A Message from the President

As the educational landscape evolves in the aftermath of the pandemic, College of DuPage continues to listen to our communities and respond to changing workforce development needs.

More and more people are looking for the necessary training to start their careers quickly, while employers search for candidates who possess demonstrable skills.

COD is well-positioned to meet these demands. For example, students learn in state-of-the art labs, giving them hands-on training in a variety of disciplines. Many programs also require internships, another way of preparing students with real-world experience as they begin searching for jobs.

In addition, workforce training programs are offered in several formats. Some are industry-specific that prepare students to sit for certifications. Others meet employer needs through tailored curriculum for unique populations.

This issue of Engage looks at how we meet workforce development needs, and these stories highlight only a portion of our efforts. Of course, COD continues to offer a robust curriculum that prepares students for transfer to continue their studies, which can lead to even more career options.

The College continues to pursue new opportunities on a regular basis, demonstrating our commitment to a strong local and regional economy.

Popular Annual Financial Report

The Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) summarizes the College’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report in an easy-to-read format that helps the community understand our financial condition.

While the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada encourages state and local governments—including community college districts—to issue PAFRs, only a limited number do so. College of DuPage is proud to share a PAFR, and I invite you to look at the sixth annual edition for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2022. Read More

Dr. Brian W. Caputo is president of College of DuPage.

Engage Magazine Volume 6, Number 1

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On the Cover Video featuring Project Hire-Ed


Stories: Marjorie Bonallo Luce

Marjorie Bonallo Luce

“I originally thought work-based programs were only for jobs in the trades and limited to a few options, but there were so many approved programs at COD to choose from. Never would I have thought that I could get a library degree through a work-based program.” - Marjorie Bonallo Luce

Marjorie's COD Story

Stories: Bailey Svoboda

Bailey Svoboda

“COD has helped me in more ways than I could have ever imagined when I decided to go back to school and pursue my dream.” - Bailey Svoboda

Bailey' COD Story

Jason Patrick

Jason Patrick

"Project Hire-Ed was exactly what I was looking for. This program provided me the opportunity to continue my education in an accelerated format toward a certificate as well as work full time in industrial maintenance, receive benefits and gain the necessary experience I needed to further my career." - Jason Patrick

Jason's COD Story

Bob Clark

Bob Clark

"The multiple disciplines and limitless potential within the industry drew me in. It was a technology that you could study the rest of your life and still not know all of it. " - Bob Clark

Bob's COD Story

Related to this issue of Engage

Learn more about the following academic programs at College of DuPage that are highlighted in this issue of Engage.

College of DuPage offers opportunities beyond the classroom that enhance academics and foster both professional and personal growth.