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    Program moves early childhood educators to next level in careers

    At University of Illinois Chicago, dozens of early childhood teachers and their families celebrated the UIC Early Childhood Education Alternative Licensure Program. The program focuses on helping early childhood education professionals further their careers with tuition and fees covered by the City of Chicago Early Learning Workforce scholarship. 

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    Real Impact: AP training equips high school teachers for stronger programs

    Students from many Illinois high schools don't have full access to a key opportunity for success: Advanced Placement courses. During summer 2023, the University of Illinois System will offer – for the first time – Advanced Placement Summer Institutes at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and University of Illinois Springfield.

  • Scientist in lab coat works with samples in a lab. Academic building visible through light-filled window.

    New hybrid option improves access for future science communicators

    New online master’s program and individual course modules reduce barries for journalists and prospective journalists who want to improve and specialize in science writing.

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    DPI expands efforts to boost diverse tech pipeline with Google support

    To kick off Computer Science Education Week, Discovery Partners Institute, part of the University of Illinois System, today announced a $200,000 grant from Google to expand its efforts to develop promising and diverse tech talent in Chicago.

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    Universities' Salute events strive to keep top students in Illinois

    Robust U of I System events and other interactions give students from historically underrepresented groups information and experiences to help them see how they’d fit in at U of I System universities in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield, as well as at the state’s other public universities.

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    Future genetic counselor tells her own Illinois Commitment story

    "When I look back at it, that one tiny mutation in (my sister's) DNA had a significant effect on the evolution of our family. For me, it set me on a path that brought me to Illinois."

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    DPI wins Joyce Foundation grant to examine dual-credit outcomes

    The Illinois Workforce and Education Research Collaborative (IWERC) has been awarded $94,191 by the Joyce Foundation to fund a two-year study of Illinois’ dual-credit program, which enables high school students to undertake coursework that counts for high school and college credit.

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    UIC to lead $8.8M grant analyzing what 'Blackness' means in STEM

    UIC is one of six institutions that will split an $8.8 million National Science Foundation grant to develop theories, research methods and tools to help expand and tailor the field of STEM education to support Black students.

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    DPI launches statewide mobile app development program for K-12 educators

    The Discovery Partners Institute, in partnership with Apple, is launching a training program for teachers in mobile app development using Swift, enabling participants to gain programming skills and bring CS concepts into their K-12 classrooms.

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    UIC-led manufacturing consortium earns $5M DOD grant

    A consortium led by the Nathalie P. Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement at the University of Illinois Chicago received a five-year, $5 million grant through the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Manufacturing Community Support Program.

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    Real Impact: Once-reluctant teen raises her hand for tech

    Digital Scholars at Discovery Partners Institute helps high school and college students like Aijah Welch build confidence and skills while connecting them with Chicago’s dynamic tech community. 

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    Researchers, YouthBuild team up to train bedbug exterminators

    Partnership empowers local tenants to control infestations as part of UIUC commitment to social justice projects.

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    UIC partners with Argonne for urban climate change study

    Consortium awarded $25 million over five years from the U.S. Department of Energy to study urban climate change effects at neighborhood, local and regional scales

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    UIUC to launch Master of Computer Science Degree with DPI in Chicago

    The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is launching a new Professional Master of Computer Science degree in Chicago with the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI), designed as a path for CS students to continue their education and accelerate their careers.

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    DPI, Interapt, CVS Health to launch program to develop diverse tech talent for Illinois companies

    Chicago/Skills will provide tuition-free technology training and paid apprenticeship opportunities to as many as 2,500 people over five years.

  • University of Illinois Chicago alum Lura Buckley at graduation with her mother

    Real Impact: Giving back tops driven alum’s list of successes

    University of Illinois Chicago alum Lura Buckley attributes her success to Chicago’s One Million Degrees, as well as support from family, friends, mentors and educators.

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    UIUC designated as a First-gen Forward institution

    The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has been recognized for its commitment to the support and success of first-generation students.

