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Kaskaskia College Board approves CTE certificate tier system, support role positions

The Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees held its monthly meeting on Monday, Dec. 19, 2022. At the meeting, the board reviewed and approved the new three-tier system program for customized career and technical education certificates or degrees, which allows students and employers to work together to customize training.

This system also allows current workers to further their training in various industrial trade fields or explore apprenticeship options with their employers.

KC board members include Bill Hawley (Odin), Linda Stover (Centralia), Jim Beasley (Centralia), Bryan Holthaus (Carlyle), Louis Kalert (Centralia), Laura Wedekemper (Shattuc), Jeff Brown (Greenville), and Alyssa Lurkins (Student Trustee).

Trustees further approved a new Manufacturing and Work-Based Learning Coordinator grant-funded position via the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center grant. his new position will help develop and facilitate the college’s new Aspirations in Manufacturing (AIM) program, recruit and train students for manufacturing careers, and work with faculty and staff to develop curriculum and implement training. Additionally, board members approved the position of a Career and Technical Education Work-Based Learning Specialist to be funded via the Illinois Bridge & Transitions grant.

The board also reviewed and approved the partnership proposal from BAM Marketing Agency of St. Louis, Mo., to enter into a one-year contract with BAM to provide full-service professional marketing resources.

“This was a rigorous interviewing process of marketing firms with faculty, staff, and trustees to decide on an agency on how we can partner to reach more students for the future,” said KC President George Evans.

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