KC growth shows need for second facility

In the first semester in its new building in Vandalia, Kaskaskia Colleges enrollment already has surpassed anticipated levels and the facility is fully utilized.

It has exceeded our expectations, said KC Board Chairman Jim Beasley. Were already to the point that we wish we would have built a bigger building.

Beasley, along with Kaskaskia College President Dr. James Underwood, addressed participants at a breakfast meeting in Vandalia last Wednesday. Both expressed excitement with the growth at the Vandalia campus.

Though were not surprised at the growth at the beautiful new facility, we are excited that the hopes and dreams of our community are, in fact, being realized.

And were looking forward to the release of funds already allocated by state legislators to complete the second phase of the Vandalia campus project. That $5.5 million allocation would fund a second building on the 42-acre campus greatly expanding course offerings and space at the center.

The first-phase building was built with more than $3 million in local funds when state funding got bogged down in Springfield.

Its now time for the state to step up to the plate and fulfill its commitment.

Meanwhile, good things are happening at the KC Vandalia Campus. Careers are being launched, retraining is taking place and dreams are being realized.

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