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We Found Our Team for the New El Centro FSCS Program!

June 10, 2024 | University Center Weekly Newsletter

Published by: Izobella E.

We are excited to announce that we have assembled an outstanding team to lead the implementation of the Full-Service Community Schools (FSCS) grant at the University Center of Lake County. This dedicated group will work tirelessly to support high-need students in the Lake County School District through the comprehensive services enabled by this significant grant.

About the El Centro FSCS Grant

The University Center of Lake County has been awarded the Full-Service Community Schools (FSCS) grant by the U.S. Department of Education. This grant allocates an impressive $13.9 million to support high-need students in the Lake County School District. The FSCS grant aims to transform schools into community hubs that provide comprehensive services to students and their families. 

Meet Our Team

Our team consists of experts in education, community engagement, and student support services who bring a wealth of experience and passion to this initiative. Together, they will ensure that the FSCS grant's objectives are met and that our students receive the best possible support.

Dr. Mytzy Rodriguez- Kufner

Program Director

With a background in Educational Leadership and a commitment to student success,  Dr. Mytzy Rodriguez-Kufner, our Program Director will oversee all aspects of the grant's implementation.


Sucely Garcia

Pipeline Coordinator - Diamond Lake School District #76 

Focused on addressing out-of-school barriers to learning, Sucely Garcia will be overseeing the site coordinators from all three school districts in District # 76, (Diamond Lake Elementary, West Oak Intermediate, West Oak Middle School). 


Amanda Pabón, MBA, MA

Pipeline Coordinator- North Chicago District #187

Amanda Pabón experience in building strong community partnerships will be crucial in fostering active family and community involvement in North Chicago District #187.


Brenda Campos

Site Coordinator of West Oak Middle School, Mundelein District #76

Dedicated to expanding learning opportunities, Brenda Campos will develop and implement enriched educational programs for our students in West Oak Middle School, Mundelein District #17.


Laurene Ballenger

Site Coordinator of Forrestal Elementary School, District #187

 Dedicated to expanding learning opportunities, Laurene Ballenger will develop and implement enriched educational programs for our students in Forrestal Elementary School tor for District #187.


Impact on Our Community

This grant will significantly enhance the educational landscape of Lake County by providing:

Increased early learning opportunities

Early learning opportunities are crucial for children's development and laying the foundation for future academic success. Through the FSCS grant, we will offer more programs, early childhood education resources, and developmental support to ensure that children are well-prepared for early education and beyond. This initiative includes partnerships with local early childhood centers and educators to provide a seamless transition into the school system.

Expanded cross-agency coordination for community interventions

Enhanced support for students' academic and personal growth

We are committed to leveraging this opportunity to create a positive, lasting impact on our students and the community.

Join Us!

Stay tuned for more updates on how the FSCS grant is making a difference. We invite you to join us in celebrating this achievement and supporting our initiatives to create a thriving educational environment for all.

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Warm regards,

University Center of Lake County

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