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    A new vision for tech in Chicago

    Break Through Tech Chicago at UIC is changing the landscape of technology in Chicago and fostering long-term connections between students and national and local companies committed to gender equity. 

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    Chicago awarded $18.5M in federal funds to create new jobs in the region

    The Discovery Partners Institute and P33 will spearhead tech-specific workforce development programs in support of an $18.5 million federal Good Jobs Challenge award announced earlier this month.

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    UIC students recognized with Chicago Latino Caucus Foundation scholarships

    Ten UIC students were awarded $5,000 each from the chicago Latino Caucus Foundation, plus an additional $2,500 scholarship from the Latin American and Educational Services Program and the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs and Academic Programs.

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    UIS and LLCC enhance transfer admission agreement

    Leaders from the University of Illinois Springfield and Lincoln Land Community College signed an agreement enhancing their partnership to ensure a smooth transition for LLCC students to complete bachelor’s degrees at UIS. 

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    UIS report: Most 2020-21 grads employed or continuing education

    A new report finds that 93 percent of 2020-21 University of Illinois Springfield bachelor’s graduates are employed or continuing their education.

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    New program to support UIUC freshmen with autism

    Incoming freshmen at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with autism can avail themselves of autism-specific support by participating in the Illinois Neurodiversity Initiative, a pilot program getting underway in the fall semester.


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    Discovery Partners Institute, UIC CHANCE expand Digital Scholars

    The Discovery Partners Institute and University of Illinois Chicago (UIC’s) CHANCE program, in partnership with University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, announced the expansion of its Digital Scholars Program to support and develop promising and diverse tech talent in Illinois.

    Digital Scholars, now in its third year, is an intensive, free, five-week summer program for high school students and incoming UIC freshmen. 

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    DPI’s IWERC awarded funding to expand research on education issues

    The Illinois Workforce and Education Research Collaborative (IWERC) at the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) has been awarded a total of $275,000 in funding from three organizations — CME Group Foundation, Joyce Foundation, and Crown Family Philanthropies —  that will expand IWERC’s research on Illinois education issues.

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    UIC becomes founding member of alliance to boost Hispanic opportunity

    The University of Illinois Chicago and 19 of the nation’s top research universities have formed the Alliance of Hispanic Serving Research Universities to increase opportunity for those historically underserved by higher education.

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    DPI aims to diversify Chicago's tech sector

    The U of I System-led Discovery Partners Institute's Pritzker Tech Talent Labs are a resource to help increase the diverse supply of tech talent for Chicago-area businesses. DPI Director Bill Jackson writes about why it is so important in an OpEd in Crain's Chicago Business.

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    U of I System universities formalize partnerships with Hope Chicago

    All three U of I System universities are among the 23 institutions that have formalized partnerships with Hope Chicago, the innovative two-generation scholarship program providing college and vocational scholarships to Chicago Public School students and their parents.

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    DPI Launches First Apprenticeship Program with Cognizant

    The Discovery Partners Institute’s Pritzker Tech Talent Labs is launching its first apprenticeship program in partnership with global professional services leader Cognizant, aimed at advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the tech industry.

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    17 companies tap more than 100 UIC students to tackle tech challenges

    More than 100 women and nonbinary students pursuing undergraduate degrees in computer science, data science and other tech disciplines at the University of Illinois Chicago will team up with 17 Chicago and national companies to help solve technology-related business challenges.

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    New center helps HS teachers enable students with significant disabilities gain employment

    The Illinois Center for Transition and Work provides resources and training for special educators and others who are preparing high school students with significant disabilities to work after graduation.

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    Gies launches fully online, stackable graduate certificates

    Furthering its longstanding commitment to break down barriers to business education, Gies College of Business is launching a pair of fully online, credit-bearing graduate certificates, the first ever offered by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

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    Call Me MISTER graduates hope to inspire, mentor

    The first three students of UIC's Call Me MISTER initiative will graduate from the UIC College of Education May 6, and be one step closer to becoming Chicago-area teachers and mentors to students who look like them.

