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Waubonsee Celebrates Past Year's Accomplishments

Read about Waubonsee's institutional and individual accomplishments during the 2013-14 fiscal year in this annual memo from President Dr. Christine Sobek. 

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Dunham Fund Establishes Scholarship to Honor Waubonsee Administrator

In honor of a career of public service in higher education, the Aurora-based Dunham Fund of Advisors has established the $50,000 Dr. Bill and Mary Marzano Endowed Scholarship with the Waubonsee Community College Foundation.

William Marzano, Assistant Vice President of Transfer and Developmental Education, has worked at Waubonsee for 15 years and retires this month. The scholarship will first be available to students in the 2017-2018 academic year, and will be for new or returning education majors with a preference for students who are interested in pursuing a career in post-secondary education.

Bob Vaughan, executive director of the Dunham Fund, said he and his colleagues were introduced to Marzano in February 2007, when they embarked with Waubonsee on their first-ever Dunham Fund grant, for the Dunham Early College Academy.

“It became very apparent to us that students always came first to (Marzano) and he was a strong advocate for their success,” Vaughan said. “When we heard he was retiring, we felt that this was a good way to pay tribute to that.”

The scholarship was a surprise to Marzano, who learned about it during a presentation at his retirement reception this month.

“I was completely surprised and amazed at the announcement,” Marzano said. “Of course, I can only humbly accept this honor in appreciation of all the wonderful colleagues who supported me in what I tried to contribute. Also, my wife Mary and I are overjoyed to know that Waubonsee students will benefit from this scholarship in years to come.”

Vaughan said this was a good way for the Dunham Fund to pay it forward to Marzano, because he “has always been great for the entire community and most importantly to us, the students.”

The Dunham Fund was established by John C. Dunham in 1996 and awards grants to organizations that encourage innovation and collaboration in educational and community development programs and projects to effect positive change in the Aurora area.

Marzano has worked at Waubonsee since 2000, holding various positions, including as Associate Dean for Continuing and Professional Education; Dean for Communications, Humanities and Fine Arts; Assistant Vice President of Community Development; and Dean for Social Sciences, Education and World Languages. He has also served as an adjunct faculty member in the Business and Career Technologies Division since 2006.

Marzano began his career in higher education in 1973, serving as a Psychology Instructor at Illinois Valley Community College in Oglesby, before heading into the private sector from 1985-2000 to help manage the family printing company Solar Communications in Naperville.

Marzano holds a Doctor of Education in Post Secondary Curriculum and Instruction from Illinois State University; a Master of Arts in Educational Psychology from the University of Illinois; a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Northern Illinois University; and an Associate in Arts and Science from Morton College.

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Nominations being accepted for Waubonsee’s Athletic Hall of Fame

HOF Nominations being accepted until February 1

Waubonsee Community College is accepting applications for the Chiefs’ Athletic Hall of Fame. Inductees will be honored at the school’s year-ending Athletic Banquet on May 12, 2016. Individuals or groups can be nominated for induction. Nomination forms are available online or through Waubonsee’s Athletic Office on the college’s Sugar Grove Campus. Nominations can be submitted until Feb. 1, 2016.

Inductees will then be determined by a selection committee representing Waubonsee’s staff, administration and former Waubonsee student-athletes. Nominated athletes must be five years removed from competing for Waubonsee. Nominees will fall into one of five categories: administrators, faculty and staff; athletes; coaches; community supporters; and specific teams. Criteria for induction varies based on the category of nominee, but includes involvement in sports, dedication to Waubonsee, athletic successes, years at Waubonsee, and contributions to the community or career accomplishments earned after leaving Waubonsee. Hall of Fame selections will be announced the week of April 4, 2016. For more information, please contact the Waubonsee Athletic Department at 630-466-2524.

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Waubonsee Community Education Wins International Award

Waubonsee Community College’s Community Education Department received the International Award in the Best Programming category during the recent Learning Resources Network conference in New Orleans.

The award was given for the department’s Unique Local Experiences programming, which provides memorable things to do hosted by local experts.

Doug Grier, Dean for Community Education, and Lisa Inostroza, Community Education Program Developer, attended the conference to accept the award.

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Waubonsee Art Instructors’ Work Featured

Waubonsee Community College art instructors have been busy offering their expertise and showing their art throughout the Chicago area.

Waubonsee Adjunct Art Instructor John Steck Jr. was selected as an Artist in Residence for this year’s HATCH Projects, a year-long juried incubator for contemporary Chicago artists and curators.

Adjunct Art Instructor Julie Weber’s work will be included in the culminating exhibition that is part of her residency with the Chicago Artist Coalition’s HATCH Projects. Her work was also featured in a few recent publications: LVL3 Media and ArtAscent. Her work was curated into Rafael E. Vera’s solo show Mutual Dealings at Bert Green Fine Art in Chicago. She also curated the exhibition Fluid Method that will run through Jan. 4.

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Waubonsee Jazz Band Members Receive Skyway Recognitions

Waubonsee Community College Jazz Band members received recognition during the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Jazz Festival.

Waubonsee students received the following recognitions: Rachel Plasch, vocalist, outstanding soloist; Roland Schuetz, alto saxophone; Miguel Chavez, trumpet; and Mike Perrino, drums/percussion; honorable mention.

“The Waubonsee Jazz Ensemble played very well at the Skyway Jazz Festival,” said Terrence Peeples, Waubonsee Music Instructor. “I was proud as the new director of this fine ensemble.”

The event was hosted by Prairie State College on November 15.

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Waubonsee Student Awarded in Writing Competition

Waubonsee Community College students recently participated in the Skyway Writers Competition and Festival at Moraine Valley Community College.

During the event, Waubonsee student Lenora Murphy took second place in the drama category for her play, “For Nicole.”

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Waubonsee Math Instructor Honored

Waubonsee Community College Math Instructor Christopher Cunningham won first place at the Faculty Math League during the annual conference of the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges.

The conference took place in New Orleans last month. During it, Cunningham also led the Midwest Region Faculty Team to a first place win in the national contest.

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Waubonsee Geology Students Awarded at National Conference

Two Waubonsee Community College geology students were among 115 nationwide to receive a competitive scholarship to attend their first geology conference, the 2015 Geological Society of America Annual meeting in Baltimore.

During the conference – held in November – Waubonsee students Garnet Flora-Holmquist and Leticia Lopez were able to network with more than 7,000 geoscientists from 58 countries.

“It is clear that the many presentations they attended and contacts that they made by attending this first conference solidified their interest in the geosciences as a career, as well as to help guide them to their specific geoscience disciplines,” said David Voorhees, Waubonsee Associate Professor of Earth Science/Geology.

The students received the scholarship through the “On to the Future” program sponsored by the Geological Society of America, which strives to build a diverse geoscience community by engaging groups traditionally underrepresented in the geosciences. The program brought 115 undergraduate students to the conference, and sponsored networking.

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Waubonsee Auto Body Students Hold Annual Competition

Waubonsee Community College students recently competed against each other in the college’s annual Auto Body Refinishing Competition.

The event was started eight years ago by Andrew MacDonald, Assistant Professor of Auto Body Repair, as a fun way to gauge the full refinishing potential of the students.

This year, finishing in first, second and third place were Javier Resendiz, Maria Newkirk and John Cisneros respectively.

“They refinish these front ends 12 to 15 times,” MacDonald said, explaining that the competition is a lot of work. “This is a way to get them to do their very best. The competition is based on their skills of applying the color evenly and to work to remove any imperfections in the painted surface after it has been refinished.”

Judges for the competition were Patrick Phillipi, Vice President of Body Builders Auto; Dr. Deborah Lovingood, Waubonsee Executive Vice President of Educational Affairs/Chief Learning Officer; Janet Koehring, Administrative Specialist Social Sciences, Education and World Languages; Kerri Wilson, Administrative Specialist Mathematics and Sciences; and Sarah Dwinnells, Administrative Specialist to the Assistant Vice President of Career and Technical Education.

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Waubonsee Grant Will Help Temporary Workers

Waubonsee Community College’s Workforce Development Division will offer a free workplace safety seminar on Dec. 15 for employers about keeping temporary workers safe. “Playing it Safe: What Every Staffing Agency Needs to Know about OSHA Regulations,” will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Aurora Campus, Room 160. The seminar will go over the increased safety risks faced by temporary workers, liability of staffing agencies to ensure the safety and health of temporary workers and information about Waubonsee’s OSHA-funded Basic Safety Training program.

The training is made possible because Waubonsee has again received the U.S. Department of Labor’s Susan Harwood Training Grant to provide training to temporary workers. Waubonsee officials will use the $107,525 grant to help employers provide health and safety training for the region’s exceptional number of temporary workers. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration awarded a total of $10.5 million in one-year federal safety and health training grants to 80 nonprofits across the nation. The grants are to provide education and training programs to help high-risk workers and their employers recognize workplace hazards, implement injury prevention measures and understand rights and responsibilities. Waubonsee is one of only 26 recipients to receive the grant as a follow-up to the 2014 grant cycle, awarded for demonstrating an ability to provide services.

“Faced with a rebounding yet fragile economy, employers are increasingly turning to temporary help to fill a labor force gap,” said Cheryl Gray, Waubonsee Workforce Development Grant Writer. She stated that in Kane and Kendall Counties during 2014, the number of temporary jobs exceeded the national average by 267 percent. She added that during 2011-2015, the region’s temporary services industry grew by 72 percent, compared to growth across the country, which averaged 24 percent.

The primary goal of the grant is to reduce workplace risks for temporary workers by increasing their safety knowledge. Training topics include worker rights under OSHA, lockout/tagout, machine guarding, hazard communications, materials handling, ergonomics, respiratory protection, electrical safety, means of egress, powered industrial trucks and fire safety. Training will be provided in English and in Spanish. Free seminar tickets for the Dec. 15 training session are available at or by calling (630) 906-4132.

“The training that we have accomplished and the fact that we are the only ones in the country doing it, that’s something Waubonsee can be proud of,” said Lesa Norris, Waubonsee Dean for Workforce Development.

Norris said that there are nearly 300 staffing agencies in the five counties that Waubonsee serves.

“We don’t take that for granted in this region,” Norris said. “The fact that Waubonsee jumped on it right away and got this grant shows that. This year we are the only college in the state who received these funds.” 

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Waubonsee Student Honored with Ted Brattin Civic Youth Award

Waubonsee student Christian Urrea, of Aurora, received a Ted Brattin Civic Youth Award from the Rotary Club of Aurora. The annual awards recognize Fox Valley youth ages 14 to 19 who have shown qualities of citizenship, service and leadership in their school, church or community. The luncheon and award are sponsored by Aurora Rotary, the Aurora Navy League and Aurora University.

Urrea was nominated by Meg Junk, Waubonsee Student Life Specialist. In her nominating letter, Junk said she met Urrea during his orientation at Waubonsee and was immediately impressed. Describing his “compassionate nature,” Junk said Urrea has seized every opportunity to give back on campus and in the community.

“As the Student Life Specialist, I also work with leadership opportunities and civic engagement events and I see Christian’s name on almost every roster,” she wrote. “He is in search of ways to improve himself and truly passionate about opportunities to make a difference in the community.”

A first-year student at Waubonsee, Urrea has amassed an impressive list of community involvement and leadership positions throughout his life, including volunteer leadership positions within Bridging the Gap of East Aurora Snowball and membership in six high school organizations. At Waubonsee, he wasted no time joining campus groups including the Campus Activities Board, Latinos Unidos and by volunteering in service activities.

Urrea and other honorees received a scholarship and certificate of recognition during a ceremony at the annual Pearl Harbor Day Luncheon on Dec. 7 at Gaslight Manor in Aurora.

“All of the volunteer work I’ve done with my school and community, along with the events that I have been a part of over the past few years of my life, have helped shape me into the leader I am today,” Urrea said.

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Waubonsee Honors Biology as Student Success: Featured Program

Biology, or the study of life, may date back centuries, but that doesn’t keep the Biology Department at Waubonsee Community College from being a model of innovation. For their commitment to working together, implementing technology in the classroom and collaborating with community partners, Waubonsee is pleased to recognize the faculty and staff of the Biology Department as this month’s Student Success: Featured Program.

