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Kankakee Community College

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

Our Mission

Enhancing quality of life through learning

100 College Drive, Kankakee, IL 60901 www.kcc.edu  •  815-802-8500

Table of contents Welcome........................................................................................................1 Overview........................................................................................................2 KCC is an Economic Engine..........................................................................3 Critical Thinking and Student Leadership......................................................4 Service and Community.................................................................................6 Honors and Acknowledgements.....................................................................9 Future Initiatives..........................................................................................10 The KCC Foundation..................................................................................12 Financial Summary......................................................................................14

KCC Board of Trustees Hugh Van Voorst, chairman Jerald Hoekstra, vice chairman Brad Hove, secretary Richard Frey Patrick Martin Betty Meents Todd Widholm Robert LaBeau, legal counsel

Photo courtesy Image Group of Bourbonnais.

Welcome from Dr. Avendano Kankakee Community College is an economic engine for the region it serves, and a place for continuous learning. The college has a 44 year history of being flexible, accessible and in touch with the needs of the local communities. More than 16,000 residents take classes at KCC annually, and last year we opened our doors to 4,219 students in the Fall 2010 semester alone, nearly a 20% increase over Fall 2008. The numbers continue to rise. As the economic recession unfolded, and unemployment rose to more than 15 percent in Kankakee County, KCC delivered something students needed – hope for the future. KCC’s Workforce Investment Act program sent teams to talk with dislocated workers about their options. The Office of Financial Aid increased the number of students it served, and the KCC Foundation developed additional scholarships for financially struggling students. New programs were offered to anticipate employer expectations and growth, and every effort was made to assist students. KCC is an economic engine for our communities because of our students’ achievements. Though KCC’s enrollment has grown significantly, our major focus is still on student success and helping students reach their goals. We’ve added four new programs that will provide jobs in the future economy – a physical therapist assistant program, a renewable energy concentration, and agriculture and horticulture programs that prepare students for green jobs. Though the college is facing tough economic challenges with the reduction in state funding, KCC’s tax rate remains low among our peer colleges and our tuition is among the most affordable in the state. KCC is still the best educational value in our community. In addition to value, earning a degree from KCC pays. Completing just one three-credit hour course at KCC can translate into $552 additional earnings per year and the average additional lifetime earnings for each KCC graduate is close to $1 million.* Overall, our dedicated faculty and staff continue to deliver quality education and services to our students. Please take some time to review this report. I know you’ll find that KCC is a community cornerstone.

* Based on a study from the Center of Governmental studies at Northern Illinois University. X  Start 16  Starthere. here.Finish Finishanywhere. anywhere.••www.kcc.edu www.kcc.edu

1 Photo courtesy Legat Architects and Steinkamp Photography.

building an environment of

community growth Overview Kankakee Community College enjoys a tradition of strong community commitment and support. KCC provides high quality transfer and career programs, as well as adult education and literacy programs at multiple sites throughout the 1,600-square-mile district. The college enrolls more than 10,800 students annually and serves nearly 5,500 additional residents through corporate and continuing education programs. Mission: Enhancing quality of life through learning Vision: KCC is a flexible organization where teamwork is the expectation and student/client success the driving force. Our shared vision is to be a leader in creatively and rapidly responding to our community’s educational needs, emphasizing quality, affordability and effective partnerships. Core values: KCC has engaged in a Leadership and Core Values Initiative which encourages the consideration of values and ethics in the workplace.

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The values were developed to provide over-arching principles which guide the way in which people work together. The values which have been adopted by the college faculty and staff are as follows:

Other 14.5%

Tuition & Fees 17.4%

Collaboration • Excellence • Integrity • Learning • Respect Strategic priorities • Benchmark and promote best practices to improve student success. • Benchmark and promote best practices to improve student services. • Strengthen community outreach efforts and build community partnerships. • Promote effective hiring, increase employee morale, and strengthen professional development activities. • Establish assessment processes to improve curricula and develop a process to create viable new credit and nocredit programs. • Grow sustainability initiatives as a locally and regionally recognized feature of the college.

Local Source 23.7%

Revenue by source fiscal year 2010

State Grants 21.1% Federal Grants 20.3%

TUITION RATE 100 90 80 70 60 50

$60 $69 $63 $74 $66 $78 $76 $84 $89 $89

40 30 20 10 0

2006-07 2006-07 2007-08 2007-08 2008-09 2008-09 2009-10 2009-10 2010-11 2010-11 KCC State KCC State KCC State KCC State KCC State

Tuition rates per credit hour at KCC.

