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Illinois Central College is launching a new equity initiative aimed at helping low-income, underrepresented, and first-generation students earn a higher education credential.

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to shape the ability of people to gather in a single physical space, colleges and universities have modified methods of instruction.

The Peoria Innovation Hub is now officially redubbed Distillery Labs.

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College students in all sorts of programs have had to make big adjustments to their studies due to COVID-19 related campus closures. That includes those studying a trade or technical skill.

Virus Brings Online Classes Into Focus

Apr 4, 2020

In an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus, colleges across the country including Bradley University and Illinois Central College have moved to online classes allowing students to continue their education from home.

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Nursing students will be offered a streamlined path to an advanced degree, under a new agreement between Illinois Central College and Illinois State University.

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World War II veteran Karl Schmidt of Peoria was the keynote speaker at Illinois Central College's Veterans Day event Monday.

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The Peoria Innovation Hub is gaining forward momentum.

Governor J.B. Pritzker will be in Peoria Monday to kick off the next steps for the hub. It’s an affiliate of the University of Illinois’ Discovery Partners Institute in Chicago and the Illinois Innovation Network

Michelle Conger is the Chief Strategy Officer for OSF HealthCare, one of the partners in the project. 

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Illinois Central College President Dr. Sheila Quirk-Bailey wants to change the narrative on post-high school education in Central Illinois. 

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The president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago says the economy is still going strong - but also faces some short and long-term challenges. 

Illinois Central College is leading a nearly 19 million dollar effort aimed at helping people in high unemployment, low-income areas obtain living wage jobs.

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Republican State Senator Chuck Weaver says it’s up to everyone to champion workforce development after Midstate College’s closure announcement.

Dave Mingus was appointed to serve on the Illinois Central College Board of Trustees.

Mingus is the former mayor of East Peoria and the CEO of TazWood Center for Wellness. He holds a master's in counseling and human development from Bradley University. He also graduated from ICC. 

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Peoria Public Schools is partnering with Illinois Central College to help high school students earn dual-credit for college.

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A new Workforce Development Center at Illinois Central College's East Peoria campus will receive a total of $9 million in government funding.

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A lack of math skills can often scare people away from pursuing careers in the trades. Illinois Central College has a program for that.

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Illinois Central College is partnering with Peoria Public Schools to discuss racial justice and equity.

  Illinois Central College will explore racial disparities in college policies and practices. The institution is the recipient of a grant from the Lumina Foundation’s Fund for Racial Justice and Equity. The $25,000 award allows ICC to hire a local project coordinator and facilitators to direct discussions on equity issues within the education field.

Jim Thome's Unexpected Road to the Hall of Fame

May 20, 2018

Three players from the 1989 Major League baseball draft are now in the Hall of Fame. Frank Thomas was drafted in the first round; Jeff Bagwell in the 4th.

To say that 16th round draftee Jim Thome was lightly regarded is an understatement. The Cleveland Indians choosing him as the 331st player Put Thome in the top third of the draft, but well under the radar.

Thome was not drafted at all after playing at Bartonville’s Limestone High School. So instead of pro ball, Jim played one season of junior college baseball at ICC in East Peoria.

Lorene Ramsey - ICC Women's Athletic Pioneer

Apr 22, 2018
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This episode honors premier athletic achievements not always recognized, but impossible to ignore.

The records of the top ten coaches in women's college basketball history, range from Pat Summit's 1098 wins, to Robin Selvig's 865.

Lorene Ramsey would be number eight, having led teams to 887 basketball wins. Ramsey coached junior college, so her name does not appear on that list.

ICC Presents Art Exhibit, "Flora and Function"

Jan 26, 2018

Our guests this week are are Jennifer Costa and Steph Van Doren. Their work is featured in the exhibit, "Flora and Function," now on display at Illinois Central College.  They each talk about their own work, how their chosen media complement and contrast one another, and the process of curating the exhibit.

"Flora and Function" continues through February 9th in Gallery 336B at the ICC campus in East Peoria.

Federal Tax Plan Won't Help Lag in Skilled Workforce

Jan 8, 2018
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Research indicates 60-percent of the workforce in a community needs post-secondary credentials of some type for a thriving economy.

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EAST PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - An art exhibit featuring works by central Illinois veterans is set to open in East Peoria. 

The Penguin Project

This week, we're talking with Andrew Morgan, founder of The Penguin Project, and director of their upcoming production of "Crazy For You."

He reviews the purpose of The Penguin Project - to provide an opportunity for children with special needs to participate in the performing arts. He also talks about this particular show, a musical that weaves together many of George Gershwin's best-known songs.

Central Illinois Ballet

We're joined this week by Rhea Keller and Malachi Squires, dancers with the Central Illinois Ballet. They're dancing the principal roles in the company's performance of "Dracula: Dance on the Dark Side" this weekend. They talk about how their roles differ physically from other roles in the ballet repertoire, and about how the Dracula story lends itself to portrayal in dance . The ballet itself is more recent, and this production features more contemporary choreography.

Political Candidate 101

Oct 5, 2016

The League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria is in the process of hosting candidate forums prior to the November 8th election. But they are also offering a workshop to help those who are considering running for elected office.

 

Cheryl Budzinski is the president of the League. She says ICC, the NAACP and the League are working together on the candidate classes.

 

Low-income high school students enrolled in college courses can now qualify for federally funded Pell Grants.

This week, the Department of Education announced an experiment involving 44 U.S. colleges — including Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg.


ICC event celebrates the legacy of Jim Maloof

Apr 8, 2016
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This week, we're talking with Brent Goken from Illinois Central College. He's the coordinator of the event "ICC Presents: Jim Maloof's Legacy of Love for the Arts in Central Illinois," now in its fourth year. He talks about the history of the event, which began as a tribute to the late Peoria mayor, and about moving the performance to ICC this year. He also talks about Maloof's long ties to the central Illinois arts community and the St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.

The Penguin Project

This week, we're talking with Andrew Morgan, from The Penguin Project. He's directing their 2016 production, "Singin' in the Rain, Jr." The Penguin Project aims to provide opportunities for children with special needs to participate in the performing arts. It's now expanded, with a program for older performers at Illinois Central College, and similar productions around the country. Morgan talks about those developments, and about the unique mission of The Penguin Project.

Performances are Friday night through Sunday afternoon at Eastlight Theatre in East Peoria High School.

Central Illinois Ballet

This week, we're talking with Richard Smith and Brett Benedict of the Central Illinois Ballet. The company is in its debut season, and they're presenting two performances of the holiday classic, "The Nutcracker." We talk a little bit about the new company, and about finding a distinctive "take" on a work that's performed so often. We also ask how dancers feel about performing "The Nutcracker" so frequently.

Performances are Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the ICC Performing Arts Center in East Peoria.

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