Listed below are the articles from the past 60 days. For a complete listing of press releases organized by school year, visit the press release archive.

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KC's Automotive Technology and the hybrid factorKC's Automotive Technology and the hybrid factor

December 16th, 2014—Henry Ford once said of his famed auto, "You can have any color you want, as long as it is black." How things have changed! Today's cars come in a variety of colors and styles. But in Kishwaukee College's Automotive Technology department, color and style are almost irrelevant. It is the engineering that matters most. Tim Banasiak, Automotive Technology (AMT) instructor said, "The days of the backyard mechanic are long gone. Today's cars are computerized and much more complex. Mechanics need specialized training. That's where we come in."  Full Article

KC Forensics takes 4th place in CLC TournamentKC Forensics takes 4th place in CLC Tournament

December 10th, 2014—The Kishwaukee College Forensics team continues a solid season, placing 4th in the annual Soller Solstice Invitational Tournament at the College of Lake County on December 4 — 5. Chase Budziak, Director of Forensics at Kishwaukee College, said, "I am very happy placing 4th against a field of twelve universities and community colleges!" The team is coached by Budziak and Kacy Abeln, Assistant Director of Forensics at Kishwaukee College.  Full Article

KC's new faculty externship program

December 5th, 2014—Next spring, eight instructors in the Career Technologies division at Kishwaukee College will have the opportunity to have brief \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"externships\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" with local business and industry and see first hand the jobs that their students are preparing for. The Faculty Externship was developed by Rick Bunton, Coordinator of Programs of Study for the Career Technologies division. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"This really lets instructors go to our local employers and see the individual work sites,\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" he explained. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"It is very similar to job shadowing.\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" Bunton applied for a grant through the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) to provide funding for the program.  Full Article

KC students go 'homeless' for a cause!KC students go 'homeless' for a cause!

December 2nd, 2014—The Latinos Unidos student organization at Kishwaukee College held a Homeless Sleep-out on November 6 — 7 on campus. The students built shelters from cardboard boxes and the students participated in reflection activities in which they were divided into groups and assigned biographies of people from various economic statuses. Each group had to interact with the others to meet basic needs and experience and reflect on the choices that are made to face challenges every day. The event kicked off with a presentation at noon on campus by \\\"Big Mike,\\\" a former homeless man who spoke about his experiences. Participating students raised money via pledges totaling $500 and also collected 300 non-perishable food items as well as toiletries for Hope Haven in DeKalb. Pictured are the students with their City of Cardboard outside the Student Center at Kishwaukee College.

KC's Irmen summer teaching experience in KenyaKC's Irmen summer teaching experience in Kenya

December 1st, 2014—Ami Irmen, English instructor at Kishwaukee College taught a class in memoir writing during the summer. Nothing new there — many instructors teach classes over the summer. Except Ami\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s class was not at Kishwaukee College, not in Illinois, not even in the United States. Ami spent three weeks in June and July in a classroom in Kenya.  Full Article

Kishwaukee College closing at 6 pm, November 24

November 24th, 2014—In consultation with the DeKalb County Sherriff's department, Kishwaukee College will be closing at 6pm this evening due to the hazardous driving conditions posed by sustained 20+mph winds, blowing and drifting snow, and icing conditions following today's precipitation. Caution is urged for travel on north/south roads as the Sherriff's office has reports of multiple accidents due to these conditions. All Kishwaukee College classes, activities and events are cancelled.

KC hosts Opportunity House CommencementKC hosts Opportunity House Commencement

November 14th, 2014—Kishwaukee College and Opportunity House, Inc. hosted the third annual commencement ceremony for clients who completed the Learning for Life I Program on Monday, November 10 in Jenkins Auditorium at the College.  Full Article

KC Phi Theta Kappa raises funds for local coupleKC Phi Theta Kappa raises funds for local couple