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creating an environment of

fiscal responsibility

Financial Summary

Kankakee Community College spurs economic growth in the region. The college employs 490 people, generates educated citizens who live and work in our communities, and adds to the economic appeal of our region. A few more facts to consider: • KCC is affordable. KCC’s tuition remains among the lowest in the state – $99 per credit hour. The low cost means that education is affordable for thousands of students. Average tuition and fees at Illinois community colleges are one-fourth the average cost of tuition and fees at Illinois public universities and one-tenth the cost of private universities. • KCC is able to quickly adapt to the changing needs of the community. As the recession unfolded, KCC’s Workforce Investment Act rapidly responded to advise dislocated workers about their options.

Fiscal Year 2010 Expenditures by program

KCC is an Economic Engine

Auxiliary 14.2% Instructional 22.4%

Independent Operations 7.9%

Academic Support 4.5% Institutional Support 22.4%

Student Services 5.8% Public Services 11% Maintenance of Buildings 7.4%

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• KCC enhances workforce intelligence. The college talks with employers about their training needs; then pairs instructional designers with the company to develop custom training. • KCC prepares students for future jobs. Transfer and career programs are available, as well as developmental education courses and GED preparation. • New programs are developed to meet employer needs. KCC administration meets regularly with the business community to identify their needs through Advisory Committees and strategic conversations between senior leaders. At times, programs are designed to meet the needs of a specific industry. One of KCC’s newest programs, physical therapist assistant, is an example. • The advantages of education can benefit a family for generations. According to a study by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, parental income and education level are strongly correlated with student success in completing a college degree.

0.5 0.45 0.4 0.35 0.3 0.25

39.3¢

46.2¢

KCC

State average for comparable community colleges

0.2 0.15 0.1 0.05

• Studies agree that KCC has an economic impact. According to the Center for Governmental Studies at Northern Illinois University, completing just one three credit hour course can translate into $552 in additional earning per year. Also, KCC graduates earn – on average – additional lifetime earnings of $995,484 each.

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Tax rate – in cents – per $100,000 of property.

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“… completing just one three credit hour course can translate into $552 in additional earning per year.” 3

building an environment of

student collaboration

Critical Thinking & Student Leadership Shaping student leaders is an important component to the student experience at KCC. A variety of programs engage participants and teach them about important work and life skills, including critical thinking, time management, organization, coordination, and evalua­ tion. The following programs are just a few of the opportunities available.

Phi Theta Kappa – Phi Theta Kappa is an international academic honor society for community college students. The KCC chapter, Alpha Delta Eta, is committed to academic and personal achievement. Participants attend Honors Study Topic, chapter meetings, and state and national conventions.

Student Advisory Council – Members of the Student Advisory Council provide crucial insight into what KCC students want and need. They are enthusiastic and motivated. Even more importantly, they share concerns with administration and spread information to their peers. Council members are leaders, and they build an environment of student collaboration.

Lambda Epsilon Chi – Lambda Epsilon Chi is the National Honor Society in Paralegal/Legal Assistant Studies. Sponsored by the American Association for Paralegal Education, the society offers students national scholarship opportunities, participation in regional, state and local conferences, and networking opportunities with other legal professionals.

Baccalaureate Scholars – KCC’s Baccalaureate Scholars program is a competitive-entry, two-year program for academically talented students who plan to transfer to selective colleges and universities. Participants receive full scholarships for tuition, books and fees.

Brother 2 Brother – Brother 2 Brother (B2B) is a leadership development organization that emphasizes social, cultural and professional skills through academics and community service. B2B primarily appeals to minority male students.

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community support The KCC Foundation The KCC Foundation advances the growth and development of Kankakee Community College, and assists in broadening access to educational opportunities for students, alumni and community members. Described below are a few of the Foundation’s major initiatives. Scholarships Since 1969, the KCC Foundation board of directors has sponsored the scholarship program to recognize the academic excellence and outstanding achievements of KCC students. The program is supported by donations from private individuals, corporations and benevolent organizations. Annually, more than $200,000 is available in a broad array of categories that recognize the diverse range of students served by KCC. Century Club The Century Club members believe in the difference that education makes in the lives of others. Member dues fund two significant scholarships that provide tuition, books and fees to two outstanding KCC sophomore students. Each year, the members are invited to meet the scholarship recipients during a dinner reception. 12  Start here. Finish anywhere. • www.kcc.edu

Alumni Association The KCC Alumni Association provides a way for graduates to connect with one another online and in their communities. With more than 12,500 graduates since 1970, many advanced their careers, became lifelong learners and left a legacy of success, in part because of their start at KCC. Special events Scholarship luncheon – Each year the Foundation hosts a scholarship luncheon that brings together donors and recipients. Donors are able to under­stand the difference they’ve made, and recipients have the opportunity to say thank you. Iroquois County Scholarship Golf Outing – The outing raises funds to supplement KCC Foundation scholarships that are awarded to graduates from KCC district high schools in Iroquois County.

