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From the President

John AvendanoWelcome to KCC and the Power of Education! On behalf of the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff and your fellow students, I’d like to extend a warm welcome to all for the 2018-19 school year. As you enter our campus and engage in your educational journey, I hope you seriously consider the "Power of Education."

Pursuing, and completing, your program of study, or pathway of study, is a significant step in your career goals and your life. KCC is here to assist, guide, encourage and support you on your journey. With that said, I challenge you to take ownership of your education. I challenge you to identify and focus on your career choice, and to pursue your coursework and career pathway with determination and commitment. This ownership will instill a greater sense of pride, drive and, in turn, a sense of personal power. The Power of Education does not end here. Completion of your educational or training goals will create the opportunities to make you most competitive in the workforce and in the future. Your preparedness for transferring to another institution to complete your baccalaureate degree, or your workforce readiness, begins with your commitment to your education and goals. The completion of your commitment will open more doors and widen the opportunities for your future. This is the Power of Education.

While you are pursuing your education, I also encourage you to seek out the other opportunities KCC has to offer for student engagement, skill building and leadership. Employers and transfer institutions truly value the well-rounded person for their organization and institution. In addition to your education, the breadth of your experiences at KCC will also enhance your future successes. This is the Power of Education.

Again, I want to welcome you to KCC as you continue your educational journey, and I wish you great success in your studies. The future is yours, and you have the power.

- John Avendano, Ph.D. 


John Avendano became KCC's sixth president on July 1, 2009. He holds a doctorate in educational administration and foundations from Illinois State University in Normal, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, and an associate degree from Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove.​