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Karen Marks, Beth Wilson added as IECC-OCC Nursing Faculty at FCC

Karen Marks and Beth Wilson have been hired as Nursing Faculty for the Illinois Eastern Community Colleges (IECC) – Olney Central College Associate Degree Nursing Program located at Frontier Community College (FCC). Both instructors began their duties on August 10, 2017.

Each instructor brings a unique background of experience that they will share with the nursing students. Marks began her nursing career at the Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, Illinois in the 1980s. She then began teaching, starting with Health Occupations at Carmi-White County High School, followed by CNA and LPN courses at Southeastern Illinois College in Harrisburg for eight years. From 2001-2005, Marks taught CNA classes at FCC before teaching in the IECC-OCC Nursing program at Frontier from 2005-2008. Before coming back to FCC, Marks taught in the nursing program at Ivy Tech Community College in Evansville, Indiana from 2009-2017.

Marks obtained her Associate Degrees in Business Administration and Nursing from Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois, followed by her Bachelors of Nursing Degree from the Mennonite College of Nursing/Illinois State University in Bloomington, Illinois. Continuing her education, Marks went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Nursing from Regis University in Denver, Colorado.

Outside of her busy nursing schedule, Karen enjoys spending time with her husband Tom at their home in West Salem, Illinois. Together they have three adult children: Randall and wife Kaytlyn of West Salem, Miranda of Evansville, Indiana, and Andrea of West Salem.

Marks brings her love of teaching nursing a little closer to home at Frontier Community College. “I love teaching nursing. There are many educators in my family, so I have always had a passion for teaching and the love of learning. When nursing, you can help people in need. Teaching nursing is the best of both worlds. I am happy to be working closer to home.”

Wilson is also not a stranger to teaching at Frontier Community College, as she has taught dual credit Health Careers, CNA, and CPR classes for several years for FCC. She has also worked as a nurse in many areas of healthcare. Wilson has served as a staff nurse in obstetrics, emergency rooms, home health, hospice, and long term care. She has also been the house charge in the hospital setting, and has held management positions in OB, ER, and the Area Health Education Center.

Wilson began her education by obtaining her LPN from Olney Central College, followed by her Associate Degree in Nursing at Frontier in the Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Nursing Program. Later, Wilson received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from McKendree College, and is currently working on her Masters through Chamberlain College for Nurses.

Outside of teaching, Wilson enjoys spending time with her husband Keith Wilson. Residing in Fairfield, they have two children, daughter Jessica and husband Jeff Blevins, and son Heath Wilson. They are blessed with two grandchildren, Rowen and Ashlynn Blevins.

Frontier Community College, located in Fairfield, offers career and technical programs and associate transfer degrees.  FCC schedules off-site courses in Edwards, Clay, Lawrence, and Jasper counties that apply towards programs at all IECC locations and transfer to most universities.  FCC is one of four colleges within the IECC District. Nursing is a program provided through Olney Central College on FCC’s campus.

For additional information about Frontier Community College or the Illinois Eastern Community Colleges – Olney Central College Nursing Program, call (618) 842-3711 or go to

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