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McHenry County College (Crystal Lake, IL 60012-2761)
Todd A. Culp (Project Director: August 2015 to March 2021)
Mark V. Waters (Co Project Director: April 2016 to March 2021)

Humanities Initiatives at Community Colleges
Education Programs

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$99,926 (approved)
$84,189 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2016 – 6/30/2019

The Journey Home: Diminishing Dissonance for Community College Student Veterans

A three-year project for the redesign and enhancement of two courses in order to provide historical context and literary readings on the effects of wars on nations and to engage in a veterans-focused partnership with the Pritzker Military Museum and Library.

McHenry County College (MCC), a two-year institution based in rural northwest Illinois, will create a series of courses, written and oral histories, and educational partnerships focused on the veteran experience, particularly the transition from soldier to civilian. The key element of the proposed project will involve the development of two new fully-integrated Learning Community courses under the title of "The Journey Home." These course pairings will provide historical circumstance and context to the literary subject matter and will bring to the traditional curriculum a focus on war’s effect on nations and their peoples. To enrich the student experience, MCC will engage in a collaborative partnership with researchers and historians from the Chicago-based Pritzker Military Museum & Library. The final phase of "The Journey Home" course series will allow the students to engage in an independent study project to develop the humanities topic of their choice.