KCC accepts the offer of Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas Kilbride to host a three-justice panel of the Third District Appellate Court as part of the justice's Judicial Education Program, becoming the first community college in recorded Illinois courts history to host the Illinois Appellate Court on its campus. Attending the day's events were approximately 300 students and community members. On May 1, 2013, the Third District Appellate Court returned to KCC to hear oral arguments in two cases.
The 22nd annual KCC High School Student Art Exhibition was underway in March of 2011, continuing throughout most of the month. Hosted by KCC’s art department, the 2011 show included 15 area high schools and 268 original pieces of art. Categories for awards are painting, color drawing/design, photography/electronic imaging and 3-D Design. The college also awards an $800 scholarship to a participant in the show.
The high school art show is held in what is now the Miner Memorial Library lower level. At least one other show is held in the library each year – the KCC student show, held in April. KCC’s art students also participate in the Illinois Community College Juried Art Exhibition, at Governors State University.
Special exhibits featuring KCC alumni, area art faculty, and KCC art faculty also are held at KCC on occasion.
Women’s softball Coach Dennis Clark earns his 1,000th win as a coach. The victory occurred early in Clark’s 30th year as the Cavaliers' head softball coach. As of the end of the 2016 season, Clark has notched 1,230 coaching victories, more than any other coach in the college’s history. He has lead the Cavaliers to the national tournament 18 straight years, including a national title in 2015.
Three times, Clark has been named the Coach of the Year by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (2001, 2004 and 2015). Clark was inducted into the Region IV Hall of Fame in 2007 and the NJCAA Hall of Fame in December 2014.
As a tribute to the Kankakee River Valley's French-Canadian heritage and the French-Canadian Interview Project, KCC debuts a 12-foot by 5-foot display that captures the voices of a group which settled the area.
The display emphasizes photographs and content related to the French Canadian interview project conducted by former KCC faculty member Dr. Jim Paul and his students from 2000 to 2006.
The display is at the east end of the 3rd-floor hallway in KCC’s Riverfront Campus. It has interactive QR codes to link visitors to additional information. The project was made possible by individual donors and the Bourbonnais Grove Historical Society.
KCC graduates Abby Bilderback and Gregory Moldovan met at KCC and visited the college on their wedding day for pictures. Both graduated from KCC in 2009. Abby’s sister, Molly, and her husband also are KCC grads. Molly has two KCC degrees (2009 and 2010) and her husband, Nathan Ulrich, is a 2011 graduate. Their wedding was about a month before Abby and Gregory’s.
There are other KCC love stories. Garrett and Amanda Rein’s story is detailed in a 2015 Valentine’s Day story.
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The Harold and Jean Miner Memorial Library was dedicated on Oct. 15, 2013. Formerly called the Learning Resource Center, the library was renamed following a gift from the Miner Charitable Foundation.
Harold and Jean Miner were lifelong farmers who lived in rural Watseka. They also volunteered in agricultural, musical and church activities. The KCC Miner South Extension Center in Watseka also is named for them.
In a competition open to welders around the world, a team from KCC won first place during “Welding Wars,” in Chicago during the FabTech convention. Competing teams fabricated a birdhouse using supplied prints and welding processes gas-tungsten, arc welding, gas-metal arc welding and plasma cutting, with sheared and cut material provided, within a time limit of two hours.
KCC’s team was Austin Raetz, Jeff Anderson and Garrett Harris.
"We went in with a very solid plan," Raetz said. "We just helped each other. We ended up being the fastest team. Everything just flowed together."
For finishing first, Harris, Raetz and Anderson each received a new Tweco multi-process welder, valued at about $2,000, plus other prizes.
"During the competition, we were really calm … having fun like we normally would,” Anderson said. "We went up against some other good colleges. The college that finished second is pretty ‘big-time’ in welding. And we beat them. I thought that was pretty amazing."
An open house celebration and ribbon cutting was held for the new KCC North Extension Center (450 N. Kinzie Ave. in Bradley), which opened at the beginning of the year. Courses at the center are offered for college credit, continuing education, adult education, literacy and GED preparation. The center is the new home of the Kankakee County Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which focuses on people who have lost their jobs through closings or layoffs, low-income individuals working or not, and youth ages 18 to 21.
In August 2014, KCC learned that the North Extension Center has become the college’s first LEED Gold building. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification is based on a score from the U.S. Green Building Council which rates its environmentally-friendly attributes and looks at a facility comprehensively, considering site issues, water efficiency, energy efficiency, materials use and indoor environmental quality.
In Clinton, Miss., the Cavaliers completed a run to the national championship with a 5-1 victory over East Central Community College of Decatur, Miss. The KCC softball team entered the National Tournament after claiming its 20th Region IV championship. Ranked No. 9 in the nation at the start of the tournament, the Cavs went undefeated in the double-elimination tournament.
In the championship game, KCC scored all of its runs in the fifth inning. The team had seven freshmen and eight sophomores, and a final record of 45 wins and 6 losses.
Among individual honors, Brittany Plimmer of Bloomingdale and Stephanie Sanderson of Homer both received the NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement for earning grade point averages of 3.60 or higher on a 4.0 scale for 45 semester hours. They are two of the 18 softball players who have received national academic awards.
The team is coached by Dennis Clark and assistants Bill Wendling, Jim Grimes and Heather Wilken.
Four hundred seventy-one degrees and certificates were conferred at the 2016 commencement ceremony. Since 1970, nearly 15,000 people have received degrees or certificates; over 154, 000 have taken credit or continuing education courses at KCC.
KCC is celebrating 50 years of enhancing quality of life through learning with anniversary events throughout the community between August 2016 and May 2017. Come celebrate with us!