Students interested in Rend Lake College's career technical programs will get a chance to learn more about what's offered at an upcoming open house.
Families and students are encouraged to attend the open house from 6-8 p.m Tuesday, March 29. The event will include tours of the facilities and some face time with many of the faculty members in RLC's career technical programs, which are aimed at getting students directly into the workforce, usually after one to two years of study.
Included in this area are programs like agriculture, agricultural business, agricultural mechanics, agricultural production, architectural technology and computer-aided drafting, automotive technology, coal mining technology, computer science and programming, cosmetology, criminal justice, culinary arts, diesel technology, early childhood education, EMT - paramedic, graphic design, health information technology, heavy equipment technology, horticulture, industrial electronics and maintenance technician, industrial technology, IT systems, massage therapy, medical laboratory technology, nursing, occupational therapy assistant, office systems technology, radiologic technology, surgical technology, surveying technology, welding, wireless communications technology, veterinary technician, and viticulture and enology.
Lisa Payne, vice president of career technical instruction at RLC, said the open house will have something to offer individuals from all walks of life, and at different stages in their educations and careers.
"This is going to be a great opportunity for the student who knows he or she is going to enroll in a career technical program to come with your family, meet the instructors and take a look around the facilities," she said. "And for students who are still deciding, it will be time well spent learning more about what we have to offer and how RLC can help you reach your educational and career goals."
Door prizes and refreshments will be handed out at the open house. It all starts at 6 p.m. in Room 102 of the Applied Science Center on the Ina campus. The event has been prepared pursuant to a grant from the Illinois Community College Board and funded through the Carl D. Perkins Career & Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006.