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From the President

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It always amazes me how fast time passes, and this year is no exception. As we turn the calendar page to 2016, the idiom, “Time and tide wait for no man (or woman)” could never be more true. Students and community members continue to forge through the programs to make themselves competitive for the changing economic climate. Many of our students entering their last semester see the finish line for a May 2016 commencement. Still many others relish the journey of education, understanding our mission … The quality of their life will be enhanced through learning. What binds our students together is the goal of completion. It is the goal of finishing the certificate or degree that motivates them. No matter where you are in your educational journey I encourage you to keep your eye on the prize. I encourage you to keep focused on your goal and complete your credential.

For our community members who have contemplated a return to school for the first time or to finish a degree, please let us know how we can help you with your decision. We all understand it can be a frightening step; however, I am confident the faculty, staff and administration can make the transition and journey a rewarding one. A competitive economic climate requires the right education, experience, and degrees. Employers demand a competent, well-educated, and academically prepared student. KCC can prepare you for either journey you wish to take. However, we need you to take that first step. We need you find that motivation or purpose to enhance your quality of life through learning. Make it your commitment today; after all, “Time and tide wait for no man (or woman)."

For the continuing students at KCC, we all wish you an exciting and fulfilling semester. Please know KCC is here to support, encourage, and guide you toward your goals. I look forward to seeing you on campus.

- 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.