Salem Education Center
The Kaskaskia College Salem Education Center, since its
establishment in 2003, has been very successful at reaching, enrolling, and
serving citizens in the Salem area. This Center was created to make higher
educational opportunities more accessible. As a result of creating the Center,
the College has been quite effective in serving a population that was not being
reached because of variable time and distance factors which are so critical to
students in acquiring a higher education, especially given the demands placed
upon their lives. Now, we find that climbing gas prices are contributing to
their transportation challenges in managing not only the time, but also the
expense of travel to make education accessible.
Demands for additional educational programs along with limited enrollment
opportunities at the present center (because of small classroom sizes) caused
the College to explore options for additional space. It was concluded that a
larger facility was needed to meet the demanding and changing needs in the Salem
area for higher education. We further saw a larger Kaskaskia College Salem
Education Center as a permanent site in which new programs can be developed and
offered for the entire College.
An alternate location for the Salem Education Center was identified, selected
and purchased and a plan was developed for the implementation of additional
programming and services at the new location. This alternate location, which is
at 1437 W. Whittaker, Salem, Illinois will allow the College to accomplish the
goals in Salem, in accordance with the College’s Institutional plan.
The 12,342 square-foot Salem Education Center was previously occupied by a
grocery store. This location provides ample front parking space for students and
the center patrons. It has five classrooms, a state-of-the-art computer lab,
a tutoring room, a wet lab, an industrial trades lab, as well as business
New programs, such as commercial custodial will be offered at the new site,
along with associate degree general education classes.
Renovation of the new Kaskaskia College Education Center was completed at the
end of 2008, with classes being held starting in the spring 2009 semester.