It’s the time of year to express gratitude and say thank you to all the people who are making an impact on our lives. So, on behalf of all of us here at KCC, I want to thank you for sticking with us through what may be the most difficult academic year of our college’s history. No one knows better than you do how challenging it is to be a student during a global pandemic, but you’ve shown true resilience and incredible determination.
Thank you for trusting KCC to be your college home. Thank you for being flexible and understanding as we all learned how to be successful in online and hybrid classes. Thank you for maintaining your social distance while on campus. Thank you for washing your hands, using hand sanitizer, and keeping your masks secure over your mouth and nose all the time. Most of all, thank you for being a proud KCC Cavalier and registering early for your spring classes.
As we learn more and more about COVID-19 treatments and vaccines, we know that there is light at the end of this tunnel. We are going to make it through this pandemic. When we do, our classrooms will be filled with students, our athletic facilities will host competitions, our College Center will be teeming with student life, and our courtyard will once again be filled with the proud families of our graduating class. It’s going to happen, and when we are on the other side of this national disaster, we’ll be able to look at each other with a sense of shared pride that we did this together, supporting one another through the whole thing.
I’m thankful for each and every one of KCC’s students. In this season, I hope you are just as thankful.
The fifth president of KCC, Dr. Girard Weber, died Wednesday, Nov. 11 at the age of 70. Weber was KCC’s president from July 1, 2001 to April 4, 2009.
Upon announcing his departure from KCC, Weber said “It's been a pleasure working at KCC for the past seven years. KCC is poised for the future with a philosophy of continuous quality improvement and with state leadership in sustainability and renewable energy.”
He left KCC to become president at College of Lake County in Grayslake, where he served from April 2009 to June 2017. He then accepted the presidency at Bellevue College in Washington, where he worked from July 2017 to March 2020.
At KCC, Weber lead the college through many successful initiatives and fulfilled several goals set by the board of trustees, including the adoption of Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) as an accreditation and planning vehicle. In 2002, the college completed a community-wide strategic planning process, which resulted in a 20-year master facilities plan for the college. While Weber was president, the college opened a Satellite Center in Watseka (2003) and the Education and Employment Center in downtown Kankakee (2007). The college’s Riverfront Campus in Kankakee opened a Workforce Development Center (2003), an Arts and Sciences facility (2007), and the Health Careers Center for Excellence (2008).
“Dr. Jerry Weber was a catalyst for change and a champion for sustainability,” said KCC president Dr. Michael Boyd. “Jerry started the conversation on our campus about sustainability, and our focus on sustainable and renewable energy training is part of the legacy he left here at KCC. After his departure, the college carried on with that priority. He and I spent some time together a few weeks ago. Jerry visited campus and he toured the renovated Miner Memorial Library and the new Advanced Technology Education Center, which was built to deliver KCC’s renewable energy curriculum. I could tell how proud he was of ATEC, even though it occurred after his time at KCC had ended. He made a lasting impact on our campus.”
Weber earned a doctorate in higher education administration and a master’s degree in educational measurement and statistics from the University of Iowa. He has had two degrees from Northern Illinois University, a master’s degree in linguistics and English literature, and a bachelor’s degree in English.
The Continuing Education Department at Kankakee Community College is offering a series of Leadership & Management courses this fall.
The series has one class per month, and each class meets from 9 a.m. - noon at KCC in Room D123. All sessions are taught by Rich Lochner.
The courses are “Goal Planning,” Tuesday, Oct. 6; “Conflict Resolution” Wednesday, Nov. 11; and “Multigenerational Workforce,” Tuesday, Dec. 8. Course descriptions are online at www.kcc.edu/comejoinus. Cost for each class is $149.
The courses do not award college credit. Online registration is available. At kcc.edu/comejoinus, sign up or login, then select the course, click on the date and add it to your cart. Within the cart, checkout. To register by phone, or for more information, phone 815-802-8207.
Kankakee Community College is hosting financial aid information nights and workshops to assist college-bound students and their parents in understanding the financial aid process.
The first workshops help students and their parents better understand how to pay for the costs of going to college. They will share how to fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), the form used at all two- and four-year colleges and universities to determine eligibility for federal and state grants, work-study programs, subsidized & unsubsidized student loans and some scholarships. Staff will also explain and clarify the types of aid which is available.
An in-person session will be Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, from 6-8 p.m. in Room M120 on KCC’s Riverfront Campus, 100 College Drive in Kankakee. It will be “hands-on,” for those who want to complete the FAFSA as the steps are presented.
The live webinar session will be Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020 from 6-8 p.m.
Three additional FAFSA workshops with scholarship information will be offered, once in person and twice as a live webinar.
The in-person session will be Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020 from 6-8 p.m. in Room M120 on KCC’s Riverfront Campus. Those who attend can work on their own FAFSA and scholarship application during the time.
The FAFSA & Scholarship Workshop live webinar will be Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 from 6-8 p.m. and Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020 from 6-8 p.m.
All sessions are provided as a public service and are open to students and parents regardless of the college they plan to attend.
The FAFSA becomes available Oct. 1.
“We recommend that everyone complete the FAFSA as soon as possible because most funds are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis,” said Kendra Souligne, KCC coordinator of financial aid. “Even if your plans aren’t finalized, your financial aid package starts with submitting a FAFSA.”
To register for any of the sessions, visit www.kcc.edu/finaid, click on workshops and choose a date. For in-person sessions, participants will be asked to follow KCC’s procedures, including wearing a face covering and completing a certification form.