SUGAR GROVE—Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will visit Waubonsee Community College’s Sugar Grove Campus on Thursday, May 19, as part of her year-long tour of the state’s community colleges. Starting from the Student Center at 3 p.m., Lt. Gov. Simon will take a short tour of the college and then return to the Student Center to speak with college officials and students from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
At 7:30 p.m., Lt. Gov. Simon will deliver the commencement address at Waubonsee’s 2011 graduation ceremony in Erickson Hall on the north side of campus
Lt. Gov. Simon announced earlier this year that the state of Illinois wants to increase the proportion of working-age adults with college degrees or certificates to 60 percent, up from 41 percent, by 2025. As the governor’s point person on education reform, she is touring the state’s 48 community colleges to see completion efforts at each campus, while also compiling ideas to overcome the barriers to each college’s completion goals. Waubonsee will share its success stories and highlight the numerous initiatives it has launched to meet this state and national goal.
“Nearly two-thirds of all jobs in the future will require a college education, whether that’s a certificate, associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree,” Lt. Gov. Simon said. “But at today’s pace, less than half of our workforce will ever achieve that level of education. Illinois is serious about making reforms that will prepare our students for the next generation of good-paying jobs.”
Simon graduated from Georgetown University’s Law School before beginning a life of public service. She has worked for the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance, as an assistant state’s attorney in Jackson County, and as a law professor at Southern Illinois University. She also served on the Carbondale City Council for four years before being elected lieutenant governor.