News & Reports
Resource for Excellence grant application review underway
The Foundation has allocated $100,000 for FY21 to fund innovative and creative projects that support the College’s mission and values and align with the four Strategic Planning Emerging Themes – Equity, Partnerships and Community Outreach, Teaching and Learning, and Professional Development.
Grant applications for the FY21 Resource for Excellence program were due on March 6, 2019. Projects selected by the RFE Committee will be presented to the committee on April 15th and awards will be announced on May 1st.
Last year’s successful projects are available here.
ICCB grant funds development of a new program for Adult Students
In November 2019, Harper College was awarded a 12-month, ICCB grant for $85,359 for the FY20 Innovative Bridge and Transition Program. With this funding, the College will create and support bridge and transition programs to prepare and support students entering into short-term certificate programs that lead to in-demand employment. This project specifically funds in the development of a Community Health Worker (CHW) certificate program which allows eligible students to take contextualized, integrated basic skills courses alongside their CHW coursework.
This short-term certificate program was chosen for development because it is an in-demand career field that is expected to see high growth in employment by 2024 (an increase of 11.59%). This occupation also provides a living wage with experienced CHWs earning higher salaries in Cook County ($49,970 annually) than the national average ($43,480 annually).
CHWs are an essential component of the U.S. public health workforce. They support individuals and communities by offering a wide range of services including outreach, community education, informal counseling, social services support, and advocacy. CHWs serve as a liaison between community members and health/social services and can help reduce health care costs by linking patients to community resources. CHWs often come from the communities that need the most help in reducing health disparities and improving health outcomes.
Unfortunately, many students who would enroll in shorter-term certificate programs, like the CHW program, have barriers preventing them from doing so. Many lack financial resources and basic needs support (e.g., tuition, books, childcare, transportation, food, housing) and/or are underprepared academically.
The ICCB grant provides not only funding to develop the program, but also to provide services focused on recruiting, retaining, and graduating eligible Adult students. Students have the support of the Adult Career Transitions Navigator in navigating the enrollment and registration processes as well as providing resources and referrals for eligible students needing specialized wraparound services. Through this grant, eligible students experiencing higher levels of need have financial assistance available in the forms of tuition assistance, gas and grocery cards, childcare assistance, and textbook and supplies.
For more information about this program, contact Adult Educational Development.
Grants Office Annual Reports
Available August 2020