ICANEXSEL is a partnership of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Chicago Pre-College Science and Engineering, a non-profit organization.

As part of the program, students and faculty from Urbana-Champaign teach workshops in math and engineering for public middle school students in Chicago. Teachers from Chicago Public Schools are also trained in the instructional and collaborative techniques that are used in the student workshops.

About 50 students took part in a pilot version of the program in 2015, and the program will expand this year.

“It’s important that we form these private and public partnerships to meet the needs of our economy,” Bennett said. “A well-trained workforce is a key ingredient to a booming business climate.”

Bennett has continued to work to address workforce shortages. His hope is that our communities continue to foster and develop relationships to educate and train our students.


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