Century Scholars Recognition Dinner

Each year since 1984, the Century Scholars Recognition Society has presented its scholarship award at the annual recognition dinner. This year's dinner took place June 10, 2014 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Kankakee.

2014 Century Scholars

Sara Fortin

Sara Fortin

Sara is a hard working business student from Herscher.

She is a first generation college student who truly hit the ground running the moment she stepped on campus. 

Sara is involved in Phi Theta Kappa, Student Ambassadors, and the Student Advisory Council. 

Sara is determined and her future is bright. 

Molly FerrellMolly Ferrell

Molly is a third semester nursing student who has overcome many obstacles to become the stand out student she is today. 

When her family experienced hardship, she was able to overcome. 

Molly's passion for nursing is infectious, and the community will benefit hugely from having her as a nurse.  

Natasha RichmondNatasha Richmond

Natasha is a second semester nursing student.

She started college at a different institution, as a pre-med major.

After running into financial hardship, she left school and gained employment as a geologist.

Nine years later, Natasha was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Because of her experience with nurses who cared for her during her illness, Natasha decided to become a nurse and help others as she had been helped.

Distinguished Alumnus Award

Barbara Decker and John FultonBarbara Decker

Barbara started her college career at KCC right after high school. Her mother worked at KCC and several of her siblings also went to school here, so it seemed like a great option.

After completing an Associate in Applied Science degree, she began her career in 1977 as a staff nurse in the Kankakee community and steadily worked to enhance her capabilities and climb the corporate ladder.

She invested more than 30 years to improving her abilities as a nurse and building leadership experience and capabilities. She, without hesitation, says she has enjoyed every moment. Decker has held many positions of responsibility including:

  • Staff nurse
  • Operating room head nurse/director
  • Director of perioperative services and women and children’s services
  • Interim chief nursing officer
  • Chief nursing officer/ vice president of nursing

She also has been employed by the Provena Health/Presence Health Corporate Office as director of clinical value analysis and she is currently director of perioperative services at Presence St. Mary’s Hospital.

A strong supporter of community colleges, she has served on the KCC Associate Degree in Nursing/Licensed Practical Nursing Advisory Board and is currently on the KCC Foundation Board. She has also been a guest speaker at the KCC Nursing Pinning Ceremony and participated in a panel presentation for nursing students.

Learn more about our Century Scholars Program

Watch the video below, or read more about the Century Scholars scholarship, to learn how you can help students achieve their goals.