Rend Lake College is located on the east shore of Rend Lake, the second-largest man-made lake in the state, with access provided by Interstate 57 and State Route 37. The college is centrally located within the community college district it serves. Campus facilities include the following buildings:
- An Academic Building for academic and business classrooms, the distance learning classroom, also containing the Textbook and Retail stores.
- The Administration Building, named for former board member Dr. Allen Y. Baker, which includes the President’s Office, Vice Presidents’ offices, Student Records Office, Business Office, Academic Advisement Center, Financial Aid, Career Center, Resource Development, Information Technology, and Marketing and Public Information.
- The Advanced Technology Center, which houses Computer Programming, Electricity and Electronics, Industrial Maintenance and Technician programs, IT Systems programs, Manufacturing Technology, Radiologic Technology, Welding and Wireless Communications Technology.
- The $2.6 million Aquatics Center, which features a six-lane, 75-foot pool with access for the physically challenged, therapy pool and whirlpool. Included are shower and locker room facilities.
- The 20,000-square-feet Coal Mine Training Center opened in Fall 2009. The college was awarded nearly $2.7 million in federal and state aid to design, engineer and construct the facility, equip it and provide training in anticipation of the resurgence of coal mining in Southern Illinois. It is located on the west side of campus and includes classroom and office space, operational coal mining equipment, and a mock mine which features movable walls and other components, such as a pitch-black interior to simulate actual mining conditions, and a smoke machine to be used for mine rescue drills. The accompanying Mine Rescue and Fire Training Facility was completed in 2010.
- Two greenhouses for botanical research and for use by students in the Horticulture program.
- The restored, one-room Independence Schoolhouse and natural prairie.
- The James “Hummer” Waugh Gymnasium, which includes the Wayne Arnold Aerobic Super-Circuit Fitness Center, coaches’ offices and locker rooms for both Warrior and Lady Warrior athletic teams.
- The Learning Resource Center, which includes a library, fine arts facilities, an open computer lab and the Nursing, Art, Theatre and Music programs.
- A Maintenance Building.
- The 22,300-square-feet Mark S. Kern Applied Science Center, which houses the Agricultural Business, Agricultural Production and Management, Agricultural Mechanics, Heavy Equipment Technology and Diesel Technology programs.
- The North Oasis, which combines a lounge area for students with faculty offices. The North Oasis includes faculty offices for the Applied Science and Technology Division and the Liberal Arts Division. The Learning Enhancement Center also is located here, as is the Adult Education and Family Literacy Department.
- The South Oasis, which combines lounge areas for students with faculty offices. The South Oasis includes faculty offices for two divisions – Allied Health and Math & Sciences – along with STARS and Upward Bound.
- The Rend Lake College Foundation Children’s Center, which provides practical laboratory experience for students in the Early Childhood Education program and child care for infants, toddlers and preschoolers of students, faculty and staff and other district residents.
- A Science Building for the sciences and related programs.
- The Sports Center, which includes facilities for volleyball and tennis, and The Hitting Zone, a baseball/softball training complex for area youth 8 and over plus college teams.
- A Student Center which includes offices for the Center for Community and Corporate Education, Truck Driver Training, Rend Lake College Foundation and Security, as well as the Subway restaurant and accompanying dining area. Culinary Arts lab facilities and faculty offices also are located here.
- A Truck Driver Training facility.
- A Vocational Building providing classroom, computer and laboratory space for the Automotive, Architecture, Graphic Design and Machining Technology programs.
In addition, the college provides a land lab for the natural sciences and agriculture program, plus recreational facilities for baseball and softball, a bicycling and walking path and a golf driving range and short-game practice area. A disc golf course also is available.
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