The Chicago Welcome Back Center welcomes internationally-educated professionals back to their fields of expertise, in both healthcare and education. By providing tools and resources, we can help professionals prepare to attain certification to work in Illinois.

For Nursing

  • Discover opportunities for employment in high-demand careers
  • Find pathways to be employed in other areas of the medical field while working toward licensure
  • Help increase the number of bilingual/bicultural nurses in Chicago, and improve health outcomes for patients

For Education

  • Be set up to succeed in more advanced education programs at Daley College
  • Find pathways to be employed as a teacher’s aide or other educational role while working toward advanced certifications and degrees
  • Help increase the number of bilingual/bicultural educators in Illinois

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If you are ready to learn more or get started, please fill out the pre-registration / formulario de preinscripcion by clicking the button above.

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About the National Welcome Back Initiative

Since its inception in 2001, the Welcome Back Initiative has served close to 15,000 participants from 167 countries with a mission to build a bridge between the pool of internationally trained health workers already living in the United States and the need for linguistically and culturally competent health services in underserved communities. The centers work closely with participants to develop career pathway plans that builds on their education, experience, and skills.

Click here to learn more about the Welcome Back Initiative.

About the Chicago Bilingual Nurses Consortium

The Chicago Welcome Back Center (CWBC) is a partnership between Richard J. Daley College and the Chicago Bilingual Nurses Consortium (CBNC) designed to address multiple persistent problems within the healthcare system, including workforce and healthcare disparities in lower income and immigrant populations in Chicago.

The Chicago Bilingual Nurses Consortium was founded in 1989 at Alivio Medical Center and has more than thirty years of experience helping nearly one thousand bilingual, bicultural, and internationally educated nurses attain the experience and credentials they need to practice their profession in the US.

Daley College is one of the City Colleges of Chicago and has been educating students on Chicago’s Southwest Side since 1960. These two organizations have partnered to create the Chicago Welcome Back Center in response to the overwhelming shortage of nurses in Chicago

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Contact Us

Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday by appointment

Email: dac-cwbc@ccc.edu

Phone: 773-838-7847

Address: Arturo Velasquez Institute 2800 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60608 Room 2218