On behalf of the Board of Trustees, our faculty, staff and administration, I would like to officially welcome back our continuing KCC students for another exciting year and extend a warm welcome to our new students as you begin your educational journey. The 2015-16 school year promises to be an exciting one on campus. New facilities, such as the North and South Extension Centers and MITC (Manufacturing and Industrial Technology Center), are fully functional and awaiting our area residents. In addition, should you enroll at or visit the Riverfront Campus you’ll notice the construction of our newest addition, the Advanced Technology Education Center (ATEC) that will house our award-winning renewable energy programs as well as provide newer state-of-the-art classrooms and labs.
The new facilities at KCC are our continued commitment to our mission and purpose in providing access to quality academic programs and being responsive to the work force and employment needs in our communities. Even more important than our facilities is the commitment of our outstanding faculty and staff to helping our students succeed and reach their goals. The KCC faculty and staff have a genuine commitment to your success.
No matter where you are in your educational journey, please know you’ve made an excellent choice in attending KCC. While most of the readers would expect the president to make such a remark, please allow me to offer some research behind the comment. Through a statewide 12-year research study* it was found that a community college graduate will earn an extra $570,000 over their lifetime compared to someone without a community college degree. Moreover, a KCC graduate will earn $163,000 more over their lifetime than other community college graduates.
In short, you’ve made a great choice in KCC, and we are here to help you succeed. Welcome students one and all, and I wish you a wonderful educational experience!
*Study of Economic Impact conducted by Northern Illinois University.
- 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.