I wish you all a prosperous and happy New Year! There’s no doubt we’ve heard this or said this ourselves as we turn the calendar from 2016 to 2017. Within this statement there is so much hope and promise for the year to come, and it carries the opportunity to start anew. For our KCC students and KCC community, I hope you seize the opportunity to start a new year rested, refreshed and invigorated to renew your commitment to your education, goals, dreams and future. I also hope you know that KCC is your community college, with the promise to help you in any way possible to achieve those goals and dreams.
As we entered the fall of 2016, KCC began a celebration of its 50th anniversary. Although we are halfway through our celebration, there is still plenty ahead! At the core of this celebration are the students and the community we serve. Over the years, KCC has had more than 14,000 graduates and has served tens of thousands more from our community. Those who have walked down our courtyard and entered our doors have done so with aspirations of success.
Over the past 50 years, our students have pursued their education with the determination of achieving their goals to create a prosperous life for themselves and their families. That is the essence of our mission statement - Enhancing Quality of Life Through Learning. This is what KCC has meant to this community. This is reflected in the Power of Community. So to our new and returning students, I wish you continued success in your studies and academic pursuits. To our community, I invite you to experience KCC and all that we offer for your personal and professional goals. And to everyone, I again wish you a prosperous and happy New Year.
- John Avendano, Ph.D.
John Avendano became KCC's sixth president on July 1, 2009. He holds a doctorate in educational administration and foundations from Illinois State University in Normal, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, and an associate degree from Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove.