Over Five Decades of Learning
Since first opening its doors in 1968, Kishwaukee College has remained a cornerstone
of the communities it serves. Kish, as it is affectionately referred to, offers an
ever-increasing variety of programs and services to meet the needs and wants of district
residents in DeKalb, Sycamore, Rochelle and surrounding communities — academic degrees
for students seeking a transfer to a university, occupational degrees for those wanting
a skilled career, preparation for students wanting to earn their GED, and English
classes for non-native speakers.
The Community At Large
Over the years, Kishwaukee College has added 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 training. Beyond offering courses, programs and services,
the College has increasingly become an integral part of the community at large. College
employees serve on many local boards and organizations, offering their assistance,
and often expertise. The Conference Center gives local organizations, professional
groups, business and industry a state-of-the art meeting and training facility. As
local communities have grown and developed, Kishwaukee College has remained a constant
and vital presence in local residents’ lives.
Kishwaukee College is proud to have the historical marker for the first seedling mile
of the cross-country Lincoln Highway.
The first Seedling Mile was built in 1914 west of Malta, Illinois, but after years
of experience the Lincoln Highway Association began a design effort for a road section
that could handle traffic 20 years into the future.
More Information is available at the Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition Website.
The purpose of the Kishwaukee College Archives is to collect, organize and preserve
the history of Kishwaukee College. The Library collects digital and print documents,
photographs and ephemera. The Archives shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
bulletins, newsletters and class schedules, minutes of the Board of Trustees, minutes
of College committees and student organizations, newspaper clippings related to the
college and college sponsored events, copies of the college student newspaper, annual
reports, architectural drawings and blueprints, photographs, slides and oral histories
of events and people who have contributed to the development and character of Kishwaukee
The College Archives materials do not leave the Library and are non-circulating.
You may view them upon request. You may also browse digital collections of some of
our materials in the KC Digital Archives.