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Kaskaskia College Awards SIU Carbondale, Greenville Federal Prison

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

Kaskaskia College has presented its Educational Partnership Award to Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.  KC President Dr. Jim Underwood commended SIU for making transfers seamless and migrating programs to the KC district to make them more accessible to students.   SIU Chancellor Dr. Rita Cheng accepted the award.

"I'm pleased that we're expanding the number of program we're partnering on and helping so many more students achieve their goals, and we'll continue the work  for better outcomes for our young people" said Cheng.

The two colleges have developed 2 plus 2 articulation agreements in the areas of Engineering, Business, Accounting, Industrial Tech, Network Administration, and Web Development.  They have also developed other collaborative partnerships in other disciplines as well.  

Kaskaskia College's Business and Industry Partnership Award was presented to the Greenville Federal Prison.   In accepting the award, the Director of Education at the prison, Stan Pickett, commended the college for working on development of programs.  

"You're recognizing us, but the federal prison wants to thank you for providing that opportunity for our individuals to learn and grow and eventually return to society and do they things they're supposed to do" said Pickett.

Pickett is hopeful for the two institutions to continue to work on additional programs.  Dean of Career and Technical Education George Evans noted the partnership has provided significant benefits for both organizations and it is a great example of how a community college and a Federal organization can work together to produce favorable results for all involved.  

The 2014 Community Education Award was presented to Reverend Tommy Henegar for his leadership in his church and community at large.  

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