Local university gets grant boost

August 14, 2013 by  

Four institutes in Lake County are to take a share of a $3.4m grant to improve their infrastructure, and one of them is right here in Deerfield.

Trinity International University (TIU) is to be the recipient of a grant for $789,423 as part of Gov. Pat Quinn’s plans to create more jobs, particularly those in construction, in Illinois by investing in education.

Other educational campuses benefiting from the grant are Lake Forest College and Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. Rosalind Franklyn University in Chicago has done best of all, however, netting $1.4m in funds.

Gov. Quinn said:

“Private colleges and universities provide a valuable service to Illinois, and these grants will help them address critical needs and stay competitive.”

The program is called ‘Illinois Jobs Now!’ and was set up in 2009 as a six-year initiative to bring jobs back to the area in the wake of the economic downturn. The intended advantages of the grants are twofold, since they aim to give a boost to local colleges and universities, while also getting Illinois’ construction industry back on its feet.

So far, the scheme has seen education institutions in the state reap approximately $200m to put towards campus developments, be this constructing new buildings or simply investing in promotional brochure or stationery printing to attract prospective students.

TIU has been in existence for more than 60 years after coming together through the merger of three schools. Today, it has more than 3,000 students and campuses in Florida and California as well as Illinois.