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Several students at Kishwaukee College will get to show off their technical skills in a national contest next month.

Skills USA is an organization for students enrolled in technical programs including welding or nursing. Every year, the group holds competitions that give those students an opportunity to showcase their talents in events like mock crime scenes or repairing a dent in a car.

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Northern Illinois University recently signed an agreement with Kishwaukee College Wednesday making it easier for students studying manufacturing to earn a four-year degree.  Kishwaukee students can take additional courses online and after a third year of instruction, transfer to NIU.  After the final two semesters, they will receive a Bachelor of Applied Sciences degree. 

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Kishwaukee College is talking with its faculty and staff unions about possible layoffs. The Daily Chronicle reports the college’s board will discuss possible job cuts next week, and could vote on them at its March 8 meeting. 

Both the college and the unions blame the state budget impasse for the situation. The school has yet to receive $5 million it is owed by the state for this fiscal year. That amounts to nearly a quarter of the college’s budget.

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The Kishwaukee College Foundation announced this week Paige Schons, Genoa, as the winner of the Tuition Giveaway for Spring 2016, a value of $1428. 

According to a news release, Paige, a 2010 alumnus of Genoa-Kingston High School, will be graduating from Kishwaukee College in May 2016 with her Associate in Science degree and plans to transfer to a university to pursue a career in the healthcare field.

The Board of Trustees at Kishwaukee College reached an agreement with Laurie Borowicz, Ed.D., to become the school's next president. 

According to a news release, Borowicz is currently the Vice President of Student Services for Northcentral Technical College, Wausau, WI. Previously, she served as the Dean of K-12 Relations and Student Success at Northcentral Technical College, WI.

Kishwaukee College President Tom Choice will retire next month, and the search to fill his seat is nearing its final stages. The four finalists to become the new president of Kishwaukee College will visit the Malta campus next week.

The top four candidates selected by the Board of Trustees will take part in a public forum.

Dr. Jacqueline Elliott, President of North Arkansas College in Harrison since 2011, will be on campus Monday. She has a doctorate of education from the University of Nebraska.

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More than 100 part-time instructors at Kishwaukee College are joining the same union as their full-time counterparts.  The Illinois Labor Relations Board has certified that a majority of the college’s adjunct faculty want to form a union with the Illinois Federation of Teachers.  

Kishwaukee College President To Retire

Jun 10, 2015

Tom Choice plans to retire at the end of 2015. According to a news release,  Choice took the role of President in April 2007, after having served as Vice President of Career/Transfer Instruction for 6 years. 

Prior to coming to Kishwaukee College, Dr. Choice served at William Rainey Harper College since 1985 in various positions.

The Board of Trustees accepted Choice’s resignation at Tuesday’s regularly scheduled board meeting. 

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Members of the Kishwaukee College Education Association (KCEA) voted Wednesday to ratify their tentative agreement with Kishwaukee College. The college's Board of Trustees followed suit less than two hours later, unanimously approving the contract.

Bargaining teams from both sides agreed to this tentative agreement during an all-day bargaining session called on Jan. 19th. 

Strike Suspended At Kishwaukee College: Faculty Contract Still Not Approved

Jan 21, 2015
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Update: The Kishwaukee College Education Association plans to hold its contract ratification vote starting Jan. 27th over a 24 hour period per the Union bylaws.

The Kishwaukee College Board of Trustees' Special Meeting that had been scheduled for Friday, Jan. 23 has been canceled.  That's according to a news release issued Wednesday morning.

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There won’t be a strike at Kishwaukee College Wednesday, but the union representing 81 teachers at the school still has not ratified a contract agreement worked out this week with the administration. 

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