The department’s full-time faculty and adjunct faculty work together as a team, a commitment that benefits students greatly. To that end, the department created a manual for adjunct faculty that outlines exams, labs and procedures. Adjunct instructors are given professional development on the use of cadavers once per semester, and a shadowing program allows instructors to observe a full-time faculty member in the classroom. Faculty and instructors work together to create common assessments such as embedded exam questions.

This collaborative spirit for the good of students has not gone unnoticed across campus and among colleagues in the field.

“This department has a cohesiveness that others admire and emulate,” said Mary Edith Butler, Waubonsee Dean for Mathematics and Sciences. “The full-time faculty work constantly with the adjuncts to ensure a high level of consistent, quality instruction. This biology faculty makes student success the priority in everything they do.”

The department dates back to the very beginning of Waubonsee Community College: Biology classes were among the first offered when Waubonsee opened in 1967. That year, General Botany and Introduction to Biology were offered, and by the following year, an associate degree in biology was offered with classes in topics like botany, plant taxonomy, zoology, biology and human physiology. Today, the department offers about 135 course sections each semester.

When it comes to implementing technology meaningfully in the classroom, the Biology Department is often at the forefront: They were one of the first disciplines at Waubonsee to implement a “flipped classroom” format, which is where instruction is given before the class meets via online lectures and material, and actual class time is devoted to experiments and hands-on learning. Students use tablets, laptops and apps for research and virtual interactive lessons.

The Biology Department has a strong presence in the community, thanks to a variety of efforts to engage partners and colleagues and to foster a spirit of curiosity about science. To that end, the department offers tours and demonstrations of cadaver labs to area high school students, gives public presentations about topics of interest via the Asset Earth series, presents in high school classrooms and participates in college readiness initiatives.

Above all, the department is celebrated for their commitment to student success. Biology faculty members mentor and coach Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) students through activities including the Skyway STEM poster contest, Women in STEM workshops, and in weekly meetings. The department was the first to offer students a chance for supplemental instruction, and is known for offering field trips and other hands-on experiences. 

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Waubonsee Board Appoints Jimmie Delgado to Finish Pilmer Term

The Waubonsee Community College Board of Trustees has appointed Jimmie Delgado to replace former trustee James Pilmer, who recently resigned upon accepting a new position as the executive director of the Fox Valley Park District. Delgado will finish the rest of Pilmer’s term, which ends in 2017.

Delgado is currently the controller at Fox Metro Water Reclamation District in Oswego, and has more than 12 years of experience as an accountant. He is an MBA candidate at Aurora University with an expected graduation in May 2016.

Delgado’s ties to Waubonsee began as an undergraduate. He graduated from Oswego High School and enrolled at Waubonsee after receiving a Lucile Gustafson Scholarship. In addition to volunteer service as part of the Gustafson Scholarship program, Delgado served as a peer tutor, Student Senate secretary and as Student Trustee during the 2002-2003 academic year. He graduated from Waubonsee in 2003 and was named one of the college’s “Fab 40” in 2006.

After graduating from Waubonsee, Delgado enrolled at Aurora University(AU), where he was awarded the Dunham Scholarship and continued his community service activities through this scholarship program. He was president of Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society at AU and a founding member of the university’s chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership honor society. He also received AU’s Senior Award, which is especially noteworthy because the award is given to the student who made the greatest contribution to his or her class over their four years. Delgado only attended AU for two years.

Delgado is an active community volunteer, including service with the Joseph Corporation, Aurora Noon Lions, Boy Scouts, Salvation Army, United Way and Angel Tree. He is a director of the Oswego Kiwanis, where he is a founding member. He lives in Oswego with his wife Tara, who is also a Waubonsee graduate, and their three children.

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Waubonsee Board Honors James Pilmer For His Service and Dedication

The Waubonsee Community College Board of Trustees honored long-serving board member James Pilmer during their board meeting on Nov. 18 where they also approved his resignation from the board. Pilmer has served as an elected member of the board for 22 years, serving as vice chair for 11 years and as a member of the policy committee throughout his tenure. During the meeting, board members passed a resolution recognizing him for his decades of service.

The resolution commending Pilmer for his service states that he “has given an extraordinary amount of volunteer time, expertise and service to Waubonsee Community College,” and that Pilmer “is known for his leadership and dedication in bringing the Board of Trustees his expertise and knowledge of the Waubonsee community, which has greatly aided Waubonsee’s partnerships and collaboration.”

In a letter written last month to the board and Waubonsee President Dr. Christine Sobek, Pilmer cited his recent appointment as Executive Director of the Fox Valley Park District as reason for his resignation. He originally came to Waubonsee as a student athlete, graduated and then volunteered for the Alumni Association. His leadership at Waubonsee has spanned 33 years. In addition to his service on the board, he also served seven years as a member of the Waubonsee Foundation Board of Directors, including one year as vice president and three years as president. 

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Waubonsee Art and Graphic Design Programs Receive Accreditation

Waubonsee Community College recently became the second community college in Illinois to receive accreditation for their Art and Graphic Design programs from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

The application process included a self-study, site visits and peer reviews. The four-year project benefited from collaboration among faculty and staff in the Art and Graphic Design departments, and other areas of the college.

“Receiving this accreditation has reinforced the quality and rigor of our programs as well as the quality of instruction provided by our full and part time faculty,” said Cindy Sparr, Waubonsee Dean for Communications, Humanities and Fine Arts. Sparr noted that NASAD officials were impressed with Waubonsee’s facilities, particularly the state-of-the-art art ceramics studio.

“The accreditation will benefit students as they transfer to four-year institutions, affirming that our students are obtaining the appropriate skills to be successful in their programs,” she said. “Being advocates for continuous improvement, this accreditation process was an excellent opportunity to reflect on our practices, curriculum and facilities.”

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Waubonsee Awarded Grant to Improve Student Success

Waubonsee Community College was recently awarded a five-year grant totaling $2.6 million from the Department of Education to improve student success through enhanced services and offerings. The Developing Hispanic Serving Institutions Program, also known as Title V, provides grants for institutions to increase retention and completion of Hispanic and high-need students through improved educational offerings, services and initiatives. In order to qualify for the program, at least 25 percent of the student population served by an institution must be Hispanic.

For the second consecutive cycle, Waubonsee is the recipient of a Title V grant from the Department of Education. The grant is for five years, at $525,000 per year, totaling $2.6 million. Waubonsee’s goals for the grant are to increase first and second year retention and completion; improve success rates in online courses through course redesign, increased faculty professional development opportunities, and improved online readiness for students; and to decrease time to degree completion by highlighting options such as dual enrollment, College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and Advanced Placement(AP) testing, and prior learning assessment.

Waubonsee has partnered with the higher education technology company Civitas, which specializes in predictive analytics modeling. That partnership will allow Waubonsee to use data to better identify trends, themes and patterns in order to mitigate student attrition. The grant will also support the college’s plans to hire four Student Success Coaches who will handle students’ academic, financial and social needs in order to help them persist toward graduation.

“Waubonsee had great success with our first Title V grant, and we’re excited about implementing these new programs that will help our at-risk students succeed,” said Dr. Stacey Randall, Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Title V Project Director. “These funds will allow us to implement proven strategies that support students and encourage them to complete their certificate or degree.”

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Dunham Grant to Help Waubonsee Launch Accelerated Associate Degree

The Aurora-based Dunham Fund has awarded Waubonsee Community College a grant which will allow the college to launch an accelerated associate degree program with a business emphasis.

The grant award is for a maximum of $500,000. The new program will begin in fall 2016, and will enroll a maximum of 20 students in order to meet the terms of the grant.

The Dunham Fund Quick Path degree program will allow students to earn an associate degree – traditionally a two-year degree – in one year. The program will be intensive and will require a full-time commitment on the part of the student. This innovative program offering is unique to the district and region, and will allow students to enter the workforce quickly, or – if they desire – to enroll in a four-year institution and be able to receive a bachelor’s degree in three years. 

“Waubonsee Community College is committed to improving educational attainment for our communities through a variety of opportunities and flexible scheduling options, and this accelerated program provides another alternative for motivated learners seeking to complete their degree in a shorter amount of time,” said Dr. Jamal Scott, Waubonsee Vice President for Strategic Development.

The Dunham Fund was established by John C. Dunham in 1996 and awards grants to organizations that encourage innovation and collaboration in educational and community development programs and projects to effect positive change in the Aurora area.

Robert Vaughan, Executive Director of The Dunham Fund, said the organization feels strongly that dedicated students who desire to pursue an accelerated degree should have the opportunity. 

“The Dunham Fund is proud to provide these students the financial and educational support that will be required as they approach their educational goals in this demanding program, which should prepare the students well for the workplace while allowing them to obtain their degree in one year.”

Waubonsee administrators are in the process of identifying eligible students for the pilot program.

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Waubonsee Foundation Announces Scholarships Available

Waubonsee Community College Foundation Scholarship Applications are now available online for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Scholarships will be awarded in early April 2016 to be used beginning in the fall semester 2016.

To apply for a Waubonsee Community College Foundation scholarship, visit All applications must be completed and submitted online; paper copies will not be accepted. The due date is midnight, Feb. 8, 2016.

If you have questions or need assistance with completing a scholarship application, please call the Waubonsee Community College Foundation at (630) 466-2613. 

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Waubonsee Trustee Jim Pilmer Resigns After Decades of Service

Waubonsee Community College Trustee Jim Pilmer has tendered his resignation from the Board of Trustees after 23 years of dedicated service. The resignation will be effective Nov. 8.

In a letter dated Oct. 21, Pilmer cited his recent appointment as Executive Director of the Fox Valley Park District as reason for his resignation.

“In my new leadership role at this public institution, I will need to focus all of my energy and efforts into this endeavor and the residents served by the District,” he said.

Pilmer was first elected to the board in November 1992, but his service to Waubonsee has spanned decades. He enrolled in the College in August 1978 as a student athlete, graduated from Waubonsee in 1981 and then began volunteering for the Alumni Association beginning in 1982. He has also served on the Waubonsee Foundation Board of Directors from 1985-1992, serving as vice president from 1988-1989 and president from 1989-1992.

“Without question, Waubonsee has given far more to me than I could ever give back in return,” he said. “It has been my honor and privilege to be affiliated with such a vital and vibrant educational institution. I have been inspired by the students, faculty, administrators and fellow board members past and present who always motivated me to strive for good governance, prudent and responsible policy making and collaboration among our key stakeholders.”

Pilmer was recently announced as the new executive director of the Fox Valley Park District. He will serve as the sixth director in the park district’s 68 years, and will begin his new role on Nov. 9. The Waubonsee Community College Board of Trustees will appoint someone to fill the board vacancy for the remainder of Pilmer’s term of service, which ends in 2017.

“Mr. Pilmer’s presence on the board will be missed, but the impact of his decades of service to Waubonsee will continue to benefit the college indefinitely,” said Waubonsee President Dr. Christine Sobek. “We are grateful for the guidance and leadership he has provided for many years and in many roles, and we know that his talents will continue to serve our region in his new role with the Fox Valley Park District.”

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Waubonsee’s Community Education Announces “A Season of Pure Magic”

Sugar Grove – Hypnotism, magic, and career development are all part of the offerings for Waubonsee Community College’s Community Education special events programs this year.

Dubbed “A Season of Pure Magic,” the schedule kicks off on Oct. 10 at the Sugar Grove Campus auditorium with “Miracles of the Mind,” an encore performance by Brian Imbus. His all-new show includes hypnotizing audience volunteers and leading them through a journey of the imagination. Imbus will also read minds and make predictions.

Imbus sold out his Waubonsee shows in 2013. Tickets are $19 for adults, and $12 for children age 12 and under.

For a limited time, you can save money when you purchase tickets for “Miracles of the Mind” and a spring performance by Daniel Martin, “Magic Made Me Do It. Until Oct. 10, tickets for both shows are for $29 for adults and $19 for children age 12 and under.

