Campus Notebook

Kish celebrates Career and Technical Education Month

February is Career and Technical Education Month and Kishwaukee College is celebrating along with community colleges and technical colleges across the state.

Kish will host the panel conference, “Explore the Trades,” from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 18 in the Kish Conference Center. The event is free and open to the public.

CTE teaches people highly sought after career skills for in-demand employment opportunities. The Illinois Community College Board reports that 62.2% of all graduates from an Illinois community college earned a degree or certificate in a CTE program. Kish’s CTE programs offer flexible scheduling, work-based learning and stackable credentials that provide a pathway from education to employment. According to ICCB, there are more than 4,300 different CTE program throughout the community college system.

On Feb. 18, guests can join Kish faculty and a panel of union trade members from various industries to learn how to build a successful career in the trades. Representatives from Painters & Allied Trades, Plumbers & Pipefitters, Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers, Boiler Makers, Operating Engineers, Electrical Workers, Bridge & Iron Workers, Project First Rate of Rockford and the Department of Labor Apprenticeship & Training will be on campus. Guests are encouraged to park in Lot A and enter through Door 16 or 17. For information on “Explore the Trades,” visit

CTE programs at Kish include nursing and allied health programs such as basic nursing assisting, aesthetics, medical assisting, registered nursing, radiologic technology and therapeutic massage. People interested in entering a trade outside of health care may consider studying agribusiness, automated engineering technology, automotive, criminal justice, business, computer-aided design, computer information systems, diesel power technology, electronics, horticulture, hospitality & culinary, marketing/management, office systems, or welding at Kish. These programs will equip people with the skills employers seek to get started in the industry right away.

Short-term training programs through the KC community education department are also an option for people looking to enter a career in fewer than 16 weeks. The training programs include dental assistant, pharmacy technician, phlebotomy technician, precision agriculture, real estate broker, sterile processing technician, truck driver training and veterinary assistant.

For information on short-term training programs, visit

For information about Kish’s post-secondary career and technical education programs and services, visit For information on career and technical education throughout Illinois, visit

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