The Peoria Citizens Committee for Economic Opportunity (PCCEO) is offering special financial assistance to students who want to enter the health care field in Peoria. The financial aid is being offered for students looking to enter the health care field as paramedics, EMTs, licensed practical nurses, respiratory therapists, and nurse assistants. Students who would like to learn about financial assistance opportunities are invited to attend two informational meetings held by the PCCEO. The meetings will be held on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 10am and 5:30pm in the PCCEO Board/Training Room of the PCCEO building at 711 W. McBean Street in Peoria.

The meeting is open to students who reside in Peoria County and have proof of a high school diploma or GED. Students must also be enrolled in a Health Careers Program at Illinois Central College (ICC).  Attendees will learn about the Financial Assistance packages offered through the PCCEO to cover educational expenses not generally covered by FAFSA such as books, transportation, fees, uniforms, etc. The assistance is offered based on meeting income eligibility requirements and passing a background check and drug screening. Minimal reading and math competency requirements must also be met.

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The PCCEO is Community Action Agency that promotes self-sufficiency and economic security through education programs and community services. Established in 1966 after enactment of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, the PCCEO has become the official agency authorized by the federal government to administer and operate Community Action Programs in Peoria. In addition to operating year round Head Start services, the PCCEO operates or administers programs for day care services, a senior drop in center, neighborhood outreach centers, a food service operation, and weatherization and housing rehabilitation services.

The financial assistance being offered to ICC Health Care students is a part of the PCCEO’s commitment to life-long learning to help individuals and families improve their quality of life in Peoria County.