Trenton Regional Education Center News Archive

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Dec 19

New Baden Resident Donates to KC Trenton Campaign New Baden resident and KC Adjunct Faculty Member, Michael May, donates in support for the expansion of the Kaskaskia College Trenton Education Center. Droege recently donated $500 to the capital campaign.

May, an Ethics instructor for Kaskaskia College, says, “Education is so valuable to our community and is needed to sustain life. This center will bring a great value to our community and I am happy to be able to support it.”

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Dec 14

Dr. Tim Droege Donates to KC Trenton Campaign Breese Dentist, Dr. Tim Droege, commits his support for the expansion of the Kaskaskia College Trenton Education Center. Dr. Droege recently donated $1,000 to the capital campaign.

According to Droege, “The community that Kaskaskia College serves continues to grow. The expansion in Trenton is inevitable and donating to the campaign helps the community in which I live and serve.”

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Nov 14

Herm Haselhorst Donates Toward the Expansion of KC’s Trenton Education Center Mr. Herm Haselhorst of Highland has made a $1,000 personal donation to help the expansion of Kaskaskia College’s Trenton Education Center. The existing center occupies 3,800 square feet and the expansion is expected to bring 16,000 square feet of instructional and lab space. Donations are being accepted to meet the expansion’s goal of raising $900,000 in private funds.

Mr. Haselhorst, a lifelong resident of Trenton since 1937 says, “I never had the opportunity to go to college, but I made certain that all of my children received a college education. I think the idea of an expanded campus in Trenton is great. The building will be impressive and I hope many area residents are able to take advantage of the Center.”

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Nov 7

Dan and Carol Imming Donate to KC Trenton Campaign Dan and Carol Imming of Imming Insurance of Carlyle recently donated $500 to the Kaskaskia College Trenton Education Center.

The College is seeking to expand its facility on old Highway 50 east in Trenton from 3,800 square feet to 16,000 square feet. Once completed, the new enhanced Trenton Education Center will allow KC to offer additional courses and programs to meet the demands of residents in the region. The project has an estimated cost of $2.4 million, with $1.5 million from extended bond funds and the remaining $900,000 from donations.

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Nov 2

Clinton County Farm Bureau Donates to KC Trenton Campaign The Clinton County Farm Bureau is the latest organization to support the expansion of the Kaskaskia College Trenton Education Center. The Clinton County Farm Bureau approved a donation of $5,000 towards the expansion campaign, which will enhance educational opportunities to residents on the western side of Clinton County.

Cliff Schuette, Vice-President of the Clinton County Farm Bureau says, “The Clinton County Farm Bureau is pleased to support the Trenton Center Expansion Project. Our group is proud to be able to help Kaskaskia College maintain its mission of “bringing education to the people”. We are hopeful that the KC Agriculture Program will be included into the programming at Trenton and want the citizens of Clinton County to know that we support education and the local producers.

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Sep 14

Sisters Donate $500 to Trenton Education Center Campaign Sisters Charlotte Hartley of Centralia and Karen Henss-Shackleford of Trenton recently made a $500 donation to the Trenton Education Center Expansion. The sisters, daughters of Hilda Gibson, felt it was important to support the expansion of program offerings, including the Certified Nursing Assistant Program in Trenton, because they felt that CNAs were invaluable while their mother was a resident at an extended care center suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

Four of Hilda Gibson’s children attended KC, and the new, expanded Trenton Center will make it a destination of choice for upcoming generations, the sisters feel.

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Sep 06

New Baden Chamber of Commerce Donates to KC Trenton Campaign The New Baden Chamber of Commerce is the latest organization to support the expansion of the Kaskaskia College Trenton Education Center. The chamber last night donated $1,000 towards the expansion campaign, which will enhance educational opportunities to residents on the western side of Clinton County. “The New Baden Chamber of Commerce is pleased to support the KC Trenton Project,” said Chamber president Larry Wankel, “and we look forward to the benefits it will reap for our communities.”

