HECA GRANT HELPS URBAN
Trinity Christian College
is one of two Illinois colleges to be awarded a three-year grant through
the Higher Education Cooperation Act (HECA). Trinity and Greenville College,
Greenville, Illinois are sharing a $48,000 award to fulfill educational
initiatives in their respective communities: Trinity will provide tutoring
for students in Chicago's Roseland community, while Greenville will focus
on students in its local rural setting. HECA grants are designed to promote
effective use of resources through cooperation among institutions, achieve
an equitable distribution of education services, and develop innovative
concepts and applications.
The grant allows the College
to tutor more than 30 students in grades 3-12 once a week through the academic
year. Trinity is supplying desks and books, and is sponsoring a drive on
campus to collect school supplies. Next summer, the College will host a
week-long Pre-College Institute for a group of students to stay on campus
while taking classes.
"This is the first of many
service-learning projects that will emerge from the Office of Community
Partnerships," said Felecia Thompson, director of the newly-formed department.
"We can use opportunities like these to help build other communities and
have a positive impact on them."