To advance opportunities for college-ready students with significant financial need, the Dunham Fund grant supports the Waubonsee Community College Quick Path program – an innovative, accelerated program that provides the coursework and extra support necessary for students to earn a fully transferable, two-year associate degree with a business emphasis in just one year.
With an achievement-oriented work ethic, students’ lofty goals can come into focus. Students receive tuition, a $200 weekly stipend, free books, daily lunches and a computer and printer for the ample amount of homework that accompanies the 60 credit hours they will take. In the program’s first year (2016-17), 18 of the 20 students successfully completed their two-years-in-one achievement. Of those, 16 will immediately go on to pursue a four-year degree.