An information session for spring courses designed for active senior citizens will be 10 a.m. – noon on Friday, March 22 in the Iroquois Room at Kankakee Community College.
The special guest speakers on March 22 will be Justin Caldwell and Jolene Boothe from Sweet Darren’s, a local bakery and ice cream establishment. They will talk about Sweet Darren’s vision, growth, and future.
“Sweet Darren’s is an amazing organization that empowers people with disabilities,” said Deb Hoyer-Denson, KCC director of continuing education programs. “They spread happiness through mouthwatering treats and meaningful employment.”
The Lifelong Learning Institute at KCC offers affordable, high-quality, non-credit classes that take place in an environment that fosters participation. Registration and course information will be available at the kickoff event. The event is free and open to the public. The classes are non-credit, continuing education, open to people ages 50 and older.
The classes focus on different intellectual and cultural topics, and vary from a few hours to several meetings. In-person and Live Webinar options are offered, and prices also vary. More than 20 classes for Spring 2024 are priced at $20 or less.
For more information, or to find out the latest course offerings, visit www.kcc.edu/lli or phone 815-802-8206. To be added to the program mailing list, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 815-802-8206.
Getting ready for Student Nurse Political Action Day
Posted On: 02/26/24
Sarah Quick of Kankakee is preparing for her role at the Student Nursing Association Political Action Day in Springfield.
Along with completing her final semester of the registered nursing program at Kankakee Community College, Quick also serves as president for SNA of Illinois.
Quick graduated from Central High School in Clifton in 2013. After taking several classes at KCC, she left to find a full-time job. After enrolling—and leaving—college again in 2014, Quick returned to KCC for a third time in 2020. That time, she began work toward a registered nursing degree.
“I just had too much going on in life,” Quick said about her first two stints in college.
As a KCC nursing student, one Quick’s professors, Mary Kyrouac, invited her to the SNA of Illinois convention in 2022.
“Sarah is a very motivated student who is very interested in going beyond bedside nursing and really likes to be involved in the nursing profession on a larger scale,” Kyrouac said. “It is very rare to get a student this early on that is thinking about nursing on a state and national level. We are so proud to have a KCC student with this type of passion for nursing.”
Kyrouac is also a faculty adviser for the college’s SNA chapter.
At the convention in 2022, Quick decided to run to be on the board of directors and became the 1st vice president for the following year. In that role, Quick hosted the SNA of Illinois convention at Loyola University in Chicago in September 2023. At that event, she was elected as president of the organization for this year.
“My big thing this year is getting membership,” Quick said. “There was burnout from COVID, and people left bedside nursing. I’d like to help reignite their passion.”
Being active with SNA also means a lot of volunteer work, Quick said.
Along with other members of KCC’s SNA chapter, Quick has volunteered at the Alzheimer’s walk, suicide walk, Sleep in Heavenly Peace, St. Mary’s food pantry, reading nights at the Kankakee Public library, and for a kidney mobile.
SNA members also work with the American Nurses Association, go to fundraisers and a leadership conference, Quick said; adding that she has worked with the Red Cross and completed the Student Curriculum for American Red Cross Disaster Health Services.
As a board member, Quick networks and communicates with students at many other colleges and universities. They compare notes, and advocate for change where they see opportunities for improvement, she said.
“The SNA faculty advisors believe that SNA makes a difference with students because it helps them to understand why it is important to volunteer and give back to the community it serves,” Kyrouac said. “It also provides them with opportunities to see the nursing profession at the political level and hopefully to become active in shaping the future of the nursing profession and of future nurses. We strive to help students achieve the values of the Student Nurses Association of Illinois including professionalism, commitment, pride, respect and integrity.”
One of Quick’s next events will be to be a representative at the American Nurses Association of Illinois Student Nurse Political Action Day in Springfield on April 16.
“I’m looking forward to meeting nursing students like me from around the state and to interact with our legislators,” Quick said. “This is an important day for student nurses. We get a chance to talk with legislators about issues that we will face as professionals and that shape our day-to-day work lives.”
KCC’s two-year registered nursing program has a competitive entry process, and accepts new students each fall and spring semester. It incorporates classroom lectures, clinical experiences and lab demonstrations. The program is designed to prepare students for work in hospital departments, as well as in long-term care, home care, business and industry, outpatient clinics, public agencies, and physicians’ offices.
For information about entry requirements, consult with a KCC advisor or contact the program director, Kellee Hayes at email@example.com or phone 815-802-8828.
For over 30 years, the Dr. King Education Center stood as a beacon of hope and opportunity within the Kankakee Community. The organization’s assets are now being transformed into scholarships at Kankakee Community College.
