CEN Illinois awarded continued funding for our Illinois College Options Program!
The charge of Illinois College Options (ICO) is to organize and facilitate college access programs for low-income youth, ages 16-24, who are interested in pursuing post-secondary education. ICO will serve over 1,500 unique individuals through its successive workshop series.
The objectives ICO program are:
- Parent Advising: Educate parents on the Illinois college application, financial aid and admissions process.
- College/Career Counseling: Provide students with individualized academic and career counseling.
- Tutoring Services: Increase student college and career readiness by connecting students to tutoring and ACT/SAT test prep services.
- Illinois College Tours: Introduce youth to Illinois college life through “state schools” tours.
- Financial Aid/Scholarships: Engage students and families in financial aid (FASFA) and scholarship application workshops.
- Illinois College Placement: Provide students with assistance during the college application, admissions, and enrollment process.
Announcing our Village Legacy Scholarship!
We are proud to announce our new education fund–the Village Legacy Scholarship. This year, CEN will award $500 scholarships to individuals attending two (2) year college or technical/vocational school and $1,000 scholarships to those attending a four (4) year university.
In May the Illinois College Options Program hosted a Virtual College Fair Series where admissions professionals from Illinois colleges and universities provided an overview of the programs at their schools, as well as admissions requirements and deadlines. They also explained sources of financial aid that are still available for Fall 2020.
Check out the first video in the series:
Community Education Network receives $175,000 grant from the Illinois Community College Board Innovative Bridge and Transition Program
The Illinois Community College Board Innovative Bridge and Transition Program awarded Community Education Network (CEN) $175,000. Funds will be used to implement Illinois College Options (ICO).
CEN has received a generous grant of $175,000 to implement Illinois College Options in partnership with Village Leadership Academy. ICO is designed to increase the number of low-income students of color transitioning from high school to public Illinois colleges and universities. The charge of CEN’s Illinois College Options (ICO) program is to organize and facilitate college access programs for low-income youth, ages 16-24, who are interested in pursuing post-secondary education.
ICO has six components:
- Parent Advising
- College/Career Counseling
- Tutoring Services
- Illinois College Tours
- Financial Aid/Scholarship Workshops
- Illinois College Placement Assistance
For more information or to apply, visit www.cenillinois.org