Kishwaukee College first opened its doors in 1968, offering educational opportunities to students in DeKalb, Sycamore, Rochelle and the many small communities that surround them. Nestled in the rich agricultural fields, Kishwaukee offered area residents an ever-increasing variety of programs and services to meet the needs and wants of district residents—academic degrees for students wanting to transfer to a university, occupational degrees for students wanting a skilled career, preparation for students wanting to earn their GED, English classes for non-native speakers.
Over the years, Kishwaukee College grew and added to its offerings: specialized programs to help local business and industry remain competitive in a global economy, training and support services for dislocated workers, a child care center, personal enrichment courses, community involvement and leadership. Beyond offering courses, programs and services, the College became an integral part of the community at large---Kishwaukee employees represent the College on many local boards and organizations, offering the assistance, expertise and facilities to keep our local communities moving into the future. The addition of the Conference Center gave local organizations, professional groups, business and industry a state-of-the art meeting and training facility. As the local communities grew and developed, Kishwaukee College also grew and developed to remain a constant and vital presence in the lives of the local residents.
Forty years after first opening its doors, Kishwaukee College remains a cornerstone for the communities it serves, offering all residents real opportunity.