Kaskaskia College Continues to Celebrate National Career and Technical Education Month

Dean of Career and Technical Education (CTE) George Evans has published three of a five part series highlighting and celebrating National Career and Technical Education at Kaskaskia College.  Kaskaskia College CTE faculty and programs highlighted last week were Office Technologies, Computer Information Technology, Criminal Justice and Automotive Technology.  This week we will be shifting our focus to these successful programs at Kaskaskia College:       
·       Early Childhood Education
·       Cosmetology
·       Architectural Design and Building Technology
·       Construction Occupations
The Early Childhood Education Program at Kaskaskia College is designed to provide students with an opportunity to prepare themselves for employment, to continue their education at an institution of higher learning, and to develop a more satisfactory philosophy of life.  Students completing the two-year early childhood program enter the profession assuming responsibility for the care and education of an individual group of young children in various settings such as a child care center, preschool, nonpublic school kindergarten, before-and/or after-school child care programs, or family day care homes. Students enrolled in the Early Childhood Education Program at Kaskaskia can also obtain their Level 4 Certification through the Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agency (INCCRRA), which is a statewide organization and resource for making high quality, affordable early care and education and school-age options for children and families in Illinois. For more information about the credentials, please contact the Program Coordinator at 545-3351 or go on online at  The Program also partners with Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville to offer transferability as part of its 2+2 Program.  This agreement allows students to follow a very specific curriculum while attending classes at KC then transfer into the major at SIUE. This agreement will allow the students to progress toward completion of their Bachelor's degree program and ensure transfer to SIUE. Financial aid is available for the program and courses are offered in the classroom, via distance learning and on-line. For more information or to register for classes, contact Alexis Myers, Program Coordinator, at 545-3351, or email
The Cosmetology program at Kaskaskia College is known statewide for its excellent training, community service, salon owner network and graduate employability. KC’s Cosmetology believes that, with motivation and support, all students can achieve great things.
Each day KC Cosmetology students begin with a theory class and then move into hands-on classes. 
           Hair - Students learn basic hair services to advanced techniques from our qualified, experienced faculty.  Techniques are performed on manikins prior to working on the public in the college’s 42-station salon.
           Skin Care - The skin care training includes basic and advanced Bioelements facials, waxing, and basic makeup and airbrush makeup application.  Students also enjoy learning the art of chair massage. 
           Nail Care - The KC Cosmetology students do not just learn about nails but how to do them!  Students are trained in gel polish, gel extensions, powder/liquid acrylics and fiberglass nails.
New cosmetology classes start every August, January and June.  Classes are held Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 pm.  The instructors of Kaskaskia College Cosmetology have over 100 years of cosmetology experience combined!  And they make every effort to ensure your time at KC is educational, professional and encouraging, you have their commitment to provide you with the tools necessary to learn and grow.  To learn more call Chris Browne, Cosmetology Coordinator at 618-545-3306, or email  
As the need for skilled workers in the building trades grows, Kaskaskia College's Carpentry program is ready to meet the demand.  KC’s Carpentry program gives students the skills and knowledge to find and keep good, high paying carpentry jobs. KC also has an articulation agreement with the Greater St. Louis District Council of Carpenters (which includes Southern Illinois). This gives students a chance to test out of some of their apprenticeship time. Additionally, students in the program receive 10-hour OSHA cards as well as AWP authorization.  Professor Pete Donnelley brings more than 40 years’ experience in the carpentry and construction trades to KC.  Students learn the development of plans from site and layout work through the construction of footings, foundations, floors, walls, roofs, ceilings, and finish work.  This is one of the only, blue collar, hands on carpentry training programs from start to finish in southern Illinois and KC graduates have gone on to find the careers they are looking for.   According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the median salary for carpenters is $42,090, and with the average age of current workers at 54, the opportunities are there for anyone with the desire.  For more information contact Pete Donnelly at or call 618-545-3407. 
Changes in technology mean new opportunities for anyone interested in drafting as a career. KC's Architectural Design and Building Technology program includes extensive experience in three cutting edge drafting programs. Autodesk drawing software is the standard of the drafting industry. Students will learn the fundamental basics of multiple drafting disciplines, including Civil, Architectural, Electrical and Mechanical drafting. You will create drawings for other vocational departments at KC and you will be able to create three dimensional drawings using the latest technology available to analyze your project. This degree will give you a very diverse set of skills that will prepare you for entering the drafting industry.  This program is headed by Professor Robert Jervis who brings more than 19 years of experience in the architectural industry to KC.  A skilled project architect, Robert has the experience in coordinating and detailing all aspect of a project from early conceptual design phases through onsite construction administration.  During his career he has managed several multi-million dollar projects in both the medical and education field including:  renovation and construction projects at St. Mary’s/Good Samaritan Hospital, The Springfield Clinic First North, and Eskenazi Health Faculty Office Building to Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana. For more information contact Robert Jervis at or call 618-545-3356.
Kaskaskia College CTE continues to adapt to the needs of our community and businesses by working closely with those in the business and industry sector through program advisory boards, to ensure our students are getting the skills necessary to succeed.  It is our number one goal to provide the training and knowledge needed for students to gain employment in the ever competitive technical industries.  These industries are secure above average wage jobs!  Thank you for reading and stay tuned for next week’s article!

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