Martin’s March 5, 2016, show also takes place at the Sugar Grove Campus auditorium, and will showcase a high-energy blend of magic, escapes and comedy. Martin’s work has been featured on CBS, NBC, WGN, VH1, ESPN and at thousands of live events.

Tickets to Martin’s show are $19 for adults, and $12 for children age 12 and under.

For those looking to challenge their mind in terms of careers, Dr. James B. Huntington will present “How to Find a Lasting Career in the New Age of Work.”

This presentation is for those who are underemployed, unemployed or in transition in their careers. The author of several books on career development in the modern age, Huntington will discuss the new world of work and the 20 lasting career paths you need to know now. He will offer advice on successfully adapting your skill set to succeed in the world of automation, globalization and efficiency.

Huntington’s presentation takes place at 7 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Sugar Grove Campus’ Academic and Professional Center. Tickets are $10.

Waubonsee’s Community Education program offers personal enrichment courses, trips and tours, the Lifelong Learning Institute, special events, youth programs, community theater, and more. Information about these can be found at To purchase tickets for these special events, visit

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Waubonsee’s Distinguished Contributor Award Goes to 551 Volunteers

For more than a decade, a group of stalwart volunteers has gathered to assist low-income residents with their income taxes on nights and weekends during tax season at the Waubonsee Aurora Campus. 

Their efforts have translated into millions of dollars back to the community, real world experience for Waubonsee Community College students, and one less worry for hard working residents who receive the services. In short, the program exemplifies what can be achieved when the classroom meets the community.

The local effort, a partnership between Waubonsee and the Center for Economic Progress (CEP), is part of a nationwide Internal Revenue Service program known as the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). Similar sites are hosted around the country.

This year, Waubonsee is honoring its VITA program volunteers with the Distinguished Contributor Award, which recognizes individuals or groups who have made an outstanding contribution to or given exemplary support to the college.

Launched locally in 2005 by accounting faculty members Dan Gibbons and Catherine Collins, VITA asks volunteers to commit to a minimum of 20 hours during the tax season, and to complete Internal Revenue Service certifications. Those training sessions equip volunteers with the necessary skills to assist clients.

George Sterling, Certified Public Accountant and Instructor at Waubonsee, currently manages the local program with the assistance of his wife Therese. The program provides services to families with annual incomes less than $50,000, and individuals with incomes less than $25,000.

Gibbons said he is impressed by the growth of the site since its beginning in 2005. He said that in the first year, volunteers completed 40 returns, and the next year, they completed more than 400. The program has continued to grow since.

Today, the work of 551 volunteers over 11 years has resulted in $13.1 million returned to the community. Since 2005, the program has served 7,267 clients who have filed a total of 13,570 federal and state returns.

Last season, the program served nearly 1,030 low-to moderate-income families and individuals, bringing $2 million in income tax refunds back to the local economy.  Gibbons said the program has benefited everyone involved.

“Volunteers have the opportunity to give back to their community, and both volunteers and students make long lasting connections,” he said. “Waubonsee has benefited as well. Due to connections we have made through VITA, two of our volunteers teach classes within the accounting program. One of those individuals has expanded the impact of the VITA program by managing a new site, unaffiliated with Waubonsee, in West Chicago.”

VITA coordinators and clients praise the volunteers for their work ethic, their commitment to the community, and for helping their clients maintain a sense of dignity and respect while dealing with what can be a stressful situation.

“I drive trucks and sell fruits and vegetables on the side,” said Curtiss Llong Bey, a 2015 client. “The service was exciting because everything got done faster than I thought. I really appreciate it. I have been telling people about it too. I used to do it myself and make errors. I went to the library last year to ask what the wording on a tax form meant, and they told me to come here. This is my second year, and I will be coming back as long as I make money.”

VITA is supported by a Waubonsee course, - ACC 245 VITA Program: Tax Procedure and Practice - which provides students with a service learning opportunity while gaining college credit. The program also provides field experience for students in the Legal Interpreting program, as those students provide interpreting services for clients while earning credits toward their required field experience.

Ne’Keisha Stepney, Assistant Dean of Business and Career Technologies, helps to oversee the program at Waubonsee.

“This program gives students a hands-on experience and a chance to work in their community from a different perspective,” she said. “It’s pure service learning.”

Therese Sterling, Assistant Site Manager, said the volunteers demonstrate that there is great value in being of service to others.

“We are grateful for their ongoing support, as many volunteers have been with the program for five or more years,” she said. “They show up with a smile, caring attitude, and approach the work they do whole-heartedly. Our volunteers not only support district residents, but also do so in a way that strengthens goodwill throughout our community.” 

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Waubonsee Names Kendall Sheriff Baird as Distinguished Alumnus

Given its name, it’s no wonder Waubonsee Community College takes its mission of serving the community very seriously. So too do many of the college’s most successful alumni, including Kendall County Sheriff Dwight Baird. As he nears his 25th year of serving and protecting as a member of local law enforcement, the college is proud to name Baird its 2015 Distinguished Alumnus.

A career in public service was always in Baird’s plans, from the time he was a teenager. In fact, his plan back then was to serve as an officer in the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office, then the Oswego Police Department, then become a lawyer, a judge and finally a state senator.

Remarkably, it’s a plan he’s stuck to — for the most part. He’s worked at both the Sheriff’s Office and the Oswego Police Department, and while not a lawyer, judge or state senator, as Sheriff, he is an elected official.

The foundation for all of Baird’s various roles was built at Waubonsee. After graduating from Oswego High School in 1986, Baird headed to the college to study criminal justice under longtime faculty members Bob May and Neil Lippold.

 “I had heard great things about Waubonsee, and it was a good fit for me,” Baird said. “I could work a couple of jobs while still getting my education.”

When he earned his associate degree in 1988, Baird was still too young to test to become a police officer, and so he continued his job in loss prevention at the Montgomery K-Mart store until he turned 21 and was hired on at the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office by then-Sheriff Richard Randall, also a Waubonsee alumnus.

Perhaps Randall saw in Baird the same thing Baird now sees in the Waubonsee graduates who apply to work for the county.

“The great thing I see in Waubonsee and other community college graduates is that they have often worked in the real world and have that life experience,” Baird said. “That experience helps them relate to the people and situations they’ll be dealing with.”

After working in countywide law enforcement for a few years, Baird went on to the next step in his career path — a job with his hometown police department. He spent more than 22 years there, rising through the ranks to become chief and also serving as the interim village administrator for a time.

As he moved up the ranks, Baird sought out additional education, earning his bachelor’s degree from Aurora University and his master’s degree from Western Illinois University. Throughout these experiences, he continued to draw on his time at Waubonsee.

“I would still find myself reflecting on projects I did at Waubonsee or even referencing books I had used there,” Baird said.

Baird consulted his long-held career plan once again in 2014 when he ran for and was elected Kendall County Sheriff.

“Kendall County is very diverse, ranging from suburban areas to more rural townships,” Baird said. “One day we could be dealing with a cow in a roadway and then the next with a drive-by shooting. It’s a very diverse area, and the workload is ever-changing.”

Whatever the nature of the communities in the county, Baird is making efforts to connect with all of them. He decided to have the Sheriff’s Office head up security at the Kendall County Fairgrounds this year in order to be more visible in the community. For National Night Out on Aug. 4, the office participated in “Cops and Kids: Taking a Swing at Crime,” an exhibition softball game between the office and some Oswego Pony League players.

“We really want to build relationships and respect between citizens and police,” Baird said.

Baird’s advice to new and aspiring police officers echoes this theme of respect. “Police power and authority is given by the people, and we’re there to serve them, not ourselves.”

Because of his exceptional service to local residents, Baird has been recognized many times throughout the years. Among his many honors and awards are the Lifesaving Award from the Illinois Police Association, the Medal of Valor from the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, Metropolitan Enforcement Groups Director Award, Youth Service Volunteer Award, Oswegoland Optimist Police Officer of the Year, Governor’s Medal of Honor and the 2014 Illinois Crime Commission Police Chief of the Year. 

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Waubonsee Auto Body Repair Professor Named Outstanding Faculty

For the past several years, Waubonsee Community College’s Auto Body Repair Program and its students have received a variety of awards and accolades, including the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) Makeover Grant and several first-place finishes in SkillsUSA competitions. And this month, the man behind the program, Assistant Professor of Auto Body Repair Andy MacDonald, of Plano, is receiving an honor of his own in the form of the college’s 2015 Outstanding Faculty Member Award.

Like all Waubonsee faculty members, MacDonald measures his success by the success of his students, which has been impressive since he joined the college on a full-time basis in 2007. Over the years, MacDonald’s students have earned 17 top-three finishes in state-level SkillsUSA contests, along with five top-10 finishes at the national level, including two national champions.

“Placing in these contests provides students an opportunity to build a portfolio for employers, increase their self-confidence and receive another level of evaluation of their work,” MacDonald said.

Waubonsee auto body student Jose Martinez-Joya, who was the 2014 SkillsUSA National Champion and who will graduate this year, is quick to credit MacDonald for his success. “[MacDonald] is a great, great person and very experienced,” Martinez-Joya said. “He really knows his stuff and can teach it to others.”

What MacDonald strives to teach is all-encompassing. “My lesson plans and classroom instruction require students to become critical thinkers using logic to problem-solve, to work on projects alone and with a team, learn from their mistakes, and integrate soft skills with hard skills every day,” MacDonald said.

Of course those hard skills in auto body repair are essential, and it’s essential that they’re up to date in a field that’s constantly changing. To that end, MacDonald dedicates himself, his students and the entire program to continual professional development efforts. MacDonald routinely hosts Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) professional development courses in the Sugar Grove auto body shop, which offers him and his students a convenient way to keep up with the latest industry trends. Students graduate from Waubonsee’s program with several industry-recognized credentials, including an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certificate, and an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety and pollution certificate. They also have the opportunity to earn several Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certifications.

In 2011, the program received accreditation from the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).

As with many career and technical education programs, it isn’t just the culture of the program that drives success but also the quality of its equipment and facilities, and those have been a passion of MacDonald’s since he arrived at Waubonsee. He has spearheaded several improvements, including the introduction of a solvent recycler, the development of an inventory system, and the addition of a computer lab since technology skills have become a requirement of the field.

MacDonald was also instrumental in the college applying for and receiving a prestigious $50,000 Ultimate Collision Education Makeover grant from the Collision Repair Education Foundation in 2013. The grant dollars were used to install a new, modern automotive paint spray booth at the Sugar Grove shop.

“The shop is so important to instruction because for one semester each academic year, it operates like a business,” MacDonald said. “We take in cars for minor repairs, and the students do the work, learning how to manage time, estimate and job cost. In this way, students graduate having done real work on cars with real problems.”

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Community Education offers Day Trip to Funks Grove

Waubonsee Community College’s Community Education is offering a unique day trip to Funks Grove, Illinois.

At the start of the trip, guests will receive a gift bag and receive goodies from each of the four stops during the day. First stop is a tour of the Funk Prairie Home and the Gem and Mineral Collection Museum, which houses beautiful, strange, and exotic minerals. 

Next, guests will celebrate the 90th anniversary of Rte. 66 with a blue plate special lunch at The Palms Grill Cafe in Atlanta, Ill. 

The trip will also include a stop at the Funks Grove Church, which features treasures built from local timber. Finally, guests will be able to enjoy the sweet benefits of native maple trees at Funks Grove Maple Syrup Camp and, conditions permitting, watch the production of pure maple syrup.

The trip costs $99 and fee includes: Transportation, lunch, tours. Note: Trip departs at 7:30 a.m. at Erickson Hall/Fieldhouse on the Sugar Grove campus and returns to Erickson Hall/Fieldhouse at 6 p.m.

Sign up by March 2, 2016. No refunds after March 2, 2016.

For more information and to register for this or other day trips, please call Waubonsee's Community Education Department at (630) 466-2360 or visit

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Waubonsee to host Fox Country Players’ ‘Next to Normal’ Auditions

Fox Country Players and director, Patrick Stinson, announce upcoming auditions for performers and understudies for the rock musical Next to Normal.

