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From the President

John AvendanoGreetings and welcome, everyone!

On behalf of the Kankakee Community College Board of Trustees, faculty, staff and administration, I would like to welcome each and every student to campus. As many know, last year KCC celebrated its 50th anniversary. This year KCC begins to look forward to the next 50 years, and we do so with our students in the forefront of our minds.

What’s your vision for your future? Have you conceptualized and designed your plan? Are you ready to set forth on your educational journey? These are just a few questions we ask ourselves as we prepare to commence on the path to success. You may have additional questions such as “How will I pay for my education?" or "Am I pursuing the right career field for my skills and interests?” Regardless of your questions, KCC faculty and staff are here to guide you, encourage you, and challenge you to reach your goals. Through your commitment and perseverance, our faculty’s expertise, and the college's support, the vision you’ve set for yourself will be realized.

As we looked back at our more than 14,000 graduates from the past 50 years, we found leaders in our community and country, scientists around the world, business CEOs, public servants, and healthcare professionals and executives. As you enroll at KCC, we look forward to where your path will lead you and the impact you’ll have on society. We call it The Power of Community. The 2017-18 school year will be an exciting time at KCC, and we are excited to have you as part of it.

- 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.​