The Federal government has decided to provide McHenry County College a five-year grant amounting to $1,250,000 to
Here is the information being provided to the McHenry County Board for next Thursday night’s meeting:
On May 30, McHenry County College received notification from the U.S. Department of Education that MCC was selected to receive a five-year Upward Bound grant totaling $1,285,000.
Upward Bound serves high school students who are from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds, with the goal of increasing the rate at which participants complete high school and enroll and graduate from college.
The first year of the program will run from September 1, 2017 to August 30, 2018.
MCC’s Upward Bound project will serve 60 low-income and first-generation students at Harvard High
During the school year, students will access weekly tutoring and attend workshops on topics such as career exploration and college financial aid options.
During the summer, students will have the opportunity to participate in six weeks of intensive academic instruction in math, laboratory science, composition, literature, and foreign language.
To administer the Upward Bound program, MCC will hire one full-time director, one full-time advisor,
and one part-time project assistant – all funded by the grant.
In addition, the grant includes funding to support the cost of tutors and summer instructors, as well as for field trips to area colleges each year.
Upward Bound is one of eight federal TRiO programs offered by the U.S. Department of Education, which are designed to identify and provide services to students from disadvantaged backgrounds, including low-income, first generation college students, and individuals with disabilities.
After the initial program with MCC and Harvard High School is completed in 2022, there is the possibility of renewing the award for an additional five years.
MCC needs to move forward quickly to advertise and interview for these positions so that well-qualified
individuals are hired and in place to begin the program by September 1, or when students start school at Harvard High School this fall.
To do this, the College requests approval for these new positions.
The following is a list of positions that need to be created (job descriptions attached).
These positions will be fully funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The grant is projected to last five years, with possible renewal.
Once the grant is completed, these positions will be eliminated.