"OMD NOT ONLY HELPED ME FINANCIALLY; OMD WELCOMED ME INTO A COMMUNITY, AND IT IS THAT COMMUNITY THAT ALLOWED ME TO THRIVE."

-OMD Alumna and Chicago Police Officer Maria Barraza

THE CHALLENGE

65% of Illinois public college students attend community college, but only one in four of them will graduate with a degree within three years. OMD changes that.

THE SOLUTION

One Million Degrees is the only organization in Illinois and one of few in the country dedicated to providing comprehensive supports to low-income, highly motivated community college students to help them succeed in school, in work, and in life. From tutors and coaches to financial assistance and professional development, OMD offers the support that empowers scholars to transform their lives and those around them for generations. OMD Scholars graduate at twice the state average with the skills and experiences necessary to launch economically mobile careers.

Currently in its 10th year of programming, OMD continues to expand the number of scholars it supports to be a catalyst for change in Chicago. OMD partners with 11 Chicago-area community colleges, including the seven City Colleges of Chicago, College of Lake County, Harper College, Prairie State College, and South Suburban College. OMD serves 650 scholars across the region in the 2016-2017 academic year and aims to expand its programming to 1,000 scholars next year.

Click on the links below to learn more about the comprehensive approach OMD employs to ensure our scholars reach their full potential.

Personal Support Academic Support
Professional Support Financial Support

A single degree can change the world.