January 30, 2012
Willa Iglitzen Lang has been named vice chancellor of Workforce & Economic Development at the City Colleges of Chicago.
Lang will lead City Colleges' new industry engagement initiative, College to Careers, to ensure Chicagoans are ready for jobs in high-growth industries by forging partnerships between City Colleges and corporate and non-profit partners.
Lang will oversee several components of the initiative, including developing best-in-class industry training programs, allowing industry experts to teach in City Colleges to provide real-world perspectives and establishing partnerships to give students direct access to internships and jobs.
College to Careers will focus initially on the health care, distribution, logistics and transportation fields at Malcolm X and Olive-Harvey Colleges.
Lang has more than 25 years of experience in relationship management, corporate development and organizational leadership, most recently as director of Market Development and Relationships for Project Lead the Way, which provides curricula for science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs. She also was chief executive of the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois.
Lang has a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and a master's in social work from Loyola University in Chicago.