COD Board Approves Participation in CAREER Consortium

CAREER Consortium

By Robyn Johnson

The College of DuPage Board of Trustees recently approved the College’s participation in the Comprehensive Agreement Regarding the Expansion of Educational Resources (CAREER), an agreement that provides expanded educational services with 28 other community colleges in Illinois.

“College of DuPage is pleased to collaborate with our sister colleges throughout the state,” said Dr. Jean Kartje, Special Assistant to the President for Institutional Academic Effectiveness. “This is an important initiative that provides increased opportunities for residents of Illinois during a time when educational resources are scarce.”

Members of the CAREER consortium offer in-district tuition rates for select career and technical programs. Under the agreement, out-of-district students can enroll in an applied science program at College of DuPage from a neighboring college where a particular program is not offered. These students are then charged in-district tuition rates for the program courses and all general education requirements for the credits generated, as well as the completion record upon graduation.

“This agreement provides an opportunity for students from other districts to enroll in programs that may not be available through their area community college,” said Kartje, who noted that at least half of the colleges in CAREER are located within driving distance from College of DuPage. “Participating in this consortium demonstrates true collaboration with our community college colleagues at a time when resources are tight for all institutions of higher education.”

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College of DuPage is an accredited community college that serves more than 29,000 students each term. The College, which grants nine associate degrees and more than 170 certificates in 100 areas of study, is the second largest provider of public undergraduate education in Illinois.

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