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Olive–Harvey College is a community college on Chicago's far South Side located at 10001 S. Woodlawn Avenue, and is a part of the City Colleges of Chicago, the largest community college system in Illinois and one of the largest in the nation.

Olive-Harvey College
MottoEducation that Works
AffiliationCity Colleges of Chicago
ChancellorJuan Salgado
PresidentKimberly Hollingsworth, Interim
AthleticsBasketball (Men), Basketball (Women)
MascotPurple Panthers


Olive–Harvey College began serving residents of the South Side in the late 1950s with the opening of the Fenger and Southeast campuses of the City Colleges of Chicago. These two campuses were then consolidated and renamed Olive–Harvey College in 1970. Sitting on 67 acres, the College is the largest campus of any of the City Colleges.

The school's name is derived from two Chicagoan Medal of Honor recipients who lost their lives in the Vietnam War: Milton Olive, III, paratrooper, and Carmel B. Harvey, infantryman. Both were posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.[1]

Besides its main building in the Pullman Community Area, Olive-Harvey also includes the South Chicago Learning Center located at 3055 E. 92nd Street, a facility that provides vocational training, technical training and adult education courses to adults in the Chicago region.


Accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Olive-Harvey offers many Associate's degree, certificate and short-term training programs to prepare students to transfer to bachelor's degree programs or to move directly into the workforce.

In 2012, it was announced that Olive-Harvey will focus on transportation, distribution, and logistics (TDL) as part of City Colleges of Chicago’s College to Careers program. Part of this refocus includes the building of a new, $42.2 million TDL building. The new facility will train students for what is projected to be more than 100,000 job openings over the next 10 years. [2] The new facility will train students for what is projected to be more than 100,000 job openings over the next 10 years.[3] The new TDL facility is part of a five-year, $524 million capital plan for all seven City Colleges of Chicago. The center at Olive-Harvey will be funded by $31.6 million from the state and $13.2 million from City Colleges. [4]



  1. ^ Turner Trice, Dawn (28 November 2012). "Hero's blood spilled in Vietnam still heals today". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  2. ^ Spielman, Fran (24 October 2012). "3 City Colleges to prepare students for jobs in growth industries". Chicago Sun-Times blog. Archived from the original on 2 May 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help); Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |work= (help)
  3. ^ "Ten Year Occupational Projections" (PDF). Chicago Workforce Investment Council. Retrieved 26 March 2013.
  4. ^ Hutson, Wendell (28 October 2013). "City Colleges Breaks Ground on New Transportation Center at Olive-Harvey". DNAInfo. Archived from the original on 12 November 2014. Retrieved 31 October 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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