Elgin Community College Garners Big Award

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Elgin Community College Garners Big Award


Byline: Tara Garcia Mathewson tgarciamathewson@dailyherald.com

Elgin Community College was recognized Tuesday with the 2012 Bellwether Award, educations equivalent to footballs Heisman Trophy.

The Community College Futures Assembly chose ECC over hundreds of other schools, declaring its college readiness initiative the top instructional program in the country.

The Alliance for College Readiness brings together more than 250 teachers and other educators from ECC and all of the public school districts in its service area Carpentersville-based Community Unit District 300, St. Charles Community Unit District 303, Burlington-based Central School District 301 and Elgin Area School District U-46.

ECC President David Sam said the award is really an award for all of the participating districts as well as ECC.

"It underscores what weve been doing for a long time, indicating to people that partnership works," Sam said.

Since 2006 educators in the Alliance have worked to improve the K-12 curriculum and create such programs as the Summer Bridge, helping prepare students for college-level coursework.

Libby Roeger, dean of college transitions and developmental education at ECC, presented with six other Alliance representatives this week at the Community College Futures Assembly in Orlando, Fla. …

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