Welcome from the President and CEO
Welcome to the Kaskaskia College webpage. We are glad that you are investigating the breadth of opportunities associated with KC, and hope you easily find what you are seeking on the College webpage. Should you not locate the information you seek, our committed staff are happy to visit with you and provide personal assistance - just call our primary number 618.545.3000 and you will be connected with KC folks who care.
Let me provide you with a quick overview of Kaskaskia College. KC is a comprehensive community college located in South Central Illinois, offering 50 Associate degrees and 102 Certificate options for individuals who seek a credential in a variety of academic transfer and career entry areas. Five-thousand full and part-time students are enrolled in academic programs with KC annually! Additionally, KC offers a wide variety of business and industry training and continuing and community learning opportunities. In addition to the Main Centralia Campus, KC offers services from the Crisp Technology Center and the Workforce Center, through our outreach Education Centers in Greenville, Nashville, Salem, Trenton, and Vandalia, and via partnerships with the East St Louis Community College Center, and the Southern Illinois Collegiate Common Market SICCM.
KC has maintained accreditation from the North Central Association - Higher Learning Commission throughout our 75 year history. We also hold several program specific accreditations, including those from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association (CODA), Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), and the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).
National data indicate that students who are fully engaged in their college experience, are more likely to complete their educational goals, and KC offers a number of opportunities for students to become more engaged during their college experience, including 4 intramural sports, 40 student clubs and organizations, and 13 sports teams. Active involvement in extracurricular experiences provides students with networking opportunities (with peers, staff, and faculty), and provides the opportunity to seek and develop strong leadership skills. Many KC students and employees have been recognized for excellence in recent months, including:
Faculty & Staff
Cliff Jourdan – Quarterfinalist, 2016 GRAMMY Foundation Music Educator’s Award (2015)
Kathy Overstreet – Arthur J. Stejskal Memorial Teacher of the Year Award, Illinois Adult and Continuing Educators Association (IAECA) (2015)
Lorraine Schmidt – Vice President, American Dental Assistants Association, Illinois Chapter (2015)
Phyllis Harmening – Spotlight on Service Award, Illinois Secretary of State and Illinois Press Association (2015)
Julie Ellis – Fellowship Recipient, Bioscience Industrial Fellowship Project 2014; National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce (2014)
Charles DeBernardi – Jack Erjavec Innovative Instructor Award, North America Council of Automotive Teachers (NACAT) (2014)
Mark Kohnen – Received the HVAC Excellence Certified Master HVACR Educator (CMHE) credential.
Kelby Kujawa (volleyball), Megan Maxey (softball), Darin Winkelman (basketball) – NJCAA Pinnacle Award for achieving a 4.0 GPA
Briana Knackstedt & Kayla Brown – Skills USA National Champions (Nail Technology, 2015)
KC Postsecondary Agriculture Students (PAS) Team – National Champions in 7 categories, National PAS Conference (2015)
KC Dairy Judging Team – National Champions, World Dairy Expo and North American International Livestock Expo (2014)
2014-15 NJCAA All-Academic Teams – Baseball, Women's Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, & Softball
KC provides the regional community with cultural and social experiences via the KC Music Department, KC Theater Department, Dee and Sue Boswell Art Gallery, Athletic Events, and the Season of Entertainment enrichment series. Our community supports KC through a variety of approaches including the KC Foundation, Friends of the Fine Arts, KC Sports Association, Alumni and Friends Association, and via the Arboretum project. KC Trustees and employees hope you choose to formally connect with us and look forward to having you become a KC Alumnus and/or Friend of the College.
Again, welcome to KC!
Dr. Penny Quinn
President and CEO