Through an exciting partnership with McKendree College, Rend Lake College continues to open new educational paths for the residents of the district.
This August, McKendree College will begin offering Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Arts Teacher Development degrees at the Rend Lake College MarketPlace in Mt. Vernon. Applications are now being accepted.
The Bachelor of Business Administration degree is being offered through McKendree’s Accelerated Instruction with McKendree (AIM) program. Students taking advantage of the program at the MarketPlace will enjoy significantly reduced tuition from the main McKendree campus, according to Melissa Meeker, Director of Student Services for External Programs at McKendree.
“At Rend Lake College, we feel it is our responsibility to open doors to educational opportunities to the citizens of our district,” said Jim Hull, Vice President of Instruction for RLC. “We do this with our associate degree and certificate offerings, but we need to expand our access to higher education.”
According to Hull, the Bachelor of Business Administration program will be led by instructors from McKendree’s main campus and will meet one evening each week, with students having the opportunity to complete two courses every two months. Classes will be a combination of live and on-line instruction.
“This partnership gives residents of our district the opportunity to continue their college careers or to retrain for new careers without having to travel to a university. Students will receive quality instruction from a well-known institution of higher education,” said Hull.
“We feel like this is a win-win situation for everybody,” Hull added. “It opens up new doors for our residents and helps Rend Lake College achieve its mission of bringing education to our district.”
“This is an excellent opportunity for students of Rend Lake College as well as those that live in the surrounding areas,” said Meeker.
The master’s program in Teacher Development is designed for teachers who want to continue developing their professional commitment and competence, according to the McKendree Web site. In order to make the Master’s Degree in Development easily accessible for educators, the classes will be offered in the evenings and on weekends.
RLC and McKendree already have an existing partnership through McKendree’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing curriculum (dubbed “RN to BSN”) offered at Rend Lake College.