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From the President

John Avendano“My, how time flies.” This quip is used by most everyone I know. It signifies the passage of time and the changes we’ve witnessed during that window of life. The quote, and idea, are reflective in the nature of things that have changed during the past. While the past leaves us with wonderful memories, it is the future that gives us hope! It is that window of time between today and that point in the future when you can determine your destiny and shape your life.

I welcome all of our students to the Spring 2018 semester and hope you will focus on the future. I encourage and challenge you to think about your future. On behalf of the entire Kankakee Community College family, I thank you for making KCC part of that future. KCC has always been this community’s college, and I trust you will seize the opportunity to pursue your educational goals and dreams through our programs and learning experiences. In fact, that is the essence of our mission statement – Enhancing Quality of Life through Learning. Our mission helps provide the pathway for you and is focused on your future. The faculty and staff at KCC are at your service to provide you with the education, training and experiences you’ll need for your future and to enhance your quality of life. You are enrolled now, so take advantage of everything the college has to offer. Don’t let time pass you by.

Again, I welcome both our new and returning students. I wish you success in your studies and academic pursuits. Equally important, I look forward to the day when you say, “My, how time flies” as you reflect on how you have enhanced the quality of your life through KCC. I wish everyone a great 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.​