Career Technologies

May 8, 2018

The Horticulture department will be holding their Annual Plant Sale on May 11 from 7:30 am–2:00 pm in the Greenhouse located on the north side of campus. The Plant Sale includes annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, zonal geraniums and large specialty annuals. There are also pre-planted containers of various sizes, hanging baskets and large bags of quality potting mix (2.8 cu. ft.) for sale.

The Kishwaukee College Horticulture staff and students will be on site during the sale to assist patrons and answer gardening and/or planting questions and will also assist with choosing plants suited to specific needs or wants.

Plant Sale participants should enter campus using the North (B) Entrance on Malta Road. Parking is limited but there will be a loading area available by the Greenhouse and horticulture students and staff to assist patrons with loading their purchases. Payment can be made by check, cash or credit card (Discover, Visa, American Express and Mastercard). For more information, contact Horticulture instructor Rich Alde at 815-825-9519 or at ralde@kish.edu.

Save the date for the Horticulture department Fall Plant Sale on September 15. Plant sale will be in conjunction with the College’s 50th Anniversary Homecoming event.

April 23, 2018

Kishwaukee College is adding an Agribusiness program in Fall 2018. The new program includes a two-year Associate in Applied Sciences (A.A.S.) degree, a Certificate in Foundations of Agriculture, and a Certificate in Precision Agriculture.

Steve Durin, Assistant Professor in the Career Technologies division, will be the lead instructor of the new program. Durin noted, “The addition of the Agribusiness degree and certificates allows local students to gain the skills and knowledge required for employment in the growing agribusiness fields. There is currently a shortage of qualified workers in agriculture.”

Agriculture programs played a large role in the early years of the College and current renewed interest in the industry has led to the resurgence of the programs on campus. Agriculture is an important component of the U.S. and state economy and offers career opportunities in all facets of business and farming. 

Durin explained, “The Agribusiness Program prepares students for careers in all levels of agriculture: Farm Management, Custom Applicator, USDA employee, Sales Representative, Livestock Manager, Insurance Representative and more. The agribusiness fields are growing steadily across the area and the employment outlook is strong.”

The Kish Agribusiness Program includes two short-term certificates, Foundations of Agriculture and Precision Agriculture, that prepare students to directly enter the workforce. The A.A.S. degree in Agribusiness is a two-year program that offers a student flexibility. Students who earn the degree can enter the workforce directly or continue their education at a four-year college or university to earn a B.S. in an Agribusiness program.

For more information on the Agribusiness Program, contact Steve Durin, Assistant Professor in Career Technologies, at 815-825-9382 or at sdurin@kish.edu or visit www.kish.edu/agribusiness.

April 10, 2018

Kishwaukee College welcomed Enbridge representatives to campus on April 5 to accept a donation of a pipe beveler for the College’s Welding Program.

Bernie Pupino, Coordinator of Career Technologies at Kish, has a working relationship with Enbridge and discussed the possibility of the company donating the pipe beveler. A pipe beveler is specialized equipment to cut metal pipe to prepare the ends for welding with consistent precision. A pipe beveler can also be used to debur the cut ends for safety reasons. The addition of the pipe beveler to the Welding Program will give students hands-on experience with specialized equipment that is integral to pipe-fitting jobs.

Representatives from Enbridge who presented the beveler were John Gauderman, Director Great Lakes Region; David Bareham, Griffith Area Manager; Taylor Smith, Sr. Community Engagement Analyst; Jay Himango, Pipeline Services Supervisor; David Losiniecki, Sr. Welder; and Dan Morang, Sr. Welder.  Accepting the donation from Kish College were Dr. Laurie Borowicz, President; Bill Nicklas, Executive Director of the KC Foundation; Dr. Joanne Kantner, Vice President of Instruction; Matt Feuerborn, Dean of Career Technologies; Bernie Pupino, Coordinator of Career Technologies; and Zachery Caccia, Assistant Professor of Welding.

After the formal presentation, the welders from Enbridge worked with Zach Caccia to demonstrate the beveler to students in the Welding program, using a 36-inch metal pipe.

