March 10, 2017

Wise joins TRiO Program

Keith Wise has joined Kishwaukee College as the Director of TRiO/Student Support Services. He assumed his new duties on March 1. “I am excited to be part of the SSS program and the opportunity to positively impact students at Kishwaukee College,” he said.

Keith Wise holds a B.A. in History from Eastern Illinois University and a M.L.S. in Liberal Studies from the University of Southern Indiana.

He comes to Kish from Lake Forest College where he was the Program Coordinator for Intercultural Programs. Prior to Lake Forest, he was a Residence Hall Director at the Illinois Institute of Technology and has also served as a Residence Hall Director at Carthage College. His past positions give him a wide range of experience with diverse student populations, program development, and overall student development.

Kishwaukee College was awarded its first TRiO/Student Support Services grant in September 2015. The grant is in effect for five years. TRiO/Student Support Services is a federally funded program to provide additional academic and personal support to college students who meet one of the three eligibility criteria: first-generation college student; low-income student; or learning or physical disability evidencing academic need.

Keith participated in the Upward Bound Program, another TRiO program, at his high school and credits the program with helping him develop his own skills as a student. While at EIU, he was in the Gateway Program, an academic program that provides support similar to Student Support Services.

“Programs like SSS provide the support students need to move forward,” he said. “I want to create experiences and programs that will help students improve their academic skills but also take part in cultural enhancement activities. Participating in SSS initiates a growth process for students.”

Keith brings a unique perspective to his new role having worked with students at small liberal arts colleges as well as technical schools. Kishwaukee College is his first experience with a community college. “There is such a great variety of students here,” he said. “I want the students in SSS to know that we are here for them to help them be better college students and to be whoever they want to be, to help them find what they enjoy and pursue it.”

After a short period of time in his new position, Keith has found that the foundation created by SSS after only one year on campus is one that is rock solid. “I am looking forward to building on what is here and moving it forward. I want to really impact students,” he stated.

Keith Wise resides in Aurora with his fiancé Maritere, an early childhood education teacher.

For more information on TRiO/Student Support Services at Kishwaukee College, contact Keith Wise at 815-825-2950 or at