Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined DeVry Inc. President and CEO Daniel Hamburger to welcome DeVry Online Services to its new Chicago home office. DeVry will bring 600 jobs over nine years to the West Loop neighborhood.
DeVry Online Services opened its office at 300 S. Riverside Plaza earlier this month with more than 200 employees. Approximately 150 of these employees relocated from other Illinois locations, and 60 were newly filled positions. DeVry plans to hire an additional 400 employees to work in the DeVry Online Services unit in the coming years.
“Founded in Chicago, DeVry has been an innovative leader in higher education and a valuable contributor to Chicago’s workforce development for numerous years,” said Mayor Emanuel. “The jobs created at the new DeVry Online Services location reflect Chicago’s commitment to creating an environment where businesses can grow and thrive.”
The South Riverside Plaza location will house senior executives, admissions directors, admissions advisors and instructional designers. Employees at this location will primarily provide online services to DeVry University, the flagship institution of DeVry Inc. The organization will ultimately occupy 77,000 square feet in the office tower and has the option to add space to accommodate more than 800 employees if needed.
“Chicago is a great city for organizations that need to hire young professionals,” said Daniel Hamburger, president and chief executive officer of DeVry Inc. “We could have placed these employees anywhere in the country – but we felt the combination of quality talent, resources and office space made Chicago our best choice.”
In addition to direct employment impact, the opening of DeVry Online Service’s Chicago office also created many construction jobs. The build-out created 120 temporary construction jobs— and a total of more than 10,000 person-hours. More than 30 percent of the construction contracts were awarded to minority- and woman-owned businesses.