Auditions will be held on Thursday, February 18, 2016 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, February 20 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Waubonsee Community College Auditorium on the Sugar Grove Campus, Route 47 and Waubonsee Drive.

Performance dates are April 15-17.

Next to Normal is a contemporary show that calls for great singers and actors. It also deals with depression and other timely mental issues that are challenging for actors.

Those interested in auditioning should:

• Schedule an appointment by emailing, (indicate preference of Thursday or Saturday);

• Prepare a 16 bar snippet of a song from any show (please bring sheet music for the accompanist).

• You may also be asked to do a cold reading from the script or sing from the show.

Information about specific roles can be found at

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Visiting Artist to Offer Lecture

Waubonsee Community College will host a visiting artist, Ross Sawyers, on Feb. 11. During his visit, Sawyers will offer a free lecture about his art.

Currently an Associate Professor of Photography at Columbia College Chicago, Sawyers received a BFA in photography from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA in photography from the University of Washington.

Sawyers said his art is influenced by the experience of living in increasingly smaller spaces, in closer proximity to others in neighborhoods and housing developments.

To produce his art, he constructs models, then photographs them through his camera, enabling him to exaggerate his environmental observations.

“In my pictures I examine and exaggerate issues of privacy and community and scrutinize the ways the structures we call home affect us,” he said.

His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and he has completed multiple solo exhibitions and participated in group exhibitions.

The lecture is free and open to the public on Feb. 11 from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Arrowhead Gallery, located on the first floor of the Dickson Center on the Sugar Grove Campus, Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive.

For more information contact Cecilia Vargas at (630) 466-2964 or

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Small Business Plan Competition Underway

Small business owners can get a boost to planned business expansion efforts through the second annual Poised for Growth Business Plan Competition. The competition is offered through the Illinois Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) at Waubonsee Community College and Elgin Community College.

The winning plan could win a top prize of $10,000, plus a consulting engagement valued at $5,000.

Applications are being accepted now through March 13, and plans can be submitted through May 6. The top eight business plans will compete in a final presentation to a panel of judges on June 21. Entrants will be judged on the business owner’s ability to convey a clear and convincing approach to expanding the business over the next three years.

To be eligible, business owners must have headquarters in Illinois, in business for three years or longer, classified as a “for profit,” have fewer than 500 employees and $16 million in revenue, proof of a valid and current business entity designation and licensing if applicable, and be available to present to the judging panel on the final pitch date.

Free, optional workshops will be offered to review the business plan and presentation formats and guidelines.

For more information about the dates and times of the workshops or to sign up, contact the Illinois SBDC at Elgin Community College or Waubonsee:

At Elgin, Sybil Edge,, (847) 214-7488;

At Waubonsee, Harriet Parker,, (630) 906-4143. 

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Waubonsee Announces Christine Corrigan as Dean

Waubonsee Community College recently announced the appointment of Christine Corrigan to the position of Dean for Online Learning and the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT). The Board of Trustees approved this appointment at their meeting on Jan. 20, and Corrigan will assume the duties of this new position on Feb. 1.

The position is new and requires a strong training and development background, but also a vision for how the college can use instructional technologies to advance teaching and learning.

Corrigan has been employed at Waubonsee since 1998, most recently as the CTLT Manager for the past eight years. In this role, Corrigan has been responsible for budgeting, goal setting and staff supervision, and has led a number of college-wide initiatives including the BlackBoard implementation, Leadership Academy and digital literacy. She has also served as the acting interim manager for the Online Learning department.

Prior to joining the CTLT, Corrigan was the college's Program Development Analyst. Corrigan began her career at Waubonsee as the Assistant Bookstore Manager and after three years transitioned to the role of Textbook Buyer.

Prior to joining Waubonsee, Corrigan began her career in education as a middle school teacher for Lostant Community School District 425, in Lostant, Illinois, where she taught Language Arts and Social Studies. Corrigan holds a Master of Arts in Education from University of Phoenix, Online and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Western Illinois University.

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Late Start 12-Week Courses Offered at Plano Campus

Waubonsee Community College is offering late start, 12-week courses at its Plano Campus beginning February 15 and running through May 13. These classes are designed for those who want to start or continue their higher education, but were unable to begin at the traditional start of the spring semester in January.

For more information about late start at the Waubonsee Plano Campus, visit or call (630) 552-7900. In-person registration is available at the Plano Campus, located off Route 34 at 100 Waubonsee Drive, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday; and from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

Academic counseling is available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday; from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday; and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday.

The following classes are offered as part of the late start program:

• Cultural Anthropology

• Introduction to Astronomy

• Nutrition

• Introduction to Business

• Business Information Systems

• Great Beginnings: College Life and Success

• Fundamentals of Speech Communication

• Introduction to Economics

• Principles of Economics-Microeconomics

• Basic Composition II

• First-Year Composition I

• First-Year Composition II

• Survey of Earth Science

• Survey of the Humanities

• The Global Village

• College Mathematics

• Basic Statistics

• Introduction to Philosophy

• Introduction to American Government

• Life-Span Psychology

• Introduction to Sociology 

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Waubonsee Welcomes New Administrators

Waubonsee Community College recently welcomed two new administrators. Robert Barto was hired as Chief Advancement Officer and Amanda Geist is the new Executive Director of Marketing and Communications. The Board of Trustees approved these appointments during their December meeting. They each assumed their roles January 4.

Barto holds a Master of Arts degree in Marketing from Webster University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Written Communication/Journalism with a minor in Art from Eastern Michigan University.

He has nearly 20 years of professional experience in non-profit advancement and development work, having worked most recently as the Chief Development Officer for Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons. Prior to that, Barto served as the Director of Development/System Services for Advocate Charitable Foundation and the Vice President of Development for Advocate Condell Medical Center for four years. Barto’s previous experience includes Loyola University Health System, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and Charitable Foundation, Northwestern University Medical School and Northwestern University Foundation.

Geist holds a Master of Business Administration with a Marketing concentration from Keller Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management from North Central College.

She served as the Director of Alliance Marketing at DeVry University since March 2008. In this role, Geist developed and oversaw the execution of comprehensive, multi-platform strategic marketing plans to maximize the impact of new and current partnerships and exceed new student enrollment goals. Geist’s previous roles include Director of Internet Marketing at Enesco, and Manager of Direct Marketing and Marketing Coordinator at FTD.COM. 

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Chairman of the Board of Rich Harvest Farms Elected to Waubonsee Foundation Board

At its meeting on December 8, 2015, the Waubonsee Community College Foundation elected Jerry Rich, of Sugar Grove, to its board of directors. Mr. Rich is the architect and owner of Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, one of only two golf courses in America’s Top 100 designed by the owner and amateur architect.

Mr. Rich graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1961 with a degree in mathematics and earth science. After graduation, he went to work at his father’s company, Rich Inc. In the 1970s he created the way Wall Street trading is still done today with the development of the integrated trading terminal.

Mr. Rich is most proud of the Kids Golf Foundation of Illinois, a non-profit junior golf organization housed at Rich Harvest Farms that he founded with lifelong friend Don Springer in 1998. Since its inception, the Foundation has introduced 250,000 kids to the sport of golf. Aside from Kids Golf Foundation, Mr. Rich is also involved with St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, which was built upon land donated by the Rich family. Rich Harvest Farms is proud to have hosted the 2009 Solheim Cup as well as the 2015 Palmer Cup and Western Amateur. The club will host the NCAA Golf Championships in May of 2017.

The Waubonsee Community College Foundation is a nonprofit organization that seeks to obtain funding for scholarships, educational opportunities and services to students and residents of Waubonsee’s district. For information, contact the Advancement Office at (630) 466-7900, ext. 2316 or visit


© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Student Success: Institutional Stories - The STAR Program

Some signs of success for Waubonsee Community College’s Student-Athletes Taking Academic Responsibility (STAR) Program are the regular visits from other colleges who seek to replicate it, and - more importantly - the accomplishments of Waubonsee’s student-athletes.

The unique program began in 1991, with a grant to further academic progress and increase the academic success for student-athletes. It became an established program as the need to provide services was recognized as crucial to the development and retention of student-athletes who manage both academics and athletics.

Eligible students must be enrolled full-time, maintain a 2.0 GPA and pass at least 12 credit hours per semester. The program has produced results that prove its services as an asset to its students: STAR athletes are 18 to 20 percent more likely to be retained fall to spring than their peers who are not involved in sports or the program. For these and other accomplishments, Waubonsee is proud to recognize the STAR Program as part of the college’s “Student Success: Institutional Stories” program.

When Nixa Del Real Robles decided she wanted to attend Waubonsee and run cross country, she said she had no idea how to go about sending her transcripts or gathering the necessary paperwork for transferring. She didn’t have to: Melissa Forte, STAR Counselor, contacted Nixa and helped her get everything done.

“The STAR program and cross country gave me motivation to keep going to school,” she said, explaining that without the program, she’d likely be working full time and only attending classes two days a week. “This has made Waubonsee enjoyable for me and I feel like I am part of the school, and not just another student.”

Today, 225 student-athletes in Waubonsee’s 13 offered sports take part in the program, the goals of which are to assist and support athletes in staying on track academically, maintaining their athletic eligibility and transferring to four-year institutions or entering their career of choice. For the 2014-2015 academic year, 86 percent of student-athletes at Waubonsee served by the STAR Program had a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.

These results come from a collaborative effort among the STAR staff of three part-time employees, and from the close professional relationships they have built with coaches to provide comprehensive mental health, academic and career counseling for student-athletes. That trio of services, as well as a study hall and tutoring requirement for athletes, makes the STAR program a one-stop shop for athletes who need specialized guidance in the areas of academics, career development and mental health.

“We are part of the recruiting process, so they are introduced to us before they even start on campus,” said Forte. She and STAR colleague Cindy Weber are experienced counselors whose skills are especially helpful in facilitating relationships between coaches and student-athletes. “Other schools have come here to see how we do this so they can try to set up something similar,” Forte said, adding that the counseling portion of Waubonsee’s program is unique. “What we can do takes the pressure off of our coaches from doing a job that they are not trained to do, and it is in the best interest of our athletes.”

Staff members said another intangible benefit of the STAR Program is that its study hall requirements build community among athletes in different sports.

“It’s a big reason why we see, for example, soccer players at volleyball matches,” Forte said. “They get to know each other and support each other in the classroom, on the field, everywhere. That helps retention because they are part of a bigger community of their peers.” 

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Waubonsee Asset Earth series continues with “The Many Aspects of Love”

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Waubonsee Community College faculty members will present “The Many Aspects of Love,” as part of the continuing Asset Earth series.

The event is free and open to the public, and will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11 at the Sugar Grove Campus Auditorium, Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive.

The presentation will be given by Waubonsee faculty members Dr. Nancy Christensen, Assistant Professor of Chemistry; Sowjanya Dharmasankar, Assistant Professor of Economics; Dr. Heather LaCost, Associate Professor of Psychology; and Dr. Sheela Vemu, Instructor of Biology.

Christensen said the program will cover the psychology, biology, chemistry and economics of love, exploring how love affects the many aspects of our lives.

Asset Earth is a series of presentations by scientific experts on current scientific thought and events. The topics and speakers are selected to present ideas and concepts about our planet in an entertaining manner. Registration for these events is not necessary. 

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Waubonsee Police Chief Recognized

Waubonsee Community College Campus Police Chief J.C. Paez was recently recognized as Member of the Year 2015 by the Northern Illinois Critical Incident Stress Management Team for exceptional service in support and operation.

The team is made up of trained volunteers from the mental health and emergency professions, and provides immediate comprehensive crisis response interventions and pre-incident stress management education for emergency services personnel involved in a traumatic incident.

Paez has served as the Education Coordinator since 2011 and has been an active volunteer member of the team since 2004. He has served as Waubonsee’s Campus Police Chief since 2014.

“I am extremely honored to have been recognized by my peers as the member of the year,” Paez said. “Serving on the team provides me with an opportunity to give back to the law enforcement profession and to attain my goal of leaving the profession better than when I came into it.” 

