News & Events

Waubonsee Student-Athletes, Teams Recognized for Classroom Achievements

Twenty-three Waubonsee student-athletes and five Chiefs teams were recently recognized by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) for their excellence in the classroom for the 2015-2016 academic year.

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Waubonsee Appoints Jessica Menez as Assistant Dean

Waubonsee Community College has appointed Jessica Menez as the college’s new Assistant Dean for Developmental Education and College Readiness.

Waubonsee Coach accepted into USA Volleyball Training Program

Kish to work with USA Volleyball's High Performance Program
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Oswego Fire Protection District Named Waubonsee Distinguished Contributor

Waubonsee Community College has honored the Oswego Fire Protection District as their 2016 Distinguished Contributor.
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Puamuh T. Ghogomu II Named Distinguished Alumnus

Waubonsee Community College has named Puamuh T. Ghogomu II its 2016 Distinguished Alumnus. Ghogomu, of Evanston, is currently Senior Counsel in the Employment Law department at Walgreens.

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Danielle DuCharme Named Waubonsee Outstanding Faculty Member

After only a few seconds inside of Danielle DuCharme’s office on the first floor of the Science Building, it’s easy to see why the Associate Professor of Biology was selected as the Waubonsee Community College 2016 Outstanding Faculty Member.

Extended Hours for Services, Aug. 18-20

To help you get ready for the fall semester start on Aug. 22, student services offices at the Sugar Grove and Aurora Downtown Campuses will be open extended hours this week and weekend. Admissions, Assessment, Counseling, Financial Aid, Registration and Payment will be open:

  • Thursday, Aug. 18 • 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Aug. 19 • 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Aug. 20 • 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    (Assessment 8 a.m. - Noon)

Waubonsee Baseball Open Tryout

Chiefs' Baseball Open Tryouts begin August 22nd
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Dunham Fund Quick Path Scholars Introduced

John Dunham believed in the power of education to change people’s lives, and this week, Ryan Maley, Chairman of the Aurora-based Dunham Fund, met a group of Waubonsee Community College students whose lives are about to change due to that enduring belief and legacy.
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Waubonsee and Mutual Ground Sign Memorandum of Agreement

Waubonsee Community College and the Aurora-based Mutual Ground signed a memorandum of agreement, formalizing a long-standing partnership that provides for services for survivors of, as well as prevention of domestic and sexual violence.

Waubonsee Community Education Announces Upcoming Season of Special Events

Waubonsee Community College’s Community Education has announced their 2016-2017 season of special events, and catalogs will arrive in district mailboxes this week.

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Waubonsee Art Department Presents James Jankowiak

The Waubonsee Community College Art Department invites the public to a new exhibit “Closer Than You’d Think,” by James Jankowiak. The artist will also offer a lecture that is free and open to the public on Sept. 7.

Waubonsee Community College Celebrates 50th Anniversary

With the start of the academic year, Waubonsee Community College is kicking off its 50th anniversary celebrations this month with a full slate of events and initiatives planned to honor the milestone. The college’s focus for the anniversary will be on honoring those who’ve helped shape the college’s “Proud Past, Bold Future.”

Waubonsee and Fox Country Players hold auditions for “Sister Act”

Auditions for the musical, “Sister Act,” will be held this month and are open to all members of the community.
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Schoolfield Named Associate Degree Nursing Program Director at Waubonsee

Marjie Schoolfield has been named Associate Degree Nursing Program Director at Waubonsee Community College.

Aurora Fox Valley Campus to Open for Student Services

Students who need to register or seek other services at Waubonsee Community College’s Aurora Fox Valley Campus can do so beginning July 29.

Public Comments Invited for Accreditation Process

Waubonsee Community College is seeking comments from the public about the college in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional agency. The college will host a visit September 26 – 28, 2016 with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Waubonsee Community College has been accredited by HLC since 1972. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation.

Waubonsee student-athletes and teams earn NJCAA All-Academic status

23 Waubonsee student-athletes and 5 teams recognized

Waubonsee Students Recognized on Spring 2016 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 spring 2016 semester at the college:

Waubonsee Students Recognized on Spring 2016 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 spring 2016 semester at the college:

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Lifelong Learning Institute Honors Retiring Administrator with Donation

Waubonsee Executive Vice President of Educational Affairs/Chief Learning Officer Dr. Deborah Lovingood was hoping to retire quietly this month after 21 years at the college, but that didn’t stop members of the college’s Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) from surprising her this week with a donation to the general scholarship fund in her honor.

