Rend Lake College President Mark S. Kern announced Thursday Illinois students enrolled at any educational institution devastated by Hurricane Katrina can attend classes at Rend Lake College tuition-free.
“Rend Lake College recognizes the need for students working toward degrees at institutions of higher education in the gulf region and impacted by Hurricane Katrina to continue their education uninterrupted,” commented Dr. Jim Hull, RLC Vice President of Instruction.
Governor Rod R. Blagojevich on Wednesday directed the Illinois Community College Board to ensure any Illinois residents displaced from their higher education by Hurricane Katrina be able to continue their education at an Illinois community college.
Rend Lake College officials are carrying that act of kindness a step farther.
“We will accept any student who is a resident of Illinois who has been displaced by Hurricane Katrina into courses at Rend Lake College to help them continue with no interruption in their studies. Any student who chooses to take classes at Rend Lake College under these circumstances and registers by September 15 will be allowed to do so tuition-free,” Hull said.
According to Hull, “Rend Lake College has made a conscious decision to waive tuition in an effort to provide assistance to those who most need it following this tragedy.”
Fall Semester classes at Rend Lake College started August 22. Under normal circumstances, students are not allowed to enroll after the first full week of classes. These are anything but normal circumstances.
“We realize by September 15 classes will have been under way for almost a month, but Rend Lake College will make the full range of services available to these students to ease the transition, such as tutoring, counseling, advisement and others,” added Interim Dean of Student Services Mary Bornheimer.
“Our colleges are outstanding at responding to the needs of their local communities,“ noted ICCB President Guy Alongi. “Right now, what many people in our community need is a place where they can keep working toward a degree, and we will provide that.”
“Rend Lake College views this as the best way we can provide assistance directly in this time of need,” Hull added.