The Medical Laboratory Technology programs at Kankakee Community College will commemorate Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, April 18-24.
This is the 46th year of celebrating and honoring clinical/medical laboratorians.
“Medical laboratory professionals want the public to know that they are critical members of the health care team,” said Glenda Forneris, director of KCC’s Medical Laboratory Technology programs. “Almost everyone has had a medical lab test, yet most people are unaware that trained professional perform those tests. Laboratory professionals spend countless hours dedicated to accurate testing to assist in important diagnoses and deliver results that can literally save lives.”
According to the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, “The dedicated efforts of laboratory professionals are often unseen by the general public. With the public now demanding the assurance of quality health care and professional accountability, laboratory practitioners of this critical science have a responsibility to ensure that the public is well informed about clinical laboratory competency.”
Kankakee Community College is distributing a more than $633,000 in federal aid to current students for costs incurred on or after March 13, 2020, when the president declared a national emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“KCC students who were enrolled during the Spring 2021, or who are registered for the upcoming Summer or Fall 2021 semesters, are eligible to apply for CRRSAA funds,” said Dr. Jose da Silva, KCC vice president for student affairs. “To be eligible, students don’t have to already be receiving financial aid. For those who do receive financial aid, receiving CRRSAA funds will not affect that money.”
Funding is available for credit division students, as well as non-credit, dual enrollment, and continuing education students. Students who are qualified aliens are also eligible.
“In order to help the students who both want and need additional aid, the process includes an application and a demonstration of need,” da Silva said. “Amounts given will vary by student based on their individual need and financial strain.”
“It will take up to two weeks to determine eligibility, process requests, print and send checks,” said Michelle Hasik, KCC director of financial aid.
The funding is not available to select groups, according to the relief fund guidelines. The ineligible groups include international and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students. These students can apply for Emergency Funding from the KCC Foundation. More information is available by email from firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 815-802-8550.
The HEERF II is authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021, Public Law 116-260, signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020. The CRRSAA authorizes $81.88 billion in support for education, in addition to the $30.75 billion provided last spring through the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Public Law 116-136. Each college has authority to develop its own process for allocating the funds.
The Continuing Education Department at Kankakee Community College is offering a number of personal development live webinars this spring.
Each class is a live event. Within 24 hours of the webinar, participants will receive an email with a link to the session. Internet access and an email address are required.
“American Sign Language II” is a continuation of American Sign Language I. Participants will continue working on expressive and receptive skills of American Sign Language. Session are Tuesdays, April 13 through May 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Instructor is Sherry Kinzler. Cost is $89.
In “Turning 65: Medicare Made Easy!” a community educator and licensed insurance representative will discuss Medicare Parts A and B, and Medicare Supplement Plans. Come learn about eligibility, enrollment, and the benefits of Medicare and Medicare Supplements. This program is for people turning 65, already 65 or older and leaving their employer plan, or who would simply like to learn more about Medicare. The webinar will be Tuesday, April 13 from 10-11:30 a.m. Instructor is Diane Adduci. Cost is $15.
“Estate Planning and Asset Protection” helps with planning at every stage of life, from young adulthood through marriage, having a family and preparing for the “golden years.” The live webinar will be on Thursday, April 22 from 6-7:30 p.m. Cost is $29.
“Meditate with Your Pet” will help you quiet your mind during stressful times. Your pet might sense your stress and want to help. Join us for a free, healing meditation. This pet-centered meditation technique is an effective way to mindfully connect with both your pet and yourself. The session includes 20 to 30 minutes as we mediate together with our pets. There are three live webinars to choose from: 7:30-8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14; 7:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 12 or 7:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 9. Instructor is Dawn Wrobel. This is a free event.
“Tomato Grafting” has high interest among gardeners. Learning how to do it yourself will save you money and offers unlimited options for what varieties you choose to graft. With a little practice, you can become skilled at this technique. The benefits include a more productive and disease-resistant tomato crop. The live webinar will be 10-10:45 a.m. on Wednesday May 12. Instructors are Holly Froning, and Katelynn Ohrt. Cost is $20. Grafting kits will be available for pick-up at KCC in the Welcome Center on Monday, May 10 between 8 a.m. -5 p.m. The kit includes grafting materials, tomato rootstock plants, tomato scion plants and the link to an instructional video. You can practice on your own or wait until the live session May 12.
“How to Travel Free & Safely” features world traveler Gina Henry sharing how she is prepared for the new “travel normal,” including tips on safety, trip insurance, what to do if you become sick, and other strategies. Discover over 200 ways to travel free. Earn free airline tickets, hotel nights, tours and more in the U.S. and worldwide through volunteering, fun work-vacations, paid travel, teaching English and remote employment opportunities. The live webinar will be Saturday, May 1 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Cost is $49, and include Henry’s 100-page ebook How to Travel Free & Save (retail $39.95).
These courses do not award college credit. To register online, visit www.kcc.edu/comejoinus, sign up or login, then find and 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 815-802-8206. Within 24 hours of the event, participants will receive an email with a link to the session. All participants require internet access and an email address. This event does not award college credit.
“Leading People and Departments” highlights the importance of individual skills in communication, performance management, coaching, flexible decision making and teamwork. Topics include accomplishing goals, dealing effectively with changing times, confusing situations, communicating confidently, and establishing expectations for high performance.
Class meets Wednesday, April 14 from 9 a.m. - noon at KCC in Room D124. Instructor is Rick Lochner. Cost is $149.
“Diversity and Inclusion” will explore what creating an inclusive culture really looks like and why it matters. The ideas from this workshop will set the stage for every participant to return to their organization and begin having more effective discussions to achieve an inclusive culture.
Class meets Wednesday, May 19 from 9 a.m. - noon at KCC in Room D124. Instructor is Rick Lochner. Cost is $149.
These courses do not award college credit. To register online, visit www.kcc.edu/comejoinus, sign up or login, then find and 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 815-802-8206. These classes do not award college credit.