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Community & Corporate Education

This division encompasses Cosmetology (also including Barbering, Esthetics and Nail Technology), Culinary Arts, and Truck Driver Training. Work Ethics and Community Education classes are offered by this division. Business and Industry Training, Computer Workshops, Cooperative Education and Volunteerism are part of Community and Corporate Education as well.

Contact Community & Corporate Education

Community & Corporate Education Division
Phone: (618) 437-5321 Ext. 1367
Address: 468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL 62846 Attn: Community & Corporate Education
Fax Number: (618) 437-5677 Attn: Community & Corporate Education






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volunteersOfAmerica The administration, faculty, and staff of Rend Lake College firmly believe in the concept that student learning should extend beyond the classroom and that each student should develop an understanding of their civic responsibility and recognize the value and importance of community service.

One way in which students can demonstrate an awareness of the opportunities and responsibilities of citizenship is through participation in a volunteerism course. Through enrollment in Volunteerism 1100 students can earn .5 or 1 credit hour by volunteering in approved community service experiences. Opportunities may include, but are not limited to, tutoring, literacy training, neighborhood improvement, environmental programs, animal shelter care, assistance for the elderly or disabled, and supplementing the work of mental health car providers.

For more information or to enroll in the course, contact the Cooperative Education and Employment Services Department.

Education To Go

Rend Lake College offers a wide range of highly interactive courses for personal or professional development that you can take entirely over the Internet. Each class will include 2 lessons per week for a six week period. All of our courses include expert instructors. For a complete schedule, visit:


Institute of Lifelong Learning

Trips & Tours



Downton Abbey in Downtown St. Louis

Travel back in time as we visit one of the most authentic 19th century buildings in America.

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Visit the Campbell House Museum for an Upstairs/Downstairs tour. After a monumental five-year, $3 million restoration, the museum now stands as one of the most accurately restored 19th century buildings in America, reflecting the high –Victorian opulence of he 1880s.

Enjoy the Upstairs Tour which is a detailed presentation on dining as an elite in the Victorian era. A table will be set with a menu and each utensil and dish will be described as used during a formal dinner. Proper evening attire as well as etiquette and sleeping quarters will be emphasized. Then you will see the other side of the running of this magnificent house with a Downstairs Tour. Explore the faces of a domestic servant’s life as: a live-in housekeeper, a footman, a cook, a butler. From the bells in the kitchen to the allowed days off to expectation of service plus the uniforms the servants would wear, see life from the downstairs perspective.

Lunch will be served at Mary Ann’s Tea Room. Surrounded by glass and with heated floors, you will enjoy a combo lunch with your choice of two: cup of soup, St. Louis green salad, or half sandwich.

This afternoon, visit the Lafayette Square Neighborhood. See the Victorian homes often referred to as “painted ladies” due to their colorful exteriors and enjoy a tour of a private home and a horse-drawn carriage ride through Lafayette Square Park. Tour fees, lunch, gratuities, and charter bus transportation are included.

You must pre-register by September 6th.


ILR 9300-02        Monday, 10/02

Bus departs from Main Campus at 7:30am : return by 6:30pm

Bus departs from Mt. Vernon MarketPlace at 8:00am: return by 6:00pm


Shop N Sample St. Louis

Enjoy a unique day of shops and stops in St. Louis and on The Hill.

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Our first visit will be Chris’ Pancakes, where you’ll enjoy a flapjack and some coffee. Chris’ is a local favorite and the line stretches out the door on the weekends. Next, we head over to The Hill, the famed Italian Neighborhood. Enjoy some shopping time at J Viviano & Sons Grocer, where you can pick up the best Italian meats, spices and odds and ends. We also visit and tour Herbia Soap Factory. Lunch will be at Favazza’s Restaurant on The Hill. We start with an appetizer of toasted ravioli, a St. Louis original and favorite! Then enjoy Italian salad, fresh bread, Sicilian chicken, and a side of pasta, coffee, tea, or water and cannoli for dessert. This afternoon, we head over to St. Louis’ newest chic place to shop—IKEA. The IKEA Swedish concept is to provide a range of home furnishing products that are affordable to all. IKEA achieves this by combining function, quality, design and value with sustainability in mind. From bedroom to bathroom, furnishing to furniture, fabric and rugs to appliances and organization, you’ll be absolutely amazed at the scope of this store. Tour fees, lunch, gratuities and charter bus transportation are included.

