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Trenton Regional Education Center News

Apr 01

Tea Time Event Scheduled to Benefit Trenton Education Center Scheduled for May 18 Kaskaskia College will be hosting an event on Sunday, May 18 entitled “Tea Time at Kaskaskia”.

The event will include “A Century of Hat Fashions” and three courses of delectable delights served with selected teas.

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Mar 31

Kaskaskia College Holds Appreciation Luncheon at Trenton Education Center Kaskaskia College held an Appreciation Luncheon on Monday, March 24 for the architects, engineers, contractors, and sub-contractors who worked on the renovation and expansion of the Trenton Education Center. The Center re-opened for classes on March 17.

“What started as a vision has turned into reality,” KC President Dr. Jim Underwood said. “I want to share from my heart how pleased and grateful we are to those responsible for creating this great facility, to include the City of Trenton, architects, contractors, Board of Trustees, and the organizations and individuals supporting the campaign.”

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Mar 17

Welding and Construction Courses Available at Trenton Education Center in Summer of 2014 Welding courses with extensive hands-on laboratory work will be offered in both arc and MIG welding. Arc Welding (WELD 114) will be offered Monday evenings beginning May 26th and ending August 4th from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

MIG Welding (WELD 122) will be offered Thursday evenings beginning May 29th and ending August 7th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. These courses will have a separate lab date which will be announced later. The instructor for both courses is Corey Wellen.

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Mar 05

Trenton Education Center to Close for Relocation In preparation for the start of classes on March 17, the Kaskaskia College Trenton Education Center will be closed from March 10 until March 15, 2014, coinciding with the College’s spring break period. There will be no testing or services conducted during this time.

The good news is that the newly renovated Trenton Education Center is expected to open for Classes on Monday, March 17. The Center will feature new classrooms, laboratories, and community spaces to better accommodate current and future students and meet the educational and civic needs of the communities in Western Clinton County.

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Feb 27

Classes Scheduled to Start March 17 at New Trenton Education Center Kaskaskia College will begin conducting classes at the newly expanded and renovated Trenton Education Center on March 17, as scheduled.

The Trenton Education Center, located in the former Illinois Power building on Old Rt. 50 in Trenton, has undergone major renovation and expansion over the last year. The building, from which KC leased 3,800 square feet of instructional and office space, was gifted to the College by the City of Trenton as the site for the new Center. With expansion and renovation, the new Center offers nearly 16,000 square feet of classroom, laboratory, and office space, including a free-to-use computer lab and three business incubator offices to help small businesses establish themselves in the area.

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Jan 01

Kaskaskia College to Offer Residential/Commercial Electrical Technician Program at Expanded Trenton Education Center Kaskaskia College will be offering a Residential/Commercial Electrical Technician Program as the first site-specific course at the Trenton Education Center in the fall 2014 semester, pending Illinois Community College Board approval.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics, employment opportunities for residential/commercial wiring technicians are expected to grow at a rate of 23% nationally, which is faster than the average for all occupations. Additionally, it is estimated that approximately 60 replacement technicians will be needed annually within the Kaskaskia College district, along with any new positions that are created. The Illinois Department of Employment Security reports that experienced technicians within the College district have a mean annual wage of over $70,000. Part of Kaskaskia College’s role in the district is to have a quick response to the needs of area employers and students for a well trained work force.

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Dec 19

Trenton Education Center Construction on Schedule It was reported that the construction and renovation of the expanded Trenton Education Center is progressing on schedule at the monthly Trenton Campaign Steering meeting on Wednesday, December 18.

Arlene Covington, Director of the Trenton Education Center, reported that interior renovations were proceeding well, as is the exterior work, including the construction of a new entrance. New cabinetry is in the process of being installed in the Center’s new laboratory areas, along with tile in newly created restrooms.

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Nov 26

Trenton Steering Committee Meets The Kaskaskia College Trenton Campaign Steering Committee met on Thursday, November 21 in its regular monthly meeting. The Committee, chaired by the Trenton Sun’s Mike Conley, is tasked with fundraising for the new Trenton Education center, which is currently under construction.

The Trenton Education Center, at 3,800 square feet, has outgrown the space it occupied in the old Illinois Power building on old Highway 50 in Trenton. The campaign seeks to finish the fundraising for the new renovated and expanded Center, which will house nearly 16,000 square feet of instructional and community space, including a multi-use industrial laboratory, expandable classrooms, a community computer lab, and three small business incubators. $53,078 remains to be raised to fully fund the project.

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Nov 15

Kaskaskia College Hosts Advisory Board Meeting in Trenton Kaskaskia College held an Advisory Board meeting at the Trenton House Restaurant in Trenton on Wednesday, November 13. The event was attended by over twenty community members and KC personnel. The purpose of the meeting was to give the attendees an update on the status of the college and to solicit input on how KC can better serve the citizens of Western Clinton County.

