Joliet Junior College has received a $2.1 million Title III grant from the U.S. Department of Education under the Strengthening Institutions Program, which will help the college fulfill its goal of improving student engagement, achievement, persistence and completion. The grant will be dispersed over five years.
“I am so proud of the hard work of our faculty and staff that led to JJC achieving this prestigious grant,” said Dr. Debra Daniels, president of Joliet Junior College. “This is a significant grant that will help with student retention and completion. More specifically, it will help us invest in technology to customize our outreach to students and enhance our support systems to assist students in developing a career path.”
JJC’s new 2016-2019 strategic plan and strategic enrollment management plan, which were launched last year, both focus on student success initiatives making the federal grant a timely award to support such activities.
The grant will support the college’s “Progressive Pathways to Student Success” initiative, which identified key areas requiring improvement: technology systems the college uses to connect with and engage a new generation of students, and clearly defined learning pathways that guide students toward their personal goal completion.
“Joliet Junior College, as our nation’s oldest community college, has long provided an excellent education for students in our community,” said U.S. Congressman Bill Foster. “By expanding Progressive Pathways to Student Success, more students will have the resources and support they need to complete their studies and graduate on a path to success. Community colleges provide a vital service for students looking to pursue higher education or career training, and I am glad to see JJC taking the lead by offering these types of programs.”
The college will receive $413,956 in the first year of the grant, which runs Oct. 1, 2015 through Sept. 30, 2016. Over five years, the total of the grant is expected to be $2,139,132.