The community is invited to a Grand Opening celebration for the renovated Miner Memorial Library and new Center for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at Kankakee Community College.
The Open House will be Thursday, Sept. 16, from 4-6 p.m. The Library and Center for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion are both on the first floor at KCC. Tours of both locations will be offered at 4:30 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. There will be brief remarks at 5:15 p.m.
Refreshments and appetizers will be available.
“We are so excited to have the center up and running,” said Whitney Mittons, coordinator of equity, diversity and inclusion at KCC. “Students are already regularly using the space to meet up, hang out and study and it’s been really exciting!”
The Center for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion opened in Spring 2021. It is KCC’s hub for cross-cultural education affirmation and celebration, as well as a source for resources and support related to equity, diversity and inclusion. (At right, Robert Billings and Giannah Boice in the Center for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.)
The library underwent a major renovation in 2020, and re-opened in Fall 2020. The library is now an area dedicated to collaboration and information sharing. It offers opportunities to engage with a variety of technology as well as areas for quiet study. The mezzanine level is the Student Success Center, with tutoring and an active learning classroom.
“Students have been enjoying the renovated facilities,” said Tracy Conner, director of library and academic support services. “Our study rooms have become very popular for group work.” (At left, Ed Gilbert and Jalen Williams.)
Prospective students can learn about Kankakee Community College during Explore KCC Day on Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 11.
The morning session will be 10 a.m. - noon and the afternoon session will be 1-3 p.m.
Explore KCC Day offers information on KCC options, including specific details for those who already have a program in mind. There also will be tours of various academic spaces, plus information about support services, financial aid and how to enroll.
On Aug. 26, Illinois Gov. Pritzker announced new vaccine requirements for higher education students and employees, including KCC. KCC is in the process of implementing changes to meet the requirements.
KCC students and employees who do not receive the vaccine must be tested for COVID-19 once per week, once testing becomes available at KCC. It will be saliva-based testing. The college is working to implement testing as soon as possible. If there is a gap between the governor's vaccination deadline and the date when KCC can offer testing, all students can still come to campus during that time.
Weekly tests will be free.
After being offered at the Riverfront Campus, testing will later expand to extension centers. That information will be communicated as it becomes available.
Most KCC students who are vaccinated qualify for a free class from KCC. This is worth up to $495, which will be a credit on your account. Read all details here.
Access to college facilities will not be limited while the testing process is put in place. All students can come to the college and should continue to certify, social distance and wear masks.