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Olive-Harvey College one of three City Colleges of Chicago to receive $8.5 Million from the U.S. Dept. of Education to Enhance Predominantly Black Institutions

Olive-Harvey College one of three City Colleges of Chicago to receive $8.5 Million from the U.S. Dept. of Education to Enhance Predominantly Black Institutions

12/13/2011 12:00 AM

Three City Colleges of Chicago – Kennedy-King College, Malcolm X College, and Olive-Harvey College -- will receive approximately $8.5 million for up to five years from the U.S. Department of Education to enhance the colleges’ capacity to better serve low and middle income African-American students.  The three City Colleges are among 62 colleges across the country to receive a share of a $24.6 million award.

“These awards translate into tremendous opportunities for our students,” says City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor Cheryl L. Hyman. “This funding will assist us in meeting our Reinvention goals to ensure more students earn college credentials of economic value, and leave us ready to transfer into bachelor’s degree programs or successfully move into the workforce. 

 “Thanks go to Congressman Danny Davis and the Illinois delegation for their work in helping us secure these resources for our students,” continued Chancellor Hyman.  

Olive-Harvey College received a formula grant of $250,000 per year for five years ($1.25 million total).

The college plans to utilize the funding received from the formula grant to serve students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines through the development and enhancement of professional instruction and student-led learning communities, as well as through:

  • problem-based learning, 
  • science lab experiences, 
  • experiential learning opportunities, 
  • supplemental instruction, and 
  • curricular improvements that, in part, develop programs for reading and writing across the curriculum, specifically science fields. 
The funding  will help establish supplemental instruction programs that will utilize student leaders to serve as “learning mentors” to students enrolled in STEM courses.

OHC also received a competitive grant of $599,000 per year for four years ($2.4 million total). Complimenting its formula grant STEM goals, the competitive grant plans include establishing the STEM Student Learning and Effective Teaching Program (STEMSL/ET).  The strategic goals of this project are to improve student learning and teacher effectiveness in STEM- related disciplines through two strategies – learning communities and a center for teaching and learning.


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Mary Spagnolo(312) 553-2882
Mary Spagnolo
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(312) 553-2882

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