About W2C

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TO DONATE, VOLUNTEER OR LEARN MORE, PLEASE CONTACT US THROUGH OUR ORGANIZATIONAL WEBSITE: http://www.waukegantocollege.org/contact.php

Our History

Nearly four years ago, Lake County United (LCU) held a series of listening sessions in the Waukegan community churches and other institutions to identify key concerns.  Education came up as the number one concern – parents were worried that their children would not go to college and would not get well-paying jobs.

During a 9-month study, LCU conducted in-depth research on existing college-readiness programs in Waukegan and other leading programs, such as the Urban Education Institute and College Bound Opportunities. This research found that, although a number of solid programs are available in Waukegan, none included parents in their programming. As the outline of the new program evolved, LCU decided to make parental involvement a central, unique element of the program. Through relationships at the 10 LCU member institutions in Waukegan, LCU and the new Waukegan to College program were uniquely positioned to engage with parents and their children. The program began with one-on-one counseling and workshops for families. Tutoring and mentoring were added later in the first year of the program. Programming again expanded last year with the addition of Read to Achieve and summer enrichment programs in math and English.

The program began in September 2009 with 25 students and their families and has grown to 61 students and their families in 2012.

Why Waukegan to College (W2C)?

We believe that all students who have big dreams for their future and are willing to work hard should have a shot at college. We help families who are committed to creating brighter futures for their children by providing them with a unique variety of resources to help their children get on and stay on the path to college. Since our founding in 2009, we have grown by 140% and now have a waiting list!

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What We’ve Accomplished

  • All W2C students are graduating from high school and going to college
  • Nearly half of our students achieved High Honor or Honor Roll
  • Several W2C students have been inducted into the National Honor Society
  • Nearly half participate in on-campus, college summer programs
  • All 9th graders are on a College prep track for high school
  • In the past year alone, 90+ volunteers provided 800+ hours of tutoring and reading assistance
  • A Parent Leader team shepherds new families and offers insights to build a strong program

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