During the regularly scheduled Kishwaukee College Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, April 13, the Board reviewed the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) for the College. These funds are federal and state dollars provided to institutions of higher education, to be used for direct student support and College infrastructure in adjusting operations in response to the pandemic.

Since March 2020, the College has increased support, and removed barriers, to assist students with their financial challenges brought on by the pandemic. Support efforts include per-credit-hour COVID-19 Relief Support Payments to students, removal of payment plan enrollment fee, eliminated dropping of students from classes for non-payment, student debt forgiveness, expansion of the Textbook Loan Program, internet support with WIFI hotspots, Chromebook/laptop computer loan program, expansion of the food pantry, and emergency financial support through the Champions Fund.

Starting this summer, registered credit students will receive textbooks and their required digital course materials free from the College through the Textbook Loan Program.

To support a quality remote learning environment for students, the College has invested in technology and other resources to support faculty and staff in the virtual environment during the pandemic and moving forward.

For more information on the College’s response to COVID-19 and HEERF funding, please visit www.kish.edu/covid.

Date posted: May 5, 2021 | Author: | Comments Off on Kishwaukee College uses Federal and State Relief Funds to Support Students

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Cohen Barnes, immediate Past President of DCEDC, longtime successful business owner, and strong community supporter has been nominated by Kishwaukee College to receive the Illinois Community College Trustees Association’s (ICCTA) 2021 Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Barnes, a 1992 graduate of Kishwaukee College, is among 20 other nominees from community colleges throughout Illinois. Kish nominated Barnes for his years of success in the information technology industry and active participation in community service. His continued support of improving the quality of life in DeKalb will move into a larger role following his victory in the DeKalb mayoral election earlier this month.

Kish — along with community colleges across the country — is celebrating Community College Awareness Month in April. Barnes’ success in both private business and public service reaffirms the impact the community college experience can have on an individual and their educational journey.

Barnes first enrolled at Kish after serving as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army during Operation Desert Storm. Following his service, Barnes saw Kish as a way to pursue a degree. Kish provided an opportunity to transition to a higher education environment and develop as a student.

After graduating from Kish, Barnes earned his bachelor’s from Northern Illinois University. Shortly after graduating, Barnes became co-owner of TBC Net, now known as Sundog, Inc. The company played an instrumental role in bringing internet access and fiber optic cable to the region — infrastructure still used today for the area’s internet services. Sundog has previously received the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce’s Business of the Year and was listed in Inc. Magazine as one of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies.

For community service, Barnes has been a long supporter of educational and economic improvements for the area. He helped strategize campaigns to pass voter referendums for both DeKalb Community Unit School District (CUSD) #428 and Kishwaukee College. He also served as a board member for DeKalb CUSD #428 and participates on Kish’s Computer Information Systems Advisory Council. Among many other service roles, Barnes has been a Boy Scout troop leader, served as President of the DeKalb County Economic Development Corporation, and leader of #ProudlyDeKalb.

As DeKalb’s newly elected mayor, Barnes said he would like to see the city’s positive momentum continue to improve opportunities for the entire community.

“We’ve spent 15 years doing a ton to try and move the needle for our community. Now I want the ball. I want to be the one setting the course that keeps this positivity heading in the same direction,” he said.

Thank you, Cohen, for your dedicated service to the community, to DeKalb County, and to the DCEDC Executive Board.  We wish you the very best in your new leadership role as Mayor for the City of DeKalb. Congratulations!

Date posted: April 30, 2021 | Author: | Comments Off on Cohen Barnes, DeKalb’s mayor-elect, earns Kish’s Distinguished Alumnus Award nomination

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Learn more about our Gather Women’s Leadership Community and upcoming spring and summer events from Gather members Tia Anderson and Debra Boughton.

Visit dekalb.org/gather for Gather membership details and the complete 2021 event calendar.


Date posted: April 12, 2021 | Author: | Comments Off on New In the Loop Video: Gather Women’s Leadership Community

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The global manufacturing stage is being reset and opportunities abound. Are you prepared to win? Will you build a culture that attracts a wider talent pool? How will you cultivate a high-performance team? What strategies can you put into play with current resources and minimal investment? How will you inspire resilient leadership?

