Beth Nunley has been named the next vice president for Business Affairs at Kankakee Community College, effective July 1.
As chief financial officer of the college, Nunley will be responsible for the development and management of the college budget, investments, accounting functions and purchasing. Along with meeting reporting requirements of the Illinois Community College Board, the business affairs division also is responsible for overseeing construction projects, human resources, insurance, risk management, physical plant operations, information technology services, and the college bookstore.
“Beth has demonstrated unwavering commitment to KCC’s students over the last nine years as director of finance,” said Dr. Michael Boyd, KCC’s president. “She comes to the role of vice president well prepared. I am confident that she will bring energy and innovative ideas to the table as an executive-level leader. I’m excited to work alongside her as we lead KCC toward our mission.”
Nunley began working at KCC in June 2011 as director of financial affairs.
“I am honored to serve at the college and remain dedicated to supporting the evolving needs of our community,” Nunley said. “I will continue working with my colleagues to drive change at KCC, assist faculty and staff in creating environments to enhance student success, and provide affordable educational opportunities for all.”
Nunley has an associate degree from Joliet Junior College, a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Governors State University in University Park, and a master’s degree in business administration from Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais. She is a certified public accountant, licensed in Illinois. Before joining KCC’s staff, Nunley was a general accountant at Joliet Junior College and a staff accountant in Burr Ridge.
KCC’s current chief financial officer, Dr. Vicki Gardner, will retire from the college on June 30. She has been employed by KCC since 1981 and has served as vice president for business affairs and human resources since September 2001.
Those who are laid off or out of work—whether or not due to the COVID-19 pandemic—are invited to explore different career avenues with the help of Kankakee Workforce Services, a local American Job Center.
Workforce services include helping job seekers with free resources to explore career options, linking job seekers with certificate or short-term training if necessary, reviewing resumes, giving search tips, helping with the application process, providing practice on interviewing skills, and more.
Through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Dislocated Worker program, Workforce Services provides individuals who have been laid off with scholarships for training in in-demand occupations.
WIOA participant scholarships are up to $10,000 in tuition, plus $2,500 per year for books and training-related fees and supplies. Reimbursement for fuel to travel to classes is also available. Individuals who receive unemployment insurance do not lose benefits when they enroll in a certificate or degree through WIOA.
Other job search services are available including free virtual workshops in resume writing and interviewing for success for those who choose not to enroll in further training.
For assistance finding a career direction, Workforce Services offers free online questionnaires to match the person’s skills with career options. A variety of Skills and Interest Surveys are on the Illinois WorkNet website for those who create an account.
Kankakee Workforce Services is administered by Kankakee Community College, and all programs/services are free under the WIOA grant. Funding is provided by the Grundy Livingston Kankakee Workforce Board.
The Kankakee Community College Office of Continuing Education and Career Services is offering 10 free online classes this spring.
The self-paced courses include a mix of skills for today’s changing job market, said Deb Hoyer-Denson, assistant director of Continuing Education and Career Services. The courses are normally offered for $95-$115 each. Full descriptions of the classes are at www.enrole.com/kcc/. They are:
Creating Web Pages Teaches basic HTML to design, create, and post a website.
Creating WordPress Websites - Shows how to create attractive, sophisticated blogs and websites without any coding.
Fundamentals of Supervision and Management - Provides skills in managing time, delegating responsibility, motivating employees, solving problems and resolving conflicts.
Twelve Steps to a Successful Job Search - Designed to help participants gain confidence in their ability to acquire interviews and job offers, even in a tough, competitive economy.
Keys to Effective Communication - Provides a step-by-step process to become a great conversationalist by using communication to build rapport, create trust, warmth and respect.
Managing Customer Service - Participants will discover methods to bring out their own best, and the best in others, as they serve as company ambassadors.
Marketing Your Business on the Internet - Shares proven methods for establishing an Internet presence and building a brand identity.
Personal Finance - Helps participants set clear financial goals, make the right investments, increase financial security, and be prepared to retire.
Small Business Marketing on a Shoestring - Includes cost effective marketing strategies that provide results with hands-on activities and real-world examples.
Individual Excellence - Shows how to master 12 career enhancing skills, including goal setting, time management, personal organization, creativity, financial matters and conflict resolution.
The offer expires June 30 and the course must be started before July 1. To register online, visit kcc.edu/comejoinus, sign up or login, then find 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 and leave a message. A staff person will return the call within one business day.
After registering, participants will receive account access within one business day. These courses do not award college credit.
Kankakee Community College is distributing a little more than $633,000 in federal aid to students affected by the disruption which occurred when courses were moved online in March 2020.
The money is from the Federal Emergency Stimulus Funding (CARES Act) for Colleges and Universities. It is part of a stimulus package, according to the U.S. Department of Education, designed to “assist with expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare).”
Each college was given authority to develop its own process for allocating the funds. To apply for CARES Act funds, KCC students must also be eligible to file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
“Most KCC credit division students who were enrolled during the Spring 2020, or who are registered for Summer 2020, are eligible to apply for CARES Act funds,” said Jose da Silva, Ph.D., 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, funds from the CARES Act will not affect that money.”
The funding from KCC is not available to select groups, including international students, Adult Education and other non-credit students, according to the relief fund guidelines. Emergency funding from the KCC Foundation is available to these student populations. Students can contact the KCC Financial Aid Office for more information on emergency funds.
“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 first checks are expected to be sent by the end of May.