Harvard High School Targeted with $1.25 Million for Upward Bound Program, MCC to Administer

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.


Harvard High School Targeted with $1.25 Million for Upward Bound Program, MCC to Administer — 18 Comments

  1. Another governmental example of casting pearls before swine.

    It’s your tax dollars folks!

  2. Yet more administration – less teaching?

    More REWARD for D-50 ineptitude?

    Unfortunately this is what you get when conservatives refuse to run for school board positions and the voters / taxpayers could apparently care less.

    Last D-50 school board election had an 11 % turnout.

  3. This is an interesting analogy that brings a biblical phrase to reveal the anti-christian and irresponsible attitude of some (not all) of our compassionate conservative brothers and sisters who day after day vomit their bitterness and hatred in our sunshine blog. According to their twisted anti-christian values, the poor and disadvantaged are pigs who do not deserve to be helped by our tax dollars, and God forbid, much less through education, counseling, and career exploration. Should we instead use this money to build another military base in, let’s say, Burkina Faso? Would they feel much safer? Thank you sunshine blogger for your service to God, country, free markets, and, of course, a world of sub zero taxes. 2018, we need you over here please! Tic, tock, tic, tock…

  4. The bitterness that many of the posters on this blog display is so sad.

    Did any of the previous posters even google the Upward Bound program before spewing the negativity? I know quite a bit about programs like Upward Bound and AVID.

    The carefully measured long and short term success indicators are well monitored by local (administrators) and Federal employees.

    The programs work for underserved students.

    You all are so jaded and sad that you judge before you know.

  5. Shame on the poster above for referring to poor people as “pigs”.

    What “bitterness”?

    Next, I will be called a racist and bigot!

    Meanwhile the ‘underfunding’ of State Pensions approaches $1,000,000,000,000.

  6. $128,500.00 per year for salaries.

    We can easily tack on what, an extra $71,500 for insurance and other benefits for the 3 employees?

    That leaves $57,000 for “funding to support the cost of tutors and summer instructors, as well as for field trips to area colleges each year.”

    Who are the people that really benefit from this grant?

  7. These questions come from people who dare to say they care for students. Tic, tock, tic, tock…

  8. How did students ever get through their schooling before the Upward Bound Program ?

    No matter, as there are fewer stable and good paying career opportunities in Illinois
    as time goes by and more people and businesses flee this DEMOCRAT controlled (and destroyed) utopia.

    As the Sanctuary City/county goes, so goes the state.

  9. Where are the classes that teach kids how to become Americans

  10. How ’bout “God Bless the poor working stiffs who can’t even afford to send their Own offspring(s) to College but are forced to pay for other’s!!

    Forced charity makes for less voluntary charity.

    Nothing’s Free! Someone ELSE pays!

    No wonder producers grow bitter.

    We’re constantly being squeezed and can’t get ahead or even keep our heads above water!

  11. To the military industrial complex, there always seems to be a lot of free stuff; including the lives of thousands of Americans and hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians around the world. God bless the immigrant and all nations! Tic, tock, tic, tock…

  12. Grumpy, I like that question!

    Unfortunately I probably wouldn’t like the answer. 🙁

  13. This is a good investment.

    It is NOT a scholarship or grant fund.

    These students will not attend MCC for free, they will simply receive support and mentoring to ensure that they graduate.

    Remember that, by having a college education, they will be more likely to secure higher-paying professional jobs and in turn make a greater contribution to the local economy.

  14. I had the opportunity to teach Harvard Upward Bound students this summer.

    They were positive, polite, sincere, and interested in developing skills to serve them in college and life.

    The class included developing ecology / STEM community service service projects for Harvard.

    I would argue those objectives align with learning what it means to be American, and they responded well.

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