Kennedy-King College

Kennedy-King College

Kennedy-King College (KKC) is a two-year community college in Chicago, Illinois, United States. It is part of the City Colleges of Chicago, a system of two-year education that has existed in Chicago, Illinois since Crane Technical College began to accept adult students in 1911. KKC was founded as Woodrow Wilson Junior College in 1935 and operated by the city until 1966, when it became part of a State of Illinois community college system. The school was renamed in honor of Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. in July 1969, a year after they were assassinated.


KKC awards associate degrees. KKC is co-educational; entrance is noncompetitive; application is by rolling admission. Admission preference is given to residents of the City of Chicago. As of 2006, total enrollment was 3,054; 0% of students were from out-of-state. 48% of students were 25 years of age or older. There is no on-campus housing. [Romaniuk, Bohdan, ed., "The College Blue Book", 33rd ed., Vol 1 (2006:Thomson Gale), pg 322]

Campus and facilities

The eighteen-acre KKC campus, which spans Wentworth Avenue, was completed in 1972. It includes two gyms, a daycare center, a theater, a swimming pool, a television studio, and a radio station. The call letters for WKKC 89.3 FM radio stand for "We're Kennedy-King College". The American Institute of Architects recognized the innovative design of the main campus building. Kennedy-King College Library [] , which was founded as Woodrow Wilson Junior College Library in 1935, has over 50,000 books. [ Peterson's "Historically Black American Colleges and Universities"] [American Library Association's American Library Online] []

The school's address is 6800 Wentworth Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60621-3798. Woodrow Wilson Junior College was located at 6800 Stewart Avenue, Chicago, as of November 1942. ["Southtown Economist", 11 November 1942]

As of September 2005, the school was set to get a $192 million makeover, including new buildings and a prominent clock tower on a 40 acre campus on Chicago's South Side. The Architect of the project was Kennedy King Architects, Inc., a collaboration between VOA and Johnson & Lee Architects, both of Chicago. The lead project designers were Brandon Lipman, AIA of VOA and Chris Lee, AIA of Johnson & Lee.Reed Business Information, "Collegiate Makeover", 1 September 2005] []

The new Kennedy-King College campus is location at 6301 South Halsted, on the south side of Chicago. []

Dawson Technical Institute

The Dawson Technical Institute (DTI) is an occupational training center established in 1968 as the Chicago Skill Center (later the Chicago Urban Skills Institute) through the collaboration of the City Colleges and Thiokol. In 1973, the new skill center building named in memorial for William L. Dawson (1886-1970), a local politician and lawyer who served 27 years in the United States House of Representatives and was the first African American to chair a Congressional committee. The institute was named DTI in 1985 and operated as a part of City Wide College until the latter closed in 1993. DTI was under the auspices of Harold Washington College until 1995, when it joined KKC. [ [ History of Dawson Technical Institute] ] The institute is located at 390 South State Street in Chicago. [ [ Location of DTI] ]


The school participates in the National Junior College Athletic Association. [] The KKC men's basketball team reached the national Top 20 in February 2007. [ Elmwood Park Leaves, "Triton to Play Top-ranked Kennedy-King", 21 February 2007] [,el-tritonrup-022107-s1.article]

Prominent staff

John A Barkey was President of Woodrow Wilson College in November 1942. ["Southtown Economist", 11 November 1942]

Paul Henning Willis was born in Texas circa 1878 and died in Chicago on 5 September 1939. He was a social sciences instructor at Woodrow Wilson Junior College at the time of his death. He was a former staff member of the Crane Technical School and the Northwestern University School of Commerce. He served as field secretary for the YMCA in Illinois during World War I. [Obituary, New York Times, September 1939] [1930 Federal Census for Illinois, Chicago, shows Paul H Willis aged 52 years old, born in Texas, parents born in Tennessee. Willis was listed with occupation of college professor.]

Historical notes

A letter to the editor from the dean's office that appeared in the "Suburbanite Economist" dated 26 January 1941 pointed out that more than ten percent (6 of 59) of the Phi Beta Kappa graduates of the University of Chicago's Class of 1938 were among the first graduates (Class of 1936) from Woodrow Wilson Junior College. High honors also went to a remarkable number of Wilson's Class of 1938 when they graduated with four-year degrees in 1940.


External links

* [ Kennedy-King College School Home Page]
* [ Peterson's Guide]
* [ Dawson Technical Institute]

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