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    UIC awarded grant to continue developing CPS leaders

    The UIC Center for Urban Education Leadership has received a $250,000 grant to continue its efforts to assist the Chicago Public Schools’ five-year vision to strengthen its leadership pipeline. 

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    UIC launches online master’s program in artificial intelligence, machine learning

    A new Master of Engineering online degree program will increase access to graduate degrees for working engineers, scientists and managers with strong quantitative backgrounds as well as meet the growing demand for artificial intelligence and machine learning professionals.

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    I-Ready online camp offered for high school students with autism

    Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors at Illinois high school who are on the autism spectrum are encouraged to apply for I-Ready, a virtual summer camp at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. 

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    UIS partners with UIC School of Law on expedited degree

    UIS undergraduate students now have the opportunity to earn both their bachelor’s degree and a law degree in six years (compared to the typical seven years) thanks to a new agreement with the UIC School of Law.

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    Google to help DPI & Wilbur Wright College build diverse computing pipeline

    The Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) and Wilbur Wright College are expanding their partnership to develop promising and diverse tech talent in Illinois, focusing on the student journey into computer and data science fields, with support from Google.

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    Report shows recent Illinois graduates succeeding despite pandemic

    The seventh annual Illini Success report released today shows that University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign graduates in summer 2020, fall 2020 and spring 2021 found jobs, enrolled in graduate school or began volunteer programs on par with previous years.

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    UIS partners with school district to support diverse workforce pipeline

    The University of Illinois Springfield School of Education has partnered with Springfield School District 186 to support the district’s new Diverse Workforce Pipeline Program to increase the number of diverse teachers in classrooms.

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    UIC named top school in the Midwest for diversity, No. 6 in U.S.

    The University of Illinois at Chicago ranks highest in the Midwest for the diversity of its students and faculty in the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings. 

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    DPI Partners with OneTen to Advance Black Talent in Illinois

    The Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) has been inducted into the OneTen employer partner network, a coalition of leading CEOs and their companies aiming to upskill, hire, and advance one million Black individuals without four-year degrees over the next decade.

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    Preparing CPS educators to teach next generation of biomedical engineers

    The UIC College of Engineering and College of Education have received a $538,237 federal grant to continue a summer biomedical engineering program that has trained 27 Chicago Public Schools science teachers over the last five years. 

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    DPI's IWERC awarded $1M for computer science education research

    The Illinois Workforce and Education Research Collaborative (IWERC) at the Discovery Partners Institute has been awarded $1 million to research computer science education in Illinois with the aim of helping schools meet new statewide requirements and recruit more women and people of color into the major at Illinois universities.

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    UIUC a top producer of young executives in Midwest

    UIUC is listed as the No. 2 university producing young executives in the Midwest. Between 2011 and 2021, the university saw an increase from 2.4 percent to 5.9 percent of recent graduates working in an executive role. 

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    New UIC fellowship aims to diversify architectural community

    Martina Smith is the first recipient of the Hartshorne and Plunkard Fellowship, a new annual award given to a UIC architecture graduate student which aims to diversify the talent pipeline into the architectural profession.

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    UIC, City Colleges of Chicago to offer dual admission for BSN seekers

    UIC College of Nursing, UIC Extended Campus, and City Colleges of Chicago (CCC), will offer a dual-admissions pathway from the CCC Associate Degree in Nursing to UIC’s online RN to BSN degree-completion program.

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    $1.2M NIH grant backs UIC, Malcolm X College biomedical research program

    UIC and Malcolm X College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, have teamed up for a five-year, $1.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to support undergraduate students training in biomedical research during the last two years of their studies.

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    Gies Business partners with Google to prepare adult learners for career success

    Gies College of Business at UIUC is partnering with Google to prepare learners in the Google Career Certificate programs with critical business skills like leadership, teamwork, and strategic thinking.

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    UIC Nursing awards $500K in scholarships to diversify nursing workforce

    More than $500,000 in scholarships were awarded to 90 UIC Nursing students this academic year through two Health Resources and Services Administration grants intended to diversify the nursing workforce.