Happy New Year and welcome to the Spring 2015 semester at Kankakee Community College. Each new year brings an opportunity for new beginnings and often times a new you. For many, the new year is an opportunity to finish what you’ve started. Whatever you resolve to accomplish in 2015, I hope you consider Kankakee Community College as part of your plan. For all new and continuing students at KCC, on behalf of the Board of Trustees, our faculty, staff and administration, I welcome you.
KCC opens the year with all of its new facilities in place and open to serve our residents and businesses. A significant component of the mission of community colleges is to provide convenient access to quality education. The North Extension Center on Route 50 in Bradley and the South Extension Center on Route 24 in Watseka are part of our commitment to provide access to quality education for our residents.
Another key role of Kankakee Community College is to provide a skilled workforce for business and industry. Along with our extension sites, the opening of the Manufacturing and Industrial Technology Center does just that! The MITC on Route 45/52 in Kankakee is a well-equipped training facility to provide students with skills necessary for the jobs in our community.
We are excited about starting the year with our new facilities. Moreover, we are proud of the quality education and training you will receive from some of the best faculty our region has to offer. We wish you all great success at KCC. Here’s to a new year … Here’s to a new you.
- 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.