Athletics KCC intercollegiate sports are men’s basketball, women’s basketball, baseball, softball, men’s soccer and women’s volleyball. Cavaliers national tournament appearances through Dec. 2010

Men’s basketball - 14 Women’s basketball - 17 Men’s baseball - 4 Women’s softball - 15 Women’s volleyball - 12

engaging an environment of

student success

Service & Community KCC is focused on student success. Opportunities are available that assist with every aspect of the college. KCC faculty and staff help students prepare for college-level classes, apply for scholarships and financial aid, train for new careers, transfer to four-year colleges and universities, find employment opportunities and expand their cultural horizons. Adult Education and GED Adult Basic Education (ABE) and General Educational Development (GED) classes are provided at no cost to students. ABE courses provide adults with basic reading, writing and math skills to bring them to the eighth-grade level. The GED tests allow adults who did not graduate from high school to demonstrate they have the knowledge and skills equivalent to a high school diploma. A GED is a first step toward pursuing higher education opportunities and is a requirement for many jobs. The GED Preparation program helps adults get ready for the GED tests and provides assistance for students to de-

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termine when they are ready to take the tests. KCC also administers the GED exam in its Testing Center. TRiO – The TRiO Student Support Services program assists qualified students to transfer to four-year institutions to complete bachelor’s degrees. The program is for first-generation students, students who are eligible for financial aid, and students who are disabled. Participants receive personalized academic and career advisement, financial aid and scholarship application assistance, tutoring options, and cultural experiences for TRiO students, including trips to career sites, community events, theatrical or musical entertainment and social events. The program is administered at KCC through a U.S. Department of Education grant. Talent Search Talent Search serves 600 students each year who are lowincome, and/or first-generation, potential college-bound students in grades six through 12. The services offered are free and include: Academic counseling,

This initiative requires dedicated space for laboratories and additional lecture spaces beyond the current facilities. With an enhanced facility, KCC faculty will educate highly qualified electricians and technicians for today’s labor force, offering them tools that will help them adapt as the marketplace changes. This facility will be built to LEED standards and is planned to be a resource for renewable energy in the Midwest. Student Success Center Kankakee Community College’s Learning Resource Center (LRC)/ Library facilities were built in 1972— and though they have served us well for the past 35 years, the facility is in disrepair and is not well suited to serve the technological and learning needs of today’s students. KCC’s LRC staff began thinking creatively about the nature of library services and its facilities and originated recommendations regarding the design and function of our campus library. After months of consideration, decision makers collaborated on a vision for an enhanced Student Success Center. The renovation is a sustainable building project designed for environmental and economic benefits. Enhancements include improved wireless internet access, and spaces for tutoring labs, learning labs, meeting rooms, areas to teach information literacy skills and an art gallery.

Child Development Center Kankakee Community College’s Child Development Center was built with the original campus and no longer has adequate space to serve the needs of the growing student body. With recent additions to the campus facility, it is now located in the heart of the college complex where expansion is not possible. A new child care center with expanded space for additional children would serve the college much more effectively. The facility would include an expanded play area, child development observation venue and classroom space that integrates with KCC’s Associate in Applied Science degree program in Child Development, as well as the Associate in Arts in Teaching degree program in Early Childhood Education. A new child care center will provide a better environment for the children who spend time there and will also provide an important educational environment for KCC students. Research from the Center for Community College Student Engagement shows us that KCC students spend more time caring for dependants per week than their peers at community colleges across the state. In addition, KCC has a significantly higher proportion of female students who need child care as a service. At a time when KCC’s enrollment is growing by more than 14 percent, the investment of funds in a new child care center would provide significant benefits for the student body and the community members it serves.

