December 8, 2017

Kishwaukee College and Opportunity House, Inc. have forged a successful partnership in the creation and implementation of the Learning for Life program. Now, the Kishwaukee College Foundation is asking interested persons to join the partnership on behalf of this worthy program.

Each year, clients of Opportunity House and other adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities have the opportunity to enroll in academic-based coursework as part of the Learning for Life Program. The program began in 2009 to fill the need for educational opportunities for adult individuals who have left the public education system. Learning for Life fulfills this need by providing challenging activities in an array of traditional academic subjects (e.g., history, science, and art). The program also introduces additional special topics of interest to participating clients (e.g., transportation, geography, and gardening). All units integrate readings, activities, field trips, and homework.

Through the Learning for Life program, clients experience intellectually challenging materials that motivate and engage their interest and curiosity while improving communication and social skills.

Additional funding is needed to support the program as it grows. The Douglas C. and Lynn M. Roberts Family Foundation has generously created an endowment fund to open this giving opportunity.

Prospective donors are welcome. For more information, please contact Bill Nicklas, Executive Director of the Kishwaukee College Foundation, at

Opportunity House, Inc., located in Sycamore and serving DeKalb County, assists people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to work, live in homes of their choice, and enjoy community life. For more information on Opportunity House, visit

Pictured are Learning for Life II students at a graduation ceremony held at Kishwaukee College in November, L to R, Kerry Bonney, Alice Craig and Learning for Life instructor, Carla Raynor.


Categories: Foundation
August 31, 2017

The Kishwaukee College Foundation bid farewell to Board members, Evelina Jose Cichy, DeKalb, and Lorna Bemis, Sycamore, at their regularly scheduled meeting on August 10.  Cichy retires from the Foundation Board after three years of service. She served as a staff member at Kishwaukee College primarily in Adult Education programs for 36 years, retiring in 2014 as the Vice President of Instruction.  Bemis has served on the Foundation Board for 7 years along with several years of working with the Annual Benefit Dinner Committee.  The Kishwaukee College Foundation Board commemorated Cichy’s and Bemis’ service with plaques, recognizing their service and dedication. Pictured, L to R, are Bill Nicklas, Executive Director of the Foundation; Dr. Laurie Borowicz, President of Kishwaukee College; Evelina Jose Cichy; and Brett Brown, President of the Kishwaukee College Foundation Board. Not pictured is Lorna Bemis who was unable to attend the meeting.


Categories: Foundation
June 1, 2017

Kishwaukee College named Bob Wildenradt, Sycamore, as the recipient of the 2017 John C. Roberts Community Service Award. The Award was given to the Wildenradt during Commencement Ceremonies at Kishwaukee College on May 20. The John C. Roberts Community Service Award was established in 2009 to recognize the importance of community members in the success of Kishwaukee College. Bob Wildenradt served on the Kishwaukee College Foundation Board of Directors and was named an Emeritus Member of the Board upon his retirement from the Board. Wildenradt has been a strong supporter of the mission of Kishwaukee College throughout his successful career and as an active member of the community. Pictured are, L to R: Dr. Laurie Borowicz, President of Kishwaukee College; Bob Wildenradt; Robert Johnson, Chair of the Kishwaukee College Board of Trustees; and Frank Roberts, son of the late John C. Roberts.

March 13, 2017

Christine Kyler has joined the Kishwaukee College Foundation as the Development Coordinator. She assumed her new position on March 1.

Kyler comes to Kishwaukee after serving in the local community in a variety of roles, both professionally and as a volunteer. She came to Kishwaukee from the Law Offices of Klein, Stoddard, Buck and Lewis where she had been a Legal Assistant. She had previously worked as a Legal Assistant for attorney Tom Dougherty, been a realtor, and served as a youth program coordinator with the Rockford Diocese. 

In addition, she has extensive volunteer experience that has impacted people in the communities, including involvement with such diverse organization as Little Brothers/Friends of the Elderly and the original Hope Haven Homeless Shelter (PADS) in DeKalb, Opportunity House and Feed My Starving Children.

“I have always been drawn to positions that involve pulling resources together and networking,” she stated. “I also firmly believe in paying it forward – it is something instilled in me by my family.  Kishwaukee College has been so important to me, my family and my surrounding community. I’m delighted to be a part of the team!”

She is excited to bring her diverse and unique skillset to Kishwaukee College. “Education is a key to making life better,” she explained. “The KC Foundation makes that possible for students at the College. I am excited to assist the Foundation with positive energy moving forward.”

She added, “I have a passion for Kish and its role in our community. I’m enthusiastic and very fortunate to be working for Dr. Borowicz (President of Kishwaukee College), and Bill Nicklas, (Executive Director of the Foundation), and the Foundation Board.  I bring a quote that was recently shared with me by a very important mentor: “Good, Better, Best.  Never let it rest, until your Good is Better and your Better is Best.” I am here to make the Foundation shine brighter and keep going and growing and to make the best impact on our community.”

For more information on the Kishwaukee College Foundation and giving opportunities, contact Christie Kyler at 815-825-9507 or at

Categories: Foundation