East Peoria Times-Courier
February 22, 2011
By Philip Lasseigne
EAST PEORIA — Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon visited ICC’s campus on Tuesday morning as a part of her “Complete College” tour.
The tour, which will eventually take her to all 48 of the state’s community colleges, is a part of the state’s push to increase the college completion rates for Illinois.
“To be successful, students need clear pathways to meaningful degrees, career certificates and good jobs in Illinois,” Simon said in a statement. “The stakes are high not only for our future, but for the future of our state economy.”
Before taking a tour of the ICC campus, Simon, ICC President John Erwin and a Midland High School student spoke about the community college’s dual credit program. This program allows high school students to take courses through ICC that count toward a high school diploma and college degree.
At the beginning of February, Simon announced that she wanted to increase the number of working adults with a college degree to 60 percent by 2005. She added that this would give Illinois “the highly-skilled and educated workforce to fill jobs for the future.”