November 11th, 2014—The Alpha Rho Eta chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at Kishwaukee College held a bake sale in mid-October on campus to raise funds to assist local Malta couple, Robbie and Dani Dobberstein. The Dobberstein\\\'s infant twins, Amerakiss and Sawyer, were born prematurely at 22 weeks into the pregnancy and passed away two hours later on September 13. The young couple are facing large medical bills as well as funeral expenses. The Alpha Rho Eta chapter donated $386 raised by their bake sale. Pictured are Phi Theta Kappa officers with the Dobbersteins, standing L to R: Argyle O\\\'Leary, Public Relations officer; Norma Gregorio-Perez, Hallmark officer; Julia Koca, Recording officer; Dani Dobberstein; Robbie Dobberstein; Willis Pope, President; and Yasmine Brooks, Vice President. To donate to the Dobbersteins\\\'s fund, visit - their campaign is titled \\\"Our Little Angels.\\\"

KC Art Gallery hosts Taehoon Kim worksKC Art Gallery hosts Taehoon Kim works

November 11th, 2014—The Kishwaukee College Art Gallery is hosting an installation of works by Taehoon Kim, titled The Era When A Boy Lived, through December 5. There will be a Reception on Thursday, November 20 from noon — 2:00p.m. in the Gallery. The Gallery hours for Fall 2014 are Monday through Thursday 10:00a.m. — 6:00p.m. The Kishwaukee College Art Gallery and the Reception are both free and open to the public.  Full Article

KC spring registration begins November 12 and 13

November 7th, 2014—Kishwaukee College is preparing for the Spring 2015 semester with registration beginning online on November 12 at 8:00 a.m. and in-person on November 13 at 8:00 a.m. The Spring 2015 semester begins January 12.  Full Article

KC hosts Explore Your World event November 19

November 7th, 2014—The Kishwaukee College Library will be hosting a unique one-day event, Visit Eight Countries in One Day!, on Wednesday, November 19 from 9:30a.m. — 2:30p.m. in the College's main Atrium. The event is free and open to the public. Visitors should enter the College using Door #12 or #58.  Full Article

Kishwaukee College welcomes Finnish visitorsKishwaukee College welcomes Finnish visitors

November 7th, 2014—A group of 19 education administrators from across Finland visited Kishwaukee College on October 28 through 30. The group\\\'s visit to Kishwaukee was led by Sari Turunen who had participated in the Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs (ICISP) with Tammy Tiggelaar, Marketing/ Management instructor at Kishwaukee College, in 2012-13. Sari spent two weeks at Kishwaukee with Tammy in October 2012 and then Tammy spent two weeks with Sari in May 2013. While at Kishwaukee, the group met and dined with Dr. Karen Hunter Anderson, Executive Director of the Illinois Community College Board, participated in an Education Summit, toured campus and observed in a variety of classes on campus. While in the U.S., the group also visited schools in Chicago, Elgin Community College, and ended their stay with a visit to Jonamac Orchard and dinner with Dr. Tom Choice, President of Kishwaukee College, at Taxco Restaurant in Sycamore. Pictured are the Finnish tour group with Dr. Anderson (bottom right) and Tammy Tiggelaar (front, center).

Opportunity House Art Show success!Opportunity House Art Show success!

November 3rd, 2014—The Learning for Life participants at Opportunity House, Inc. held their annual Art Show during the month of October, displaying their original artwork and acting as hosts and guides during an Artists' Reception/Open House held on October 8. The Opportunity House clients are participants in Learning for Life, a unique program that is a partnership between Opportunity House Inc. and Kishwaukee College. Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) with art masterpieces is one of many academic units developed and taught by Learning for Life instructor Carla Raynor. The participants examined classic artwork and then created their own "masterpieces." VTS is recognized among educational professionals for improving language and vocabulary, as well as increased class participation and self confidence. Pictured at the Artists' Reception/Open House are, L to R, Lisa March, Director of Continuing Education at Kishwaukee College; Sara Killey, Opportunity House Learning for Life artist; Rep. Bob Pritchard; Carla Raynor, Learning for Life instructor; Sheila Buchholz, Opportunity House Learning for Life artist; and Chris Guild, Opportunity House Learning for Life artist.