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Waubonsee Students Recognized on Fall 2015 President’s List

The President’s List at Waubonsee Community College celebrates excellence among students who attain a 4.0 grade-point average while enrolled in 6 or more semester credit hours. The President’s List honors the following students for the fall 2015 semester at the college:

From Ashton:

Christopher Jav

From Aukland:

Chris Chaney

From Aurora:

Elias Acevedo, Maria Aguilera Guerrero, Rebeca Aguirre, Jessica Alanis, Yovani Alcantar, Celia Almaraz, Aracely Ambriz, Cindy Anderson, Rosa Arriaga, Jessica Ascencio, Diego Avila, Erika Avila, Jennifer Avila, Victor Avila, Maryia Bahdanovich, Yvette Bailon-Bahena, Patricia Bajt, Arturo Ballines, Migdalia Ballona, Iriana Barajas, Valeria Barragan, Maria Barrios, Nicolas Barrios, Richard Barton, Bhagi Basnet, Payton Bauman, Hannah Becker, Jessica Bluhm, Veronica Bonilla, Carole Bovee, Alexis Bowe, Colleen Brown, Mark Burton, Cassandra Camis, Kathleen Candler, Juliana Casas, Edwin Castellanos, Dolores Ceja, Celia Celaya, Alyssa Cerda, Ninfa Chavez, Luis Chavez Perez, Brigette Chelchowski, Anjana Chuwan, Paige Clark, Darlene Compean, Guadalupe Constantino, Adilene Contreras, Kimberly Coronado, Elizabeth Coyt, Elijah Crawley, Melissa Cruz, Kenneth Daffron, Michael Dal Porto, Taryn Damolaris, Ryan Deloney, Martha Devereux-Poch, Isaura Diaz, Victoria DiMonte, Nathan Dobiliauskas, Leobardo Dominguez, Mariya Doneva, Dana Dreger, Christin Dumba, David Durando, Tiffany Duvall, Javier Echeverria, Robert Espinoza, David Estrada, Elizabeth Estrada Cervantes, Xiuzhen Fang, Yulisa Feliciano, Ryan Ferchaud, Erika Fonseca, Annabelle Foster, Ana Galgano, Andrea Garcia, Gilda Garcia, Matthew Garza, Chamberlyn Gaynor Christopher Geist, Bruce Geraghty, Michele Gibson, Edmund Gingrey, Joselyn Gonzalez, Lorena Gonzalez, Alexander Gossett, Jason Gray, Virginia Greer, Kelly Griffin, Lillian Gross, Karina Guerrero, Gabriel Guillen, Lynda Guillen, Joeseph Guritz, Dulce Gurrola, Dayssy Gutierrez, Giovanni Gutierrez, Carly Havemann, Aleshia Hawkins, Demi Heiss, Paula Helms, Ariana Hernandez, Joselene Hernandez, Miguel Hernandez, Yarelli Hernandez, Maria Hernandez-Zenteno, Hector Herrera, Conner Hildner, Nia Howard, Stephen Hoyle, Angel Huitron, Michael Humikowski, Maria Hurtado, Ginger Ingram, Hayder Jasim, Shontal Jefferson, Mikos Jimenez, Kimberly Johnson, Bria Jones, Tori Joray, Dadara Joseph, Lluvia Juarez, Shankar Khatri, Elizabeth King, Grace Koester, Nancy Koester, Norbert Koput, Andrey Kucherov, Joni Laury, Jillian Lehman, Julius LeSure, Eduardo Llamas, Karina Lopez, Yesenia Lopez, Esmeralda Lucero, Juan Maciel, Victor Madrid, Stephanie Manriquez, Jose Manzo-Contreras,Jonathan Marrero, Matthew Marruffo, Esmeralda Martinez, Kayla Martinez, Lorena Martinez, Derek Massad, Teronn Massey, Sande May, Hope Mccarty, Julita McCutcheon, Eleuteria Medrano, Samantha Mendenhall, Maria Mendez, Michelle Mendoza, Jessica Mikyska, Rene Miranda, Carolina Molina, Sofia Montanez, Francisco Moreno, Saragrace Morris, Michael Mueller, Alexi Muniz, Cindy Munoz, Alexandria Murcio, Chalisha Nash, Tomas Navarro, Shane Nicholson, Theophile Niyitegeka, Guadalupe Nocelo, Oskar Nogueda, Rosa Nunez, Amanda Oie, Alison Orebaugh, Berenice Ortega, Sylvia Ortiz, Chelsea Ozoa, Erica Padilla, Lauren Pangelinan, Craig Parker, Andrew Pauley, Eric Peterson, Francis Picicci, Erin Pike, Amanda Placek, Emily Poss, Patrick Purcell, Stephanie Quezada, Stephanie Ramirez, Carol Ramos, Jorge Ramos, Yvonne Ramos, Diego Rangel, Matthew Reichert, Jocelyn Rico, Claribel Rios, Citlaly Rivera, Anthony Rizzi, Jacob Roberts, Alexis Rodriguez, Crystal Rodriguez, Daniel Rodriguez, Norma Rodriguez, Ashley Rogers, Kathryn Roman, Natalie Rosales, Suzanne Rotrekl, James Rufer, Isabel Ruiz, Jonathan Salinas, Hugo Saltijeral, Alondra Sanchez, Vanessa Sanchez, Vicente Sanchez, TeeJay Sander, Karla Santillan, Clare Scheidler, Victoria Schieler, Randell Schmid, Christopher Settles, Jesse Seymour, Yolantha Siegfried, Alan Silva-Patino, William Sitton, Jeremy Skelly, Heather Slifka, Jeffery Smith, Annette Soto, Lizabeth Spencer, Ashly Stromberg, Sarah Tews, Ashley Thomas, Isabel Torres, Nancy Torres, Dominique Valadez, Lauro Valente, Melissa Vandermark, Sarai Vargas, Marisol Vega, Mario Velazquez, Michael Wagner, Michael Wall, Alec Ward, Michelle Ward, Darryl Watkins, Pamela Weaver, Sarah Webb, Hannah Wendt, Matthew Weyer, Michelle Whitney, Elizabeth Williams, John Williams, Matthew Woods, Samuel Wuthrich, Kyle Yamanaka, Timothy Young, Amanda Zamora, Erika Zamudio Nino.

From Bartlett:

Brent Munoz

From Batavia:

Taylor Ashby, Emily Barrett, Teresa Berger, Sarah Bristow, Joshua Broadhurst, Alyson Brown, Layla Brown, Olivia Bumbar, Emma Carrillo, Denise Cartina, Canaan Coffey, Wayne DeFelice, Thomas DeLine, Timothy Dickens, Ivana Doskocilova, Michael Fee, Sean Fennell, Julia Field, Emma Foelske, Matthew Forsyth, Elizabeth Gagnon, Rachel Gonzalez, Taylor Hartman, Sarah Henry, Allison Hess, Elise Holm, McKenna Imes, Felicia Jochum, Donald Jones, Lexi Jones, Natalie Keers, Lindsey Kirk, Mikkel Knutson, Austin Lewis, James Malach, Mackenzie Malley, Deborah Martin, Justin Martin, Ella Mason, Marie Monzel, Eileen Nelson, Samantha Neumann, Suadad Nyaeme, Jennifer Otto, Matthew Phillips, Sonja Popovich, Sandra Purcell, Amy Roate, Daniel Roesler, Kristen Romanelli, Nicholas Salvati, Lindsey Santora, Monique Saucedo, James Schlusemann, Christopher Schmidt, Jordan Schmidt, Alissa Scott,Adriana Serrate, Brett Summers, Shannon Sutton, Lukas Swartzmiller, Caroline Sweeney, Valerie Torp, James Tracy, Riley True, Branden Waldschmidt, Lindsay Wallace, Zachary Weiss, Sarah Wilde, Megan Wilson.

From Big Rock:

Djordje Kovacevic, Lauren Paver.

From Charlotte:

Jacinda Brooks

From Chicago:

Jeffrey Pabich, Joyce Uriostegui.

From Cicero:

Adan Rosales

From Clermont:

Emily Carr

From Coal City:

Cameron Cox

From Crest Hill:

Michelle Musial

From DeKalb:

Matthew Buehler, Elizabeth Huber, Bailey Lucius, Alexander McKay, Kathryn Pagendarm, Jennifer Skonie, Lindsay Vallance.

From Eagle:

Carrie Snyder

From Elburn:

Cari Anderson, Rachael Bentel, Michelle Bohanek, Antoinette Brown, Paul Christiansen, Brett Davidson, Jason DeWane, James Fell, Amy Fitzgerald, Heather Flannagan, Jane Garwood-Cutler, Emily Grams, Corinna Hartwig-Mullally, Tyler Hill, Brooke Howland, Anson Isaacs, Rachel Kowalski, John Lanningham, Elizabeth Lonigro, Kaley Martens, Sandra Morefield, Kayla Norell, Jacob Robitske, Kaylee Shoaff, Caleb Soto, Lilian Soto, Nicholas Steers, Michael Whildin, Emily Zahnle, Michelle Sakolari.

From Fort Riley:

Daniel Serra

From Geneva:

Colleen Bergeson, Hannah Bernas, Arianna Bolivar, Brett Bowman, Madeline Brown, Bryan Butz, Vanessa Dash, Alexander Decker, Brian DeLarche, Jacqueline Dempsey, Madeline Dunn, Mara Dunn, Michael Edwards, Brittany Foreman, Madalyn Germann, Jillian Gutierrez, Michael Hansen, Meredith Hanson, Jan Heimbuch, Shannon Hicks, Sierra Hobson, Carrie Holley, Ryan Hutchinson, Kevin Iwatsuki, Jamie Jacovides, Delaney Johnston, Colin Koepke, Brianna Kusnerz, Joseph Macaluso, Jackson Mackowski, Monica Martin, Noah Miller, Patricia Nagel, Kelsey Naumann, Ryan Osselborn, Richard Ouellette, Brandon Pangan, Kevin Pietka, Danielle Podgorski, Sarah Principe, Rebecca Reeve, Analise Regalado, Christian Reynolds, Allina Rosas, Alyce Salerno, Janet Schmidt, Colleen Serra, Mark Shultz, Alexandra Simko, Kyle Sixt, Hannah Smith, Bradley Snurka, Holly Stimac, Sabrina Szigeti, Adam Turnquist.

From Glen Ellyn:

Matthew Smith, Fayesha Ward.

From Harvard:

Rosa Rodriguez

From Hinckley:

Chloe Albright, Melissa Lewis, Kirsten Mueller, Patsy Nichols, Kyrsten Poplawski, Daniel Small, Conor Snedeker, Nicole Wegrzyn.

From Huntersville:

Angelique Oakley

From Huntley:

Saamia Majid

From Joliet:

David Bertolotti, Deborah Boedeker, Zachary Mikuska, Jessica Puckett.

From Kankakee:

Morgan O’Connor

From LaFox:

Brittany Maberry

From Lake Geneva:

Skye Ochsenschlager

From Leland:

Shelley Barshinger, Christina Fries, Alexis Landa.

From Maple Park:

Megan Christensen, Felix Fontanez, Kyle Kozlowski, Bryan Pinner, Nancy Pinner, Alexander Rose.

From Marengo:

Kelly Bekeris, Melanie Thomas.

From Marseilles:

Michelle Lafferty

From Mendota:

Elizabeth Inman

From Millbrook:

Jeremy Grant

From Montgomery:

Stephanie Abshear, Mariana Alyo, Britney Barnes, Thomas Beverley, Grace Boshell, Russell Brophy, Ana Buenrostro, Veronica Cernyar, Amanda Cisneros, John Cisneros, David Crumpton, Natalie Doud, Michael Dynowski, Brittany Garcia, Luis Garcia, Jennifer Garcia-Gamez, Jose Gonzalez, Mischka Grant, Staci Hart, Travis Hoffman, Paige Iacopelli, Fabian Ignacio, Khadija Khan, Kelly LaDew, Nicole Leach, Sarah Mahaney, Laura Martyniuk, Amber Michelson, Ashley Mueller, HollyBeth Mueller, Christian Ortiz, Aldara Pasillas, Bertha Pena, Rebecca Priegel, Edward Ramos, Juan Reyes-Mejia, Luis Rivera, Felicity Sansalone, Nadia Scott, Athanasios Stratikis, Sirean Taylor, Marissa Trevino, Nathanael Underwood, Brian Willett.

