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Carl Sandburg College

2010 Underrepresented Groups Report

March 2010







Carl Sandburg College Employment Resources



The Employment Resources offers a variety of services designed to meet the employment needs of all Carl Sandburg College students and graduates within the Sandburg district and surrounding area.  Services are offered free of charge. 



Off-Campus Job Opportunities


Employers list full-time, part-time, summer and temporary work. Job listings are posted on mySandburg (an internal web portal for students and employees), college web site and campus bulletin boards.  The Sandburg Library contains many current reference materials, books, trade journals, newspapers and Internet usage which provide excellent information for career exploration and job search preparation.


On-Campus Job Opportunities


The Federal Work Study (FWS) program provides part-time employment opportunities at Carl Sandburg College to students who demonstrate financial need. Interested students must complete the FAFSA, any additional documents requested by the Financial Aid Office, and a work study application.   Applications are kept on file in the Employment Resources Office for the entire school year and referred to departments wanting to hire a work study student.  Department supervisors screen applications, conduct interviews, and make hiring decisions. Open positions are posted on the Employment Resources bulletin board and mySandburg.


Job Search Preparation


Students and graduates can obtain assistance with all aspects of their job search. Services are offered on an individual and group basis (workshops and classroom presentations). Information is provided on the following topics:

Resume and cover letter development—self-assessment, content and structure of a resume, developing a reference sheet, and guidelines for writing cover letters.

Job search counseling—job search methods, follow-up with employers, completing employment applications and handling illegal pre-employment inquiries.

Interview preparation—types of interviews, how to prepare for interviews, common interview questions, personal appearance, guidelines for writing thank you letters and mock interviewing.

Job search web sites—sites are posted on mySandburg and the College web site, as well as in the Employment Resources office.

Career exploration—assistance with resources and general labor market information.


Labor Market Information

All Sandburg occupational program graduates are surveyed annually by the Employment Resources Office. The survey report (type of employment, average hourly wage, average hours worked) can be obtained in the Employment Resources office or on the College web site. Students can also obtain assistance in locating state, local and federal labor market information from the Employment Resources office.


Job Fair

This free event is held annually every April on the main campus. The fair is an excellent way for students and graduates to expand their career network, meet employers to discuss job opportunities and obtain career information. Fair details are listed on mySandburg, the College web site and campus bulletin boards.


Career Counseling

Student Services Counselors offer an assortment of individual or group services to assist with the process of making a career decision that is insightful and well-informed. Career Counseling services are available to all residents of the Sandburg district at no-charge and fall into the categories of self-awareness resources and occupational resources.


Self-Awareness Resources

Selecting an occupation that complements the student’s personality, interests, personal and relationship goals requires a significant amount of self-awareness. The Counseling staff at Sandburg assists students through confidential, individualized sessions with the process of selecting and interpreting the self-awareness instruments that best suit the student’s personal needs.


Occupational Research


Taking time to research the options generated by an interest or personality inventory will enable students to make an informed decision based on fact, rather than merely following a hunch. Occupational research can provide the following information:

Information regarding the daily duties for an occupation

Degree and or certification requirements for an occupation

Starting and average salaries

Projections for future job opportunities

Related or similar jobs

Working conditions



Upward Bound: Carl Sandburg College was awarded the Upward Bound Grant in the Fall of 1999.  The Upward Bound Program is 100% funded by the US Department of Education.  The program is authorized to serve first generation and/or low-income students in the following target schools in Knox County, Illinois; Abingdon High School, Galesburg High School, Knoxville High School, and ROWVA High School.


The Sandburg Upward Bound Program provides educational, cultural, and social enrichment to aid participants in their preparation for postsecondary education.  Through the various program services, Upward Bound students are provided with opportunities to succeed not only during their secondary school career but as well as succeed in completing their goal of higher education.  The ultimate goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants finish high school and then enroll in and graduate from a college or university.


The Upward Bound Project has two main components; the Academic Year component and the Summer Program.  During the academic year, the Sandburg Upward Bound Program provides a number of services and resources to program participants.  Throughout the school year, program students meet with Upward Bound staff on a weekly basis to discuss academic related issues, which can range from scheduling courses to the college search process to test prep and study skills.  In addition, program students are provided with tutoring throughout the year, which takes place on the Sandburg campus in the Student Success Center.  UB participants can receive tutoring from a qualified tutor four nights a week for two and a half hours each night.  UB Scholars also participate in monthly activities.  These monthly activities each have a goal, whether it is to inform the students and their families about the financial aid process or to expose the students to a cultural or social situation or event that they would otherwise not have access to.  Upward Bound students attend plays, attend campus visits, participate in academic related activities, provide community service, etc.  One goal of the program is to help the students develop into well-rounded individuals, which will be a benefit to them during their academic career.


Sandburg Upward Bound Scholars are also provided with various resources.  Students are able to borrow a program laptop each academic year, as well as program calculators, cameras, and software.  There is also a number of print resources available to students that deal with various topics, from financial aid to job interviewing.  Upward Bound also pays certain test fees when needed, as well as fees for college applications.  Upward Bound will attempt to waive any fee initially, but can pay for those fees if necessary.


