The Kaskaskia College Nashville Education Center Steering
Campaign Committee met for its regular monthly meeting on February 19 at the
Original Springs Hotel in Okawville.
The committee, made up of community members and KC
personnel, is tasked with design and fundraising for the project. The Committee is co-chaired by Brian Heckert,
founder and wealth manager of Financial Solutions Midwest, LLC, and Sheila
Burcham, CEO of the Community Trust Bank.
The expansion project for the Nashville Education Center
plans to replace the 3,500 square feet of leased space in Nashville with a new
building with nearly 12,000 square feet to be constructed at the corner of
Highway 127 and Exchange Avenue north of Nashville. The site was chosen for easy access to
students and community members from the Washington County area. Brian and Bruce
Heckert, owners of the ground, donated half of the purchase price back to the
Nancy Kinsey, Vice-president of Operations for the College, reported
that the campaign has amassed $2,222,671 toward the estimated cost of
$3,055,000, leaving $832,330 in private donations to fully fund the
A new video, explaining the need for and benefits of the new
Center was viewed by the committee members.
The video will be used in presentations to groups in the coming
Kellie Henegar, Dean of Arts and Sciences for the College,
went over some aspects of the design for the new building. While the largest seating space in the
existing Center will hold 20 persons, and the center as a whole holds
approximately 60, the new Center will have several larger classrooms along with
dedicated science and computer laboratories, a community computer lab for
public use, and three business incubators that will enable small startup
businesses to become established in the area.
One major event is planned in the coming weeks. According to promotional materials: “The
Kaskaskia College Nashville Education Center Campaign will be hosting a ‘Mouse
Race’ on Saturday, March 15 at Roland Barkau Memorial Golf Course in Okawville. Doors for the event open at 6:00 p.m. and
races will start at 7:00 p.m. and end at 11:00 p.m. There will be seven mouse races on a 6 lane
track. If the mouse you bet on crosses the finish line first…YOU WIN! Each bet
Additionally, there will be a 50/50 drawing, a silent
auction, mouse roulette, dice wheel, and more activities. Tickets are $15.00
per person or $25.00 per couple which includes light refreshments. A cash bar will also be available. In addition, Race Sponsorships are available
for $100.00. This includes two tickets,
an ad on the race form and an opportunity to name the mice in your race. Sponsoring a race can provide fun competition
for employees and/or family members. For more information or to purchase
tickets contact Ruth Barczewski at 327-9136 or Cathy Karrick at 545-3182”.
For more information on the new Center, or to make a
donation, please contact Suzanne Christ at 618-545-3069 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The campaign also has a website for
interested parties at www.kaskaskia.edu/NEC, and a newly created Kaskaskia
College Nashville Education Center Facebook page.