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student excellence

Future Initiatives

Rendering of KCC’s ATEC building

KCC is committed to planning for the future. In a recent Master Plan, the college identified future initiatives and building projects that will guide growth for the next twenty years, several of which are described below. Advanced Technological Education Center (ATEC) In today’s cost-conscious economy, facilities in all industries are leveraging renewable energy technologies to save money and grow efficiencies. There is a rapidly growing need for a re-trained workforce. Through KCC’s Advanced Technological Education Center (ATEC), educators from the region will be trained to teach renewable energy courses at their institutions. This “train-the-trainer” facility will also educate electricians and technicians to build and repair manufacturing and other complex machinery which incorporates renewable energy technologies. KCC received a National Science Foundation planning grant that sponsored these advances. To meet the growing educational need, the college designed a model curriculum to train educators and broaden the skills-set of KCC’s electrical technology graduates, widening their opportunities for employment and specifically making them employable in a vital, emerging field.

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career planning information, life skills education, tutoring, cultural events, and summer enrichment experiences. Information about financial aid, college admissions requirements and scholarship opportunities also is provided. The program is administered at KCC through a U.S. Department of Education grant. Upward Bound – Upward Bound assists up to 75 college-bound high school students to overcome barriers to pursuing a college education. Participants take part in weekly supplemental classes at KCC, homework assistance, educational/cultural activities and trips, assistance with applying to college and applying for scholarships/financial aid, and small cash payments based on participation and progress. Each summer, students live and study at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. The program is administered by KCC through a U.S. Department of Education grant. Workforce Investment Act – The federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) provides services to eligible persons who are either economically disadvantaged, affected by business closure or layoffs, or have barriers preventing them from employment. Services available at no charge to qualified WIA clients included skills assessment, vocational counseling, classroom training, job search skills training, on-the-job training and job placement. Funds are available for childcare and pre-employment expenses. Assistance also is available to businesses to solve employment related problems and to economically disad-

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vantaged youths and underemployed youths to help them gain training and employment skills. The program is administered by KCC through a Workforce Board grant. Job fair KCC held its 16th annual Job Fair in March. Thirty-five area businesses and industries conducted pre-screening interviews for full- and part-time positions. KCC students, graduates and members of the community attended the event, which does not charge employers or job seekers to attend. The event gives job seekers an opportunity to learn more about the current job market throughout the area. The Job Fair is sponsored by KCC’s Office of Career Services and Workforce Services. WKCC KCC’s listener-supported public radio station, WKCC 91.1 FM, has programming including NPR news and local shows, classical music and popular local jazz and blues programs that enhance students’ knowledge about history, culture, politics, and current events. A transfer-level class, Introduction to Radio Production, is also available to students. The station broadcasts on the internet at near-CD quality through its website, www.wkccradio.org. Over the airwaves, WKCC 91.1 FM can be heard throughout Kankakee County and in portions of Will, Grundy, Livingston, Ford, and Iroquois counties in Illinois and Newton and Lake counties in Indiana.

Honors and acknowledgements Several KCC faculty and staff receive recognition for projects and initiatives throughout the year, and below are highlights from three important endeavors for the college. Local Foods Initiative KCC was one of only 20 colleges in the nation to receive a grant from The Wal-Mart Workforce and Economic Opportunity Initiative and the American Association of Community Colleges to lead economic development through local foods entrepreneurship. The money assisted Hispanic farmers with obtaining access to land and capital, as well as teaching participants small business and sustainable agricultural practices – including risk management and land retention – to compete in the growing local foods markets. Participants received one-on-one mentoring, business plan development and access to resources through KCC’s Small Business Development Center. KCC’s Sustainability network receives awards and nominations Gov. Pat Quinn chose KCC as the only college in the state to receive a Governor’s Sustainability Award in 2010 for its role in establishing the Illinois Community College Sustainability Network (ICCSN). Among the 38 businesses and organizations to receive the awards, KCC was the only college, and one of only two schools. The Governor’s Sustainability Awards honor organizations for their significant achievements

in protecting the environment, helping sustain the future, and improving the economy. The ICCSN is a network of all 48 community colleges in Illinois, and there are six sustainability centers currently operational with more planned as additional funding is granted. KCC also was recognized for its role in the sustainability network with the Illinois Council of Community College Administrators Innovation Award, and the college was one of 10 finalists for a Bellwether Award which annually recognizes outstanding and innovative programs and practices. College and Career Readiness KCC has worked alongside 10 area high schools to help students become more successful in college or their careers after graduation. The award-winning program has been in place since 2008. This year, the project staff continues to administer COMPASS placement testing, lead college and career readiness presentations and convene college and high school English and math faculty to discuss learning outcomes. The goal is for students to need fewer developmental classes in order to be prepared for college. More than 1,500 area high school freshmen, juniors, and seniors have taken part. A survey of students showed they believed the experience was worthwhile and would help determine their high school senior schedule.

