City Colleges of Chicago and Malcolm X College are the recent recipients of $1.5 million in earmark funds, a type of federal funding distributed by the United States Congress that supports specific projects in a lawmaker’s district or state. The funding will support special initiatives aimed at student retention and completion.
Senator Tammy Duckworth (D – IL) requested the $500,000 earmark that City Colleges of Chicago received to support programs encouraging high school seniors to pursue a postsecondary education. Additionally, Malcolm X College received $1,000,000 thanks to a request by Representative Danny K. Davis (D – IL 7th District) to support student success in the college’s Emergency Medical Technician program, increase program participation for women and students of color who are underrepresented in the field, and assist in the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment.
According to an analysis by Inside Higher Ed, 540 institutions, including community colleges like ours, public and private universities, and university-affiliated hospitals and medical centers, received earmarks from Congress. Higher education institutions often use earmarks to advance strategic goals and address specific needs in their college communities.