Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined DeVry and its community of leaders, students and faculty, as well as clinical affiliates and employers today to dedicate its new $30 million, 87,000 square-foot Chicago campus building. The campus, located at 3300 N. Campbell Ave., is home to DeVry University and its Keller Graduate School of Management, Chamberlain College of Nursing and DeVry University Advantage Academy, a dual-enrollment, dual-degree high school for Chicago Public School students.

A global provider of educational services, DeVry’s institutions offer career-oriented education in business, technology and health care. The new building expands DeVry’s Chicago campus presence to 140,000 square feet, and is the education provider’s latest investment in a city in which it has a long history. DeVry University’s first school was founded in Chicago in 1931. Chamberlain College of Nursing was founded in 1889 in St. Louis and expanded into Chicagoland in 2008. Today, there are more than 51,300 DeVry University and Chamberlain College of Nursing alumni in the Chicago area.

“This facility will allow thousands of students to gain critical skills that will prepare them for immediate jobs in the workplace,” said Mayor Emanuel. “A robust educational system is essential as we build a well-educated and globally competitive workforce, and DeVry is an important part of this mission.”

Prior to the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Mayor Emanuel toured the 40-classroom campus to view its advanced science and technology features, including two science labs, two electronics labs, three networking labs, five nursing labs, a library, a web graphic design studio and an advanced technology classroom with full tele-presence capabilities.

The Mayor spent time with Chamberlain College of Nursing students in the SIMCARE CENTER™, a high-tech lab where students get valuable hands-on experience by interacting with patient simulators. He also met with students in DeVry University Advantage Academy High School, a partnership with Chicago Public Schools that enables students to earn a college-level associate degree at no cost to their families while they finish high school.

“This new building represents an investment in our students and in the future of Chicago,” said Daniel Hamburger, DeVry president and CEO. “I am certain this new facility and the students who graduate from it will play a part in creating a highly skilled workforce and build on Chicago’s reputation as a truly global city.”

Designed to be a welcoming environment for students and faculty, the facility features a light-filled 7,000-square-foot student commons and a green roof planted with vegetation. The building will receive 70 percent of its electric power from sustainable sources, such as wind and solar, and is expected to receive LEED Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Cisco Systems, Inc. accounts manager John Crow spoke during the dedication event about the advanced technology campus and the importance of education and business collaboration. “Cisco is a proud employer of DeVry University graduates in Chicago and nationwide,” Crow said. “It's with well-prepared graduates like these that Cisco is able to continue to improve its advanced technology offerings and compete in today's challenging global marketplace.”

About DeVry

DeVry's purpose is to empower its students to achieve their educational and career goals. DeVry (NYSE: DV; member S&P MidCap 400 Index) is a global provider of educational services and the parent organization of Advanced Academics, American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Becker Professional Education, Carrington College, Carrington College California, Chamberlain College of Nursing, DeVry Brasil, DeVry University, Ross University School of Medicine and Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. These institutions offer a wide array of programs in business, healthcare, technology, accounting and finance. For more information, visit

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