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Established in 1881, The Aurora Public Library has grown to serve a diverse community of more than 199,932 people, providing materials, information, programs, exhibitions, services and educational opportunities in a wide variety of formats.

We are dedicated to helping patrons of all ages pursue their educational, informational, recreational, and cultural interests in a way that is meaningful to them.

With four locations, a Bookmobile, an interactive website, and an outreach services program, which delivers materials to homebound patrons, the Aurora Public Library is a rich and accessible community resource.

There is much to do and experience at the Aurora Public Library.


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Founded in 1980, St. Augustine College is an independent college, with four educational centers in the Chicago area and one in Aurora. It is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Our institution maintains modern facilities, the latest instructional materials, highly qualified faculty and a nurturing environment with a personal touch. We offer excellent academic programs that include a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work and a wide range of Associate Degrees and Career Certificates that prepare you for successful employment or to transfer to a four year university to complete a Bachelor Degrees.

We accommodate the needs of traditional and working students by offering day, evening and Saturday classes and providing child care services.

Mission & History

The first permanent European settlement in this country, in Florida, was named St. Augustine and was founded by Pedro Menendez de Aviles on September 8, 1565, fifty years before the landing of the Pilgrims in New England.  Just as these Spanish settlers were pioneers in their time, so are the founders of St. Augustine College in Chicago: pioneers in bilingual (dual-language) higher education.  The College is also named after Bishop Augustine of Hippo, an educator and philosopher whose teachings helped to shape modern thought.



On October 7, 1980, the Illinois State Board of Higher Education granted operating authority to the first bilingual institution of higher education in Illinois:  St. Augustine College.  This educational setting is unique in Illinois, and one of a few in the country.  It came into existence as a result of years of work, observation, and research, and is based on more than ten years of community work performed by the Spanish Episcopal Services, an educational agency that was created under the auspices of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago by Father Carlos A. Plazas, Ph. D., in 1970.

The College founders reacted to observation and research that indicated that a large number of Hispanic adults, because of specific circumstances, could avail themselves of dual-language (bilingual) academic and vocational career training.  These findings also indicated that many Hispanic adults were capable of actively participating in four-year degree programs, but needed educational assistance to be able to compete at this level of education.  Since there were no institutions of higher education to respond to these educational needs and provide opportunities for dual-language learning, the Board of Directors of Spanish Episcopal Services elected to support the formation of St. Augustine College.



St. Augustine College is an independent, bilingual (dual-language) institution of higher education created under the auspices of the Episcopal Diocese to make the American system of higher education accessible to a diverse student population with emphasis on those of Hispanic descent; to strengthen ethnic identity; to reinforce cultural interaction; and to build a bridge to fill cultural, educational, and socio-economic gaps.

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Community Unit School District 308 serves more than 18,000 students in pre-school through grade 12 and is the eighth largest public school district in Illinois. The student population is extremely diverse and rapidly growing. The district has space to accommodate even more students as the population in the areas it serves grows over the next several years.

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West Chicago Professional Center is approved by the Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools of the Illinois Board of Higher Education.


West Chicago Professional Center is approved by the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs for Veterans Educational and Training Benefits.

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Robert Morris University Illinois is an independent, not-for-profit, multi-location institution offering associate, baccalaureate, and graduate degree programs that focus on integrating theory and applications. Robert Morris University prepares students to be practitioners in their chosen fields, socially responsible to their communities, and a foundation for their families.

What are you looking for in a college?

Education that is career focused? An affordable and accelerated program? A fun and exciting collegiate experience?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then Robert Morris University is the place for you. The individual attention provided by our supportive faculty will guide you along from the first day of class until you graduate. Our associate, bachelor, and master degree programs will provide you with the skills and the hands-on experience you need to stand out in a tight job market or to choose the best opportunity in a field where you are in great demand.

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HisGrace Center is committed to distinctive and Godly service in all aspects of our daycare /Montessori center. The pursuit of Godliness and Christian teaching is truly a rewarding aspect of the child’s time at HisGrace Center.

Once again, welcome to HisGrace Center.

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At Aurora University,  we are an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learing.

We combine the wide range of programs expected at a university with the personal attention of a small collage. Our award-winning faculty members are accessible; our partnerships withe community provide hands-on opportunities and internships; and our academic and support programs are designed to help you succed.

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The book From the Barrio to the Board Room is a tool.

Dr. Robert Renteria is a resource who promotes education, a sense of pride and accomplishment, and self-esteem within the youth of our communities.

Dedicated to change.

The Books “From the Barrio to the Board Room, Mi Barrio and Little Barrio” are teaching tools.  They are culturally relevant, inspiring, exciting and motivating books. Both the school based and faith based curricula (which are both donated at no cost) are used as a comprehensive bilingual non generic program that resonates with the youth and adults promoting student achievement, helping our teens and at-risk youth with their critical thinking skills and bridging the educational gap.

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