Every quarter, the Grants Office will feature a program at College of DuPage that has been funded by a grant. These programs are just a few of the many outstanding initiatives supported by external grant funding.
Illinois Cooperative Work Study Program at College of DuPage
The Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) hosts the Illinois Cooperative Work Study Program (ICWS), a grant program that "...is designed to enhance public-private sector partnerships, expand internship opportunities, reduce student reliance on loans, encourage permanent employment of Illinois graduates in Illinois, and provide links between academic programs and employment." Internships are increasingly important to College of DuPage students in applying their education and gaining real-world experience in the workplace, and ultimately securing employment after graduation.
Since 2010, the COD Career Services Department has received a grant from IBHE to support a program that coordinates internships for COD students with regional employers. Krystina LaSorsa, Interim Manager of Career Services, coordinates partner employers and student interns to ensure positive, relevant, and successful internship experiences. This year, COD was awarded over $44,000 to support the program which supplements employer wages paid to COD interns. Both employers and student-interns have reported their belief in the value and importance of this program and the experience it provides to our students. We appreciate the work that Ms. LaSorsa dedicates to this grant program!
- Illinois Board of Higher Education
- "College of DuPage Receives Grant to Expand Student Internship Opportunities" article
- College of DuPage Career Services Student Internship page and resources
We are always happy to work with any faculty, staff, or administrator who is interested in learning more about participating in or leading a grant-funded project. Please contact Marcia Frank or Andrew Luce to learn more!