From IMEC’s work with manufacturers across the beautiful state of Illinois, they have put together the best-kept secrets on hot button issues, including:

  • Widening your hiring pool
  • Improving internal communication
  • Understanding your voice of the customer
  • Integrating new technology on your shop floor
  • Developing a great sales team
  • Implementing a solid go-to-market strategy
  • Preparing for a crisis
  • Creating a path to organizational success
  • Includes easy-to-use checklists for repeatable success and insightful interviews with Illinois manufacturers
  • And more


“Made in Illinois: A Playbook for Illinois Manufacturers to Compete and Win”:

  • Accelerate global competitiveness
  • Rethink how you define “excellence”
  • Reimagine the path to organizational success
  • Includes 7 compelling interviews with manufacturers who have “been there, done that”
  • A book for every member of your team: C-suite, operations, HR, engineering, sales, front office, board level, R&D, founders, frontline supervisors, second-in-commands, and all the future leaders of your organization


The launch will be live-streamed on our Facebook page on April 22nd at 6 PM CST.



Date posted: April 12, 2021 | Author: | Comments Off on IMEC’s Book launch! Made in Illinois: A Playbook for Illinois Manufacturers to Compete and Win.

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Kishwaukee College recently awarded nine COVID-19 relief grants to local small businesses. Grants were made possible through a partnership between Kish College, Waubonsee Community College Small Business Development Center, and First Midwest Bank.

Businesses receiving the $500 grants include Le Print Express, Energize Fitness, The Warehouse on Park, J&M Productions, Marathon Fitness of Sycamore, Mellow Mammals, The Enchanted Valley Farm, Dimensions Dance Academy, and Sib’s Corner Grill. Businesses are able to use grant funds for resources or items that will help them recover.

“The grant from Kishwaukee College through the SBDC was perfect timing. It was used for upgrading the fans in our dining room,” said Greg Sibigtroth, owner of Sib’s Corner Grill in Genoa. “I feel very fortunate in starting a relationship with Waubonsee Community College, Kishwaukee College, and the SBDC. In the last two months, I have received the grant, met with the SBDC, and have been introduced to several contacts, which I feel will support and help the growth of my business. I’ve been in business for one year and look forward to the many avenues they have to offer.”

COVID-19 relief grants are still available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information about the grant process, please contact LaCretia Konan, Kishwaukee College Director of Workforce & Community Education, at lkonan1@kish.edu.

Date posted: March 25, 2021 | Author: | Comments Off on Kish College partnership provides COVID-19 grants to local small businesses

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OC Creative of DeKalb has launched a new scholarship with the Kishwaukee College Foundation for students interested in pursuing a career in the creative arts. Students pursuing graphic design, marketing, advertising, videography, photography, writing, or other creative careers could be eligible for this $500 scholarship.

“Building up DeKalb County should include supporting students and their career aspirations. Sometimes all it takes is someone to see talent in you for that motivation to kick in,” said Brian Oster, Creative Director and President of OC Creative. “I can distinctly remember one teacher in high school providing that for me, and, looking back, I can see that’s when I first started on my creative path. The hope of all the OC team is to see creativity flourish — in students, in an organization’s marketing, and in our community.”

Applicants must be graduates of a high school in the Kishwaukee College district, have completed 24 credit hours, and achieved a minimum GPA of 3.0. Eligible applicants will also be asked to answer questions regarding career goals and what inspired them to pursue creative services and the arts. Portfolios of creative work are encouraged.

Scholarship applications for the OC Creative Scholarship, and other Foundation scholarships, will continue to be accepted through Wednesday, March 31. Students can apply by visiting www.kish.edu/kcfscholarships. For more information, contact the Kishwaukee College Foundation at 815-825-2952 or foundation@kish.edu.

Date posted: March 25, 2021 | Author: | Comments Off on OC Creative launches new Kish scholarship for students pursuing the arts

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Tuition rates will remain the same at Kishwaukee College for the 2021-2022 academic year. At this month’s Kishwaukee College Board of Trustees meeting, the Board unanimously voted to maintain the current tuition rate of $147 per credit hour.

The decision to keep tuition rates flat aligns with the College’s mission of improving lives through quality, affordable education. The fiscal responsibility practiced by the Board of Trustees and College leadership allows Kish to maintain its tuition rate during this challenging period. Through financial competence and transparency, the College has worked to keep costs down while enhancing the programs and services offered to suit the changing needs of the community.

“It has always been our goal to keep tuition as low as possible for our students. We understand it can be a struggle at this time to pay for college expenses and we are pleased to be able to maintain affordable tuition for our students this year,” said Bob Johnson, Chair of Kishwaukee College Board of Trustees.

The College is looking forward to more activity on campus this fall and is planning to offer additional classes in-person. The credit course schedule for summer and fall will be available online Monday, March 15, with registration beginning online Monday, April 5. For more information, visit www.kish.edu.

