In keeping with its mission to provide higher educational opportunities for its students Kaskaskia College has entered into a partnership with St. John’s School of Nursing in Springfield that will enable KC nursing graduates to pursue their bachelor’s degree in nursing.
The KC Board of Trustees ratified the agreement during its meeting on Tuesday.
Associate Dean of Nursing and Health Sciences Julie Obermark said the nursing department is pleased to announce the new agreement.
“This agreement will enable Kaskaskia College associate degree nursing graduates to transfer coursework to St John’s College of Nursing while being awarded credit toward a bachelor’s degree in nursing,” Obermark said.
“The agreement ensures a seamless transition for Kaskaskia students to continue their education with St John’s,” she said.
St. John’s Chancellor Dr. Charlene Aaron said the college is proud to partner with Kaskaskia College.
“This is really going to allow us to offer more opportunities for each of our students as they progress through their nursing careers,” Aaron said.
The board also announced it will begin negotiating with Interim President George Evans to serve as the 11th president of Kaskaskia College.
In announcing the board’s decision, Chairman Bill Hawley said the board has been happy with the direction the college has been going under Evans stewardship, and feel Evans is the right person for the job.
Hawley also noted that Evans has two important positions to fill in the next few months as well, the dean of Career and Technical Education and vice president of Instructional Services.
Evans has been serving as dean and interim president since the resignation of Dr. Penny Quinn in November.
Evans thanked the board for their support, but was quick to credit the administration, faculty and staff of Kaskaskia College for their support of the institution.
“I have seen everyone bond together in a short amount of time and embrace a lot of changes with an incredible amount of energy,” said Evans.
“It’s a great group and I can’t imagine working with anyone else.”
During the meeting, it was announced that Dr. Greg Labyak will be retiring as vice president of instructional services as of June 30.