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career planning information, life skills education, tutoring, cultural events, and summer enrichment experiences. Information about financial aid, college admissions requirements and scholarship opportunities also is provided. The program is administered at KCC through a U.S. Department of Education grant. Upward Bound – Upward Bound assists up to 75 college-bound high school students to overcome barriers to pursuing a college education. Participants take part in weekly supplemental classes at KCC, homework assistance, educational/cultural activities and trips, assistance with applying to college and applying for scholarships/financial aid, and small cash payments based on participation and progress. Each summer, students live and study at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. The program is administered by KCC through a U.S. Department of Education grant. Workforce Investment Act – The federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) provides services to eligible persons who are either economically disadvantaged, affected by business closure or layoffs, or have barriers preventing them from employment. Services available at no charge to qualified WIA clients included skills assessment, vocational counseling, classroom training, job search skills training, on-the-job training and job placement. Funds are available for childcare and pre-employment expenses. Assistance also is available to businesses to solve employment related problems and to economically disad-

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vantaged youths and underemployed youths to help them gain training and employment skills. The program is administered by KCC through a Workforce Board grant. Job fair KCC held its 16th annual Job Fair in March. Thirty-five area businesses and industries conducted pre-screening interviews for full- and part-time positions. KCC students, graduates and members of the community attended the event, which does not charge employers or job seekers to attend. The event gives job seekers an opportunity to learn more about the current job market throughout the area. The Job Fair is sponsored by KCC’s Office of Career Services and Workforce Services. WKCC KCC’s listener-supported public radio station, WKCC 91.1 FM, has programming including NPR news and local shows, classical music and popular local jazz and blues programs that enhance students’ knowledge about history, culture, politics, and current events. A transfer-level class, Introduction to Radio Production, is also available to students. The station broadcasts on the internet at near-CD quality through its website, www.wkccradio.org. Over the airwaves, WKCC 91.1 FM can be heard throughout Kankakee County and in portions of Will, Grundy, Livingston, Ford, and Iroquois counties in Illinois and Newton and Lake counties in Indiana.

Honors and acknowledgements Several KCC faculty and staff receive recognition for projects and initiatives throughout the year, and below are highlights from three important endeavors for the college. Local Foods Initiative KCC was one of only 20 colleges in the nation to receive a grant from The Wal-Mart Workforce and Economic Opportunity Initiative and the American Association of Community Colleges to lead economic development through local foods entrepreneurship. The money assisted Hispanic farmers with obtaining access to land and capital, as well as teaching participants small business and sustainable agricultural practices – including risk management and land retention – to compete in the growing local foods markets. Participants received one-on-one mentoring, business plan development and access to resources through KCC’s Small Business Development Center. KCC’s Sustainability network receives awards and nominations Gov. Pat Quinn chose KCC as the only college in the state to receive a Governor’s Sustainability Award in 2010 for its role in establishing the Illinois Community College Sustainability Network (ICCSN). Among the 38 businesses and organizations to receive the awards, KCC was the only college, and one of only two schools. The Governor’s Sustainability Awards honor organizations for their significant achievements

in protecting the environment, helping sustain the future, and improving the economy. The ICCSN is a network of all 48 community colleges in Illinois, and there are six sustainability centers currently operational with more planned as additional funding is granted. KCC also was recognized for its role in the sustainability network with the Illinois Council of Community College Administrators Innovation Award, and the college was one of 10 finalists for a Bellwether Award which annually recognizes outstanding and innovative programs and practices. College and Career Readiness KCC has worked alongside 10 area high schools to help students become more successful in college or their careers after graduation. The award-winning program has been in place since 2008. This year, the project staff continues to administer COMPASS placement testing, lead college and career readiness presentations and convene college and high school English and math faculty to discuss learning outcomes. The goal is for students to need fewer developmental classes in order to be prepared for college. More than 1,500 area high school freshmen, juniors, and seniors have taken part. A survey of students showed they believed the experience was worthwhile and would help determine their high school senior schedule.