The College is seeking to expand its facility on old Highway 50 east in Trenton from 3,800 square feet to 16,000 square feet. Once completed, the new enhanced Trenton Education Center will allow KC to offer additional courses and programs to meet the demands of residents in the region. The project has an estimated cost of $2.4 million, with $1.5 million from extended bond funds and the remaining $900,000 from donations. A campaign is underway to raise the needed funds, with over $400,000 raised to date since the campaign kickoff in May.

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Sep 05

Kaskaskia College Trenton Expansion Campaign To Host Fundraiser October 6 The Kaskaskia College Trenton Expansion Campaign will be hosting a fundraiser on Saturday, October 6 at the Jailhouse Rock Bar.
The event will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. and the event will include music and a special appearance by Elvis. Tickets are $30.00 per person (advance ticket purchase required) and include the entertainment, a large assortment of appetizers and two beverages. A “pick a prize”, oral auction and 50/50 raffle will also be held.
The “Pick a Prize Promotion” is when the ticket holder can select which large ticket item they would like to win. Items include 2 KC Season of Entertainment Season Tickets (Oct. 15, Dec. 11, Feb. 24, Mar. 31 and Apr. 20 - worth $200); two tickets to the December 2 St. Louis Rams Tickets vs, San Francisco (Section 428, Row GG, Seats 1 & 2 – worth $90); 2 Tickets to a show at the Muny (worth $100); 3-Credit Hour Class at Kaskaskia College (worth $300); KC Athletic Basket with 10 Season Passes (worth $75); St. Louis Zoo Family Pack Tickets (4 each: train, children's zoo, sea lion show & carousel – worth $65; Jay Voss Detroit Tigers Autograph Photograph; Burnett’s Vodka Pack (Cooler, T-shirt & Bottle – worth $90); Wooden Classic Car, Nuts/Cracker Box (worth $20); and KC Bookstore Basket (worth $30). More prizes to be announced.

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Aug 21

Village of Aviston Pledges $5,000 to KC Trenton Education Center Campaign Kaskaskia College is proud to announce that the Village of Aviston has recently pledged $5,000 toward the expansion of the KC Trenton Education Center.

The College is now undergoing the process of designing the new KC Trenton Center and an addition for accommodating newly planned educational programs. The new center is expected to consist of approximately 15,000 square feet of classrooms, labs, and industrial space. The center will also allow for expanded offerings that are needed to meet the requirements of the communities, and will eventually allow for selected degrees to be earned by students at the Center without the need to commute to the main campus.

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Aug 07

Bryan Holthaus of Aviston to Donate to Expansion of KC’s Trenton Education Center Bryan Holthaus of Aviston has announced a personal pledge of $5,000 to help the expansion of Kaskaskia College’s Trenton Education Center. The existing center occupies 3,800 square feet and the expansion is expected to bring 16,000 square feet of instructional and lab space. Donations are being accepted to meet the expansion’s goal of raising $900,000 in private funds.

Holthaus, a member of the KC Board of Trustees, is pleased to make this pledge on behalf of the campaign. “I’m so delighted by the support the campaign has received from individuals and the communities and I’m glad to be able to contribute towards this project,” said Holthaus. “An expanded KC Trenton Education Center will enhance opportunities for residents in the western portion of the KC’s District to reach their educational goals.”

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Aug 07

State Farm Agent Herb Schlarmann Donates Toward the Expansion of KC’s Trenton Education Center Trenton State Farm Agent Herb Schlarmann has recently donated $1,500 to assist with the expansion of Kaskaskia College’s Trenton Education Center. The existing center occupies 3,800 square feet and the expansion is expected to bring 16,000 square feet of instructional and lab space. Donations are being accepted to meet the expansion’s goal of raising $900,000 in private funds.

Schlarmann, a resident of Breese, was a resident of Trenton for more than forty years and has been an agent for State Farm for 45 years. He was also Mayor of Trenton for 28 years and says that “bringing the Trenton Education Center to the community is one of my proudest moments as Mayor. The opportunity to now expand the Center is just a great prospect for our community.”

