College Education Centers, located in Greenville, Salem, Nashville, and
Trenton, and the branch campus in Vandalia, offer the convenience of KC classes
without the travel to the main campus, but they also offer a variety of
services to both students and their communities.
based upon Kaskaskia College’s philosophy of “bringing education to the times
and places convenient to the learner,” the Education Centers were first opened
in small spaces to gauge the demand for KC services in the communities. After soaring enrollments and increasing
opportunities to fill needs in the areas served by the Centers, KC has expanded
upon their original plans, and to date have built or expanded new spaces for all
but the Trenton and Nashville centers, with expansion projects underway for
past, students at the Education Centers and the Vandalia campus were allowed to
earn only half of the credit hours needed for a degree locally, and needed to
travel to the main campus to finish their studies. But with an agreement ratified in 2012, all
of the Centers can now offer full degree and certificate programs locally. In light of this development, KC has been
moving forward by expanding its offerings at the Education centers and branch
campus. They are able to do this in two
good number of face to face classes take place at the Centers, no single venue
can offer every class that a student might need. KC has addressed this issue with the advent
of Interactive TV (ITV) classes and online offerings. ITV classes use state of the art interactive
video technology to allow students from all over the district to attend a
single class that can originate from any Education Center or campus. Every Center and campus has at least one ITV
classroom, which not only allows for interested students to attend classes
without the need to travel; it also allows for classes to be made viable
through attendance by a few students at several locations. This has dramatically increased the number
and variety of classes offered off campus.
burgeoning technology aiding in this effort is online class offerings. While a small number of online classes were
offered in the past, the increase in students now able to access computers and
the internet has allowed for a huge expansion of online classes. Even a quick look at the online classes
offered in the KC Class Schedule on the KC website (http://www.kaskaskia.edu)
shows that in some programs, online classes are the norm, rather than the
exception. This has proved to be a boon
to students whose schedule does not allow them to attend regular face to face
College has also implemented an initiative called Weekend College. Geared mostly toward career and technical
students, Weekend College classes meet on Friday evenings and on Saturdays to
allow for working adults and others with rigid work schedules to also gain
education to further their careers or to add on to their skill sets. This newest innovation has proved very
popular and will continue to grow.
addition, each Center has an open computer lab which is free to use by any
student or community member, offering not only access for online classes, but
for any other computer needs a visitor may have. These computer labs have proven to be a very
popular service, and have helped tremendously to cement positive relations
between the College and the communities.
the expansion of the Trenton and Nashville Centers is complete, each Education
Center will house several Small Business Incubators. These offices include internet and phone
services, and are designed, through the Small Business Development Center (SBDC),
to allow for business startups to gain a foothold with very little overhead
costs. These offices are available for a
lease period of three years with a nominal fee, and have helped a number of
startup companies to focus on growing their businesses. Kaskaskia College is committed to the
economic development of the region, and its funding of the business incubator
offices is an example of that commitment.
service the Education Centers are providing to their communities is as serving
as a venue for business meetings and gatherings of civic and community groups. All but the Trenton and Nashville centers
have conference rooms available, and a set of rooms that can serve as
individual classrooms but can also be expanded, with retractable walls, to
serve as a meeting place for larger groups to meet. The expansion plans for Trenton and Nashville
will also include these spaces, which are modeled on the Lifelong Learning
Center on the KC main campus.
from formal education, each Center also offers a variety of Community Education
Classes. These credit and non-credit
classes offer instruction in a wide variety of interests, from getting the most
out of your iPhone or iPad and digital camera, to genealogy, beekeeping, home
canning, quilting, art, basic computer use, and much more. As a service to the senior citizens of the
district, Community Education classes are offered for free or for a reduced fee
for students aged 60 years and over.
During the summer months, the Centers also offer fun and informative
activities for children with the Kids in College at Kaskaskia, or KiCK classes.
bottom line for the staff of the Education Centers and branch campus is
customer service. From the directors to
the maintenance staff, each employee is focused on meeting the needs of the
students and community members and creating a friendly, welcoming
atmosphere. Feel free to visit your
local Education Center or campus and see for yourself how KC’s Education
Centers are a great asset to the students, communities, and people they serve.
more information, please contact the Education Center Directors: Jerri Davenport, Greenville Center at
618-664-9394 or 618-545-3465; Ruth Barczewski, Nashville Center at 618-327-9136
or 618-545-3485; Janice Eischens, Salem Center at 618-548-9001 or 618-545-3425;
Arlene Covington, Trenton Center at 618-224-2666 or 618-545-3475; or Mary
Schulze, Vandalia Campus at 618-283-1780 or 618-545-3445.