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Kaskaskia College joins statewide celebration of Career & Technical Education Month

Shown is a drone capture of the Kaskaskia College campus. (Photo courtesy Kaskaskia College)

 

February is Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month, and Illinois community colleges across the state, including Kaskaskia College, are celebrating their valuable role in preparing the workforce for in-demand jobs. CTE programs offered at community colleges provide students with hands-on training and real-world experience in a variety of industries, including healthcare, manufacturing and technology.

Kaskaskia College works closely with businesses and industry to ensure their programs offer training that is current and to ensure students are competent in the skills required to be successful in the workforce.

The college currently offers 38 degrees and 71 Occupational Certificates in Career and Technical Education programs.

For more information about Kaskaskia College’s CTE programs, visit www.kaskaskia.edu/academics/find-a-program.

“Kaskaskia College is dedicated to serving our students and community to provide quality training and skills necessary for student success upon completion from KC,” said KC Dean of Workforce Engagement and Industrial Careers Joy Fitts.

“Kaskaskia College proudly offers a variety of ways to CTE careers, including non-credit training, short-term academic certificates, and two-year comprehensive degrees,” said KC Dean of Career & Technical Education Traci Masau.

CTE programs at Illinois community colleges offer a cost-effective way for individuals to pursue their career goals by costing a fraction of the tuition at four-year institutions, making it a more accessible option for many students.

“Illinois community colleges are a leading workforce developer in the state and are continuing to expand access and opportunities to dozens of good paying careers,” said Brian Durham, executive director of the Illinois Community College Board. “CTE programs at community colleges are an essential part of our state’s workforce development strategy, and we are proud to be a part of preparing the next generation of workers.”

In 2023, Kaskaskia College awarded 515 certificates and 221 degrees in the areas of CTE programs. Thanks to its industry partnerships, many CTE graduates have been placed in a job prior to and upon graduation from KC. Statewide, nearly 37,500 students graduated from the more than 4,600 approved CTE certificate and degree programs offered by Illinois community colleges in 2023.

The National Skills Coalition says nearly two-thirds of jobs in the U.S. economy are middle-skill jobs that require education beyond high school but not a four-year college degree. Many of these jobs are in CTE fields such as healthcare, advanced manufacturing and IT which are among the fastest-growing occupations projected through 2029 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

For more information about CTE programs offered at Kaskaskia College, visit www.kaskaskia.edu.

Kaskaskia College is a public community college in Centralia, Ill., within South Central Illinois District 501, serving all or part of nine counties, including Bond, Clinton, Fayette, Marion, Washington, Jefferson, St. Clair, Madison, and Montgomery. Committed to making education accessible, they host the Centralia Crisp Technology Center and have education centers in Greenville, Nashville, Salem, Trenton, and Vandalia, Ill. The Higher Learning Commission accredits the college, which offers a broad spectrum of degrees, programs, and certification options, specializing in two-year associate degrees and trade school programs. Founded in 1940, Kaskaskia College was the first Class I Community College established in Illinois.

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