Unit 4’s Marc Changnon Honored as Illinois Public Media 2015 American Graduate Champion

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 2:29pm

Marc Changnon, District Coordinator for Career Programs & Community Partnerships, has been selected as one of three American Graduate Champions by Illinois Public Media. 

According to Illinois Public Media, American Graduate Champions commit their time, skills and resources to make sure that young people succeed. He or she is an individual who plays an active role in improving educational outcomes for students.

“Marc is a tireless advocate for our Unit 4 students who works every day to build the partnerships we must have in place to realize our vision for career-readiness,” said Superintendent Dr. Judy Wiegand. “This honor is well-deserved and speaks to his commitment to the success of our children.”  

Changnon has worked for Unit 4 since 1998. During his time with Unit 4, he has established the Education to Careers & Professions (ECP) Program, an internship course that provides real-world experience and career mentoring to students in their field of choice. Changnon has also worked to build community partnerships with organizations such as the trades, Parkland College, the University of Illinois, and various local businesses that have resulted in programs and relationships that have supported countless Unit 4 students in pursuing their hopes and dreams. He has also impacted the lives of Unit 4 students in his role as a basketball coach at Centennial High School and Edison Middle School. 

Changnon will be honored at an event on September 29, which will include a screening of Illinois Public Media's 2015 "Stories of Champions" and a keynote address by Professor William Trent from the College of Education at Illinois.

For more information about the American Graduate Champion awards, please visit:http://will.illinois.edu/americangraduate

American Graduate Champions across the country will also be honored on American Graduate Day on October 3. 

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