Enhance Quality of Life Through Learning
KCC is a flexible organization where teamwork is the expectation and student/client success is the driving force. Our shared vision is to be a leader in creatively and rapidly responding to our community’s educational needs, emphasizing quality, affordability and effective partnerships.
KCC’s Leadership and Core Values initiatives encourages the consideration of values and ethics in the workplace. The values were developed by faculty, staff and students to guide the manner and way in which people work together. The values which have been adopted are:
Collaboration, Excellence, Integrity, Learning & Respect
The KCC Foundation supports students with their academic, social and financial transitions throughout college. It funds more than $200,000 in scholarships annually, and assists students who face barriers to completion through the Compassion Fund, Women’s Giving Circle grants and the Cavaliers Annual Fund. Among the barriers faced, hunger is an issue that can prevent students from completion. In an effort to support students in a variety of ways, the KCC Foundation raises funds for the KCC Food Pantry.
In an era of flat and declining state support, philanthropy is important for the college’s future. The KCC Foundation Board works collaboratively with the community to give KCC students the resources that they need to be successful. Sustaining supportive relationships is a priority, along with finding innovative ways to fund student needs.
AVERAGE AGE: 24
With more than 14,000 graduates since our first class, you’ll know our graduates and alumni. They educate our kids, care for us, keep order, help others and build our economy.
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The college offers associate degrees and certificates
annually in these programs.
Another 4,000 persons are served annually through corporate and continuing education programs. KCC also has a comprehensive adult education program. In addition, the college’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) program serves adult learners, job seekers and businesses. It is part of Illinois WorkNet and is partially funded by the Grundy Livingston Kankakee Workforce Board.Academic Programs
In 2018, the college employed 212 full-time and 280 part- time employees; 77 of these persons have salaries paid by state and federal grants. Faculty and staff anecdotally report that KCC features a family atmosphere and is a professionally supportive workplace. Professional development is encouraged, and adequate budgetary allocations are provided for this purpose.
KCC's conservative approach to budget processes has contributed significantly to the ongoing positive financial condition of the college. The college enjoys a sound financial status with operating funds coming primarily from state (16%), local tax (43%) and student tuition and fee (35%) sources. The fiscal year 2019 operating budget is approximately $25 million, with a total budget approximating $45 million.
KCC heightened its community access over the past five years by bringing classes and services closer to residents. The college established the Harold & Jean Miner South Extension Center in Watseka (2013), and the Manufacturing and Industrial Technology Center in Kankakee (2014). KCC’s North Extension Center in Bradley, which opened in 2014, became Kankakee County’s first LEED Gold Certified building. Still under construction, the Advanced Technology Education Center on the Riverfront Campus is also designed to meet LEED Gold standards.
KCC consistently earns recognition for its sustainability program. The college is a charter signatory of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment and founding member of the Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN). In 2012, KCC received a National Science Foundation grant for $855,000 to advance local and regional solar career opportunities. This year, KCC was named
for Sustainability performance among associate degree colleges by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).
The college’s latest facilities are designed with sustainability in mind. KCC’s North Extension Center in Bradley, which opened in 2014, became
Still under construction, the Advanced Technology Education Center on the Riverfront Campus is also designed to meet LEED Gold standards. It opens in the spring of 2019, and features the Electrical Technology program in the teaching and lab spaces. The Electrical Technology program encompasses the renewable energy curriculum.
The college is proud of its six Cavaliers sports teams and their accomplishments. The Cavaliers have won three national championships.
Recently Baseball (2017) and Softball (2015) earned national titles. In the past nine years, KCC’s athletic teams have won 22 regional titles and recognized 30 All-Americans and 44 Academic All-Americans.