Steering Committee Meeting Held for Nashville Education Center Campaign

Kaskaskia College held a Steering Committee meeting for the Nashville Education Center campaign on Tuesday, November 19.  This was the first in a series of meetings for the Committee, which is tasked with administering the campaign for the new Nashville Education Center to be built on Highway 127 north of Nashville.


The Committee, co-chaired by Brian Heckert, founder and wealth manager for Financial Solutions Midwest, LLC, and Sheila Burcham, CEO of the Community Trust Bank, is made up of several teams, each targeting specific groups to educate the public about the project and to solicit gifts as an investment in the future and to make the new center a reality.


Currently, the Nashville Education Center occupies 3,500 square feet of leased space at 450 North Kaskaskia in Nashville.  The new Center will be built on a three acre site north of Nashville along Highway 127.  The land for the new Center has been approved for purchase by the KC Board of Trustees as has the design of the 12,000 square foot building.


The fundraising campaign has a goal of raising $1,285,000 through private donations, which combined with the KC Board of Trustees allocation of $1,770,000, will pay for the project’s estimated cost of $3,055,000 without a tax rate increase. This project is part of the College’s capital building campaign, which, along with new construction in Nashville, consists of an expanded Education Center in Trenton, a new nursing building on the main campus near Centralia, renovation and expansion of the Crisp Technology Center, and some minor renovation of the former Animal Disease Lab for use by the College’s Ag program.  Each of these projects is expected to be completed with no tax rate increase.


In the meeting, it was reported that the teams were forming plans for contacting their targeted groups and brainstorming ideas for future fundraising events.  Dr. Jim Underwood, President of Kaskaskia College, along with Nancy Kinsey, Vice-president of Operations for KC, reported that since the campaign kick-off event held on October 11, more than $400,000 had already been raised.


For more information on the Nashville Education center campaign, or to make a donation, please contact Campaign Chair Suzanne Christ at 618-545-3062 or by email at


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