A press release from State Rep. David McSweeney:
General Assembly Approves McSweeney-Connelly Dual-Credit Community College Initiative
Springfield, IL…The Illinois Senate today approved a proposal to create the Accelerate College pilot program, an initiative Rep. David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills) sponsored to help high school students save money and be better prepared to graduate from college.The measure previously passed the House without opposition.
House Bill 5561 creates a voluntary pilot program that provides a pathway for high schools to form dual credit partnerships and agreements with local community colleges. The pilot program has a sunset date of three years to allow for legislators to review its execution and accomplishments.
“This is an effort to help students save money on their college tuition costs and to better assist them in the transition from high school to college,” Rep. McSweeney said.
“I want to thank Senator Connelly for his efforts to get this legislation out of the Senate. Given our state’s uncertain economic climate, we need to be looking at ways to reduce education costs and to help equip young people with the tools they need to succeed.”
Senator Michael Connelly (R-Wheaton) sponsored HB 5561 in the Senate. The measure passed the Senate by a vote of 56-0.