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SHINE Educational Leadership and Pharmacy Technician Program

  • SHINE Educational Leadership and Pharmacy Technician Program
  • 2325 Brookside Ave.
  • Waukegan, IL 60085
  • 847-599-5108
  • 2008

Program Description

The SHINE Educational Leadership program is a 10-month comprehensive career and college preparation program for 26 low-income at-risk seniors at Waukegan High School. The SHINE program provides leadership development, post-secondary education preparation, and occupational training opportunities for disadvantaged, high achieving 12th graders at Waukegan High School. Students work at WHS throughout their senior year for training. Students also participate in the Robert Morris University Running Start Program, which gives them college credit. SHINE participants receive valuable work experience through internships with local area businesses. After graduation from High School and completing the SHINE program, students either enroll in post-secondary education, or find employment in identified key sectors.

Housed in Waukegan High, the SHINE Educational Leadership program works to identify at-risk students. SHINE ensures that these students are committed to finishing their high school education. positioning them for success after graduation.

Through career development, job readiness training, postsecondary education preparation, and multiple opportunities for college visits, SHINE teaches students how to be proactive in their pursuit of education or a future career. SHINE students become leaders in their community, earning the tools necessary to excel in their identified key sector after graduation. With the guidance of our Program Manager and Program Assistants, students learn interview skills and resume writing, research and visit colleges, prepare college applications, and apply for scholarships and other financial aid.

Students in SHINE learn the importance of professional mentors. They have the opportunity to shadow professionals in Lake County through internships. With the guidance of the SHINE program manager and program assistants, SHINE students create an Individual Development Plan for themselves and track their progress towards success. Students learn time management and how to be financially responsible young adults. Students exit the SHINE program knowing what key sector they want to work in and what credentials they need to be successful in that field.

The program culminates with every participant being placed in an internship with a local business or agency in their identified key sector. SHINE has engaged several businesses in the growing key sectors identified by the Lake County Workforce Investment Board, including: health care, technology, and agriculture. These companies provide job shadowing, career mentoring, and internships for SHINE program participants.


The SHINE Pharmacy Technician program is a 7 month comprehensive career and college preparation program for 24 low-income graduates of Waukegan High School. The program provides leadership development, post-secondary education preparation, and occupational training opportunities for alumni of Waukegan High School. Students work from both Waukegan High School and at the College of Lake County throughout the program cycle. SHINE participants gain work experience through internships with Walgreens and other local ear pharmacies. After graduation, students enroll full time in a post-secondary school or find employment in an identified key sector.

Located in WHS's Hewitt Center, the program identifies out of school students that are between the ages of 18-21 who are at-risk. SHINE ensures that past students of WHS are committed to completing pharmacy technician training, positioning them for success after graduation and ensuring that they have the capacity to succeed in college and the workforce.

Services Provided

  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Community service/service hours
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • Parent/family services
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Race & Ethnicity

  • White: 5%
  • Asian or Pacific Islander: 3%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 68%
  • Other: 8%
  • African American: 21%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 26
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 26
  • Non-traditional: 39

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk


  • Less than 25%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Carroll University
  • College of Lake County
  • Columbia College Chicago
  • DePaul University
  • Eastern Illinois University
  • Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne
  • Lake Forest College
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Marian University
  • Marquette University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Robert Morris University
  • Saint Xavier University
  • Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Illinois at Springfield
  • University of Wisconsin-Parkside
  • Western Illinois University