCommunity college
AffiliationCity Colleges of Chicago
ChancellorJuan Salgado
PresidentDavid Sanders

41°52′41″N 87°40′31″W / 41.87806°N 87.67528°W / 41.87806; -87.67528

Malcolm X College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, is a two-year college located on the Near West Side of Chicago, Illinois.[1] It was founded as Crane Junior College in 1911 and was the first of the City Colleges. Crane ceased operation during the Depression; their newspaper, the Crane College Javelin, was still being printed in May of 1932. It was reopened in 1934 as Theodore Herzl Junior College, located in the North Lawndale neighborhood on Chicago's West Side in. Needing a new campus in the late 1960s, Herzel's building was changed into an elementary school. In 1969, the school was named in honor of civil rights advocate and orator Malcolm X on its move to a new campus in the Near West Side.

Malcolm X College works 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 helps the school write curriculum, teach, and place students in jobs.[2] The school also has 18 other healthcare and industry partners, including Walgreens and GE Healthcare.[3]


Crane Junior College, the first city college in Chicago, was founded in 1911 to be a junior college for the graduates of the nearby Crane High School. During the Great Depression, the financially strapped Chicago Board of Education considered closing the school but 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. Jackson Blvd. The Douglas Blvd. site no longer serves as a college campus and is currently operated by the Chicago Public Schools as Theodore Herzl Elementary School. In 1971 a modernist inspired campus building based on Miesian design standards was built by architect Gene Summers at 1900 West Van Buren. Gene Summer was an assistant to the esteemed Mies Van Der Rohe and as such the former Malcolm X college campus had a look similar to the IIT campus designed by Rohe. The campus was demolished in 2016 to make way for a Chicago Blackhawk's training facility.[4]

In 2016, the City of Chicago built 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.[5] The 500,000 square-foot campus would 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 also housed the new City Colleges of Chicago School of Nursing.[6] The new facility was announced in 2012, completed in 2016, and opened on January 7, 2016.[7]


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 degrees in arts, in general studies, in applied science, and 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.

Beacon College for Health Science Education

Through its Beacon College for Health Science Education, Malcolm X College helps to meet the 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 offers students clinical affiliations.


Malcolm X has both men's and women's collegiate sports. The college has both men's and women's basketball and cross country teams as well as a men's soccer team and a women's volleyball team. There is also intramural teams for men and women in basketball and weight lifting.

Notable alumni


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  2. ^ Chicago Journal Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on February 9, 2013.
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  5. ^ "[2]." Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved on February 11, 2013.
  6. ^ "[3]." WBEZ. Retrieved on October 31, 2014.
  7. ^ NDN. "New Malcolm X College facility is unveiled in Chicago". Retrieved 2016-06-12.
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  9. ^ "Johnny Burke". Songwriters Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 2013-12-28. Retrieved November 18, 2013.
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  11. ^ 'Illinois Blue Blue 1973-1974,' Biographical Sketch of Marvin Robert Dee, pg. 95
  12. ^ 'Illinois Blue Book 1987-1988, Biographical Sketch of Douglas Huff, pg. 73
  13. ^ 'Illinois Blue Book 1961-1962,' Biographical Sketch of Nathan J. Kaplan, pg. 254
  14. ^ 'Illinois Blue Book 1971-1972,' Biographical of Bernard S. Neistein, pg. 148-249