The public had a chance to tour Kankakee Community College's new $5.2 million dollar North Extension Center Thursday. The 18,000 square foot facility on Kenzie Avenue in Bradley was featured during an Open House.
KCC President Dr. John Avendano said this facility opens new opportunities.
The North Extension Center is along Illinois Route 50.
Residents can use the computer lab and resource center to where they can receive help applying for jobs.
Kankakee will share in a federal grant to clean-up industrial waste sites. Kankakee is one of seven Illinois communities to share $2.3 million of federal funding earmarked to "clean and redevelop" contaminated waste sites. Kankakee received $400,000, the second-largest grant awarded.
Senator Dick Durbin announced the grants this week. He said the monies are for local, under-served and economically-disadvantaged areas.
Since 1995, more than 20,000 properties nationwide have been assessed and more than 850 of them have been cleaned through this program.
ILLINOIS FARM BUREAU® TO HOST ANNUAL COMMODITIES CONFERENCE
— Illinois Farm Bureau members, staff, farmers and agriculture industry professionals are invited to attend the 2014 Illinois Farm Bureau Commodities Conference, titled "Modern Agriculture: Connecting to the Digital Future." The conference, scheduled for July 30, will be held at the Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel and Conference Center.
This year's conference will feature two general sessions and multiple breakouts that focus on digital communications and tools, farm policy, market and weather trends, drone technology, trade and infrastructure priorities, farmland and crop prices and much more. First General Session speaker Matt Bechdol will cover "big data" while the second General Session speaker Greg Peterson of the Peterson Brothers will talk about advocating for agriculture.
Kankakee Community College is making inroads to the local workforce. It's so good that U-S Senator Dick Durbin says "KCC is a model for the rest of the state and beyond."
Durbin visited KCC Wednesday to get a look at the community college's technology program. A special focus was the solar energy program and other careers in the sustainable fields of study.
The link between community colleges and the workforce is what brought Durbin to KCC on Tuesday. The Democratic senator is pushing legislation that would allocate $8 billion to community colleges.
KCC officials had plenty to show off, and had just as many ideas for spending any federal money that might come their way. KCC President John Avendano said the college is planning an Advanced Technology Center that would house all those programs.
Industrial technology is where the strongest college-to-work potential can be found, according to Durbin.