From Mooseheart:

Jennifer Carpenter

From Morris:

Twyla Staehling

From Naperville:

Daniel Burk, Paramita Chatterjee, Kathryn Holyoak, Samuel Kigyos, Qiao Meng, Yesenia Munoz, Hernice Smith.

From Newark:

Mikaela Moistre, Maria Betania Newkirk, Baron Slatton.

From North Aurora:

Maria Argyrou, Eric Bodwell, Sherlene Bolden, Meghan Campbell, Jose Cruz Jr, Terri Dalton, Erik Diekman, Michaela Gienger, Lionel Hernandez, Jennifer Ho, Bianka Hoyer, Dimitry Husen, Cory Jackson, Lori Kotlarz, Eric Lay, Nathan Leatherman, Kaitlyn Leung, Alicia Megchelsen, Rene Morales, Sarah Myles, Mirelys Ortega, Lucas Oswald, Zachary Peters, Nada Rajak, Krystian Reformado, Fiona Russell, Bettina Sailer, Alexandra Sanderfoot, Elizabeth Sayasane, Suzette Schneider, Serenity Schwaller, Matthew Thom, Jillian Thorud, Bridget Wirtz, Joshua Zwolski.

From Oak Forest:

Allison Greenberg, Dana Greenberg.

From Oswego:

Isabela Agudelo, Skyler Aikerson, Eric Alpine, Allison Alvarado, Juan Anguiano, Terence Atanga, Kenneth Beitzel, Adam Brestan, Luis Cano, Princess Coker, Cameron Cole, Casie Coleman, Adianis Contreras, Vianca Davis, Wesley DeGarmo, Robert Dunne, Anna Dutton, Brendan Egdorf, Rebecca Ericson, Morgan Franczyk, Matthew Frantik, Kimberly Gfellers, Marolyn Goaneh, Susan Gutkowski, Dane Hagen, Jacob Hill, Jessica Howard, Samantha Hung, Henry Jenkins, Jesse Johnson, Noah Kararo, Marta Kaufman Grosz, Robert Kay, Kelly Kennedy, Melissa Kenney, Kevin Kittoe, Daniel Klingbeil, Julie Langerveld, Rachelle Latham, Taylor Lay, Stephanie Lester, Kevin Lewis, Kyle Lewis, Guadalupe Lopez, Kristian Madsen, Liliana Magana, Norma Mankowski, Andrea McCarther, Grace McLennan, Melissa Mendoza, Annmarie Meza, Brittany Miller, Anna Mirkes, William Montanez Jr, Maria Mora Marquez, Haley Moriarty, Andrew Niedorowski, Nathan Palfalvi, Margaret Parello, Donte Parker, Joseph Pearson, Cole Perkins, Camilo Ponce, Chase Prestage, Lori Primbas, Yanru Pu, Adele Quintanilla, Alexea Resner, Rebecca Richardson, David Rivera, Kameron Rockwell, Christian Rodriguez, Carol Rudnick Goldblatt, Matthew Schaschwary, Scott Seimer, Eric Sharp, Padmini Shiv Prasad, Lauren Shreffler, Amy Smith, Lori Sparkman, James Stample, Katelyn Stout, Ashley Svehla, Andrew Swanson, Mari Van Dyke, Jacob Vosecek, Dale Wagner, Rose Ann Whiteside, John Wise, Jordan Wright, Jennifer Zamora, Emily Zgobica, Sarah Zinzer.

From Ottawa:

Kirsten Duke

From Park Forest:

Ezinne Eddie-Brown

From Paw Paw:

Nicholas Ekstrom

From Peoria:

Kyle Mulcahy

From Plainfield:

Gina Carlson, Kevin Espinoza, Daniel Osman, Carol Pena, Victoria Sandora, Kasey Strejc.

From Plano:

Jose Aguilar, Amber Alvarez, Lizette Baltierrez, Robert Bent, Pamela Black, Erica Cimaglia, Sarah Cowan, Eleazar Del Rivero, Lara Escamilla Schultz, Garrett Fischer, Joel Gonzalez, Vesselin Gramatikov, Kurt Griffing, Matthew Grogan, Ashley Harmon, Mark Hofmann, Lois Hoppe, Serena Jefferson, Angela Juarez, Derek King, Antoinette Korallus, Sarah Lange, Scott Lange, James Makuro, Ashley May, Rachelle Mckie, Karla Medina, John Mish III, Amanda Musialek, Loren Mustard, Christina Ortega, Joshua Page, Hope Petry, Brenda Pomorin, Marlynda Powlishta, Pablo Rizo, Lauri Roberts, Rianna Rodriguez, Lauren Schofield, Mariesa Shapiama, Kyle Sollinger, Tamara Turner, Michelle Wells.

From Round Lake:

Lindsey Rosenthal

From St. Charles:

Isabella Duarte, Emily Honeyman, Lindsay Carr, Cynthia Dunlap, Fabian Lara, Blakely Thomas. From Sandwich: Elizabeth Aguilar, Branden Cech, Jialing Chen, Jacob Colgan, Daniel Cortez, Nicholas Donka, Kelsey Ford, Travis Fordon, Allison Heiser, Hannah Holcomb, Kevin Ikemire, Gwen Isola, Nicole Jerabek, Jodi Jilbert, Caitlyn Kaltenecker, Jessica Law, Tessa Mezger, Christine Michaud, Emily Mulhall, Ronald Nelson, Nicole Peshia, Katelyn Phillips, Stephen Pinkous, Kayla Race, Willy Ramirez, Noelle Roy, Kristen Sanchez, Stephanie Shields, Kerri Smith, Patricia Troyer, Jared Vegrzyn, Jaclyn Zielke.

From Sheridan:

Ashley Bobrowsky, Cassidie Schupp.

From Somonauk:

Shelby Ahlborg, Jeremiah Anthenat, Andrea Buell, Noelia Christiansen, Amy Freeman, Hannah Herzog, Ashlie Jandt, William Lemke Jr, Herbert Morton, Haley Paull, Jonah Roach, Jack Stocker, Chayce Stoddard, Lindsey Young.

From South Elgin:

Christopher Melin

From South Holland:

Elliot Lee

From Sugar Grove:

Connor Anderson, Justine Anderson, Ryan Barr, Justin Berdell, Andrea Bieritz, Christine Crews, Nicole DeLarm, Angelica Delgado, Nathaniel d'Escoto, Eric Dillon, Dylan Draper, Katherine Draper, Brendan Dunphy, Sean Dunphy, Elise Fichtel, Kristina Frohlich, Kristin Gabrielson, Elizabeth Harrison, Allison Johnson, Samuel Keilty, Elizabeth Krave, Mandy Marsh, Eric McLaren, Hopeanne Montalbano, Michael Perillo, Athanasios Pesmajoglou, Erik Pettyjohn, Mary Piazza, Sabrina Pilkington, Fernando Ramirez, Shannon Ransford, Kyle Romas, Dutch Schneeman, Anna Senese, Rachel Sorenson, Brianne Strobel, Madeline Trnka, Ethan Wahl, Brin Wilk.

From Sycamore:

Maria Vazquez

From Union:

Kody Burno

From Walworth:

Kelli Schulz

From Warrenville:

Megan Andersen

From Waterman:

Shane DeFalco, Nancy Ibarra, Taylor Johnson, Tasha Mapes.

From Wheaton:

Nicole Partipilo, David Talbot.

From Wood Dale:

Daniela Venegas

From Yorkville:

Nikole Adamczyk, Zachary Aloisio, Michael Anderson, Matthew Balling, Antonio Bautista Mendez, Robert Blahut, Bradley Brown, Brent Burgess, Clint Corrigan, Kenna Crawford, Emily Darrow, Hannah DeWar, Kathryn DiGiovanna, Nancy Dobbin, Dawn Downey, Summer Ferrario, Marjorie Fitzgerald, Holly Frankino, Ashley Getchman, Tarah Gilich, Sydnee Gillispie, Amelia Godinez, Nathan Gonzalez, Rommel Gonzalez, Daniel Graunke, Jeremy Grubar, Jason Gruben, Kyle Hammond, James Hart, Kesha Henderson, Michael Holmberg, Natalie Hrcek, Blake Huseman, Shea Hymers, Rori Insco, Danielle Iorfida, Steve Jackson, Tereza Janouskova, Matthew Johnson, Drew Kleyweg, Haley Koziol, Kaylee Kross, Kristopher Lackey, Margaret Latimer, Jun Li, Alicia Lingane, Meghan Loftus, Andrew Lunn, Cacey Maciejewski, Brice Mack, Rachel Mathre, Kendall McDermott, Laura Messmore, Joseph Muro, Alison Murphy, Brian Murray, Jorge Ochoa, Rachel Plasch, Maciel Porrao, Jaden Richardson, Rachel Rodriguez, Melanie Roth, Kati Sibenaller, Rebecca Strykowski, David Tardio, Treasure Tatum, Lucian Theriault, Talina Thornton, Edric Yu, Abigail Zedwick.

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Waubonsee Recognizes Fall 2015 Dean’s List

The Dean’s List at Waubonsee Community College celebrates excellence among students who attain a minimum 3.5 grade point average out of a possible 4.0 while enrolled in at least 6 semester credit hours. The Dean’s List honors the following students for the fall 2015 semester at the college:

From Aurora:

