Kaskaskia College awarded over $200,000 in grants
Kaskaskia College continues its commitment to enhance student career pathways and make building improvements thanks to two new grants.
The Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) awarded the college almost $100,000 for the ICCB Innovative and Bridge Transition program. This program will provide funding for dedicated personnel to work with area high schools to enhance and communicate career pathway models, plus promote critical skills gaps and awareness of high wage jobs in the area. High schools will be able to utilize a consistent pathway that introduces young adults to career and financial planning. The program also reinforces Kaskaskia College’s ability to offer high-quality, affordable education and networking with regional employers.
“The Innovative Bridge Program will be a critical tool for continuing the college’s mission of closing the skills gap and providing local employers with a consistent supply of well-trained, work-ready talent to fill their workforce needs,” said Mike Conley, director of Kaskaskia College’s Workforce Engagement and Career Services. Conley noted that the development of apprenticeship programs and other “earn and learn” models will be a mutually beneficial activity for the college, students, and area businesses in a variety of occupational disciplines.
The Illinois Green Economy Network (IEGN) awarded the college $120,000 for a new solar panel installation for the Agricultural Education Center. IEGN first awarded the college this grant in 2019, which allowed the completion of several LED lighting and HVAC upgrades.
“It is a privilege for Kaskaskia College to receive the grant for the grid-tied solar installation on campus,” remarked Kristi Hofferber, grant coordinator. “The installation will bring energy efficiency to the college, expand educational knowledge of solar energy, and bring awareness of the benefits it will provide for this area.”