Kaskaskia College Holds June Trenton Steering Committee Meeting

Kaskaskia College held its June Trenton Steering Committee meeting on Thursday, June 13, at the Trenton House restaurant.  The committee is tasked with the design and fundraising for the expansion of the Trenton Education Center from its current 3,800 square feet to nearly 16,000 square feet of instructional space.  The committee is chaired by the Trenton Sun’s Mike Conley.

Groundbreaking for the expansion took place on May 31.

Dr. Jim Underwood, President of Kaskaskia College, thanked the members of the committee and all of the KC personnel who were instrumental in making the groundbreaking ceremony a success, and said that he has received enunciations of ongoing support for the project from Trenton Mayor Kyle Jones.

A financial report from KC Vice-president of Administration Nancy Kinsey showed that the project has received and additional $33,000 in funding since the last meeting in May, including a $15,000 donation from Ameren Illinois.  Over $1.1 million has been raised for the project so far, with a little less than $94,000 still needed to complete Phase 1A. 

Fundraising efforts will continue, including brick paver sales, a $10,000 drawing, and a Trivia Night slated for December, along with individual and corporate gifts.

Brick pavers are continuing to be sold to raise funds for the project.  A four by eight paver, inscribed with a message of the donor’s choice, can be purchased for $150, while an eight by eight paver, also inscribed, can be had for $300.  These pavers with inscriptions will make up part of the entrance to the new center and have proven popular by those wishing to honor family members, companies, and organizations that are committed to higher education in western Clinton County.

A Cash Raffle is also underway.  The raffle is limited to 200 tickets at a price of $100 each.  The winner will receive a $10,000 Grand Prize.  Tickets may be purchased by individuals, or groups can pool money to purchase tickets.  The winner will be drawn at the Trenton Project Trivia Night, to be held December 7 at the Aviston American Legion Hall.   The Trivia Night will have teams with up to ten members at $100 per team.

For more information on any of these fundraisers, please contact Suzanne Christ at 618-545-3069 or at

At the conclusion of the meeting, some committee members took a tour of the temporary Trenton Education Center office at number 9 W. Broadway, the office of former State Farm Insurance agent Herb Schlarmann who made the space available to the College during construction.  Trenton classes will be held there and at other locations in western Clinton County during the renovation period, including at the Wesclin and Central High Schools.  The expanded Trenton Education Center is expected to open in the spring of 2014. For more information on class locations or any other questions, contact the Trenton Education Center at 618-545-3475.​

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