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Art Department Welcomes Visiting Artist

Waubonsee Community College’s Art Department is now exhibiting work by Chicago-based artist, educator, curator and gallery director Edra Soto. The exhibition, “It’s Been a Very Good Year,” can be found in the college’s Dickson Window Art Project Space in Dickson Center at the Sugar Grove campus, Route 47 and Waubonsee Drive. In addition, the artist will offer a lecture in September that is open to the public.
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Waubonsee Welcomes New Administrator

Dr. Jonathan Paver joins Waubonsee Community College as the new Assistant Vice President of Transfer and Developmental Education. Dr. Paver earned a Doctorate of Education degree in Instructional Technology from the College of Education at Northern Illinois University in 2012. He also holds a Master of Arts degree in Religion and History from Trinity International University, earned graduate credits in History from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications – Radio & Television Broadcasting from Western Illinois University.

Sale of Former Aurora Downtown Campus Complete

In keeping with a decades-long commitment to invest in and partner with the City of Aurora, Waubonsee Community College is pleased to announce the sale of the former downtown Aurora campus to Seize the Future Development Foundation. The sale was completed June 29, 2016.

Waubonsee offers youth soccer camp

Youth Soccer Camp offered from July 11-15
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Local Businesses Awarded Through Business Plan Competition

Three local businesses were recently named winners in the second annual Poised for Growth Business Plan Competition, organized by the Illinois Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) at Elgin Community College (ECC) and Waubonsee Community College.

Waubonsee Auto Students Place in National Competition

Waubonsee Community College students recently placed in the national SkillsUSA competition. During the 52nd annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) held in Louisville, Ky., Waubonsee had three students among the top finishers.
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Support Staff Recognized in Awards for Excellence

Waubonsee Community College recently recognized support staff employees in their first Support Staff Awards for Excellence.

Waubonsee offers Girls Basketball Skills Camp

One-day Girls Basketball Skills Camp on July 12

Waubonsee looking for Cheerleaders

Interested individuals can schedule a tryout
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Stuckey Named to Conference Hall of Fame

Martine Stuckey, Waubonsee Community College Professor of Art, Painting and Design, was recently inducted into the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC) Hall of Fame.

Gorski Named Waubonsee Assistant Dean for Outcomes Assessment

Dr. Kathleen Gorski has been named to the position of Assistant Dean for Outcomes Assessment at Waubonsee Community College. The position is effective July 11.

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Stepney Named Waubonsee Dean for Business and Career Technologies

Ne’Keisha Stepney has been appointed to the position of Dean for Business and Career Technologies at Waubonsee Community College. Her new position is a promotion, as she has previously been serving as Assistant Dean in the same division.
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Williams Named Student Success: Featured Alumnus

Waubonsee Community College alum Alisa Williams’ journey through higher education was filled with life detours, but those experiences helped shape the focus and perspective she now has on the importance of mentoring, balancing priorities, perseverance and celebrating milestones along the way.

Waubonsee softball garners post-season awards

Eight Lady Chiefs recognized for their outstanding play
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Waubonsee EMT Program Receives National Recognition

Waubonsee Community College’s Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic program has received national recognition from Advance CTE, a national nonprofit that represents state directors and leaders responsible for secondary, postsecondary and adult career technical education (CTE) programs across the U.S.

Waubonsee's Wadsworth chosen for Ring of Honor

Wadsworth honored by Women's Basketball Hall of Fame 

2016 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees Honored

Waubonsee Community College has inducted three new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame. Phillip T. Neal, Kemp Schanlaber and Amanda Wolf were selected as the tenth class of the Waubonsee Athletic Hall of Fame for their involvement in sports, dedication to Waubonsee, athletic successes and contributions to the community or career accomplishments earned after leaving Waubonsee.
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Waubonsee Names Motivate to Complete Winners

For the second consecutive year, Waubonsee Community College has named winners in a competition calling on students to produce mixed media announcements to inspire themselves and their peers to accomplish their educational goals.
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Waubonsee’s Communities of Excellence Program Recognizes Completers

Waubonsee Community College this week recognized its second group of participants to complete the Communities of Excellence Program. Those recognized during the ceremony at the college’s Aurora Downtown Campus completed 96 hours of specialized training.

Rose tabbed NJCAA Division III Pitcher of the Week

Fourth time this spring that a Chiefs' pitcher has been honored nationally

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Waubonsee Featured Student a Leader On and Off the Basketball Court

Julianna Wadsworth is perhaps best known as the Waubonsee Chiefs’ basketball star who this year became the first player in program history to top 1,000 career points, but her work ethic and tenacity extends beyond the court.

Waubonsee Faculty Will Use Grant to Engage Students in Research

A Waubonsee Community College Physics instructor plans to use a grant she recently received to expose students to her ongoing research with Argonne National Laboratory’s Center for Nanomaterials (CNM).