During the Upward Bound Summer Program, students have various options.  Freshmen and sophomore scholars must attend the on-campus summer program.  This program is six weeks in length and during their time on campus, UB Scholars participate in various projects and courses.  Each year, summer students participate in a comprehensive, hands-on project.  Past projects have included rocketry, engineering, physics, aeronautics, forensic science, etc.  While taking part in the project, students are exposed to the various college core subjects; math, English, and science.  In addition to the project courses, students also take part in traditional courses.  Scholars participate in ACT Prep, which focuses on the math portion of the exam.  Students also learn about foreign language and culture during the summer.  And, each summer participant learns about technology and reads a book as part of the summer curriculum.


The sixth week of the summer program is when students participate in a program trip.  The trips are designed to provide students with experiences that they themselves do not have the opportunity to take part in.  One goal of the summer trips is to assist the program students in developing socially and culturally.  There are a number of activities planned for each trip based on the trip destination.  On each trip, college visits are made to colleges and universities in and around the point of destination.


There are two other summer program options available to students once they achieve the status of a junior or senior in high school.  The Career Exploration Internship program is available to both juniors and seniors in the program.  The internship program provides internships throughout the community to program students in a career field of interest.  Once students are placed with an employer, they may work up to 15 hours per week during the summer months, earning up to $300 per month.  The internship program not only provides summer employment for selected scholars, but also gives the interns a chance to learn about a career field, its job requirements, and the working conditions.  UB interns are also able to make valuable contacts while participating in the program.


The Summer Bridge program is available to UB graduated seniors.  The Sandburg Upward Bound Program will pay for up to six credit hours of class for a newly graduated student to attend Carl Sandburg College during the summer semester between their senior year in high school and their freshman year in college.  Not only are the students receiving free tuition and fees for the summer semester, but they are also able to get a head start on their college career as well as become familiar with the college environment and the expectations of them as a college student.  The Sandburg UB Summer Bridge program is also a way to ease the transition from high school to the postsecondary level.


During their time in the program, Upward Bound Scholars are paid a monthly stipend.  This stipend is to encourage regular participation in program activities.  In addition to being paid a stipend, there is no cost to the student or their family to participate in the program.



2008-2009 Overview

Low-income, first-generation college bound student selected in eighth grade or ninth grade.

First Generation only- 14% (7/50)

First Generation and Low-Income- 82% (41/50)

Low-Income only- 4% (2/50)

African-American- 6% (3/50)

Hispanic- 6% (3/50)

More than one race- 18% (9/50)

Caucasian- 70% (35/50)

Female- 68% (34/50)

Male- 32% (16/50)

Ninth Grade- 30% (15/50)

Tenth Grade- 30% (15/50)

Eleventh Grade- 22% (11/50)

Twelfth Grade- 18% (9/50)

Abingdon High School- 26% (13/50)

Galesburg High School- 54% (27/50)

Knoxville High School- 10% (5/50)

ROWVA High School- 10% (5/50)

Postsecondary Enrollment of 09 UB Graduates- 89% (8/9)

1 remaining 09 UB Graduate explored possible military career.  Currently is considering enrolling at Sandburg for the SU10 term.





TRIO Student Support Services



To increase college retention and graduation rates for eligible students

To increase the transfer rates of eligible students from 2 to 4-year institutions

To foster an institutional climate supportive of the success of low income and first generation college students and individuals with disabilities


Goal or objective:

Persistence: 60% of all participants served by the SSS project will persist from one academic year to the next or graduate and/or transfer.

Good Academic Standing: 60% of all participants served by the SSS project will meet the performance level required to stay in good academic standing at the grantee institution.

Graduation/Transfer Rate: 20% of 2004-05 new participants only will graduate with an associate’s degree or transfer to a four-year institution by 2007-08

Date of implementation: The TRIO SSS grant began at Carl Sandburg College in August 2007. The grant has been renewed every four years since the beginning. We are currently in our 13th year.

Description of program elements or strategies that make the program successful: The TRIO SSS program provides academic as well as personal support in many different areas that affect both traditional and non-traditional students. TRIO SSS services include:

Academic Advising & Registration

Assistance with completing the FAFSA application and answering questions regarding financial aid

Assistance with transferring to a college/university

Career research and planning along with resume writing and interview skills

Assistance with scholarships searches and essays

On-site computer lab

Lending program for laptop computers, calculators, digital recorders and spell checkers

Student cultural activities

Professional mentors

Study skills

Workshops covering topics such as dealing with test and math anxiety, time management, stress management, etc.



Evidence of success: The TRIO SSS program completes an annual report for the Department of Education that shows evidence of our successes. Our retention, graduation and transfer rates are typically much higher than the general student population.

Academic Year Actual Persistence Rate Actual # of Students in GAS Actual Graduation Transfer Rate
2008-2009 73% 81% 40%
2007-2008 77% 88% 63%
2006-2007 77% 82% 59%
2005-2006 82% 92% 59%