INA - Rend Lake College hosted 36 recruiters and approximately 451 students and parents at the Illinois College Exposition Fair in late September.
The ICE Fair is held annually to greet potential RLC students and provide a location where they can meet representatives of other colleges and universities, as well as those from RLC.
RLC Recruiter Jason Swann and Tiffany Cox, student advisor for the Upward Bound Program at RLC, were on-hand to answer any questions from interested students and parents who attended the event.
“We had a fantastic turnout for the ICE Fair,” Swann said. “We received several positive comments this year from college representatives, but more importantly from the students and parents who attended. There was a strong representation from high schools in District 521. It’s exciting to see that many students in our district proactively pursuing higher education.”
According to Swann, 30 students from Hamilton County Senior High School were at the ICE Fair and 27 came from Mt. Vernon Township High School. Seven students were from Benton Consolidated High School, 10 were from Christopher High School, 19 were from Webber Township High School, 15 were from Sesser-Valier High School, 11 were from Pinckneyville High School, 16 from Norris City-Omaha-Enfield High School, one from Thompsonville High School, 15 from Woodlawn High School, six from Zeigler-Royalton High School, six from Wayne City High School and six from Waltonville High School. Moreover, 75 RLC transfer students took advantage of the event.
“We also had a strong showing from out-of-district high schools with almost 10 students from Johnston City High School, eight from West Frankfort High School and six from Carmi-White County High School, among others,” Swann explained.
The fair was held on the floor of the James “Hummer” Waugh Gymnasium at the college. Recruiters from each college stood with brochures, business cards, advertisements and pamphlets at tables that lined the outer and inner parts of the court.
Participants were able to meet with recruiters from Greenville College, Fontbonne University, Bradley University, Blackburn College, MacMurray College, Maryville University, McKendree College, Mid-Continent University, Millikin University, Murray State University, North-Central College, Patricia Stevens College, Quincy University, Ranken Technical College, Robert Morris College, Roosevelt University, Southeast Missouri State University, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Eastern Illinois University, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Illinois State University, Hannibal-LaGrange College, Hickey College, Illinois College, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, St. Louis University, U. S. Military Academy, University of Evansville, University of Illinois-Springfield, University of Illinois, University of Missouri-Rolla, University of Southern Indiana, University of St. Francis, Webster University, Western Illinois University. Matt Summers, an Army National Guard recruiter, attended the event and Rend Lake College counselors and financial aid experts were on-hand to answer any questions from students and parents.
Rend Lake College’s recruitment initiatives extend far beyond the ICE Fair.
Swann said he annually represents the college at about 80 to 100 high schools and approximately 20 off-campus recruiting events, similar to the ICE Fair. Recruiting events that Swann travels to off-campus are in locations as far north as Chicago, south to western Kentucky, west to St. Louis and east to southern Indiana. Rend Lake College focuses recruiting initiatives at 13 in-district high schools, as well as many out-of-district schools for regional programs, Swann said.