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Prairie State College Gets Share of $9 Million in Grants from ICCB to Address Educational and Career Programming Equity in Illinois

Illinois’ Bridge and Transition Grants will help close education and employment gaps for traditionally underserved students.

Prairie State College to receive a portion of ICCB Grants
Prairie State College will receive $113,815.88 of the $9 million in grants from the ICCB.

Springfield, IL-(ENEWSPF)- The Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) has granted over $9 million to 55 organizations, including 36 community colleges throughout Illinois, to help address education and unemployment gaps.  The funding will be used to help minority and low-income students, as well as individuals with disabilities, remove barriers to completing their education and career goals through the Innovative Bridge and Transition Grant program (IBT). Prairie State College will receive $113,815.88 of the $9 million.

“The Illinois Community College Board is committed to bridging equity gaps in education by investing in our own community college system as well as other community organizations throughout Illinois that focus on removing barriers for traditionally underserved students.

Supporting and scaling effective and equitable education and career opportunities is critical to the ICCB mission,” said ICCB executive director Brian Durham.

This year, the ICCB is increasing funding from $4 million in 2021 to $9.1 million in 2022 to support an innovative bridge and transition efforts that assist in the seamless transition of students between education systems as well as employment. 

These initiatives improve student transitions to and through postsecondary education and into employment, support transitions for individuals with disabilities, and scale programs that promote equity and diversity among those served.

The IBT grant funds are intended to help colleges and community organizations meet four main objectives:

  1. Adult Education Bridge and Integrated Education and Training Programming: Create new and greatly expand bridge or integrated education and training programming, including basic reading, math, and language skills, occupational competencies, and employability skills.
  2. Seamless Transitions for College and Career Pathways: Implement programs that provide seamless transitions from high school to college or between postsecondary institutions.
  3. Wrap-around Support Services: Utilize transition/wrap-around services that provide students with the information and assistance they need to access and persist along their career pathways equitably.
  4. Seamless Transitions for Students with Disabilities: Create comprehensive programming for individuals with disabilities that provides vocational services, psychological counseling, transitional and educational services, and job placement activities for them to live and work independently in the community.

A list of the 55 2023 Illinois Bridge and Transition grantees are below: 



A Safe Haven Foundation


Asian Human Services


Carl Sandburg College


Center for Changing Lives


Center for Companies That Care


Centro Romero


Chicago Commons Association


Chinese Mutual Aid


City Colleges of Chicago


College of Lake County


Community Education Network


Danville Area Community College


Greater West Town Community Project


Heartland Community College


Heartland Human Care Services


Howard Area Community Center


Illinois Central College


Illinois Eastern Community Colleges


Illinois Valley Community College


Instituto del Progreso


Jane Addams


Joliet Junior College


Kankakee Community College


Kaskaskia College


Kishwaukee College


Lake Land College




Lewis and Clark Community College


Lincoln Land Community College


Literacy Chicago


LUV Institute


McHenry County College


Metropolitan Family Services


North Lawndale Employment Network


Northern Illinois University


Oakton Community College


One Million Degrees


Parents Alliance Employment Project


Parkland College




Prairie State College


Rend Lake College


Richland Community College


Rock Valley College


ROE #33


Shawnee Community College


South Suburban College


Southeastern Illinois College


St. Augustine College


Township HSD #211


Triton College


Westside Health Authority


William Rainey Harper College


World Relief




TOTAL: $9,194,023.49