Alumni Reflections

Our alumni have accomplished some amazing things and continue to improve themselves and their communities around them. Read some of their inspirational stories!

Share your story with us at [email protected]!

Ken Morris, Jr.

Ken is a 1997 graduate of Illinois Central College with an Associate degree in Arts and Science. Ken is the Manager of Student Equity for the Cedar Rapids Community School District. He administers all criteria necessary to ensure compliance with all policies associated with student equity. In addition, Ken serves on the District Learning Supports […]

Amy Young

Growing up, my dad was a factory worker and my mother was a stay-at-home mom. As the youngest of five children, money was tight to say the least. For those from the Peoria-area, the Caterpillar strikes of the early 90s are well-known and for some of us, remembered all too well. My dad stuck through […]

Christine Bare-Kemper

You’re not really the academic type. Some people just aren’t meant to go to college. You’re more of a people person with life skills. These are just a few of the statements that were directed toward me as I was figuring out what to do after high school. Add those statements to getting pregnant three […]

Adrel Haynes

Adrel Haynes graduated from Illinois Central College with an Associate in Applied Science in Graphic Design degree in 2001. During her time here, Adrel was a member of the New World Program, Faculties, known today as TRiO Support Services. She says being in the program was a blessing to her, as instructors helped her obtain […]

Karen Webster

After many years of working in the financial services field, in 2005 I retired from my Chief Operations Officer position at CEFCU so my husband and I could pursue our long-time dream of relocating to the “Valley of the Sun” Phoenix area foothills. The beautiful desert, wildlife, and triple digit temperatures always appealed to us, […]

Molly Bragg

Talking Up a Storm About Old Stuff By Catharine Schaidle EAST PEORIA — On a snowy, frigid day in February, Bruce Mitchell of Bloomington drove around the Illinois Central College East Peoria campus looking for the lady in charge of “New Things Thursday.” For the past couple of months, Bruce had been browsing the ICC […]

Brian Moore

I started my first ICC class as a senior in high school for dual credit. I originally planned to attend a university after graduation, but couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do with my life. So I decided rather than attending a 4 year college where a single class can cost thousands of dollars, […]

LeAnne K. Timmerman – Moritz

I made the decision to attend ICC immediately following high school. In fact, I was so excited to get started that I began summer classes within two weeks after graduation. That decision was made 27 years ago, and now my own children will soon be making their own college choices. Back then, I was looking […]

Jeremie Draper

Glass is dance in still life. Capturing this moment of vitality, an instant of inspiration and epiphany, then marrying it to the delicate skill of blowing glass, results in a still piece—though somehow fluid and moving. Since I learned to hand blow glass, I have been enthralled by the amorphous nature of the medium, which […]

Kent Powell, MD

There is a place in New Hampshire, only minutes off of Interstate 89.  It is a small town of just over 14,000 residents, and lies East of the Connecticut River.  The locals named it Lebanon in the late 1700’s, and after the old mill plant closed, Lebanon turned its profits to education and medical services. […]