South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium

South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium

Three Decades of Higher Education Excellence Through Collaboration

College and Career Readiness

Since 2008, SMHEC has participated with Kankakee Community College and its feeder high schools in the College and Career Readiness Project focused on college awareness, college readiness, and curriculum alignment. SMHEC’s efforts are concentrated on college awareness, presenting KnowHow2Go principles to 8thgraders and their parents at freshmen orientation nights, and to freshmen during the school year.

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KnowHow2Go is a public advocacy program developed by the American Council of Education and the Lumina Foundation for Education to educate students and their parents on the importance of a college education and the four steps critical to college readiness.

SMHEC received multi-year funding from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission to support this program.

Kankakee Community College (KCC) is focusing on the diagnosis of college readiness by use of COMPASS testing of juniors at partner high schools, reducing of the need for remedial coursework in mathematics through math intervention strategies being conducted at a number of the high schools and by faculty collaboration to align high school and college Writing and Math curricula. KCC is also providing resources and academic support to students to enrich their senior year of high school through remedial or advanced coursework and other interventions and is developing  an appropriate evaluation process to measure the effectiveness of these readiness interventions. 

In the spring of 2013, SMHEC partnered with the Village of Olympia Fields Education Commission and Matteson School District 162 to present a Middle School College and Career Symposium. This half day event brought together students from five public and private middle schools to learn more about college life and expectations and possible careers.