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engaging an environment of

student excellence

Future Initiatives

Rendering of KCC’s ATEC building

KCC is committed to planning for the future. In a recent Master Plan, the college identified future initiatives and building projects that will guide growth for the next twenty years, several of which are described below. Advanced Technological Education Center (ATEC) In today’s cost-conscious economy, facilities in all industries are leveraging renewable energy technologies to save money and grow efficiencies. There is a rapidly growing need for a re-trained workforce. Through KCC’s Advanced Technological Education Center (ATEC), educators from the region will be trained to teach renewable energy courses at their institutions. This “train-the-trainer” facility will also educate electricians and technicians to build and repair manufacturing and other complex machinery which incorporates renewable energy technologies. KCC received a National Science Foundation planning grant that sponsored these advances. To meet the growing educational need, the college designed a model curriculum to train educators and broaden the skills-set of KCC’s electrical technology graduates, widening their opportunities for employment and specifically making them employable in a vital, emerging field.

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engaging an environment of

student success

Service & Community KCC is focused on student success. Opportunities are available that assist with every aspect of the college. KCC faculty and staff help students prepare for college-level classes, apply for scholarships and financial aid, train for new careers, transfer to four-year colleges and universities, find employment opportunities and expand their cultural horizons. Adult Education and GED Adult Basic Education (ABE) and General Educational Development (GED) classes are provided at no cost to students. ABE courses provide adults with basic reading, writing and math skills to bring them to the eighth-grade level. The GED tests allow adults who did not graduate from high school to demonstrate they have the knowledge and skills equivalent to a high school diploma. A GED is a first step toward pursuing higher education opportunities and is a requirement for many jobs. The GED Preparation program helps adults get ready for the GED tests and provides assistance for students to de-

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termine when they are ready to take the tests. KCC also administers the GED exam in its Testing Center. TRiO – The TRiO Student Support Services program assists qualified students to transfer to four-year institutions to complete bachelor’s degrees. The program is for first-generation students, students who are eligible for financial aid, and students who are disabled. Participants receive personalized academic and career advisement, financial aid and scholarship application assistance, tutoring options, and cultural experiences for TRiO students, including trips to career sites, community events, theatrical or musical entertainment and social events. The program is administered at KCC through a U.S. Department of Education grant. Talent Search Talent Search serves 600 students each year who are lowincome, and/or first-generation, potential college-bound students in grades six through 12. The services offered are free and include: Academic counseling,

This initiative requires dedicated space for laboratories and additional lecture spaces beyond the current facilities. With an enhanced facility, KCC faculty will educate highly qualified electricians and technicians for today’s labor force, offering them tools that will help them adapt as the marketplace changes. This facility will be built to LEED standards and is planned to be a resource for renewable energy in the Midwest. Student Success Center Kankakee Community College’s Learning Resource Center (LRC)/ Library facilities were built in 1972— and though they have served us well for the past 35 years, the facility is in disrepair and is not well suited to serve the technological and learning needs of today’s students. KCC’s LRC staff began thinking creatively about the nature of library services and its facilities and originated recommendations regarding the design and function of our campus library. After months of consideration, decision makers collaborated on a vision for an enhanced Student Success Center. The renovation is a sustainable building project designed for environmental and economic benefits. Enhancements include improved wireless internet access, and spaces for tutoring labs, learning labs, meeting rooms, areas to teach information literacy skills and an art gallery.

Child Development Center Kankakee Community College’s Child Development Center was built with the original campus and no longer has adequate space to serve the needs of the growing student body. With recent additions to the campus facility, it is now located in the heart of the college complex where expansion is not possible. A new child care center with expanded space for additional children would serve the college much more effectively. The facility would include an expanded play area, child development observation venue and classroom space that integrates with KCC’s Associate in Applied Science degree program in Child Development, as well as the Associate in Arts in Teaching degree program in Early Childhood Education. A new child care center will provide a better environment for the children who spend time there and will also provide an important educational environment for KCC students. Research from the Center for Community College Student Engagement shows us that KCC students spend more time caring for dependants per week than their peers at community colleges across the state. In addition, KCC has a significantly higher proportion of female students who need child care as a service. At a time when KCC’s enrollment is growing by more than 14 percent, the investment of funds in a new child care center would provide significant benefits for the student body and the community members it serves.

