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Oral history of Ill. community colleges released

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — An oral history of Illinois community colleges has been released.

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum's Oral History Program unveiled a collection of 62 interviews Wednesday as part of the "Education is Key — Community Colleges."

The interviews with teachers, administrators and legislators who helped build the system of colleges serving nearly 1 million students a year were conducted by volunteer Philip Pogue, former superintendent of the Greenville School District. He traveled the state and visited every community college district.

The system will be 50 years old in 2015.

The state has 39 community college districts operating 48 individual colleges and one consortium. They offer worker retraining, certification and adult education as well as preparing students for four-year institutions.

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Online:

Community college interviews: http://tinyurl.com/CollegeOralHistory

Oral History Program: http://1.usa.gov/1o4ime0

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