Joliet Junior College honored outgoing State Rep. Renee Kosel for her tireless support of education, job creation and economic development in the college’s district with a special dinner and board resolution at the April 14 Board of Trustees meeting.
“State Rep. Kosel has been incredibly supportive of JJC throughout her years of service as an elected official,” said JJC President Dr. Debra Daniels. “Having a great working relationship with our local legislators is a priority to us, and we are very appreciative of their support and commitment to our mission.”
Kosel served the 81st district from 1997 to 2015, and during that time, was instrumental in key initiatives for the college, including helping procure $100,000 through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to support the development of veterans space and services on the JJC Main Campus.
“It was a wonderful honor and privilege to be able to serve for 18 years in the General Assembly, and it was also a privilege to support an organization like JJC,” said Kosel. “I believe that community colleges are the future of education for this country. You do a wonderful job here. It has been an honor on my part to serve you.”
The college also acknowledged Kosel’s commitment to numerous civic and local agencies including the Lincoln-Way High School Board of Education; the Lincoln-Way Foundation for Educational Excellence Board of Directors; the New Lenox Rotary Club; the Frankfort, Homer Township, Mokena, and New Lenox Chambers of Commerce; and many more.