JJC Receives $1.2 Million Educational Talent Search Grant for Increasing College Enrollment Strategies Among Disadvantaged Students

Joliet Junior College is pleased to have received another TRiO grant from the U.S. Department of Education.  The Educational Talent Search program, which will allow the college to identify and assist individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education. The program provides academic, career, and financial counseling to its participants and encourages them to graduate from high school and continue on to and complete their postsecondary education.

“We are excited about this federally-funded TRIO grant,” said JJC Project Achieve Director DeAndre Butler. “This will help JJC increase our efforts to work with high school-age young people in our district and guide them through the process of preparing for college.”

JJC will receive $1.2 million over the course of five years to work specifically with approximately 500 students each year in District 204 (Joliet Central High School) who are either still enrolled in high school or have dropped out.

According to the grant abstract from the Department of Education, the goal of the Talent Search program is to increase the number of youth from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete high school and enroll in and complete their postsecondary education.

For more information, contact Butler at debutler@jjc.edu.


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