Campus / National / News / January 16, 2014

Knox responds to White House call for initiative

In a response to the White House’s call for initiatives, Knox announced new efforts that will target low-income students students and provide opportunities for underrepresented students to come to Knox.

The initiatives will work in conjunction with the White House and will help focus on finding good schools for students, improved test preparation and advising, remedial resources and an overall support in preparing students for college early on.

Knox’s contribution to the initiatives introduce and continue several efforts aimed at providing opportunities for students to come to Knox. These include working to improve and expand its TRIO Achievement program, recruiting more transfer students by joining the Illinois Articulation Initiative and working closely with Carl Sandburg Community College, strengthening the school’s summer enrichment program for elementary school students and bolstering Knox’s STEM scholarships, research opportunities and preparation for careers in those fields.

Knox will also continue its efforts to expand the college and target low-income students by hiring an admissions representative to reach out to and help students enrolled in the Chicago Public School System by assisting low-income students in the college application process.

Knox was one of the 100 colleges and 40 organizations targeted by the White House’s call for initiatives and was invited to the College Opportunity Summit, but President Teresa Amott could not attend due to prior obligations.

Kate Mishkin
Kate Mishkin is a senior majoring in English literature and minoring in journalism. She started working for TKS as a freshman and subsequently served as managing editor, co-news editor and co-mosaic editor. Kate is the recipient of four awards from the Illinois College Press Association for news and feature stories and one award from the Associated Collegiate Press. She won the Theodore Hazen Kimble Prize in 2015 and 2014 and the Ida M. Tarbell Prize in Investigate Journalism in 2014. She has interned at FILTER Magazine, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and WGIL radio and the Virginian-Pilot.

Twitter: @KateMishkin

Tags:  carl sandburg community college chicago initiative low-income obama STEM Teresa Amott trio white house

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