Message from the President
Welcome to Kishwaukee College!
In the year I have been in the community, I have learned a great deal about the College and the importance of the College to the area. Part of what makes the College’s role so important is the support and work with local business, industry, non-profits, and surrounding communities. These connections and outreach mean that Kishwaukee College is much more than an educational institution. It is truly the community’s college.
Kishwaukee College touches the lives of many area residents. Close to 8,000 students enroll annually in over 60 different credit and non-credit programs. Our faculty are dedicated to providing the best academic experience for our students and do so in a setting of small class sizes that allows them to really get to know their students on an individual basis. The number of alumni who credit a Kishwaukee faculty member for providing support and guidance in choosing a career path and their eventual success on that path is, quite simply, inspiring. In addition, Kish has outstanding staff that come to work every day to help make the College a great place to learn.
Kishwaukee College contributes significantly to the local workforce. Our career programs prepare graduates for the workplace with state-of-the-art skills. According to the Washington Post, “students who know how to fix things or know how to help people stay healthy earn higher wages.” Having a skilled workforce is vital for our community, and approximately 60% of the graduates in the class of 2015 are employed in the area by over 60 different businesses and industries. An impressive 95% of Kishwaukee graduates continue to live, work, and pay taxes in Illinois in the long term. Of Kishwaukee students who transfer to a university, 70% choose Northern Illinois University. We are pleased to see so many students stay local to continue their education.
Kishwaukee College, while faced with budget challenges, is preparing for the future. Although the current budget situation in Springfield is proving a challenge to higher education institutions across the state, Kishwaukee College has taken steps to face this challenge. We have remained focused on the student experience, both in and out of the classroom. The College has provided the educational opportunities that you, our community, need and want and we will continue to do so in the future.
I am proud to be leading Kishwaukee College, and thank you for welcoming me into the community. I am confident that we will continue to build on a strong tradition of educational integrity and excellence.
Dr. Laurie Borowicz
Laurie Borowicz, Ed.D.