Kaskaskia College Dedicates Nursing Education Building

L-R Sheree Jones and Karen Walsh, Campaign Co-chairs; Susan Batchelor, Campaign vice-chair, Linda Stover, KC Board of Trustees Secretary, Dr. Dee and Sue Boswell, KC Board and major contributors, Janet Garretson, Dean of Nursing, and KC President Dr. Penny Quinn.

In a ceremony held on November 6 at the new Nursing Education Building on campus, Kaskaskia College formally dedicated the new space, which houses the Nursing and Emergency Medicine programs.

A large number of guests, including those responsible for the design and construction of the building, along with students and other community and KC personnel, were on hand to tour the new facility and take part in the ceremony.

The facility included dedicated laboratories and classrooms for each of the College’s AND, LPN, CAN, and EMT programs, along with simulation labs that allow for emergency scenarios to be played out with state-of-the-art manikins and equipment so healthcare professionals, both KC students and those working at local hospitals, can practice procedures without actual patient risk. In the short time it has been in operation, the facilities have garnered praise from everyone making use of its spaces.

The ceremony featured several speakers, including KC President Dr. Penny Quinn, Board of Trustees Chairman Bill Hawley, campaign co-chairs Sheree Jones and Karen Walsh, campaign vice-chair Susan Batchelor, campaign manager Suzanne Christ, and two members of Alpha Delta Nu, the Nursing honor society, April Bunton and Shannon Craycroft. The event was emceed by Janet Garretson, KC’s Dean of Nursing.

Bond funds were set aside for a portion of the construction in 2013, with the design complete in February 2014. Construction was finished in June of 2015, with the facility opening for use in August.

The Nursing Education Center Campaign is ongoing, with over $300,000 needing to be raised. To make a donation to the campaign, please contact Suzanne Christ at 618-545-3069 or by email at schrist@kaskaskia.edu.