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Foster announces grant for JJC student-parents

Department of Education grant worth about $90,000

Bill Foster
Bill Foster

Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville, announced this week that Joliet Junior College earned a grant from the
U.S. Department of Education for $89,769 as a part of the Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program.

The CCAMPIS program is meant to help provide child care options for student-parents enrolled in higher education, according to a news release.

“Earlier this year, I led a request to provide robust funding for the CCAMPIS program to help student-parents across our country care for their children so they can work to attain a college degree or workforce training that helps them provide a better life for themselves and their families,” he said.

He also said the 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Act, which was passed in March, included a significant increase in funding for the CCAMPIS program. The amount was raised to $50 million, up from
$15 million, for fiscal 2018.

“The success of our students is the ultimate goal at JJC,” JJC President Judy Mitchell said. “Many of our students are faced with financial and domestic barriers that have the ability to impact their access to education.
It is critical that we provide the support they need to remove those barriers and provide an educational opportunity that can transform their lives.”

Joliet Junior College is the first public community college founded in the country, and it serves more than
35,000 students annually.

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