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Jul 30

Frank and Robin Padak of Highland Donate To Expansion of KC’s Trenton Education Center Frank and Robin Padak of Highland recently made a $500 personal donation to help the expansion of Kaskaskia College’s Trenton Education Center. The existing center occupies 3,800 square feet and the expansion is expected to bring 16,000 square feet of instructional and lab space. Donations are being accepted to meet the expansion’s goal of raising $900,000 in private funds.
Padak, a 1982 graduate of Kaskaskia College, says, “Kaskaskia College was where I started my education and we thought this project was a great way for us to give back.”

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Jul 16

Betty Renth of New Baden Donates To Expansion of KC’s Trenton Education Center Mrs. Betty Renth of New Baden made a $500 personal donation to help the expansion of Kaskaskia College’s Trenton Education Center. The existing center occupies 3,800 square feet and the expansion is expected to bring 16,000 square feet of instructional and lab space. Donations are being accepted to meet the expansion’s goal of raising $900,000 in private funds.
Mrs. Renth is also the Chairman of the Board for Scott Credit Union, which earlier made a $100,000 donation to the expansion project. “I was impressed with Dr. Underwood’s presentation to the Credit Union,” Mrs. Renth said, “and I felt I should do something personally as well. It will be nice to have an expanded Center to meet the needs of Western Clinton County.”

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Jul 16

Trenton VFW Ladies Auxiliary Gives to KC Education Center The Trenton Ladies Auxiliary to VFW Post 7983 donated $1,000 toward the expansion of Kaskaskia College’s Trenton Education Center. In a statement, Auxiliary President Mary Lee said “The Ladies Auxiliary to VFW Post 7983 is always happy to assist on projects to better the community and our Veterans. Kaskaskia College has afforded many individuals in the community the opportunity to attend classes because of their location in Trenton and the expansion will continue to make getting an education much easier for our Trenton and area citizens. Our mission is to ‘Honor the Dead by Helping the Living’ and we continue to work on projects each year to honor our Veterans and assist the community and are so happy to have Kaskaskia College Extension Center in our city.”

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Jul 13

July Trenton Steering Committee Meeting Kaskaskia College’s Trenton Campaign Steering Committee met on Wednesday, July 11, at the Trenton House Restaurant for updates on the fundraising and design efforts from various teams.

The Steering Committee, chaired by the Trenton Sun’s Mike Conley, is tasked with the fundraising and design of the proposed new Trenton Educational Center, an expanded facility which will take the center, at its current location in a building donated by the City of Trenton, from 3,800 square feet to a proposed 16,000 square feet with greatly expanded educational opportunities for western Clinton County. The proposed facility is expected to cost $2.4 million, of which $1.5 million is from extended bond funds and $900,000 from private donations. Since the campaign’s kick-off in May, $1,919,969 has been achieved, leaving a balance of $480,031.

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Jul 13

Student Awareness Raised For Trenton Center Expansion Campaign Mrs. Arlene Covington, Director of the Kaskaskia College Trenton Education Center, is working to raise student awareness of the expansion plans for the Center, and to make sure that student input is part of the decision making process.

Covington gave a short presentation to Mr. Elmer Bowman’s Speech 103 class and Mr. Eric Essen’s Computer Understanding class on July 10. Included in the presentation were conceptual artworks depicting the appearance of the center when work is completed. Mrs. Covington explained to the students that the center will occupy the entire building, which it now shares with the City of Trenton, and will expand to fill much more of the site. The Trenton Education Center is currently 3,800 square feet of instructional space; after the expansion is complete is expected to occupy approximately 16,000 square feet, with a greatly expanded area for career and technical programs as well as more room for traditional classrooms and computer labs.

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Jun 15

Trenton Center Steering Committee Meets Kaskaskia College’s Trenton Education Center Steering Committee met at the Trenton House restaurant on Wednesday, June 13. The purpose of the Steering Committee, chaired by the Trenton Sun’s Mike Conley, is to plan and fundraise for an expansion of the existing Center from its current 3,800 square feet to a proposed 16,000 square feet, allowing for many more class and degree offerings at a place convenient for the residents of the College’s western district.

To date, the College has raised $1,879,285 toward its goal of $2.4 million dollars for the project. Of the total, $1.5 million is from extended bond funds voted by the Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees to ensure the project would not require a tax increase. $379,285 has been raised privately, leaving $520,715 in additional private donations to be gathered before the project is fully funded.

