The Fast Path Degree program at KCC will have an information night Wednesday, Jan. 30 from 6-7 p.m. at the Harold and Jean Miner South Extension Center in Watseka.
Visitors will learn more about the program, which offers a schedule of two classes at a time, two days a week for two years. The program leads to an Associate in Arts transfer degree. Participants complete two classes every eight weeks.
“The dedicated mentor and added support services available in the Fast Path program have helped me make a smooth transition from high school to college,” said current Fast Path Student Daniel Devine. “This program has taught me the skills I need to be a successful college student in class and online.”
“The fall 2019 students will be in class for about three hours a day on Tuesdays and Thursdays,” said Rexann McKinley, KCC professor and program mentor. “The course sequence, dates and times are all preplanned to make it easy on the students.” The program admits a maximum of 20 students each fall, and textbooks and a laptop are included.
“Fast Path students have a support system they can rely on,” said McKinley. “We mentor, guide and coach each student. We want them to be successful. Our graduates will be ready to transfer as juniors to a four-year college or university.” Applications are now being accepted, and classes will begin in Aug. 2019. More information and application materials are at fastpath.kcc.edu.
For questions or to reserve a seat at the information session, contact McKinley at email@example.com or phone 815-802-8780.
Shown above: 2018 Watseka Fast Path students - Madelyn Suver, Daniel Devine, Ashley Emery.
Dr. Michael Boyd will be the seventh president of Kankakee Community College. The KCC board of trustees made the decision at a special meeting Wednesday afternoon.
Boyd, vice president for instructional and student success at KCC, will assume his new duties on July 1. He will replace KCC President Dr. John Avendano, who will retire at the end of June. Avendano served at KCC since July 1, 2009.
“Dr. Boyd is a leader, and his passion for education and student success was evident throughout the interview process,” said Patrick Martin, chairman of the board. “Mike has immersed himself and his family into our community and he is plugged into the chambers, industry and school systems. Mike also knows well the strengths and weakness of the college, and I believe he knows how to lead KCC to the next level. I look forward to a smooth transition.”
A transition of responsibilities to Boyd will begin in the coming weeks.
“I’m excited for Dr. Boyd and for KCC,” said Dr. John Avendano, KCC President. “Dr. Boyd fully understands the mission of the community college and he is dedicated to student success. Moreover, he knows KCC’s role as an economic engine for our local workforce and our region I have complete confidence in Dr. Boyd and his willingness to strengthen KCC for our community.”
“I’m humbled to be chosen,” said Boyd. “I’m looking forward to building on the college’s accomplishments and student successes. KCC is ready to jump to the next level and meet the growing needs of our students, communities, employers and workforce.”
Boyd has been at KCC for four years. He is the college’s chief academic officer, leading all aspects of student curriculum development, learning outcomes and faculty development. Previously, Boyd was a professor and administrator for eight years at Illinois Central College in East Peoria. Boyd holds a Ph.D. in English studies from Illinois State University in Normal.
Boyd has a Master Online Teacher certificate from the University of Illinois; and a Six Sigma Black Belt, which recognizes organizational process improvement skills, from Caterpillar.
Before joining the staff at Illinois Central College, Boyd was a high school teacher in Morton, Ill., where he received the Outstanding Teacher Award two times. In the community, Boyd is chair of the Manteno Chamber of Commerce board of directors, a member of the Kankakee Area Regional Vocational Education System board, and part of the Illinois Community College Board Workforce Education Strategic Planning team.
Boyd lives in Manteno along with his wife, Maureen, and their children Michael, Maddie, Milana, and Mitchell.
Orientation appointments are now being accepted for Spring 2019 high school equivalency/General Educational Development (GED) classes offered at Kankakee Community College.
Program orientations are required before enrollment. Classes begin in February and March, and there is no cost to the student.
Classes are designed for students at least 16 years of age who are not enrolled in the school system. KCC offers the classes as preparation for taking a high school equivalency exam, including the GED.
To register for an orientation, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 815-802-8300. Orientations and classes are held at these locations:
Kankakee Community College, 100 College Drive, off River Road, in Kankakee, Room L30A and Room L30B. Morning, afternoon and evening classes are offered.
KCC Miner South Extension Center, 1488 E. Walnut St., Watseka. Morning classes are offered.
First United Methodist Church of Momence, 111 W. Fourth St., Momence. Evening classes are offered.