The King Center’s board members, Louise Bigott, Former Kankakee Alderman Steve Hunter and Dr. Willie Davis, decided to give KCC $18,352 to use toward student scholarships.
"We chose to give this gift to the KCC Foundation because KCC embodies the same spirit of hope and opportunity that the Dr. King Education Center instilled in our community,” said Hunter. “Education is the pathway to a brighter future, and KCC's commitment to empowering students aligns perfectly with our mission."
“By supporting KCC, we continue the legacy of providing hope and opportunity to future generations,” said Davis. “Today, we honor Judy Thomas's memory along with the countless individuals whose lives were touched by the center's transformative work.”
Thomas was the long-time Dr. King Education Center business manager. She passed away in 2014. Her son, Dr. Brad Thomas, attended the ceremonial check presentation.
“Judy embodied the center's compassionate ethos, and her generous spirit continues to inspire and guide our efforts,” Bigott said. “Her dedication and tireless advocacy for individuals seeking education and support left an impact on the community. We are very grateful to have her son Brad with us to commemorate this gift.”
Established in 1968, the Dr. King Education Center collaborated closely with KCC, fostering a culture of learning and empowerment. Its comprehensive programs encompassed adult basic education, GED preparation, job skills training, English as a second language instruction, and parenting skills development. KCC continues to offer all of those programs.
“Kankakee Community College remains deeply grateful for the enduring partnership and support of the Dr. King Education Center,” said Kari Nugent, vice president for advancement at KCC.
KCC’s Department of Adult and Community Education offers classes for area adults who are ready to complete grade school or high school requirements. There are no costs to enroll or for books. The programs are open to anyone age 17 and older who is no longer attending high school. They also are for adults who do not speak English as their first language and want to improve their English to obtain employment or improve employment opportunities. Basic literacy courses are also offered at KCC. For information on all Adult Education programs at KCC, visit adulted.kcc.edu or phone 815-802-8300.
To apply for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Scholarship, as well as all KCC Foundation scholarships, visit foundation.kcc.edu/scholarships. The deadline to apply for 2024-25 scholarships is May 1, 2024.
To donate to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Scholarship, visit foundation.kcc.edu/give, or phone the KCC Foundation office at 815-802-8252.
Shown in the photo are: (L-R) Kari Nugent, Louise Bigott, Dr. Willie Davis, Steve Hunter, Dr. Brad Thomas and Dr. Michael Boyd.
The next vice president for academic affairs at Kankakee Community College has more than 20 years of experience as a higher education administrator.
Beginning May 20, Dr. Quincy Rose-Sewell will become KCC’s chief academic officer, responsible for administering the college’s credit and non-credit instruction and workforce development programs. She will be responsible for the management of educational curriculum and assigned academic support services throughout the college.
“I’m very excited about this opportunity to work alongside Dr. Rose-Sewell,” said Dr. Michael Boyd, KCC’s president. “She comes to KCC very well-prepared, and I’m confident that she will help KCC maintain our current momentum and meet the goals established in our Strategic Plan.
“We’re working on a lot of great initiatives right now, and I know she’ll help us move forward,” Boyd continued. “I also know that she is going to bring new ideas to KCC’s academic enterprise, and the college is ready to get behind her great ideas as we work together to enhance quality of life through learning.”
Rose-Sewell is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. Most recently, she was vice president of academic support and instruction at Pueblo Community College in Colorado.
“I am looking forward to serving and leading our academic team to support the vision of the president in KCC’s crucial role in providing affordable education and creating pathways to family-sustaining careers,” Rose-Sewell said. “By developing, engaging and nurturing relationships within our community and with our workforce partners, as a team we have an opportunity to collaborate to support innovation and reimagine education with student access, success, professional and personal growth at the forefront for all who seek a quality education. This is indeed an exciting time to serve on the KCC team where our current and new initiatives will certainly catapult us to the next level! “
Rose-Sewell has served as assistant vice president for academic affairs at Baltimore City Community College and dean of the College of Education at Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis. She also has held leadership and instructional positions at Grambling State University in Louisiana and Tusculum University in Tennessee.
“Dr. Rose-Sewell will be a great addition to our community, and I know she’s excited to get involved and make an impact,” Boyd said.
Rose-Sewell has two degrees from Delaware State University, a bachelor’s degree in primary education and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction. She has a doctorate in innovation and leadership, with a concentration in organizational leadership, from Wilmington University in Delaware.
Within the next few months, she and her husband, Rodney, are planning to move to the Kankakee area from Colorado.
The current vice president, Sheri Cagle, will retire from KCC on June 30. Cagle has worked at KCC full-time since 2007, in faculty and administrative roles.