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From the President

John AvendanoOn behalf of the Kankakee Community College Board of Trustees, the KCC faculty and staff, and the entire KCC family, I’d like to welcome each and every student to the Spring 2019 semester.

Each new year brings new hopes, ideas and plans. This year is no different. As the spring semester unfolds, I welcome you to explore the new Advanced Technology and Education Center, get involved with a student organization or club, pursue a new interest, and consider a new facet of your educational experience to expand your horizons.

KCC provides so many opportunities and educational experiences that allow our students to stretch their capabilities, expand their minds and achieve their goals. I challenge you to step out of your comfort zone and strive for new dreams. This is your time to reach for something new. I believe if you do, you will surprise yourself and enhance your quality of life. In fact, that is our mission statement: Enhancing quality of life through learning. Rest assured, our faculty and staff are here to help you strive for something new and to reach your goals.

Again, I welcome our new and returning students. On behalf of the entire KCC family I wish you success in your studies and academic pursuits. I challenge you to explore something new and enhance your quality of life. Have a fantastic semester!

- 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.​