About - Peoria Promise

About

Mission: Support economic development by increasing the number of City of Peoria and West Peoria high school graduates who complete a college or vocational program, thereby delivering a more skilled workforce for Peoria and West Peoria.

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Peoria’s economic growth relies on an educated and skilled local workforce. But declining enrollments and falling graduation rates in Peoria’s school district, high poverty, and family flight, stand to leave the city with fewer skilled workers. Conversely, an increase in the number of local young adults with postsecondary degrees can translate into greater job opportunities, higher incomes, new home buyers, and a reduction in crime. Ultimately, the program will help to alleviate poverty and provide skilled workers to live and work in the Peoria area.

100% DONOR FUNDED

  • Absolutely NO local, state or federal taxes are collected to support the program.
  • Serves as an extension of Employee Benefits for the Peoria area workforce and their eligible children.

AN OPPORTUNITY

  • For students to receive out-of-pocket tuition reimbursement for successfully completed coursework at Illinois Central College.
  • Aims to encourage and enable continued education for eligible students who are living in the City of Peoria AND West Peoria (starting in 2023).

TUITION REIMBURSEMENT

  • At a minimum, applies to remaining tuition, ensuring all other financial aid and scholarships have been fully utilized.
  • Reimbursement reinforces one’s investment in his/her education and rewards successful completion.

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