The partnership between Illini West High School and Carl Sandburg College has grown to include support for the high school's wireless network.
The two already offer dual-credit classes.
Superintendent Kim Schilson says the district has looked for help with limitations of its wireless network for years.
The school board turned to the college's information technology department in March for help.
Schilson says this is the first time the high school has seen progress.
She says, “Technology is great when it works and I don't know if there's anything more frustrating when it doesn't work. Hopefully, over the summer, we'll get the rest of the kinks worked out of it.”
Students and teachers routinely lost work when the wireless network would fail. That still occurs but much less frequently.
The advice from the college staff has been free. Illini West spent a few hundred dollars on equipment. That pales in comparison with the tens of thousands of dollars spent over the last several years with private firms and consultants that did not resolve the problems.