Waubonsee adds programs, involvement

By on January 25, 2014

SUGAR GROVE—The following are Waubonsee Community College (WCC) announcements for winter 2014. WCC’s campuses are located at 47 Waubonsee Drive in Sugar Grove, 18 S. River St. and 2060 Ogden Ave. in Aurora, and 100 Waubonsee Drive in Plano.

SBDC manager
elected to Illinois
Entrepreneurship Panel

Harriet Parker, Manager of the Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Waubonsee Community College, has been elected to the Coordinating Council of the Illinois Entrepreneurship and Small Business Growth Association.

She will serve as the council’s secretary.

Parker, of Naperville, Ill., has more than 20 years of experience running successful start-up businesses and helping other small business owners through the SBDC.

Parker actively supports the local business community through her involvement on numerous boards and committees.

degrees, certificates

Waubonsee Community College will offer new degree and certificate programs designed to help students prepare for the demands of modern manufacturing.

On Jan. 15, the Waubonsee Community College Board of Trustees approved seven new degrees and certificates in Automation Technology and Machine Tool Technology.

The new degrees will enhance the college’s cohesive package of programs related to Advanced Manufacturing, including Computer-Aided Design and Drafting (CAD), Automation and Welding.

The programs will focus on Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Operation, CNC Programming, Manual Machining and Advanced Manufacturing Technology, among others.

The curricular changes come in response to requests from employers who are seeking a more skilled workforce, said Suzette Murray, Assistant Vice President of Career and Technical Education at Waubonsee.

The changes come as part of Waubonsee’s continued efforts to remain on the cutting edge of manufacturing technology training. The college has added seven new Haas CNC machines and upgraded manual equipment in the college’s machining lab, thanks to a Department of Labor Trade Adjustment.

Assistance Community College and Career Training grant awarded to the Illinois Network for Advanced Manufacturing.

The new degree and certificate programs will debut in the fall 2014 semester.

For more information on these new degree and certificate programs, contact Waubonsee’s Admissions department at (630) 466-7900, ext. 5756.

IT manager elected
next president of
Plano Rotary

Timothy Kjaer, Information Technology customer service manager at Waubonsee Community College, has been elected to serve as the next president of the Plano Rotary Club.

Kjaer, of North Aurora, has participated in the Plano Rotary for two years, helping to enhance the visibility of Waubonsee in the Plano community after the college opened its Plano Campus in 2011.

Kjaer said he volunteered to serve as president in 2014-15, and the club’s members elected him to the post on Dec. 3.

As the club’s president-elect, Kjaer will assist the current president and receive training until the current president’s term expires June 30. Kjaer will take up the full duties of club president on July 1.

As president, Kjaer will help organize the club’s meetings, as well as help lead its fundraising efforts and projects to serve the Plano community, including raising money for scholarships and supporting civic beautification projects.

Automotive Recycling
instructor publishes article

Patrick O’Connor, Automotive Recycling Program developer at Waubonsee Community College, recently shared his insight on the future of the industry’s workforce through an article published in the bimonthly magazine of the Automotive Recycler’s Association (ARA).

In the article, titled “Driven to Learn,” O’Connor, of Algonquin, Ill., discusses both how Waubonsee created and developed its Automotive Recycling Program, and what is being done to prepare students to work in the industry in coming years.

The article was published in the November-December 2013 edition of Automotive Recycling magazine. It will be available on the website of the Automotive Recycler’s Association, www.a-r-a.org.

The topics also formed the basis of a presentation delivered by O’Connor during the ARA’s annual convention and expo in November in Phoenix.

Additionally, O’Connor has been invited to be a regular contributor to the magazine in a column titled, “Tomorrow’s Workforce.”