Kaskaskia College News

Massage therapy clinic opens to public

The Kaskaskia College Massage Therapy Clinic will be open to the public as of this week.
The clinic is open on Wednesdays until May 4 (except March 9, for spring break) and select Saturdays. Available times on Wednesdays are 3:15-7 p.m.
Saturday appointments run from 9:15 a.m.-1 p.m. Available Saturday clinic dates are Feb. 12 and 26, March 19 and April 2, 16 and 30. Services available are:  Swedish massage in 25-minute or 50-minute sessions, and hot stone massage in 50-minute sessions.
Donations for the services are $10 for 25-minute services; $20 for 50-minute services; and $30 for 50-minute hot stone massages.
To schedule an appointment or get more information, call 545-3219 and leave a message.

Small business workshop

The Illinois Small Business Development Center at Kaskaskia College will host a workshop entitled “Starting a Business in Illinois” from 10 a.m.-noon on Friday at the KC Vandalia Education Center, located at 2310 W. Fillmore St. in Vandalia.
Topics to be covered include: how to develop a business plan, as well as a marketing plan, for a new business; how to get organized and maintain records; determining the form of your business organization; registering the business; legal/financial basics; and other information to assist anyone interested in starting their own business.
The fee for the non-credit class is $10, and pre-registration is required; call 545-3429 to register.
At least six people must register for the class to be held, and the registration deadline is one week prior to the class.
The Illinois Small Business Development Center (ISBDC) at Kaskaskia College is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and Kaskaskia College as a service to Illinois small businesses.  All SBA programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.

Financial aid workshop

Kaskaskia College will host a financial aid workshop on Sunday, Feb. 20, at 1 p.m.  
 This workshop is for parents, high school seniors and current or prospective students who will be attending college anywhere for the school year beginning fall 2011 and who want assistance with the filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Students who will need financial assistance to attend college need to apply now.
 The purpose of this event is to help college-bound students who need to complete and submit the 2011-2012 FAFSA. Completing the FAFSA accurately and on time is the first and most-important step to obtaining state and federal funding.
By completing the FAFSA in February, students will be able to meet deadlines at the colleges they are considering.
FAFSA information is critical for colleges to package financial aid awards for students.
 The workshop will contain sessions and hands-on help to complete the FAFSA. Optional sessions will include information on scholarship searching, financial aid 101 and veteran benefits.
Financial aid resources presentations will be given at 1 p.m., and scholarship search and writing workshops will be given at 2 p.m.  
 Professionals and counselors will be on hand to review the FAFSA form and to answer any questions.
Families attending the financial aid workshop will need to bring:
• A calculator.
• 2010 tax information (parents and students 1040, 1040A and/or 1040EZ Federal Tax Applications and W-2 forms).
• Student driver's license and Social Security card.
• Records of untaxed income (welfare, social security, AFDC or ADC, veterans’ benefits, etc.)
•  Information regarding net worth of family and student assets including investments, businesses, and investment farm (if not the family’s principle place of residence) and current bank balances
 For further information on the workshop, contact the Kaskaskia College Office of Financial Aid at 545-3080 or toll-free at 1-800-642-0859, ext. 3080.

CNA course at Vandalia Campus

Kaskaskia College will be offering a certified nurse assistant (NAST 160) course at the KC Vandalia Campus.
The nurse assistant course is a seven-credit-hour class that includes classroom and laboratory experiences.
Units of instruction include: introduction to the health care system and the health care team; basic anatomy and physiology; abbreviations and common medical terminology; legal/ethical and spiritual aspects of care, growth and development; the patient and his/her environment; vital signs; aseptic techniques; bathing; feeding; nutrition; body mechanics; and moving and transporting residents/patients.
It will also include: habilitation and rehabilitation; admission and discharge; collecting specimens; special procedures; observation, reporting and recording; death and dying; home care needs; and cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
The course has been designed to enable the student to differentiate between the normal aging process and cognitive dysfunctional disease processes.
Students will be introduced to the appropriate care and treatment modalities for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related demetias.
Successful completion of the course qualifies the student to take the nursing certification examination.
The session will begin Monday, March 14, and end May 13. The class will be held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
The registration number for this session is NAST 160 VA02D, and the instructor will be Rita Williams.
Clinical sessions will take place approximately the last two weeks of the class, and will be held from 7 a.m.-3:15 p.m.  The clinical days may be different than the classroom days.
For more information, contact Dean of Nursing Susan Batchelor at 545-3331. To register, contact the KC Admissions Office at 545-3000.
Introduction to the Internet

The Kaskaskia College Office of Continuing/Community Education will offer an introduction to the Internet course at the Vandalia Campus on Saturdays, Feb. 26 and March 5, from 8:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and the registration number is LLI 7025 VA01W.
 This basic class is designed to familiarize students with how to use e-mail, establish free e-mail accounts and use the internet for learning, shopping and business. The cost for this course is $44; students over 60 may register at no cost.
 Students may register through the Vandalia Campus by calling 283-1780 or the Office of Continuing/Community Education at Kaskaskia College at 545-3255.  Space is limited, early registration is encouraged; all students must pre-register for this class.

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