Departmental Awards

The Kishwaukee College Foundation encourages innovation and creativity among faculty and staff through its Departmental Awards program. Proposals that enhance student academic and/or cultural experiences or those that increase and enhance the relationship between the College and the community are considered for funding on an annual basis.

In the Spring of 2015, the Kishwaukee College Foundation Board of Directors committed up to $30,000 towards this objective and nine innovative proposals were selected.


Congratulations to our 2015 recipients!


LiveScribe Notetaking Pen Loan Program

Kishwaukee College provides equal opportunity and access to education to all who attend. The LiveScribe Notetaking Pen Loan Program takes providing students with accommodations to a whole new level. The special smartpens allow students with disabilities to independently take notes for themselves. The noteaking smartpens record audio and write while linking the audio recording to the student's notes. The student is then able to print their notes.  This program allows students the independence to take their own notes without having to rely on another student or faculty member to take notes for them. By using this strategic tool our students can now enter a world that goes beyond the educational setting.

Garden Pathway

This departmental award will provide a garden pathway that will work towards connecting all of the outdoor gardens on campus into one beautiful and tranquil walking path for students, faculty, staff and visitors to enjoy. The Garden Pathway will foster inter-departmental collaboration between maintenance staff and horticulture students who will be maintaining the gardens. This is a great opportunity to stop and smell the roses.


Northern Illinois Testing Coalition Fall Conference

Kishwaukee College is pleased to have been invited to host the Fall 2015 Northern Illinois Testing Coalition Conference. The goal of the organization is to offer support in topics relating to college testing. The conference will provide professional development for best practices in testing; support the standards and guidelines of the National College Testing Association; and will develop and strengthen a network of testing professionals in the Northern Illinois region.  

Sexual Assault /Domestic Violence Awareness

The Violence Against Women Act requires colleges and universities to provide programming for students and employees that address the issues of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. This project will implement the above topics into the classroom by utilizing professionals from Safe Passage, Hope of Ogle County and Rockford Sexual Assault. Students and staff will be exposed to the serious topic of sexual assault and domestic violence in an effort to raise awareness and minimize such occurrences.

Welding Technology Plate Roll Equipment

In a conscious effort to provide top notch welders, the Department of Welding Technology will allow students the opportunity to gain sufficient knowledge and skill in using a Plate Roll. This piece of equipment allows students to form flat pieces of metal into circular parts such as pipes, tapers, oval,s and more. This common piece of equipment is used in welding and fabrication. Students will gain valuable hands on learning experience and be able to join the workforce as prepared and confident professionals.


Interactive/Virtual Campus Map

The Department of Marketing and Public Relations will design and create an interactive campus map that will be useful for students, staff, and visitors. This project provides an online platform for locating facilities on campus, while providing images of campus at the same time. The timing of the project coincides perfectly with the release of the new website for the college.

The Award for Excellence in Honors Research

With the great success of the Kishwaukee College Honors Program, intentional efforts must be made to secure the future of the program. The Award for Excellence in Honor Research will encourage the pursuit of academic excellence by encouraging students to engage in research projects that they can work on throughout the semester. Upon successful completion, students will be recognized with a monetary award at a special ceremony.


Stop the Hate: Train the Trainer

With the great success of Kishwaukee College’s Safe Zone Ally training program, the Committee on Gender and Sexuality Diversity is pleased to offer Stop the Hate. Award funds will be used to send two professionals to gain vital training skills that will increase tolerance and acceptance on our campus community.


Workforce and Basic Skills Partnership Pilot –

DeKalb County Safety Building

Through collaboration with the Department of Adult Education and Transition Programs and the DeKalb County Safety Building in Sycamore, inmates will explore career and educational options, learn soft skills and receive assistance on how to obtain or retain employment post criminal activity. Students will gain a foundation for re-entry to the workforce and will establish pathways that can lead to high school equivalency credential, transition into postsecondary training programs and employment.


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