Nashville Monthly Steering Committee Meets

The Steering Committee for the Nashville Education Center campaign met on Wednesday, July 16 at the Oakdale Country Kitchen in Oakdale, Illinois, for a working luncheon.  The Steering Committee is co-chaired by Brian Heckert, founder and wealth manager for Financial Solutions Midwest, LLC, and Sheila Burcham, CEO of the Community Trust Bank.


The Nashville Steering Committee is made up of Kaskaskia College staff members and dedicated citizens working toward the design and fundraising for an expanded Nashville Education Center.  The current Center, at 450 North Kaskaskia in Nashville, has 3,500 square feet of leased space in which to serve the growing population of Washington County area students and communities.  The proposed new building, to be located on Highway 127 north of Nashville, will have 12,000 square feet of space including public use computer stations, business incubators, and classroom and laboratory space to accommodate growing enrollments.


The cost of the new building is estimated to be $3,055,000, of which $1.77 million is from bond funds with the remainder to be generated through private fundraising.  A major task of the Steering Committee is to complete the needed fundraising.


At Wednesday’s meeting, it was reported that since the last meeting, $14,000 has been raised, resulting in $570,000 being raised thus far.  Team chairs reported on the progress each team was making toward reaching the goal of funding the project, and ideas for additional fundraising opportunities were discussed.


The Committee is planning for several public events in the coming months, including a 5k/10k race called the Harvest Hustle to coincide with the Washington County Wheat Festival in September, a Cosmic Bingo night, a cash raffle, and a Mouse Race.  Plans were also discussed to have a presence at other upcoming fairs and festivals in the area to spread the word about the expansion project and the need to grow to continue to fulfill the educational needs of employers and students in the southern part of the College District.


More information on the Nashville Campaign can be found at, or by calling Campaign Chair Suzanne Christ at 618-545-3069 or through email at​

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