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community support The KCC Foundation The KCC Foundation advances the growth and development of Kankakee Community College, and assists in broadening access to educational opportunities for students, alumni and community members. Described below are a few of the Foundation’s major initiatives. Scholarships Since 1969, the KCC Foundation board of directors has sponsored the scholarship program to recognize the academic excellence and outstanding achievements of KCC students. The program is supported by donations from private individuals, corporations and benevolent organizations. Annually, more than $200,000 is available in a broad array of categories that recognize the diverse range of students served by KCC. Century Club The Century Club members believe in the difference that education makes in the lives of others. Member dues fund two significant scholarships that provide tuition, books and fees to two outstanding KCC sophomore students. Each year, the members are invited to meet the scholarship recipients during a dinner reception. 12  Start here. Finish anywhere. • www.kcc.edu

Alumni Association The KCC Alumni Association provides a way for graduates to connect with one another online and in their communities. With more than 12,500 graduates since 1970, many advanced their careers, became lifelong learners and left a legacy of success, in part because of their start at KCC. Special events Scholarship luncheon – Each year the Foundation hosts a scholarship luncheon that brings together donors and recipients. Donors are able to under­stand the difference they’ve made, and recipients have the opportunity to say thank you. Iroquois County Scholarship Golf Outing – The outing raises funds to supplement KCC Foundation scholarships that are awarded to graduates from KCC district high schools in Iroquois County.

Athletics KCC intercollegiate sports are men’s basketball, women’s basketball, baseball, softball, men’s soccer and women’s volleyball. Cavaliers national tournament appearances through Dec. 2010

Men’s basketball - 14 Women’s basketball - 17 Men’s baseball - 4 Women’s softball - 15 Women’s volleyball - 12

building an environment of

student collaboration

Critical Thinking & Student Leadership Shaping student leaders is an important component to the student experience at KCC. A variety of programs engage participants and teach them about important work and life skills, including critical thinking, time management, organization, coordination, and evalua­ tion. The following programs are just a few of the opportunities available.

Phi Theta Kappa – Phi Theta Kappa is an international academic honor society for community college students. The KCC chapter, Alpha Delta Eta, is committed to academic and personal achievement. Participants attend Honors Study Topic, chapter meetings, and state and national conventions.

Student Advisory Council – Members of the Student Advisory Council provide crucial insight into what KCC students want and need. They are enthusiastic and motivated. Even more importantly, they share concerns with administration and spread information to their peers. Council members are leaders, and they build an environment of student collaboration.

Lambda Epsilon Chi – Lambda Epsilon Chi is the National Honor Society in Paralegal/Legal Assistant Studies. Sponsored by the American Association for Paralegal Education, the society offers students national scholarship opportunities, participation in regional, state and local conferences, and networking opportunities with other legal professionals.

Baccalaureate Scholars – KCC’s Baccalaureate Scholars program is a competitive-entry, two-year program for academically talented students who plan to transfer to selective colleges and universities. Participants receive full scholarships for tuition, books and fees.

Brother 2 Brother – Brother 2 Brother (B2B) is a leadership development organization that emphasizes social, cultural and professional skills through academics and community service. B2B primarily appeals to minority male students.

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creating an environment of

fiscal responsibility

Financial Summary

Kankakee Community College spurs economic growth in the region. The college employs 490 people, generates educated citizens who live and work in our communities, and adds to the economic appeal of our region. A few more facts to consider: • KCC is affordable. KCC’s tuition remains among the lowest in the state – $99 per credit hour. The low cost means that education is affordable for thousands of students. Average tuition and fees at Illinois community colleges are one-fourth the average cost of tuition and fees at Illinois public universities and one-tenth the cost of private universities. • KCC is able to quickly adapt to the changing needs of the community. As the recession unfolded, KCC’s Workforce Investment Act rapidly responded to advise dislocated workers about their options.

Fiscal Year 2010 Expenditures by program

KCC is an Economic Engine

Auxiliary 14.2% Instructional 22.4%

Independent Operations 7.9%

Academic Support 4.5% Institutional Support 22.4%

Student Services 5.8% Public Services 11% Maintenance of Buildings 7.4%

TAX RATE

• KCC enhances workforce intelligence. The college talks with employers about their training needs; then pairs instructional designers with the company to develop custom training. • KCC prepares students for future jobs. Transfer and career programs are available, as well as developmental education courses and GED preparation. • New programs are developed to meet employer needs. KCC administration meets regularly with the business community to identify their needs through Advisory Committees and strategic conversations between senior leaders. At times, programs are designed to meet the needs of a specific industry. One of KCC’s newest programs, physical therapist assistant, is an example. • The advantages of education can benefit a family for generations. According to a study by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, parental income and education level are strongly correlated with student success in completing a college degree.