Joaquin Acosta, Courtney Ahuja, Alicia Alanis, Alejandra Alcala, Jori Allen,David Alvarado, Alexis Aragon, Jesse Arredondo, Daniela Arriaga, Margaret Asong, Perla Avitia, Jennifer Avitt, Jared Bailey, Jeremy Bailey, Nicole Baker, Alexcis Ballesteros, Paola Ballines, Sandra Baltazar, Audrey Barbee, Elliot Barbel, Kenny Barnes, Lisset Barrios, Joseph Barsanti, Aron Bartoszek, Bhakta Basnet, Chandra Basnet, Jennifer Beltran, Michael Bermes, Kermith Bilbao, Matthew Bily, Alexis Blackmon, Andrea Bohateret, Jacqueline Bolivar, David Booth, Erik Bravo, Maria Briones, Riley Burgin, Edgar Caballero, Anjela Cabanlong, Andres Cabrales, Yesica Caltzontzin, Diana Campos, Maira Campos, Michael Campos, Gonzalo Campos Jr, Amy Capp, Jacqueline Cardona, Jacqueline Carrasco, Kyle Cartwright, Felix Castellanos, Evelyn Chavarria, Andy Chavez, Claudia Chavez, Jacqueline Chavez, Stephanie Chavez, Tiffany Chavez, Luz Cheeks, Crystal Chiquito, Javier Chiu, Jeffrey Christoffel, Robert Ciavarella, Leslie Cisneros, Jacob Coleman, Taylor Concha, Alma Contreras, Ana Contreras, Isabel Contreras, Jose Coronel, Crystal Corral, Andrea Correa, Angelica Cortes, Carlos Cortes-Gonzales, Lisa Cross, Alexsia Cruz, Celina Cuellar-Reyes, Kelsie Dalton, Zoe Dalton-Colley, My'Landra Davis, Joselito Del Cid Gonzalez, Nixa Del Real Robles, Alexis Del Toro, Mollie Dempsey, Duane Diller, Michael Dominique, Andres Duarte, Alexander Dunn, Jacob Dunn, Nathaniel Earsery, Justin Egofske, Mark Ekladious, Ashley Emery, Matthew Ervin, Janene Eskridge, Jorge Espinosa, Celina Espinoza, Cindy Favela, Elena Ferancy, Brandon Fitzgerald, Joshua Fliday, Jonathan Flores, Erik Fonseca, Jessica Foust, Diego Franco, Rachel Fuentes, Brittany Gabriel, Angelica Garcia, Enrique Garcia, Jocelyne Garcia, Tiffany Garcia, Anthony Garza, Amanda Gerstmayr, Talissa Gibson, Felipe Godinez, Edgar Gonzalez, Jessica Gonzalez, Jesael Gonzalez-Carapia, Julia Graham, Amy Grande, Payton Griffin, Abriana Guazzelli, Dora Guerrero, Sanjit Gurung, Christopher Hall, Darren Hall JR, Sade Hamilton, Hernando Hampton, Samantha Harrison, Tamara Harrod, Lauren Havemann, Laura Heipp, Alyssa Henderson, Lizbeth Heredia, Andres Hernandez, Mary Hernandez, Perla Hernandez, Tabitha Hernandez, Kayla Hickernell, Marguerite Hillock, John Holt V, Hannah Hook, Erika Ibarra, Karina Ibarra, Michelle Jaramillo, Shayna Johnson, Kevin Jones, Mallory Jones, Henry Kadlec, Kassidy Kaiser, Alison Kalita, Theodore Karlovich, Melissa Kelly, Mitchell Knoth, Jeramie Konduri, Amber Konen, Amy Krefft, Nicholas Krueger, Zackary Langford, Erin Larsen, Samuel Larson, Thomas Lawson, Peggy Leifheit, Oscar Leon, Ileana Leyva, Peter Linden, Courtney Loews, Jacqueline Lopez, Jaime Lopez, Jenny Lopez, Melissa Lopez, Patricia Lowe, Linsey Luangrath, Anita Lucatero, Monisha Lungali, Timothy Lyons, Guadalupe Magana, Stan Malikov, Matthew Maltese, Nicole Marshall, Jesse Martinez, Kimberly Mascote, Juan Mata, Katarzyna Mateffy, Jeremiah McCue, Mark McDonough, Fabian Mendoza, Sheryl Meyers, Kristy Miller, Rocio Miranda, Cynthia Montanez, Brandon Montellano, Audrey Moore, Jessica Moore, Kevalyn Moore, Sophie Mora, Miranda Mueller, Kristin Mulligan, Roberto Munoz, Edward Murphy, Yash Nadkarni, Klay Nafziger, Fernando Navarro, Jean-Marie Nazareth, Hugo Nunez Jr, Samuella Oberg, Laura O'Brien, Alexander Ochoa, Danielle Odo, Cecilia Olguin, Henry Olivas, Jessica Ontiveros, Bridgette Ortlieb, Disha Patel, Roxanna Patino, Alexa Pena, Travaren Peoples, Adriana Perez, Joseph Perez, Wendy Perez, Kyra Petit, Kristen Phillips, Yosemite Pinedo, Loka Poudel, Stephanie Prado, Juana Prieto, Requia Proctor, Marie Prokuski, Steven Pruitt, Gabriella Pruneda, Dorothy Pryor, Esmeralda Quintero, Kathia Ramirez, Sarah Ramirez, Yvonne Ramirez, Andre Ramos, Carla Ramos, Vivian Ramos, Jannessa Ramos-Galvez, Amy Rapinac, Samra Raza, Joshalyn Reese, Christopher Retacco, Edgar Reyes, Mario Reyes,Ixya Rios, Robert Ritter, Lorena Rivera, Manuel Rivera, Guadalupe Rocha, Diana Rodriguez, Luis Rodriguez, Nubia Rodriguez, Omar Rojas Martinez, Marco Romero, Virginia Romero, Matthew Rosario, Adilene Ruiz, Freddy Ruiz, Mark Ruiz, Vanessa Ruiz, Isai Ruiz Cortes, Isabel Saltijeral, Karla Sanchez, Saul Sanchez, Eduardo Sauceda, Morgan Scott, Shatyanna Seabrooks, Francisco Segundo, Christine Sindelar, Elizabeth Skaggs, Tyler Smith, Jacqueline Sosa, Akshaya Sridharan, Josephine Starke, Larry Stuebinger, Elizabeth Swift, Hanh Ta, Jose Tavizon, Jeremiah Taylor, Michelle Tigges, Vicente Torres, Mildreth Torres Calderon, Mokena Trigueros, Beatriz Uribes, Christian Urrea, Michael Valadez, Stephanie Valencia, Monica Valentin, Maricruz Valtierra, Erik Vann, Holly VanScoit, Alexander Vargas, Erick Velazquez, Mayely Villagran, Carlos Villarreal, Kyle Walden, James Walker, Kathryn Walker, Christina Waller, Tahorra Watson, Dennis Weaver, Alana Westlund, Samantha Whisenant, Patricia White, Lauren Wiesbrook, Ashley Wilkison, Brianna Willingham, Ayanna Willis, Justin Wilson, Katherine Wolfe, Julia Wright.

From Batavia:

Adelaide Adams, Aaron Armstrong, Jacqueline Bellandi, Jon Beltrano, Alyson Benitez, Teresa Braden, Scott Brasel, Colton Christianson, Jennifer Christopherson, Jacob Clarke, Ethan Compton, Liam Conroy, Hannah Cvek, Theresa Daunheimer, Austen Davis, Adam Ryan Deisz, Tyler Dieter, Anthony Dohr, Evan Ellmann, Nina Ellmann, Maria Escamilla, Kyle Fitzgerald, Natosha Ginter, Asucena Gonzalez, Madison Goodwin, Samantha Guralnick, Bryanna Hanson, Irena Hix, Josie Holly, Michael Hudetz, Cassandra Hunt, Blake Johnson, Joseph Jorgensen, Irina Khodkov, Pavel Klopov, Kayleigh Kosatka, Emma Kuszynski, Emily Lanahan, Kimberly Liang, Christine Lynam, David Madrigal, Pamela Madrigal, Maggie Marshall, Colette Martin, Liam McClelland, Ryan Minniti, Ethan Mukand, Stuart Neave, Melissa Neumaier, Nicholas Pinette, Sergio Rangel, MacKenzie Rea, Sydney Redfield, Taylor Rodriguez, Catherine Schneider, David Sharp, Ryan Simpson, Elva Slepicka, Abigail Smith, Gregory Steging, Kayla Swanson, Abigail Sylvester, Tyler Tamplin, Stephanie Thome, Stephanie Tracy, Taylor Tumminaro, Christopher Unruh, Angel Vizcarra, Jessica Wade, Brittany Wahlen, Samantha Wickham, Susanne Williams, Andrew Willit, Jeff Wilson.

From Big Rock:

Andrew Baumez, Harold Halstead, Dirk Schoger.

From Bristol:

Jonathan Schmitz

From Canton:

Zachary Foreman

From Carol Stream:

Shefali Majithia

From Chicago:

Stephanie Olson

From Cortland:

Kathryn Downing, Brendan Fank.

From DeKalb:

Stephanie Buehler, Rachel Faivre, Samantha Rivera, Kara Wong.

From Elburn:

Calvin Baez, Anna Bateman, Rachel Benson, Emma Bradford, Kenneth Dybas, Walter Geisler, Denise Gombar, Natalia Guzman, Channing Haacker, Daniel Hammermeister, Brian Janis, Peter Jefferson, Gregory Johnson, Justin Leeseberg, Elizabeth Leonhard, Alexander Norman, Luke Olson, Amy Peters, John Pruett, Hannah Raver, Ashleigh Robertson, Zachary Selmer, Kayla Stasell, Mary Szatkowski, Philomena Taglia, Katelyn Treinen, John Venneri, Rilee Vest, Kali Wald, Lucas Welz.

From Elgin:

Christopher Elliot, Elyse Montgomery.

From Elk Grove Village:

Michelle Orlow

From Geneva:

Mark Bishop, Benjamin Borowiak, Jacob Boser, Vitonio Brandonisio, Dominique Brognia, Jack Buchanan, David Burchard, Regina Carballo, Dominic DeLuca Sr, Jeanette DiPasquantonio, Paul Douds, Elle Durovey, Brandon Elizondo, Karen Elliott, Ranita Espinosa, Elizabeth Evans, Nicholas Ferris, Scott Francis, Victoria Gender, Christopher Goodale, Linette Guerrero, Heather Hanson, Alexander Hass, Grant Henderson, Brent Hornig, Emma Jankowski, Alyssa Johnson, Ashley Keisling, Alex King, Alex Kwakye, Matthew Leban, Alison Lynch, Joseph McCall, Camila Mercado, Jesse Miller, Andrew Modjeski, Ryan Moyer, Kyle Munsayac, Mary Nutley, Bret Reed, Maggie Roche, Victor Roza, Carla Salak, Elizabeth Schuman, Alexander Serluco, Shawna Serrato, Kimberly Shew, Elexess Silvestri, Brandon Smid, Megan Solner, Jacob Urben, Jacob Volk, Michael Wagner, Mariah Walker, Andrew Wise, Jeffrey Woods. From Hennepin: Jennifer Sylvester

From Hinckley:

Caitlyn Fecht, Christian Mueller, Peggy Nix, Lindsay Pierce, Jacob Ryan, McRaye Scheller, Alexandra Seierstad, Hunter Seierstad, Ryan Vukmir.

From Homer Glen:

Christina Koranda

From Kaneville:

Kelsee Koehring

From LaFox:

Sheila Gut

From Lee:

Shannon Rissman

From Leland:

Elizabeth Cartwright, Bethany Gunderson, Jasmine Martinez, Kelly Roth, Alyssa Toma.

From Lisle:

Christopher McKeever, Laura Phousongphouang.

From Lombard:

Jacinta Staples

From Maple Park:

Cody Bowgren, Jessica Gallucci, Kaltrina Ismaili, Allison Miller, Shannon O'Shea, Adam Poczekaj, Shannon Quigley, Lindsay Sensor.

From Millington:

Christopher Welchko

From Minooka:

Teresa Dominick

From Montgomery:

Brandon Abshear, Ezekiel Alberty, Chantelle Allen, Heather Basile, Rebecca Bonzo, Lauren Boshell, Sean Burns, Salvador Castaneda, Joseph Castillo, Alonso Chavez, Robert Diaz, Caitlyn Dotson, Howard Dunbar, Jason Eggert, Adrian Escobar, Abigail Etheridge, Alvin Gonzalez, Sonia Haase, Emmanuel Hernandez, William Hill, Kaitlin Houghtby, Jarod Howe, Adriana Ikonomi, Diana Iracheta, Shawana Jernigan, Alyssa Jones, Brandon Kigyos, Joseph Kovack, Selena Kweder, Michael Lang, Jacob Lashure, Rachel Loy, Daniel Madrigal, Jaime Mariscal, Jaclyn Martin, Isabelle Martinez, Danika McGee, Michael Melcher, Meghen Nance, Victoria Noceda, Iliana Ochoa, Adam Panasewicz, Fernando Patino, Isabela Rose Pelikan, Ivan Santos, Nadia Saracco, Felicia Schag, Cidney Smith, Daniel St. Clair, Ashley Tamayo, Lia Thompson-Ortiz, Brittany Verstat, Ellen Willard, Nina Williams.

From Myrtle Beach, South Carolina:

Colin Adkins

From Naperville:

Hakima Aboufariss, Leigh Condon, Kimberly Cotter, Jessica Czudak, Daniel Dispensa, James Gross, Padmaja Gummuluri.

From Newark:

Brandon Allison, JoAnn Bright, David Hillard, Maxine Strukel.

From North Aurora:

Yasmin Abdelmawla, Natalie Bartos, William Bartos, Lucas Bennett, Erin Bolton, Margaret Buck, Brandon Burke, Brian Chennell, John Connelly, Josie DePinto, Jessie Duran, Colin Eggers, Samia Elgindy, Shannon Fixmer, Austyn Gerzevske, Eric Greenfield, Marissa Guzman, Daniella Hernandez, Sarah Hinckley, Joshua Hochsprung, Alissa Johnsen, Audrianna Johnson, Jean-Claude Kananura, Colton Karas, Vincent Koenig, Nicholas Kuntzi, Lauren Lanahan, Dogbovi Lawson, Cynthia Lopez, Daniel Ortiz, Adriana Perez, Estephan Perez, Nancy Renteria, Natalie Reyes, Natalia Richter, Michelle Sleezer, Jennifer Starai, Sarah Stengle, Oksana Streltsova, Abby Tyioran, Colleen Tyioran, Karl Viksne, Rachel Waltermire, Christopher Wampnar.

