The Kaskaskia College Nashville Education Center is proud to announce that all Washington County Schools have all signed resolutions of support for the construction of the College’s Education Center in Nashville.
Cathy Karrick, Director of Public Information for the College says “We are pleased to have the support of the Washington County Schools! This support is crucial to the campaign and shows the residents of Washington County that building this new center is a project being embraced by everyone in the district”.
Washington County Schools include:
Ashley Elementary #15
Hoyleton Elementary #29
Immanuel Lutheran Okawville
Irvington Elementary #11
Nashville Elementary #49
Nashville High School #99
Oakdale Elementary #1
St. Ann Elementary
Trinity St. John Lutheran,
Trinity Lutheran Hoyleton, and
West Washington CUSD #10.
The schools were not asked to contribute financially to the project, but several have announced student groups within the schools are planning special fund raisers to assist with the project.
Mike Brink, Superintendent of Nashville Grade School says, "Nashville Community Consolidated School District #49 is pleased to be able to assist our residents by supporting the Nashville Education Center Campaign. The education center in Nashville has been extremely successful for many years by allowing residents to take classes through Kaskaskia College without having to travel to the main Centralia campus. This project will help support our residents by giving them access to additional programs and classes that are currently not offered. We fully support this initiative and will help out in any way that we can."
Dr Jim Underwood, President of Kaskaskia College, expressed appreciation for the support of the Washington County School Districts Boards of Education for their passing resolutions endorsing the expansion of the KC Nashville Education Center. He also expressed appreciation for the hard work of the project Education Team chaired by Mr. Kevin Rench.
As part of its capital campaign master plan, Kaskaskia College plans to expand the Nashville Education Center from its current location with 3,500 square feet of leased space to a building to be constructed at Route 127 and Exchange Avenue with 12,000 square feet of instructional and community space.
The new center will include classrooms and Nursing and Science laboratories, along with computer class rooms and a Distance Learning classroom. The highlight of the spaces will be a block of four classrooms that can be opened up into one large space that can accommodate seating for 108 at tables or 246 in open seating, which will allow for larger gatherings and seminars. The new building will also have an open computer lab for community as well as student use, and three Business Incubator offices that will house three small business startups, with technology and administrative help for prospective entrepreneurs.