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Foster Announces Nearly $90,000 Grant for Joliet Junior College

Jun 6, 2018
Press Release

Joliet, IL – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) announced that Joliet Junior College has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Education for $89,769. The funding is provided as part of the Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program (CCAMPIS). The CCAMPIS program helps to provide child care options for student-parents enrolled in higher education.

“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,” Foster said. “I am pleased that we were able to secure a record high $50 million in CCAMPIS funding as part of the 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Act, and I am proud to announce that student-parents in the Joliet community will benefit.”

“The success of our students is the ultimate goal at JJC,” Dr. Judy Mitchell, JJC president, 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. Thanks to the support from this grant, we can strengthen the college’s ability to provide those crucial services.”

The Omnibus Appropriations Act was passed by Congress and signed into law in March. It included an increase in funding for the CCAMPIS program from $15 million to $50 million for FY2018.

Joliet Junior College is the first public community college founded in the United States. It serves more than 35,000 students annually.