Illinois Central College receives Church Women United – Illinois donation for Dual Degree partnership with Peoria Public Schools

Church Women United – Illinois has announced it will donate the cost of two-years’ worth of books and supplies to Illinois Central College in support of students in the D2 Diploma/Degree Program. The new program, launching this fall, is a partnership between ICC and Peoria Public Schools and offers qualified high school juniors the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and an associate in arts degree at the same time.

                “Church Women United – Illinois is proud to support the youth of Peoria with an innovative initiative that aligns so well with our organization’s own belief that every child has the right to a quality education,” said Church Women United National President Patti Polk. “We are confident this gift will help remove barriers and provide the access to higher education these students need to be successful and contributing members of our society.”

                “We are honored to have Church Women United – Illinois play such an important role in making a life-changing impact on these students,” said ICC President Dr. Sheila Quirk-Bailey. “These women are strong advocates and partners in the community with a tireless dedication to student success. Their support through this program offers students not only a financial savings, but also helps build in them the confidence of being college ready and on an accelerated pathway toward earning their bachelor’s degree.”

                High-performing Peoria Public Schools students were selected to enter the program this fall. Students will attend classes together at ICC’s Peoria Campus with full access to the College’s academic support services. Their high school counselors will continue to support the students, who also will have the option to participate in their high school extra-curricular activities. Church Women United – Illinois and other community members also will serve as mentors to build relationships and provide support and encouragement to the students.
                Church Women United – Illinois is the state chapter of the national nonprofit organization, Church Women United (CWU), originating in 1931. The fundamental purpose of CWU is to bring Christian women together, united in their faith, to work towards the betterment of the community and the development of women’s full potential in society. 

                On July 17 at 10 am, ICC will make this special announcement at the Peoria Campus Student Center at 5407 N. University St.  ICC President Dr. Sheila Quirk-Bailey, Peoria Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat, and Church Women United National President Patti Polk will attend.      


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