Durbin, Duckworth Announce More Than 790,000 In Federal Funding To Strengthen Math & Science Skills Of Illinois Students

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced that the U.S. Department of Education has awarded Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Family Centered Educational Agency, Inc., and Carl Sandburg College a total of $791,814 through the Upward Bound Math and Science program.  The Upward Bound Math and Science program is designed to strengthen the math and science skills of participating students.  The goal of the program is to help students recognize and develop their potential to excel in math and science and to encourage them to pursue postsecondary degrees in math and science, and ultimately careers in the math and science profession.

“Federal support of education programs – especially in science, technology, engineering, and math – is essential to ensuring the next generation is equipped to compete in today’s competitive global workforce,” said Durbin.  “This funding will help Illinois students better prepare for the jobs of the future and ensure Illinois’ workforce is top of the line.” 

"These investments in math and science education programs help give our children a chance to develop the skills they’ll need to excel in a 21st century economy," said Duckworth. "Bolstering STEM programming helps keep our nation competitive in high-demand fields like manufacturing, healthcare, clean energy and information technology, and I look forward to continuing my work with Senator Durbin to strengthen STEM education in Illinois and across the country."

Under this announcement, the following organizations will receive funding through the Upward Bound Math and Science program:

·         Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (Edwardsville, IL): $263,938

·         Family Centered Educational Agency, Inc. (South Holland, IL): $263,938

·         Carl Sandburg College (Galesburg, IL): $263,938