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From the President

Dr. John AvendanoWelcome to the Fall 2014 semester at Kankakee Community College! I hope the upcoming semester will find you excelling in each course you complete, becoming involved in college activities and events, and connecting with friends, both new and old. On behalf of the Board of Trustees of Kankakee Community College, I welcome each student and visitor to our campus.

I am pleased to welcome Dr. Michael Boyd as our vice president for instructional and student success. He succeeds Dennis Sorensen, who retired this spring after over 30 years as a student, faculty member and administrator at Kankakee Community College. We wish Mr. Sorensen well as he enjoys his well-deserved retirement.

Dr. Boyd comes to us with a wealth of knowledge as a Six Sigma Black Belt. He has served as both a high school and community college educator. At Illinois Central College, his administrative experience includes being an associate dean of English, humanities, and language studies. He was named as a delegate to China by the Morton Economic Development Council in the Peoria area, and visited Beijing, Shanghai, Tiantai, and Hangzhou last October.

He and his wife, Maureen, reside in Manteno with their four children. He is looking forward to being involved in the community. Please welcome him when you have an opportunity to do so.

We are always looking for ways—big and small—to improve our programs and enhance the services we offer to our students and to our community. Classes have now begun at our North Extension Center (NEC) on Route 50 in Bradley and our Manufacturing and Industrial Technology Center (MITC) on Rt. 45/54 in Kankakee. It is our hope these sites will serve our students and area employers who need a trained and skilled workforce.

Helping each and every student achieve their educational and career goals are critical for our success as well. We challenge our students to never lose sight of their educational goals. We at KCC are here to help.

Here’s to a successful Fall 2014 semester for each student and employee of KCC.

- 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.