MAY 30

Trenton Women’s Club Donates $1,000 to KC Trenton Education Center Campaign Kaskaskia College is proud to announce that the Trenton Women’s Club has recently donated $1,000 toward the expansion of the KC Trenton Education Center.

The College is now undergoing the process of designing the new KC Trenton Center and an addition for accommodating newly planned educational programs. The new center is expected to consist of approximately 16,000 square feet of classrooms, labs, and industrial space. The center will also allow for expanded offerings that are needed to meet the requirements of the communities, and will eventually allow for selected degrees to be earned by students at the Center without the need to commute to the main campus.

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MAY 22

New Baden Village Pledges $5,000 to KC Trenton Education Center Campaign Kaskaskia College is proud to announce that the New Baden Village Board has recently pledged $5,000 toward the expansion of the KC Trenton Education Center.

The College is now undergoing the process of designing the new KC Trenton Center and an addition for accommodating newly planned educational programs. The new center is expected to consist of approximately 15,000 square feet of classrooms, labs, and industrial space. The center will also allow for expanded offerings that are needed to meet the requirements of the communities, and will eventually allow for selected degrees to be earned by students at the Center without the need to commute to the main campus.

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MAY 17

Mike and Sybil Conley Pledge to Trenton Education Center Campaign The highlight of Wednesday’s meeting of the Trenton Education Center Steering Committee was the pledge of $5,000 from the Trenton Sun’s Mike and Sybil Conley. Mike Conley serves as the chairman of the campaign for an expanded Trenton Education Center.

“We are inundated with requests for donations,” Conley said, “and we try to accommodate all of them, though most are for the benefit of a narrow portion of the community, a Little League team or a class trip, things like that. We feel like this [the Trenton Education Center] is going to be something that will be a huge benefit for all of our area. A five thousand dollar commitment is not easy for us, it’s difficult, but we felt that it was an important investment, not only for the future of our business, but for the community, and that by making this donation we are going to make good things happen for the area in addition to the students.”

MAY 08

Trenton Center Campaign Kickoff Held Kaskaskia College held an exciting Kickoff Event for the Trenton Education Center Campaign at Wesclin High School on Saturday, May 5. The event marked the official beginning to a fund-raising campaign that seeks to raise $900,000 in private donations, which, along with $1.5 million in extended bond funds authorized by the KC Board of Trustees, will constitute the projected $2.4 million cost of an expanded Trenton Education Center to serve the entire western region of the College district. The project will not require a tax increase

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APR 25

KC Trenton Education Center Steering Committee Update Kaskaskia College’s Trenton Steering Committee met on Friday, April 20 at the Trenton House restaurant for updates on the status of the campaign to raise funds for a new Trenton Education Center to serve the western college district. The campaign seeks to raise $900,000 in private donations to be matched with $1.5M in extended bond funds to cover the projected $2.4M cost of the new center without the need for a tax increase.

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Apr 13

Kick-Off Planned for new KC Trenton Education Center Campaign Kaskaskia College is announcing that a Kick-off Event for the expanded Trenton Education Center Campaign is planned for Saturday, May 5 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Wesclin High School.

Included in the event will be campaign information and updates provided on the new expansion efforts, remarks by KC officials, and refreshments prepared and served by KC's catering department.

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Apr 04

Trenton City Council Approves Transfer of Deed for Current Trenton Education Center to Kaskaskia College Kaskaskia College is pleased to announce that the Trenton City Council has approved an Intergovernmental Agreement to transfer the deed for the current Trenton Education Center to the College. Mr. Hawley, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, expressed, on behalf of the Board, gratitude to Trenton Mayor Gary Sellers and the City Council for their support of the Trenton project”.

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Mar 29

Trenton Center Expansion Steering Committee Meets The Kaskaskia College Trenton Education Center Steering Committee met on Friday, March 23 for updates from the various teams on the status of the Trenton Center campaign. The campaign will seek to raise $900,000 in private donations to be matched with $1.5 million in extended bond funds to cover the proposed $2.4 million total cost of the expanded center. Mike Conley of the Trenton Sun is the chairman of the Steering Committee.

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