Enbridge Inc. is North America’s premier energy infrastructure company with strategic business platforms that include an extensive network of crude oil, liquids and natural gas pipelines, regulated natural gas distribution utilities and renewable power generation. The Company safely delivers an average of 2.8 million barrels of crude oil each day through its Mainline and Express Pipeline, and accounts for nearly 68% of U.S.-bound Canadian crude oil production, and moves approximately 20% of all natural gas consumed in the U.S. serving key supply basins and demand markets. Enbridge also has a growing involvement in electricity infrastructure with interests in more than 2,500 MW of net renewable generating capacity, and an expanding offshore wind portfolio in Europe. The Company has ranked on the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations index for the past eight years.

Enbridge has a long history of commitment to supporting educational opportunities. The company established the Enbridge Energy Company Pipeline Industry Awareness Scholarship at Kishwaukee College several years ago.  The donation of the pipe beveler is a further demonstration of the company’s support of technical education.

For more information on Enbridge visit www.enbridge.com/. For more information on Kishwaukee College, visit www.kish.edu.


Pictured with the beveler on a 36-inch pipe are L to R, Zachery Caccia, Assistant Professor of Welding at Kish College; Matt Feuerborn, Dean of Career technologies at Kish; David Bareham, Griffith Area Manager, Enbridge; David Losiniecki, Senior Welder, Enbridge; Dr. Laurie Bororwicz, President of Kishwaukee College; John Gauderman, Director Great Lakes Region, Enbridge; Jamie Dalton, DeKalb, welding student; Dan Morang, Senior Welder, Enbridge; Brock Kreitzer, Sandwich, Welding student; Rep. Bob Pritchard; and Tim Riley, Sycamore, Welding student.

June 20, 2016

Jaime Briner, DeKalb, can state without hesitation what the best part of her ELE 102 PC Maintenance and Repair class was. “I was able to gut a computer with no fear of the consequences. If the thing caught fire, it still would've been alright.”  Her statement is interesting especially in light of the fact that she began that semester a self-described novice: “I knew nothing of computers and that terrified me.”

On the other hand, Susanna Eschbach, Cortland, took ELE 102 because, unlike Jaime, she has always loved computers. “I was initially drawn to the class on how to fix computers. I then saw the fall syllabus for the computer technology major and the classes sounded interesting, so I signed up for the Fall semester of classes!”

Lucy Farley, DeKalb, has always been drawn to programs where she can use her hands as well as her mind. “I knew I was looking towards the Career Technologies division to call home during my two-year community college adventure,” she stated. “Once into my first Industrial Electricity and PLC courses things seemed to fall into place. With a vast and unique field such as Electronics, I have great optimism in finding a career path and position that seems as though it were tailored to fit me.”

Overseeing all this enthusiasm is Charles Raimondi, Electronics Technology instructor at Kishwaukee College. Charles is just completing his second year with Kish but is no stranger to the electronics classroom and lab – he came to the College with five years college teaching experience.

Electronics is a growing field and its complexity and intricacies are an attractive entryway into STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) fields for women. According to the Women's Bureau of the Department of Labor, women now comprise nearly 50% of all employees in the electronics industry and the demand for women in the field is growing rapidly.

Susanna is in the Computer Technology Program at Kish. “The first time you walk into an ELE class, you'll feel so overwhelmed. I'm half way through my second semester and I still feel that way a lot of the time. But then, if you persevere, you'll look back and be amazed at the amount of stuff you'll have learned and can do.”  She also credits Charles with making learning a combination of lecture and practical application in the lab. She said, “The mix makes sure that we understand both the practical and theoretical side of electronics.”

Lucy plans to transfer to a university but in the meantime has submerged herself in a program with an instructor who gives her the freedom to pursue her dream with just the right amount of support. “I am extremely fortunate to be employed within the department under my FANTASTIC instructor, Charles Raimondi, and am looking forward to the upcoming semesters,” she said. “Charles is extremely passionate about his work. The classroom atmosphere is best described as student-oriented. And Charles makes it a point to integrate women into STEM fields, as it is in high demand.”

But for Jaime, electronics is not a career goal. She plans to be a Public Relations professional, but learning the ins and outs of computers just made sense to her.  “I wanted to learn about computers considering how vital they are and likely will be later in my career.”

Susanna loves the challenge. “The best part of classes is always learning new stuff. It really never gets boringAnd it doesn't hurt that since the electronics field is one of the fastest growing industries, you're almost guaranteed a decent job as soon as you graduate!”

Enjoying the field and good job prospects makes the circuit complete.