December 8, 2017

Foundation elicits support for Learning for Life Endowment

Kishwaukee College and Opportunity House, Inc. have forged a successful partnership in the creation and implementation of the Learning for Life program. Now, the Kishwaukee College Foundation is asking interested persons to join the partnership on behalf of this worthy program.

Each year, clients of Opportunity House and other adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities have the opportunity to enroll in academic-based coursework as part of the Learning for Life Program. The program began in 2009 to fill the need for educational opportunities for adult individuals who have left the public education system. Learning for Life fulfills this need by providing challenging activities in an array of traditional academic subjects (e.g., history, science, and art). The program also introduces additional special topics of interest to participating clients (e.g., transportation, geography, and gardening). All units integrate readings, activities, field trips, and homework.

Through the Learning for Life program, clients experience intellectually challenging materials that motivate and engage their interest and curiosity while improving communication and social skills.

Additional funding is needed to support the program as it grows. The Douglas C. and Lynn M. Roberts Family Foundation has generously created an endowment fund to open this giving opportunity.

Prospective donors are welcome. For more information, please contact Bill Nicklas, Executive Director of the Kishwaukee College Foundation, at

Opportunity House, Inc., located in Sycamore and serving DeKalb County, assists people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to work, live in homes of their choice, and enjoy community life. For more information on Opportunity House, visit

Pictured are Learning for Life II students at a graduation ceremony held at Kishwaukee College in November, L to R, Kerry Bonney, Alice Craig and Learning for Life instructor, Carla Raynor.