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Prairie State College Gets Share of $9 Million in Grants from ICCB to Address Educational and Career Programming Equity in Illinois

Illinois’ Bridge and Transition Grants will help close education and employment gaps for traditionally underserved students.

Prairie State College to receive a portion of ICCB Grants
Prairie State College will receive $113,815.88 of the $9 million in grants from the ICCB.

Springfield, IL-(ENEWSPF)- The Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) has granted over $9 million to 55 organizations, including 36 community colleges throughout Illinois, to help address education and unemployment gaps.  The funding will be used to help minority and low-income students, as well as individuals with disabilities, remove barriers to completing their education and career goals through the Innovative Bridge and Transition Grant program (IBT). Prairie State College will receive $113,815.88 of the $9 million.

“The Illinois Community College Board is committed to bridging equity gaps in education by investing in our own community college system as well as other community organizations throughout Illinois that focus on removing barriers for traditionally underserved students.

Supporting and scaling effective and equitable education and career opportunities is critical to the ICCB mission,” said ICCB executive director Brian Durham.

This year, the ICCB is increasing funding from $4 million in 2021 to $9.1 million in 2022 to support an innovative bridge and transition efforts that assist in the seamless transition of students between education systems as well as employment. 

These initiatives improve student transitions to and through postsecondary education and into employment, support transitions for individuals with disabilities, and scale programs that promote equity and diversity among those served.

The IBT grant funds are intended to help colleges and community organizations meet four main objectives:

  1. Adult Education Bridge and Integrated Education and Training Programming: Create new and greatly expand bridge or integrated education and training programming, including basic reading, math, and language skills, occupational competencies, and employability skills.
  2. Seamless Transitions for College and Career Pathways: Implement programs that provide seamless transitions from high school to college or between postsecondary institutions.
  3. Wrap-around Support Services: Utilize transition/wrap-around services that provide students with the information and assistance they need to access and persist along their career pathways equitably.
  4. Seamless Transitions for Students with Disabilities: Create comprehensive programming for individuals with disabilities that provides vocational services, psychological counseling, transitional and educational services, and job placement activities for them to live and work independently in the community.

A list of the 55 2023 Illinois Bridge and Transition grantees are below: 

COLLEGE

FUNDING

A Safe Haven Foundation

$296,000.00

Asian Human Services

$200,415.31

Carl Sandburg College

$235,651.84

Center for Changing Lives

$226,000.00

Center for Companies That Care

$100,767.60

Centro Romero

$36,000.00

Chicago Commons Association

$91,960.20

Chinese Mutual Aid

$100,225.79

City Colleges of Chicago

$300,000.00

College of Lake County

$174,316.27

Community Education Network

$320,000.00

Danville Area Community College

$168,000.00

Greater West Town Community Project

$180,000.00

Heartland Community College

$212,729.30

Heartland Human Care Services

$196,084.80

Howard Area Community Center

$104,900.76

Illinois Central College

$150,120.00

Illinois Eastern Community Colleges

$244,478.14

Illinois Valley Community College

$108,650.00

Instituto del Progreso

$311,661.54

Jane Addams

$101,101.00

Joliet Junior College

$109,942.40

Kankakee Community College

$169,214.05

Kaskaskia College

$196,697.16

Kishwaukee College

$100,226.48

Lake Land College

$108,873.96

LEAP

$43,151.00

Lewis and Clark Community College

$130,225.68

Lincoln Land Community College

$271,285.01

Literacy Chicago

$101,444.00

LUV Institute

$230,629.63

McHenry County College

$155,112.00

Metropolitan Family Services

$180,000.00

North Lawndale Employment Network

$231,972.46

Northern Illinois University

$210,597.67

Oakton Community College

$200,201.06

One Million Degrees

$168,000.00

Parents Alliance Employment Project

$54,300.00

Parkland College

$304,000.00

PODER

$100,000.00

Prairie State College

$113,815.88

Rend Lake College

$83,819.80

Richland Community College

$63,310.64

Rock Valley College

$169,686.47

ROE #33

$99,819.63

Shawnee Community College

$248,000.00

South Suburban College

$258,605.19

Southeastern Illinois College

$115,046.87

St. Augustine College

$102,443.46

Township HSD #211

$140,784.05

Triton College

$147,397.42

Westside Health Authority

$110,190.82

William Rainey Harper College

$320,000.00

World Relief

$196,160.15

YWCA

$100,008.00

TOTAL: $9,194,023.49

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