Date posted: March 11, 2021 | Author: | Comments Off on Kishwaukee College will keep tuition rates flat for next school year

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Through the synergy, support, and loyalty of its members and partner, DCEDC has been able to successfully attract record-breaking new business investments from phenomenal companies like Facebook, Ferrara Candy, and Syngenta, despite the challenges of the global pandemic during the last year.  Investment of $975 million in the construction of over 3 million square feet of buildings began in 2020. Projects included the hyper-scale Facebook data center campus and the Ferrara Candy Company packaging and distribution complex in DeKalb, and the Syngenta agricultural research and development center in Malta. These projects will diversify our economy by adding innovative and fast-growing sectors to our business community. DCEDC also contributed and was an important co-partner in DeKalb County UNITES, a grass-root movement created to assist DeKalb County small businesses during the onset of COVID.  DCEDC was fortunate to co-partner on this important initiative with Northern Illinois University.

This year, to leverage the recent successes, we are pleased to introduce the Opportunity Unbound branding and communications program, designed to promote DeKalb County around the world to accelerate business development, job creation, and talent attraction. To learn more about Opportunity Unbound, view the Sneak Peek video below. We welcome your observations and questions about this important initiative. Call Paul Borek, DCEDC executive director, at borek@dcedc.org or 815-895-2711 with your feedback.

With our community members and partners, DCEDC is aware of all that DeKalb County has to offer, and it is time that we tell this story. We are committed to building for the future alongside our local businesses, institutions, and governmental bodies. DCEDC respectfully requests new and current members to be generous in supporting its annual operating campaign. We invite new businesses and others to invest in DCEDC for the first time. To contribute to DCEDC, visit https://dcedc.org/membership-registration/ or contact Karen Hoyle at hoyle@dcedc.org or 815-895-2711.

DCEDC thanks all its members and partners for their long-time support.  We celebrate the recent transformational success in economic development with everyone in DeKalb County and appreciate your contribution to an even greater quality of life.

View the Sneak Peek video about Opportunity Unbound

Read the full article by Paul Borek

Date posted: March 2, 2021 | Author: | Comments Off on 975 million reasons to contribute to DCEDC

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The Kishwaukee College Foundation announced the student scholarship recipients for Spring 2021. The Foundation awarded 200 scholarships to a total of $124,934.  Scholarship funds are made possible through generous gifts from members of the community, local business and industry, and area agencies and associations. Students are selected on a competitive basis according to each scholarship’s specific requirements.

DCEDC congratulates these honorable students and wishes them greater success in their academics and lives.

The online application process for the Fall 2021 Kishwaukee College Foundation scholarships will be open from Monday, Feb. 22 to Wednesday, March 31. For more information on Foundation scholarships, contact the Kishwaukee College Foundation at 815-825-9803 or visit www.kish.edu/foundation.

View the full list of the recipients: FOU-Spring 2021 Scholarship Recipients

Date posted: February 11, 2021 | Author: | Comments Off on Kish College Foundation announces Spring 2021 scholarship recipients

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February is Financial Aid Awareness Month and Kishwaukee College is reminding students there is still time to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Filing the FAFSA is the first step in determining what federal or state financial aid a student is eligible for, including grants and loans. Illinois now requires by law that all high school students complete the FAFSA as a prerequisite to receiving their diploma.

The 2021-2022 FAFSA application period opened in October and is ongoing. It will determine financial aid for students during the Fall 2021, Spring 2022, and Summer 2022 semesters.

A student’s financial aid is determined by their family’s ability to pay for college. Additional funds may be available based on other merits such as academic ability, athletic talent, or other skills. There are many different forms of financial aid students can qualify for, including:

  • Grants — A form of financial aid that does not have to be paid back. Various federal and state grants are available.
  • Scholarships — Students can earn free money based on academic merits, talents, or other skills.
  • Work-Study Jobs — Students work a part-time job to pay for school through the Federal Work-Study Program.
  • Loans — Loans are borrowed money students will need to repay with interest.
  • Military Aid — Members of the military and their families can qualify for additional aid programs for their service.

People filing FAFSA for the first time should visit http://fsaid.ed.gov/ to create a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID), which will be required to submit the FAFSA electronically. For dependent students, at least one parent will also need to complete the FSA ID.  Students and parents should have on hand their 2019 tax return and income information, their social security numbers, and driver’s license/state ID or alien registration card.

To learn more about the financial aid process or to receive FAFSA assistance, contact Kish’s Financial Aid Office at finaid@kish.edu or visit kish.edu/financialaid.

Date posted: February 9, 2021 | Author: | Comments Off on Kish reminds students to fill out the FAFSA during Financial Aid Awareness Month

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