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Kaskaskia College

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By The Staff

Construction project management degree
Responding to the industrial needs of its district, Kaskaskia College has announced that the Illinois Community College Board has recently approved an associate of applied science degree in construction project management.
Classes for this two-year degree program are slated to begin in the fall 2013 semester. Classes are tentatively scheduled to meet on Fridays only, for approximately eight hours. Professor Steve Mandrell will head up the program.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ “Occupational Outlook Handbook 2012-13,” the construction management field is expected to grow by 17 percent between 2010 and 2020.
The median salary for construction managers is currently $40.32 per hour, or $83,860 per year.
“We are extremely pleased to be offering a construction management degree in conjunction with our construction technology degree program,” said George Evans, KC’s dean of career and technical programs.
“We are also working with SIU (Southern Illinois University in Carbondale) on a 2+2 articulation program that will enable our construction management graduates an easy option for transfer to SIU for their dachelor’s degree in this field.”
Applicants do not need to have prior construction experience, because some of the classes will be in construction technology, but prior experience would be helpful, Mandrell said.
For more information on the construction management degree, contact Mandrell at 545-2764 or smandrell@kaskaskia.edu.

Small business workshop
The Illinois Small Business Development Center at Kaskaskia College will host a workshop entitled “Starting a Small Business in Illinois” on Wednesday, April 3, from 2-4 p.m. at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus, located at 2310 W. Fillmore St.
Topics to be covered include: how to develop a business plan, as well as a marketing plan; and how to get organized and maintain records.
Other topics include determining the form of your business organization, legal basics and financial basics.
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 in order 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, the 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.

Lasagna gardening class
The Kaskaskia College Office of Continuing/Community Education will offer a lasagna gardening class at the Vandalia Campus from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 23.
The registration number is COED 5435 VA01W.
Lasagna gardening is a no-dig, no-till organic gardening method that results in rich, fluffy soil with very little work from the gardener.
The cost for this course is $10, but 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, so early registration is recommended. All students must pre-register for this class.

Beginning genealogy class
The Kaskaskia College Office of Continuing/Community Education will offer a beginning genealogy class at the Vandalia Campus.
This class will be held from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturdays, March 23-April 27.
The registration number is COED 5441 VA01W.
Students will learn the basics of genealogy in this introductory course. This course teaches how to structure research and study various sources of genealogical information – census records, courthouse records, cemetery records, family papers, library sources and more.
Students will not only learn the importance of Internet searches for information-gathering, but will have the opportunity for hands-on experience in researching family history information via the Internet.
The cost for this course is $50, but 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, so early registration is recommended. All students must pre-register for this class.