On Tuesday, May 14, Kaskaskia College held the first of a series of Community Engagement Meetings at the Nashville Education Center.
The purpose of the open forums is to be available for the district citizens for discussing plans and to provide an update on the College. Also, the forums were established to gain input as a commitment to working together with district employers and educational partners in serving the public with the latest in technology and information in this rapidly changing world.
Kaskaskia College is proud to be serving the area as a primary resource for workforce development, specialized skills training, adult basic education, community and continued education, allied health/nursing, and academic transfer education. The College is also serving a major role in economic development for the region.
KC President Dr. Jim Underwood led the attendees through some of the highlights of the past year. These highlights include: KC attracts 53% of in-district high school graduates who go on to a college or university; KC currently has the thirteenth lowest tuition rate in the state; every resident of KC’s district is within fifteen miles of a KC campus or education center, and of those KC grads seeking employment, 91% are employed, with 80% of those employed working within the college district and 90% employed within 50 miles of the KC main campus in Centralia.
Dr. Underwood touched upon the growth of the college as well, laying out the college’s plan for five new capital projects that are either underway or will be in the near future. These projects include an expansion of the Trenton Education Center, the fundraising for which recently reached the $1.1 million mark; an expansion of the Nashville Education Center, which is expected to be launched later this year; a renovation of the Crisp Technology Center; and a new Nursing Facility and Agriculture Facility to be planned on the main campus.
Discussion followed concerning the plans for the Nashville Education Center project. Dr. Underwood said that the first major effort was finding a home for the new center, with a parcel of land suitable for the construction of a new Center. A site located north of Nashville, will be recommended to the Board at a special board meeting scheduled to take place on Monday, May 20 at the Nashville Center.
More Community Engagement meetings are scheduled for Trenton on May 21, Greenville on June 3, Salem on June 4, and Vandalia on June 17.