Illinois workNet Center celebrates new locationIllinois workNet Center celebrates new location

November 3rd, 2014—The Illinois workNet Center welcomed the local community to its new location at 650B North Peace Road in DeKalb with an Open House and double ribbon-cutting ceremony on October 30. The Sycamore Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting at 4:00 to kick off the celebration and the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting at 5:15. The Illinois workNet Center provides a wide variety of services through the LWIA 5 Workforce Investment Board and also through its partnership with Kishwaukee College and First Institute Training and Management. Kishwaukee College offers the Career Resource Center at the site, which provides support and preparation for are job seekers in basic computer skills, resume and cover letter writing and much more. Pictured is Rep. Bob Pritchard addressing the attendees at the Sycamore ribbon-cutting. Dr. Tom Choice, President of Kishwaukee College, also addressed the group and is pictured immediately to Rep. Pritchard\\\'s right. For more information on the Career Resource Center at Illinois workNet, contact Billi Tierney at 815-901-0177 ext. 250.

KC Forensics starts new season at ICCKC Forensics starts new season at ICC

October 31st, 2014—Kishwaukee College Forensics competed in the Fright Fest Invitational held at Illinois Central College in Peoria on October 24 — 25 and took 3rd Place in the team standings out of fifteen universities and community colleges. Chase Budziak, Director of Forensics at Kishwaukee College, said, "The ICC Tournament was a great start to our forensics season. As a team, we were beat only by Moraine Valley and McHenry County College and competed against schools like Northern Illinois University, University of Illinois-Springfield, Harper College, and Elgin. Plus, we finaled in more than 50% of our events and three of the six competitors in the Prose final were Kishwaukee College team members."  Full Article

KC manufacturing students tour Driv-LokKC manufacturing students tour Driv-Lok

October 29th, 2014—Kishwaukee College took several students on a tour of Driv-Lok in Sycamore on October 21. The students are enrolled in the Automated Engineering Technology (AET) program or in the I-CAPS program. The AET program prepares students for careers in manufacturing as CNC operators or machinists. I-CAPS is the Illinois Career Advancement Pathways System which prepares students simultaneously for the GED/high school equivalency exam and the Certified Production Technology certificate to become a skilled manufacturing professional. While at Driv-Lok, the students were able to observe the machines, products, and processes of the local manufacturer. Staff members accompanying the students on the tour were Michelle Allen, Career Center Coordinator, Suzanne Meerman, Adult Education Instructor, and Kristine Adzovic, Director of Adult Transitions. Pictured are the students and staff at Driv-Lok.

Kishwaukee College hosts Best Practices SymposiumKishwaukee College hosts Best Practices Symposium

October 28th, 2014—Kishwaukee College was host to over 100 education professionals for the 5th Annual Best Practices Learning Symposium for Developmental Educators on Tuesday, October 21. Participants chose from over 15 sessions that explored the topic of Assessing Developmental Placement and Assessment in Community Colleges. The keynote speaker was Dr. Thomas Bailey who is the Director of the new National Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness and the Director of the Community College Research Center at Teachers College at Columbia University, as well as director of the National Center for Postsecondary Research (NCPR). Dr. Bailey's keynote was titled "Aligning Innovations in Developmental Education with the Completion Agenda." Pictured at the Symposium are, L to R, Dr. Tom Choice, President of Kishwaukee College; Dr. Bailey; and Dr. M. Joanne Kantner, Dean of Adult Education and Transition Programs at Kishwaukee College.

KC annual College Night on November 5

October 27th, 2014—Kishwaukee College is hosting its annual College Night on Wednesday, November 5, from 6:30 — 8:00 p.m. in the College gymnasium with a special presentation at 6:00 p.m. and again at 7:00 p.m. in Jenkins Auditorium on financing a college education. There is also a presentation on the Engineering-Mathematics-Science Academy at 6:00 p.m. and a Career Technologies and Health and Education Information Session at 6:30p.m. in Jenkins Auditorium.  Full Article

KC offers Ups & Downs of Dining á la Downton

October 27th, 2014—The Continuing Education Department at Kishwaukee College is offering a unique opportunity to area residents: to learn what dining in Edwardian England was really like, for the upstairs family and the downstairs staff. On November 5 at 6:30p.m. at the Freight Room at the DeKalb County Community Foundation, 475 DeKalb Ave in Sycamore, join Ellie Presents for The Ups and Downs of Dining á la Downton.  Full Article

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