Much of the discussion at the meeting centered around the Trenton Education center which is currently under renovation and construction in the old Illinois Power building on Old Rt. 50, a building which was gifted to the College by the City of Trenton.

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Oct 07

November 16th Bowling Tournament to Benefit Kaskaskia College Trenton Expansion The Kaskaskia College expansion campaign will host an all-day bowling tournament in New Baden on November 16th at Baden Bowl.

Teams must have six players and may be mixed, male or female. The entry fee is $150 (may be paid by cash or check) and includes games, shoes and a colored pin strike prize.

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Oct 10

Trenton Education Center Construction Ahead of Schedule The construction phase of the expansion of the Trenton Education Center is ahead of schedule, it was reported at the Trenton Center Steering Committee meeting on September 26 at the Trenton House restaurant. The expanded Center is expected to re-open for classes in the spring of 2014.

The Trenton Education Center is being expanded from its original 3,800 square feet to nearly 16,000 square feet of instructional and community space. This much needed project will allow for educational programming at the Center to expand to fill the needs of students and employers in the Western Clinton County region.

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Sep 13

KC Trenton Education Campaign Having Trivia Night Kaskaskia College is announcing that a Trivia Night is scheduled on Saturday, December 7th at the Aviston American Legion Hall. This fundraiser is being held to assist with the Trenton Education Center Campaign.

The Trivia Night will begin at 6:30 p.m. and teams are being sought at $100 per team. Teams can have up to 10 at a table. Groups may bring in snacks or there will be some food available for purchase and a cash bar.

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Sep 10

Affordable Roofing Contributes to Kaskaskia College Trenton Education Center Expansion Project Kaskaskia College is pleased to announce that Affordable Roofing of Trenton has pledged $5,000 towards the expansion of KC’s Education Center in Trenton.

Affordable Roofing owner, Jason Bliven, says “We appreciate all of all our customers who have given us the opportunity to install roofs on their homes and this donation give us the opportunity to give back to the community”.

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Sep 03

KC Trenton Education Campaign Holding Cash Raffle Kaskaskia College is announcing that a Cash Raffle fundraiser is now being held to assist with the Trenton Education Center Campaign.

200 tickets are now being sold for $100 each with the winner taking home a grand prize of $10,000. The winner will be announced at a Trivia Night scheduled for December 7th at the Aviston American Legion Hall. Winner does not need to be present to take home the grand prize. Winnings from this raffle are taxable and winner is responsible for paying all required taxes. Raffle Sponsor has the right to withhold required taxes from winnings, in accordance with IRS regulations.

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Aug 30

Trenton Education Center Steering Committee Meets The Kaskaskia College Trenton Steering Committee met in its regular monthly session on Thursday, August 29 at the Trenton House Restaurant. The committee has been tasked with the site selection, fundraising, and design of an expanded Trenton Education center facility. It is chaired by the Trenton Sun’s Mike Conley.

With the site selection and design tasks completed, the committee has been focused on raising the necessary funds to ensure timely completion of the project, construction of which is underway and expected to be completed in the spring of 2014. As of the meeting date, it was reported that additional funds of $74, 574 are needed to bring the project to completion.

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Aug 29

Kaskaskia College Receives $10,000 Grant from the Employees Community Fund of Boeing St. Louis for New Trenton Education Center Kaskaskia College is proud to announce that is has received a $10,000 grant from the Employees Community Fund of Boeing of St. Louis for its new Trenton Education Center.

Kaskaskia will be establishing an open community technology area in its new Trenton Education Center as one component in a broader effort to expand services. According to Kellie Henegar, Dean of Arts and Sciences for Kaskaskia, “Due to steady growth and increasing demand from residents and employers for job training and continuing education, the college is expanding programming at its Trenton Education Center that serves central and western Clinton County. The initiative involves additional classroom space, science labs, industrial technology space, a small business incubator for economic development, and an open community technology area”.

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Aug 23

First Bank Contributes to Kaskaskia College Trenton Education Center Expansion Project Kaskaskia College is pleased to announce that First Bank in Breese has pledged $5,000 towards the expansion of KC’s Education Center in Trenton. Bank Manager Marilou Rakers presented a check for $1,000 for the first installment on the pledge to Kaskaskia College President Dr. Jim Underwood and Suzanne Christ, Coordinator of Institutional Advancement.

Once completed, the Kaskaskia College Trenton Education Center will expand from its current 3,800 square feet to nearly 16,000 square feet of instructional space, including new classrooms, computer and nursing labs, and an Industrial Occupations area. The project will allow Kaskaskia College to expand its program opportunities to students on the western side of KC’s district. Work on the project is now underway and expected to be completed by the Spring of 2014.

