October 18, 2017

Briggs joins College as Director of Upward Bound

Tashena Briggs has joined Kishwaukee College as the Director of the College’s TRiO Upward Bound Program. She assumed her duties September 6.

Briggs holds a B.A. in Broadcast Communication from Western Illinois University; an M.S.Ed. in Adult Higher Education from Northern Illinois University; and is currently pursuing her Ed.D. In Community College Leadership at NIU. She comes to Kish from Northern Illinois University where she was the Complex Coordinator for Neptune/Gilbert Residence Halls. Previous to her position at NIU, she served as the Area Coordinator in Residential Life at the University of Southern Indiana at Evansville.

She and her husband Aaron and their two-year old son, Harper, have lived in DeKalb for three years. She serves on the DeKalb Library Board.

Briggs brings first-hand knowledge of the impact the TRIO Upward Bound program can have on a student’s future. She was a member of the Upward Bound Program offered through her high school in her native Markham, IL. “I grew up in a single parent household and I knew I wanted to go to college but I really didn’t know what that even looked like. Being part of Upward Bound exposed me to many experiences and opportunities I would not have had access to,” she explained. “One of our field trips was to Western Illinois University and I loved it. I filled out an application and was admitted on the spot.”

Kishwaukee received the federal TRiO Upward Bound grant earlier this summer and will be partnering with DeKalb High School to offer the program. The grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Education, will provide funding to assist 60 DHS students to become college-ready each year. The grant is for five-years.

Activities and services offered to participating DHS students through TRiO Upward Bound will include academic advising, tutoring, college/career planning, financial literacy, cultural enrichment, leadership development, mentoring and wellness services. There will also be academic instruction opportunities in mathematics, laboratory sciences, composition, literature, and foreign languages to provide a solid academic foundation, as well as a Summer Component with instruction in the core curriculum.

Briggs is looking forward to working closely with students from DHS and offering them all the positive experiences in preparing for college that are available through an Upward Bound Program. “I am passionate about diversity and giving students opportunities,” she said. “I am looking forward to being involved in a very hands-on way with directing the student experiences in our program.”

Briggs is in the process of completing her Kishwaukee College TRiO Upward Bound team with the addition of a Case Manager and Administrative Assistant. The program will begin accepting applications from DHS students and the program will be in full-swing beginning in January 2018.

For more information on Kishwaukee College TRiO Upward Bound, contact Tashena Briggs at tbriggs@kish.edu or at 815-825-9437.

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