Dear Friend of Highland Community College,
You’re an important member of the Highland family – Highland is truly worthy of your support!
Father and son Dennis and Jim Endress have lived celebrated lives of farming, family, and education. Their story is also the story of Highland Community College (HCC). All six of Dennis’s children, 18 of his 22 grandchildren, and the eldest of his 17 great grandchildren have either attended courses at Highland or earned degrees there. “I encouraged them all to go to Highland,” says Dennis. “I myself am convinced that Highland is really concerned about their students, and any student who needs help with their coursework, Highland instructors and professors are right there to help them.”
Highland is still a big part of Jim’s immediate family; all four of his children have attended the college. When asked why, Jim ticks off the reasons: “Affordable; close to home; a reputation for quality education. It makes attending Highland to pursue an education an easy decision.
By supporting Highland today, you follow the lead of the Endress family by giving the gift of education to the next generation to benefit the students and families right here within our District.
From 1979-2007, Dennis Endress served as a trustee at Highland, where his proudest achievement was in helping to build Highland’s Student Conference Center. “We supplied all the furniture and sound system with donated funds and without using any taxpayer dollars,” says Dennis. When it was time for Dennis to step down as a trustee at Highland in 2007, he was happy to see Jim elected to his seat on the board.
Although Jim didn’t become a farmer like his father, he translated his own dedication to the farming community into education. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Education and a master’s in Education. “No matter what happens to you in life,” says Jim, “education is something that no one can take away from you.”
Jim was instrumental in revitalizing Highland’s Agricultural Program. “We added two vibrant instructors who have been real magnets for our students and today we have more than double the enrollment and we’re turning out great graduates,” says Jim. Students who have earned an associate degree in Agriculture from Highland are guaranteed admission to the University of Illinois as juniors.
Today, Highland Community College is committed to shaping the future of the communities it serves by providing quality education and learning opportunities through programs and services that encourage the personal and professional growth of the people of northwestern Illinois.
Impact and achievement are part of the DNA of the Highland family, and your support allows momentum to continue to grow year-over-year and decade-to-decade.
Your gift today is an investment in Highland’s current and future students. The personal and professional growth they experience is enhanced when supporters like you give back.
David F. Barton President
Highland Community College Foundation