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Kennedy-King College one of three City Colleges of Chicago to receive $8.5 Million to Enhance Predominantly Black Institutions

Kennedy-King College one of three City Colleges of Chicago to receive $8.5 Million to Enhance Predominantly Black Institutions

12/20/2011 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.     
Kennedy-King College received a formula grant of $250,000 per year for five years ($1.25 million total).  With this funding, KKC will focus primarily on academic and student enrichment services by:  
  • increasing the number of high school graduates enrolling at the college level;     
  • increasing capacity of the math, reading, and writing tutorial labs;        
  • establishing embedded tutors during class periods, and      
  • expanding the Level UP program to support high school juniors and seniors to prepare for college level work.   
KKC also received a competitive grant of $599,000 per year for four years ($2.4 million total). Through this award, KKC plans include:
  • developing a Transfer Academy to provide students with the skills needed to make the transition from the two-year college to four-year colleges, as well as into the workforce; 
  • increasing its tutoring, mentoring, and advising capacity through the establishment of a First-Year Academy.  
KKC also proposes to implement Project GEMS (Grooming Educated Men for Success). This project is designed to address the overarching need to increase African-American male enrollment at the college and to increase those students’ success in college courses and retention from semester-to-semester, ultimately leading to degree and certificate completion.  

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Katheryn Hayes(312) 553-2719
Katheryn Hayes
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