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College History

Over Five Decades of Learning

Since first opening its doors in 1968, Kishwaukee College has remained a cornerstone of the communities it serves. Kish 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. The College offers 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..

KISHWAUKEE COLLEGE: Interactive Timeline

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. Kish offers training and support services for dislocated workers, a childcare 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 expertise. As local communities have grown and developed, Kishwaukee College has remained a constant and vital presence in our residents’ lives.

During the College's 50th Anniversary in 2018, a video was created to highlight the rich history of the College.


Kishwaukee College Presidents

Lincoln Highway

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, Ill. After years of experience, the Lincoln Highway Association started designs for a road section that could handle traffic 20 years into the future.

For more information, visit the Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition website.

College Archives

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 College.

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.

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