Waubonsee’s Volunteer Income Tax Assessment Program Wraps up 12th Year

Waubonsee Community College’s Volunteer Income Tax Assessment (VITA) Program recently completed its 12th year of service to the community, serving 931 clients and resulting in $1.8 million dollars refunded for 2016.

Chiefs capture Region IV Division III Baseball Championship

Fourth-seeded Waubonsee knocks off JJC for 4th Region crown in seven years

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Teenager and 71-Year-Old Mark Waubonsee’s Youngest and Oldest Graduates

A teenager who simultaneously finished high school and earned an associate degree while maintaining status as an honors student, and a 71-year-old who overcame a lifetime of addiction and is a two-time liver transplant recipient will both walk across the stage and receive their diplomas during Waubonsee Community College’s 2016 Commencement Ceremony on May 14.

While these are just two of the 1,083 degrees being conferred this month, in many ways, the stories of Waubonsee’s youngest and oldest graduates demonstrate the diverse roles of a community college in meeting the varied services and needs for lifelong learning.

Chiefs advance to Region IV Division III Baseball Championship

Chiefs set to play Joliet in best two-out-of-three series
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Record Number Participate in Waubonsee Commencement

Waubonsee Community College’s May 14 commencement ceremonies saw a record number of graduates walk across the stage.

Chiefs’ Salesky named NJCAA Division III Pitcher of the Week

Chiefs' baseball player garners national award for third time this spring

Waubonsee Accepting Applications for First Dunham Fund Quick Path Scholars

Waubonsee Community College is now accepting applications for the first class of students who will pursue the college’s innovative, grant-funded, one-year associate degree. The program, funded by a $500,000 grant from the Aurora-based Dunham Fund, provides coursework and extra support necessary for students to earn a fully transferable associate degree in just one year – all tuition-free.

Waubonsee Foundation Awards More Than $256,000 in Scholarships

For the upcoming 2016-17 academic year, the Waubonsee Community College Foundation has provided 287 scholarship awards totaling over $256,000 to 234 recipients.

Nominations Sought for Waubonsee Distinguished Contributor and Alumnus Awards

Nominations are now being sought for Waubonsee Community College’s 2016 Distinguished Contributor and Distinguished Alumnus awards.

Waubonsee Students Place in State Automotive Competition, Will Compete Nationally

Four Waubonsee Community College students placed at the Illinois SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference held in Springfield this month.

WCC's Liebelt again tabbed NJCAA Pitcher of the Week

Liebelt named national Pitcher of the Week for second time this season

Waubonsee Receives Financial Reporting Award, Maintains Moody’s Rating

Waubonsee Community College received news this month reaffirming the college’s efforts to responsibly and effectively manage funds while also addressing financial challenges brought by the ongoing state budget standoff.

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Waubonsee Recognizes Health Information Technology Program

A program providing hands-on experiences and instruction, resulting in 100 percent pass rates in recent years, is being recognized by Waubonsee Community College as a Student Success: Featured Program. The college’s Health Information Technology (HIT) Program helps students to develop entry-level competencies developed by the American Health Information Management Association.

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YWCA Aurora Names Scholarship for Waubonsee President Dr. Christine Sobek

Waubonsee Community College President Dr. Christine Sobek was recently recognized by YWCA Aurora, which named a scholarship in her honor.

Student Government Elected

Waubonsee Community College recently held elections for the 2016-2017 Student Senate members.

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Waubonsee Featured Alum Turned Passion for Wildlife into Career

Waubonsee Community College alum Katie Billing grew up idolizing animal adventurer and television star Steve Irwin, but she never dreamed during her undergraduate days that the hobbies and passions she was developing would lead to a fulfilling career in wildlife and conservation.
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Aurora Resident Named Waubonsee Student Trustee

Mildreth Torres, of Aurora, has been elected to serve as Waubonsee Community College’s Student Trustee for 2016-2017. Torres was seated at the college’s board of trustees meeting April 20. The student trustee serves as the liaison between the Waubonsee Board of Trustees and the college’s students, representing students’ interests at the board level.

Waubonsee Student Art Exhibits Open to the Public

Waubonsee Community College currently is offering several student art exhibits that are free and open to the public.

Waubonsee Students Plan Day of Service

Waubonsee Community College students will spend Saturday, April 16 volunteering at seven sites throughout the area for their Day of Service.

Free Spring Concert Series Schedule Released

Waubonsee Community College will offer a series of free concerts this spring. All performances take place in the Auditorium on the Sugar Grove Campus, Route 47 and Waubonsee Drive.

Waubonsee Visiting Artist Offers Lecture to the Public

Danielle Dobies, a Fox Valley-based artist currently exhibiting her work at Waubonsee Community College, will offer a lecture on April 18 that is free and open to the public. The lecture takes place from 11 a.m. to noon in Von Ohlen Hall, Room 201 at the Sugar Grove Campus, Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive.