From Oswego:

Thomas Abner, Timothy Abner, Alyssa Allen, Garrett Anderson, James Arnold, Sara Berkland, Miranda Bevilacqua, Brianna Beyer, Paloma Bollinger, Helen Borjon, Michael Brennan, Eden Bunna, Christopher Camargo, Caroline Casillas, Nicole Charielle, Dana Christie, Kaitlyn Christie, Kayla Codina, Donald Curtis, Constantine Dassis, Paige Dean, Angelica DeLaCruz, Anna Dobrzelecka, Kathryn Dralle, Ariadne Egan, Angela Ferguson, Madison Foley, Leanne Gammill, Alexis Gee, Myranda Gibson, Amanda Gilbert, Juan Giraldo, Dominick Glatz, Jonathan Gregoire, Danielle Guddendorf, David Guevara, Dominic Hernaez, Karalyn Horn, Tom Horne, Matthew Hossfeld, Ryan Jackson, Kristin Jenkins, Elise Johnson, Stephanie Kearbey, Ashleigh Kerkman, Kelsie Kerkman, John Kipfer, Savannah Koziol, Madeleine Kreiss, Anthony Kresl, Hillary Kuehl, Allexandria Kunkel, Dawn Kusnierz, Louis Lackey, Jennifer LaPointe, Michaelle Lavaud, Bradley Lemar, Taylor Leonhardt, Gianna Liberatore, Joselim Lopez Arriaga, Colton Mang, Claudia Mauricio, Jessica Mendez, Hannah Milner, Roshini Mudunuru, Monica Navarro, Jen-neal Needs, Evan Nielsen, Kyle Offerman, Christina Origel, Lindsay Paulinski, Kelly Payer, Kyle Perkins, Cyndee Pietrus, Jacob Pike, Stephanie Pike, Matthew Pisha, N'Crai Pittman, Sharon Plocki, Kaitlin Podgorski, Casey Quarnstrom, Paola Ramos, Alexandria Rinehart, Thelma Rodriguez, Gabriela Ruiz, Britnee Saelens, Michael Salamone, Abigail Schout, Ryan Sharp, Michaela Smith, Ryan Stallmann, Jessica Stookey, Madison Tatum, Brandon Thezan, Kelvin Thomas, Zachary Valencik, Desiree Vales, Ralitsa Valkanova, Rafael Velazquez, Alexis Villalobos, Alexandra Wagner, Abigail Wolski, Eric Woodham, Brendan Wright, Curtis Wurster, Brian McIntyre, Amy Scorby.

From Paw Paw:

Julia Penman

From Plainfield:

Michael Guerrero, Kelli Hooser, Maya Khudyk, Jared Litkenhus, Marissa Mionskowski, Kelly Schwab, Alexander Stich.

From Plano: Oluwadamilola Adekoya, Rubenn Bautista, Abigail Berg, Abbi Branson, RachelChandler, Nicole Colon, Cassie Dodd, ReneeLynn Dorado, Guadalupe Fajardo, Nicole Fidis, Sara Fields, Karen Guzman Perez, Jewel Hupe, Monica Jaso-Torres, Justin Jensen, Vanessa Leal, Joseph Lemire, Andres Lerma, Jeremy Littlejohn, Jose Loeza, Libby Love, Nathalie Martinez, Morgan McLaughlin, Vanessa Melendez, Jesus Moreno, Melissa-Helene Moreno, Anthony Muellner, Mark Nixon, Jorge Nunez, Rilando Nunez, Gabriel Quiles, Mini Raja, Valerie Russell, Alexander Strobert, Marc Thornton, Andrea Troub, David Trudeau, Jessica Trudeau, Clint Updike, Hannah Whitmer, Justin Whitmer, Colten Wiley, Christopher Wilson.

From Rock Island:

Ashim Shrestha

From Rockford:

Tamika Armstrong

From St Charles:

Robyn Peot, Elizabeth Thompson, James Burgess, Kaitlyn Johnsen, Matthew Mason, Clare Rickel.

From Sandwich:

Emily Adkins, Manuel Alfaro, Brice Bialas, Elyse Bott, Sean Coakley, Elizabeth Curtis, Jennifer Decker, Madison Devlin, Dominick Eliopoulos, David Gustafson, Kyle Hannenberg, Charles Hartman, Keegan Hays, Savannah Hiltz, Clayton Hougham, Monique Italia, Rachel Kaltenecker, Ashley Kartheiser, Robert Keller, Bradley Kipper, Valorie Lockwood, Jacob Logsdon, Jonathan Martin, Lon McCaslin, Peter Medlin, Thomas Moulding, Taylor Ordonez, Haley Ostreko, Kendra Robinson, Sydney Smith, Matthew Sternberg, Cole Thompson, Joseph Tuburan, Rene Valdez, Andrew Webb, Christopher Zagielski.

From Shabbona:

Drew Diehl, Bailey Martenson.

From Sheridan:

Ashley Fischbach, Jacob Goldsboro, Mallory Vance. From Somonauk: Drita Ademi, Sarah Beal, Hannah Benoit, Andrew Coe, Mariana Hall, Brooke Kowalczyk, Reise Morphey, Luisa Nunez, Ariel Schindlbeck, Lyndsi Wellner, Vanessa Wish, Kelly Zielezinski.

From South Elgin:

Nicholas Kisereu, Stanley Lambert, Sarah McCarthy.

From Sugar Grove:

Jason Allen, Michelle Anderson, Christian Andrzejewski, Mary Kate Bakala, Erin Bartolone, Alexandra Carney, Christine Cesario, Lesly Chavez, Jacob Childress, Alaina Cribaro, Joseph Dervishoski, Jesse Garner, Brittany Grider, Korina Hansen, Michael Hauge, Michael Howard, Jason Hughes, Christian Juraska, Tyler Keenum, Ryan Kolk, Lois Kral, Jacquelyn Lindstrand, Briana Lippens, Anna Lopatin, Andre Maisonet, Brianna McElroy, Donald Mclennan, Mikaela Messick, Kristyna Perillo, Ariel Randle-Ochoa, Benjamin Rogers, Jakob Sanders, Bizeyda Shephard, Zachary Stanczyk, Curtis Thorson, Christa Trumph, Ripley Vonhoff, Mason Weber, Audrey Whybrew, John Wolf.

From Sycamore:

Nicole Garza

From Virgil:

Marisa Peters

From Warrenville:

Ashley Buoy

From Waterman:

Caleb Flex, Denise Horn, Alexis VanWyhe.

From Wheaton:

Michele Keith

From Woodstock:

Ruben Rico From Yorkville: Dylan Andersen, Jorge Arciniega, Briana Barnes, Ryan Bateman, Tairen Becker, Martina Bell, Patrycja Bidzinski, Sarah Boss, Ashley Bowling, Matthew Buesing, Nicolas Catuncan, Kristi Cole, Jacob Cook, Brenda Corrigan, Matthew Dabbs, Lisa Fauber, Emily Garbelman, Brock Gawne, Obed Gonzales, Dustin Gorges, Andrew Haugen, Amanda Hellmann, Christian Hidalgo, Cheryl Hollmier, Erika Howell, Suzanne Jaber, Tabitha Jardine, Brian Johnson, Colton Jundt, Paulina Kot, Erin Kramer, Ashley Legler, Taylor Lincoln, Jane Lucas, Thomas Martino, Sarah Merkel, Brianna Morris, Dana Musko, Brianna O'Doherty, Tabitha O'Malley, Joshua O'Neill, Ashley Pickett, Michael Pitstick, Gabriel Polhill, Rikiyah Pryor, Falastine Reese, Christinah Reynolds, Angelica Rocha, Steven Roddan, Brett Ruiz, Tahanee Rule, Nancy Simon, Peter Staunton, Ryan Suwanski, Carly Teeling, Nicholas Terrell, Courtney Thomas, Michelle Thurston, Byron Van Leeve, Broderick Vester, Jacob Walter, Gabrielle Witcpalek, Jeremy Zielie, Joseph Zubek. 

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Waubonsee Board of Trustees Release Updated Meeting Calendar

Waubonsee Community College recently updated their Board of Trustees meeting calendar.

All meetings begin at 5:30 p.m. and are held in the Dickson Center Community Board Room 220A at the Sugar Grove Campus, Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive, Sugar Grove, unless otherwise noted. The schedule for the rest of the fiscal year is as follows:

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - Special Board Meeting, 8:00 a.m.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Waubonsee VITA Program Offers Free Tax Help

Volunteers with Waubonsee Community College’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program will offer free tax help again this season in downtown Aurora.

Beginning Jan. 23, a team of volunteers associated with Waubonsee will again partner with the Center for Economic Progress to sponsor the free income tax return preparation assistance sessions for eligible members of the community. The sessions will take place from Jan. 23 - April 16 on Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Waubonsee's downtown Aurora Campus, 18 S. River Street.

The site will be closed during spring break on March 16, and March 19.

At these sessions, volunteers from Waubonsee and the Center for Economic Progress will help prepare and electronically file income tax returns, including those requiring the 1040 Schedule C used by small businesses and the self-employed.

Those eligible for the program include families with annual incomes of $50,000 or less, and individuals with annual incomes less than $25,000. Those seeking tax return preparation assistance at the VITA sessions should bring a copy of last year's tax return, if they have one; Forms W-2 and 1099 from all employment in 2015; Social Security cards for all family members; bank account and routing number to direct deposit the refund; property tax bill; amount spent on college expenses; proof of health insurance coverage; and a photo ID.

The free income tax return preparation is done on a first-come, first-served basis, and the site closes when capacity is reached. Organizers advise that for shorter wait times, plan to visit in March. Clients should allow for about two hours or more for tax preparation.

The program was launched locally in 2005 by Waubonsee accounting faculty members. Since then, the work of 551 volunteers over 11 years has resulted in more than $13 million returned to the community, and the program has served 7,267 clients who have filed a total of 13,570 federal and state returns.

“Our volunteers not only support district residents, but do so in a way that strengthens goodwill throughout the community,” said Ne’Keisha Stepney, Assistant Dean for Business and Career Technologies.

Last season, the program served nearly 1,030 low-to moderate-income families and individuals, bringing $2 million in income tax refunds back to the local economy.  

For more information, contact Waubonsee Community College at (630) 466-7900, ext. 2992, email, or visit the Center for Economic Progress website at

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Waubonsee Purchases Student Art

Waubonsee Community College recently continued its tradition of purchasing student art work to display permanently throughout the college’s four campuses.

Since the fall of 2006, Waubonsee has actively collected student art, which is displayed throughout all campuses. The Art Purchase Committee, compromised of full-time art faculty, selects which art pieces to purchase.

For the fall 2015 semester, the following student pieces were purchased by Waubonsee:

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Waubonsee Events Will Preview Career and Technical Programs

For those wanting to learn about and pursue a new career path, Waubonsee Community College hosts its Career and Technical Education (CTE) Essentials sessions.

These sessions run from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays throughout the year and feature facility tours, faculty talks, and information focused on program admission requirements and career prospects.  

Sessions scheduled for Feb. 2 will focus on construction management and nursing, while sessions on Feb. 16 will feature emergency medical technician/fire science or real estate.

To learn more and to RSVP, visit 

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Waubonsee Seeking Volunteer Tutors to Support Adult Literacy

The Adult Literacy Project at Waubonsee Community College is seeking volunteers to tutor adult students in reading, writing and speaking English.

The Adult Literacy Project will offer a tutor training on Saturday, January 23, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Waubonsee’s Aurora Campus, 18 S. River Street. Additional online, self-paced readings are also required. All training and materials will be provided at no charge.

Participants must register for the training by January 18, 2016.

Volunteers tutor once a week for 1½ hours. Morning, afternoon and evening opportunities are available.

Tutor applications are available online at and also can be obtained by calling (630) 801-7900, ext. 4221. 

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