0.5 0.45 0.4 0.35 0.3 0.25

39.3¢

46.2¢

KCC

State average for comparable community colleges

0.2 0.15 0.1 0.05

• Studies agree that KCC has an economic impact. According to the Center for Governmental Studies at Northern Illinois University, completing just one three credit hour course can translate into $552 in additional earning per year. Also, KCC graduates earn – on average – additional lifetime earnings of $995,484 each.

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Tax rate – in cents – per $100,000 of property.

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“… completing just one three credit hour course can translate into $552 in additional earning per year.” 3

building an environment of

community growth Overview Kankakee Community College enjoys a tradition of strong community commitment and support. KCC provides high quality transfer and career programs, as well as adult education and literacy programs at multiple sites throughout the 1,600-square-mile district. The college enrolls more than 10,800 students annually and serves nearly 5,500 additional residents through corporate and continuing education programs. Mission: Enhancing quality of life through learning Vision: KCC is a flexible organization where teamwork is the expectation and student/client success the driving force. Our shared vision is to be a leader in creatively and rapidly responding to our community’s educational needs, emphasizing quality, affordability and effective partnerships. Core values: KCC has engaged in a Leadership and Core Values Initiative which encourages the consideration of values and ethics in the workplace.

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The values were developed to provide over-arching principles which guide the way in which people work together. The values which have been adopted by the college faculty and staff are as follows:

Other 14.5%

Tuition & Fees 17.4%

Collaboration • Excellence • Integrity • Learning • Respect Strategic priorities • Benchmark and promote best practices to improve student success. • Benchmark and promote best practices to improve student services. • Strengthen community outreach efforts and build community partnerships. • Promote effective hiring, increase employee morale, and strengthen professional development activities. • Establish assessment processes to improve curricula and develop a process to create viable new credit and nocredit programs. • Grow sustainability initiatives as a locally and regionally recognized feature of the college.

Local Source 23.7%

Revenue by source fiscal year 2010

State Grants 21.1% Federal Grants 20.3%

TUITION RATE 100 90 80 70 60 50

$60 $69 $63 $74 $66 $78 $76 $84 $89 $89

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Tuition rates per credit hour at KCC.

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Welcome from Dr. Avendano Kankakee Community College is an economic engine for the region it serves, and a place for continuous learning. The college has a 44 year history of being flexible, accessible and in touch with the needs of the local communities. More than 16,000 residents take classes at KCC annually, and last year we opened our doors to 4,219 students in the Fall 2010 semester alone, nearly a 20% increase over Fall 2008. The numbers continue to rise. As the economic recession unfolded, and unemployment rose to more than 15 percent in Kankakee County, KCC delivered something students needed – hope for the future. KCC’s Workforce Investment Act program sent teams to talk with dislocated workers about their options. The Office of Financial Aid increased the number of students it served, and the KCC Foundation developed additional scholarships for financially struggling students. New programs were offered to anticipate employer expectations and growth, and every effort was made to assist students. KCC is an economic engine for our communities because of our students’ achievements. Though KCC’s enrollment has grown significantly, our major focus is still on student success and helping students reach their goals. We’ve added four new programs that will provide jobs in the future economy – a physical therapist assistant program, a renewable energy concentration, and agriculture and horticulture programs that prepare students for green jobs. Though the college is facing tough economic challenges with the reduction in state funding, KCC’s tax rate remains low among our peer colleges and our tuition is among the most affordable in the state. KCC is still the best educational value in our community. In addition to value, earning a degree from KCC pays. Completing just one three-credit hour course at KCC can translate into $552 additional earnings per year and the average additional lifetime earnings for each KCC graduate is close to $1 million.* Overall, our dedicated faculty and staff continue to deliver quality education and services to our students. Please take some time to review this report. I know you’ll find that KCC is a community cornerstone.

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Table of contents Welcome........................................................................................................1 Overview........................................................................................................2 KCC is an Economic Engine..........................................................................3 Critical Thinking and Student Leadership......................................................4 Service and Community.................................................................................6 Honors and Acknowledgements.....................................................................9 Future Initiatives..........................................................................................10 The KCC Foundation..................................................................................12 Financial Summary......................................................................................14

KCC Board of Trustees Hugh Van Voorst, chairman Jerald Hoekstra, vice chairman Brad Hove, secretary Richard Frey Patrick Martin Betty Meents Todd Widholm Robert LaBeau, legal counsel

Kankakee Community College

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

Our Mission

Enhancing quality of life through learning

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President's Report 2010