Aug 21

US Bank Contributes to Kaskaskia College Trenton Education Center Expansion Project ? Kaskaskia College is pleased to announce that US Bank in Carlyle donated $1,000 towards the expansion of KC’s Education Center in Trenton. Bank Manager Sharon Pulver presented the check to Kaskaskia College President Dr. Jim Underwood and Suzanne Christ, Coordinator of Institutional Advancement.

Once completed, the Kaskaskia College Trenton Education Center will expand from its current 3,800 square feet to nearly 16,000 square feet of instructional space, including new classrooms, computer and nursing labs, and an Industrial Occupations area. Work on the project is now underway and expected to be completed by the Spring of 2014.

Jul 02

Brenda and Tom Rankin and Family Pharmacy of Trenton Donate To Kaskaskia College Trenton Education Center Campaign Brenda and Tom Rankin and the Family Pharmacy in Trenton have each donated $500 towards the Kaskaskia College Trenton Education Center expansion project currently underway at the center on Broadway in Trenton. The Family Pharmacy has been in business since 1970.

The Rankin’s are the proud grandparents of a grandson who graduated from Kaskaskia College with an Associate of Science Degree. “We are interested in education and are happy to donate to this campaign that will continue to offer training and assist the future of our community.”

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Jul 01

Village Of Damiansville Donates To Kaskaskia College Trenton Education Center Campaign The Village of Damiansville has donated $2,500 towards the Kaskaskia College Trenton Education Center expansion project currently underway at the center on Broadway in Trenton. KC Vice-President of Instructional Services Dr. Greg Labyak and Director of Purchasing Craig Roper attended the village board’s June 25 meeting to thank the village for its support and provide an update on the project.

“Thank you for your support of the Trenton Center and for expanded educational opportunities on the western side of Clinton County,” said Labyak. “Construction is underway and we invite you to explore the expanded Trenton Education Center when it’s completed.” Labyak also mentioned that even with construction going on classes are being held by the Trenton Education Center in alternative locations in Trenton as well as at Wesclin High School and Central High School in Breese. Mayor Herman Jansen said, “We are pleased we could help with this project.”

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Jun 26

Margaret Conley Donates to KC Trenton Education Center Campaign Margaret Conley of Trenton has recently pledged $2,000 towards the Kaskaskia College Trenton Education Center Capitol Campaign.

Margaret Conley says of her donation, “I think it's important that we all contribute something back to our communities. Since many of us have limited resources, it's important to choose our donations wisely. My investment in the Kaskaskia College Trenton Education Center expansion demonstrates my belief that it is critical to the future of Trenton and Clinton County.”

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Jun 19

Litteken Electric of Aviston Donates to KC Trenton Education Center Campaign Litteken Electric of Aviston is another local business who has recently donated to the Kaskaskia College Trenton Education Center Capitol Campaign. The business has pledged $2,000 towards the expansion project.

Mark and Jennifer Litteken own and operate Litteken Electric, Inc. and are very active in their county and hometown. They also own and operate a very productive farming operation and have three young, very active children. Mark Litteken says, “The expansion and growth of Kaskaskia College is very important to us. We hope to support the future of the Electrical and Agricultural Industries as much as possible and believe in promoting local education, local people and local work ethic.”

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Jun 14

Kaskaskia College Holds June Trenton Steering Committee Meeting Kaskaskia College held its June Trenton Steering Committee meeting on Thursday, June 13, at the Trenton House restaurant. The committee is tasked with the design and fundraising for the expansion of the Trenton Education Center from its current 3,800 square feet to nearly 16,000 square feet of instructional space. The committee is chaired by the Trenton Sun’s Mike Conley.

Groundbreaking for the expansion took place on May 31.

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Jun 05

Assistance from Ameren Illinois will help Kaskaskia College expand the Trenton Education Center Officials from Ameren Illinois were on hand at Kaskaskia College’s Lifelong Learning Center on Monday, June 3, to announce a $15,000 contribution to the College’s Trenton Education Center.

The funds will help the College add new classrooms, labs, and space for industrial training programs, growing the Trenton Education Center from its current 3,800 feet of instructional space to nearly 16,000 feet.

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Jun 03

Kaskaskia College Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Trenton Education Center Kaskaskia College held a ceremony marking the groundbreaking for the expanded Trenton Education Center on Friday, May 31 at the Trenton Center. Construction and renovation at the site is expected to begin June 3 to expand the Trenton Center from its current 3,800 square feet to nearly 16,000 square feet of instructional space, including new classrooms, computer and nursing labs, and an Industrial Occupations area.

