Kishwaukee College continues to build business-education partnerships

Kishwaukee College is committed to supporting a strong regional workforce by creating partnerships with local businesses, which in turn provides opportunities for students and job seekers in our communities.

During the June 8 Board of Trustees meeting, LaCretia Konan, Dean of Workforce & Community Education, and Chase Budziak, Dean of Instruction, presented on business-education partnerships over the past year. During FY21, the College assisted more than 250 employers through educational partnerships, including an online job board, on-the-job training, and small business development.

Kish utilizes the College Central Online Job Board, which is a free service that allows local employers to reach Kish students and alumni with open positions. Those seeking jobs have access to local and national postings and can create a portfolio to have employers discover them. During the past year, 227 employers used the online job board with 729 total jobs posted. A total of 268 students used the resource to assist in their career search.

Students at Kish also have a variety of options for on-the-job training through internships, apprenticeships, or other work-study opportunities. Over the past year, 100 Kish students were placed in on-the-job training with 97 local employers. Several businesses helped cover tuition costs for their student-employees, with the goal of hiring the student after they graduate.

Ahmed Elfaki, Kishwaukee College’s Student Trustee, shared he is currently benefitting from a summer internship with Mortenson Construction.

“My internship with Mortenson has been educational and exciting. I get the opportunity to experience what an engineer’s day-to-day activities are like, as well as the many different scopes that take part to complete a construction project,” Elfaki said. “This will have a big impact on my career as I now have hands-on experience that will help me with future internships and job opportunities.”

Local businesses also participate in Advisory Committees, providing information and feedback to ensure program requirements meet industry needs. Kish strives to prepare students for in-demand careers in the region, and advisory committees offer necessary insights to keep up with a changing job market. In FY21, Kish hosted 29 program advisory committee meetings with 78 industry representatives and 66 employers attending.

Through a partnership with the Small Business Development Center at Waubonsee Community College, Kish offers small business development services in the district. In the past year, 52 local businesses were served through 108 hours of small business consulting. Additionally, the partnership hosted 28 small business events with 196 participants.

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