Nashville Education Center Campaign Committee Meets

The Kaskaskia College Nashville Education Center Steering Campaign Committee met for its regular monthly meeting on February 19 at the Original Springs Hotel in Okawville.


The committee, made up of community members and KC personnel, is tasked with design and fundraising for the project.  The Committee is co-chaired by Brian Heckert, founder and wealth manager of Financial Solutions Midwest, LLC, and Sheila Burcham, CEO of the Community Trust Bank.


The expansion project for the Nashville Education Center plans to replace the 3,500 square feet of leased space in Nashville with a new building with nearly 12,000 square feet to be constructed at the corner of Highway 127 and Exchange Avenue north of Nashville.  The site was chosen for easy access to students and community members from the Washington County area. Brian and Bruce Heckert, owners of the ground, donated half of the purchase price back to the College..


Nancy Kinsey, Vice-president of Operations for the College, reported that the campaign has amassed $2,222,671 toward the estimated cost of $3,055,000, leaving $832,330 in private donations to fully fund the project. 


A new video, explaining the need for and benefits of the new Center was viewed by the committee members.  The video will be used in presentations to groups in the coming months. 


Kellie Henegar, Dean of Arts and Sciences for the College, went over some aspects of the design for the new building.  While the largest seating space in the existing Center will hold 20 persons, and the center as a whole holds approximately 60, the new Center will have several larger classrooms along with dedicated science and computer laboratories, a community computer lab for public use, and three business incubators that will enable small startup businesses to become established in the area.


One major event is planned in the coming weeks.  According to promotional materials: “The Kaskaskia College Nashville Education Center Campaign will be hosting a ‘Mouse Race’ on Saturday, March 15 at Roland Barkau Memorial Golf Course in Okawville.  Doors for the event open at 6:00 p.m. and races will start at 7:00 p.m. and end at 11:00 p.m.  There will be seven mouse races on a 6 lane track. If the mouse you bet on crosses the finish line first…YOU WIN! Each bet is $2.00. 


Additionally, there will be a 50/50 drawing, a silent auction, mouse roulette, dice wheel, and more activities. Tickets are $15.00 per person or $25.00 per couple which includes light refreshments.  A cash bar will also be available.  In addition, Race Sponsorships are available for $100.00.  This includes two tickets, an ad on the race form and an opportunity to name the mice in your race.  Sponsoring a race can provide fun competition for employees and/or family members. For more information or to purchase tickets contact Ruth Barczewski at 327-9136 or Cathy Karrick at 545-3182”.



For more information on the new Center, or to make a donation, please contact Suzanne Christ at 618-545-3069 or  The campaign also has a website for interested parties at, and a newly created Kaskaskia College Nashville Education Center Facebook page.​

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