Kennedy-King College was established under public pressure during the Great Depression after the city and school board faced with a budget crisis, were forced to shut down Crane Junior College. Legendary Chicago lawyer Clarence Darrow argued in defense of keeping the college open. He stated that higher education in the form of the junior college had to endure because it was “for the people.” A few months later Wilson and Wright Colleges were established.
In allegiance to the “for the people” spirit, today there are three computer rooms with 48 computers at Kennedy King College, designed to expand digital access and skills for City Colleges students and in the Englewood community. Computers are located in the library on the first floor, in Room 110 of Building 5, and in the lobby of Building W, Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Priority access to computers is given to current KKC students, with the exception of those in the Family Net Center lab on the first floor, which is open to the public.
As part of a robust training program at the City Colleges of Chicago, KKC– in partnership with TEC Services, Inc.– provides training in basic digital literacy, Microsoft Office and other topics. TEC Services, Inc. offers organized group classes taught by qualified trainers. Classes at KKC are held in room 110.