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Kaskaskia Open House Biggest Ever, Organizers Say

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

Kaskaskia College officials say attendance at the annual Family Reunion and Open House over the weekend doubled over last year.  Marketing Director Travis Henson was especially pleased with the first ever Chili Cook Off that attracted 18 teams.

"This has been our most successful open house, and the cook off has gone off well with everyone with all proceeds going to our Veterans Memorial project." Henson said.

Team Boehning took first and Team Lammers second in the Chilli Cookoff.  The college's Cosmetology Department took first and Peggy Weber second in the soup competition.   The winners were determined by a vote of all those in attendance who purchased a ticket to taste the chilli.  In addition to the Chilli Cookoff and the car and military show, professors of the various college programs were under a large tent providing information on their programs and career options.   College President Dr. Jim Underwood says many of those programs do not require a four year degree.

"The department of labor has stated that 75% of jobs these days require postsecondary education--but at the associate level, not the baccalaureate level." Underwood said, "So we're in business to help serve our district with opportunities that will provide jobs."

Underwood says the college continues to expand career and technical opportunities to meet the needs of the college district.  

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