Dr. James Underwood, President of KC, recognized and thanked those in attendance, many of whom have been instrumental in the planning and fundraising efforts for the new Center, which is funded by a combination of bond extensions approved by the KC Board of Trustees along with private donations. “The vision of this project started several years ago to continue to make education accessible and affordable to its residents. We are happy to report that we have raised $1.1 million for the campaign thus far,” Dr. Underwood said, “but we still need one hundred thousand to complete the funding for phase one. The Board is moving forward with groundbreaking with faith and confidence that the remaining funding will be raised.”

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May 28

First County Bank of Trenton Donates to Trenton Education Center Campaign First County Bank (FCB) of Trenton donated $5,000 towards the expansion of the Kaskaskia College Education Center in Trenton. “We’re proud to be part of Trenton and proud to be part of KC’s efforts to expand educational opportunities in western Clinton County,” said Jim Carlson Branch President.

Once completed the expanded KC Trenton Education Center will offer 16,000 square feet of instructional and lab space which will allow the College to offer new and expanded educational opportunities to the residents in western Clinton County. For more information, contact campaign coordinator Suzanne Christ at 618-545-3069.

May 23

Kaskaskia College Holds Trenton Community Engagement Meeting Kaskaskia College held the second in a series of annual Spring Community Engagement events at the Trenton House Restaurant on Tuesday, May 21. The purpose of the meetings, according to KC President Dr. James Underwood, is to share the commitment of the College to the needs of the communities and to gain input from citizens on the operations of the College.

A booklet entitled “Kaskaskia College Report to the Community 2013-14” was distributed to each attendee, and Dr. Underwood led the gathering through some of the highlights of the booklet, including reports on College enrollments, job placement rates, growth, and the efforts to enhance KC services to the students through new programs, opportunities for higher degrees through partnerships with universities, and the ongoing effort to make programs and degrees available to students in outlying areas of the College district.

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May 16

Tempo Bank Donates to Trenton Education Center Campaign Tempo Bank has recently pledged $10,000 to the Kaskaskia College Trenton Education Center Capital Campaign.

Robert Stroh, Jr., Chairman, CEO and CFO of Tempo Bank states, “Our contribution today to Kaskaskia’s Trenton Education Center is not the end of our involvement. It marks the beginning of a long term relationship and investment in a future we believe will become a tremendous asset and educational resource for the people and communities it serves. Congratulations and continued success from the directors, officers and staff of Tempo Bank”.

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May 13

Brad and Michelle Maue and Dairy King Donates to Trenton Education Center Campaign Brad and Michelle Maue and Dairy King has recently donated $5,000 to the Kaskaskia College Trenton Education Center Capital Campaign.

Maue states, “I am an alumni of Kaskaskia College and have seen the growth, the potential and the opportunities this is giving our local communities. Dairy King is excited to be a part of the KC Trenton Education Center. We have committed to giving $1000 for each of the next 5 years to show our support for the expansion project. We are thrilled that those students from the western part of the county will have an opportunity to get their Associate's Degree at the Trenton location”.

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Mar 18

Bowling Tournament a Great Success Bowling tournament The KC Trenton Expansion retail team would like to thank the bowlers, spectators and donors who helped make its recent bowling tournament a success. The event raised $969.00 in bowler fees, its 50/50 drawing, through raffle sales and from those who donated their money back to KC for the expansion.

Winning teams were Sunshine Salon (women), GameSafe Bro's (men) and Marcus Crushers (mixed). Each winning team received $100.00 and each winning team member earned a one-of-a-kind tournament-embroidered game towel. GameSafe Bro's returned its winnings to the college, as did 50/50 winner Alicia Crow.

Raffle prizes, donated by KC's bookstore, the KC athletics department, KC's marketing department, Jim's Men & Boys Shop and GameSafe included the tourney towels, champagne & chocolates, a KC fitness membership, KC bookstore goodies, a wine, cheese & sausage basket, a movie basket and more.

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Jan 25

March 2nd Bowling Tournament to Benefit Kaskaskia College Trenton Expansion The Kaskaskia College expansion campaign will host an all-day bowling tournament in Bartelso on March 2nd at Bartelso Bowling Alley & KC Hall.

Teams must have six players and may be mixed, male or female. The entry fee is $150 (may be paid by cash, check or credit card) and includes games, shoes and a colored pin strike prize.

Teams may sign up at the bowling alley (912 Carlyle Road / Route 161), at the Kaskaskia College Centralia campus book store (27210 College Road) or by calling or emailing Nancy Hubert at 618.224.9000 / hubert101@hotmail.com. Pre-registration is required, however, team openings available day of tournament may be filled by repeat play or walk-ins. Team roster to be completed at lanes on day of event.

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