Wadsworth heads up Waubonsee post-season awards

Wadsworth named NJCAA All-American for second straight year

Earth Week Events Offered for Community

Waubonsee Community College plans to offer a wide variety of events and programs in celebration of Earth Week. The community is invited to participate.
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Fox Country Players to Perform “Next to Normal”

Waubonsee Community College’s Community Education department and the Fox Country Players will present “Next to Normal” this month. Performances take place at 7 p.m. April 15 and 16 and 2 p.m. on April 17 at the Waubonsee Sugar Grove Campus Auditorium, Route 47 and Waubonsee Drive.

Chiefs' Liebelt tabbed NJCAA Pitcher of the Week

Chiefs' Liebelt recognized nationally

Waubonsee Ranked Among Best Community Colleges in Illinois

Waubonsee Community College was ranked among the best community colleges in the state by www.schools.com.

Waubonsee to Host Spring Job and Internship Fair on April 8

Registration so far for Waubonsee Community College’s Spring Job and Internship Fair on Friday, April 8 indicates that the event is on pace to break employer participation records once again.

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Waubonsee Students Featured in Skyway Juried Art Exhibition

The work of six Waubonsee Community College art students is currently featured in the 2016 Skyway Juried Art Exhibition, which runs through April 4 at Elgin Community College.

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Featured Student Already Worldly Humanitarian

Danielle Adamowski’s young life has already taken her around the world in pursuit of her desire to help others.

Waubonsee Community College Announces Name Changes for Two Campuses

Waubonsee Community College publicly announces name changes for two of its campuses, which will better reflect the distinct identities of and create consistency across all four of Waubonsee’s campuses. Effective immediately, the Aurora Campus, 18 S. River Street in Aurora, will be called the Aurora Downtown Campus and the Copley Campus, 2060 Ogden Ave. in Aurora, will be called the Aurora Fox Valley Campus.

Waubonsee set to play at Nationals

Lady Chiefs make second consecutive trip to Nationals

Students Invited to Compete in ‘Motivate to Complete’

Waubonsee Community College students are invited to take part in the second annual “Motivate to Complete” Public Service Announcement Contest, which aims to inspire students to complete their studies.
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Waubonsee Student Named 2016 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Bronze Scholar

Waubonsee Community College student Anna Dutton, of Oswego, has been named a 2016 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Bronze Scholar.
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Waubonsee Professor Previews Spring Forecast

The official start of spring comes this month – Sunday, March 20. Waubonsee Assistant Professor of Earth Science, Karl Schulze, who teaches classes such as Meteorology and Climate and Global Change, took a moment to tell us what we can expect here this spring.

Spoiler alert: No groundhogs were used in the making of this spring forecast.

Lady Chiefs headed to National Tournament for second straight year

Wadsworth's clutch 15-foot jumper with 0:03 left sends Waubonsee to Nationals

Women's Basketball Captures Conference Title

Women's Basketball completes undefeated ISCC title, earns conference honors
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Powers Appointed to AACC Faculty Council

Waubonsee Community College Associate Professor of History Amy Powers was appointed to the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Faculty Council. Her term runs until June 30, 2018.

Waubonsee Faculty, Staff Work Published

Members of the faculty and staff at Waubonsee Community College had their work published in various places during the past month.

Waubonsee Earns Tree Campus USA Designation for Sixth Consecutive Year

For the sixth consecutive year, Waubonsee Community College has earned a Tree Campus USA recognition.
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'Opening a Window of the Universe' - Gravitational Waves Discovery Explained

Major news for the science world – and really, our universe – took place last week when scientists announced they’d detected gravitational waves. Waubonsee Physics Instructor, Dr. Pratima Jindal, sat down to explain to us why this is such big news.

Waubonsee to hold Cheerleading Tryouts

Co-Ed Competitive Cheerleading Tryouts set for April 16 and 17
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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.

Nominations being accepted for Waubonsee’s Athletic Hall of Fame

HOF Nominations being accepted until February 1

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.

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 Jazz Band Members Receive Skyway Recognitions

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

Waubonsee Student Awarded in Writing Competition

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

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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.

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.
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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.

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.

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.
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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.

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.
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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.

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).

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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.

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.

Waubonsee Foundation Announces Scholarships Available

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

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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.

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

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

Waubonsee’s Distinguished Contributor Award Goes to 551 Volunteers

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.
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Waubonsee Names Kendall Sheriff Baird as Distinguished Alumnus

As Kendall County Sheriff Dwight Baird nears his 25th year of serving and protecting as a member of local law enforcement, the Waubonsee Community College is proud to name him its 2015 Distinguished Alumnus.

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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.

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.