 You must pre-register by October 29th.


ILR 9300-01        Tuesday, 11/21

Bus departs from Main Campus at 7:30am: return by 6:30pm

Bus departs from Mt. Vernon Marketplace at 8:00am: return by 6:00pm


Collette Vacations

RLC is partnering with Collette Vacations to offer you exciting travel opportunities! Collette is known for handling the details with expertise while you realize the rewards of travel.

An Informational Meeting will be held on Monday, October 2nd, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. at the RLC Historic Schoolhouse. We will discuss the Colorado Rockies trip, the UK by Rail trip, and answer questions. Details on an Early Booking Discount will also be provided. If you will be attending this meeting, please RSVP by contacting Community & Corporate Education at (618) 437-5321, x1714.


The Colorado Rockies 

Join us for a scenic tour of Colorado and Utah. You’ll traverse the Rocky Mountains and explore four national parks along the way. At every turn you will find the beauty of nature in the form of Alpine lakes, towering peaks, and rolling meadows. This tour opens in the “Mile High City” of Denver, home to the famous 16th Street Mall. Rocky Mountain National Park, one of the largest national parks in the United States, offers up views where majestic mountains stand in stark contrast to deep, rugged canyons. There is something for everyone on this trip! You’ll journey through Colorado’s wine country, enjoy an Old West adventure filled with traditional cowboy food and entertainment, and even visit the historic Stanley Hotel, inspiration for Stephen King’s The Shining.

July 20-28, 2018                        9 Days, 12 Meals.

$2,999 pp double occupancy

*Book early to take advantage of lower rates. Single and Triple rates available upon request.


UK by Rail 

Journey by train to three of the UK’s most iconic destinations: Edinburgh, York and     London. Take in the views as you travel like a local on Britain’s efficient rail system between cities. Begin in Edinburgh and experience a fun-filled Scottish evening. Tour the imposing Edinburgh Castle, home of the Scottish Crown Jewels. Travel to St. Andrews, the town that gave the world the game of golf. Take the train to York and enjoy two days to explore England’s medieval capital. Spend time at Castle Howard, a magnificent 18th-century estate, and visit the charming market town of Helmsley. Zip over to London by train. A local expert leads you on a tour featuring all of the highlights. Delight in a full day to explore London on your own. Travel to glorious Windsor Castle, the oldest royal residence still in use today. Gather for a dinner at a traditional English pub. Really get to know the history and culture of this fabulous region with less time in transit and more time exploring.                                            

March 17-March 26, 2018

10 Days, 12 Meals                                                                                                                                        

$4,099 pp double occupancy                                                                                                                                                                                       

*Book early to take advantage of lower rates. Single and Triple rates available upon request.

General Information

Cancellation of Classes

Nothing kills a good program faster than waiting until the last minute to register. At some point we have to determine if enrollment is sufficient to hold the class. Rend Lake College is a non-profit organization. We try to break-even on classes, at the same time we try to pay our instructors a fair wage for their time. If you are considering taking a class or you wish to show up the first night of class to register, please call and let us know. Otherwise, we must cancel low enrollment classes.


Students in Community Education classes may withdraw and receive a full refund by contacting a Rend Lake College Community Education representative at least 5 business days in advance of the first class or 10 business days in advance of a trip. No refunds will be given after that time, but a registration certificate will be issued in your name and MUST be used the following semester. No refunds or certificates will be issued following the first class session. Please call us if you must cancel a class at 437-5321, x 1714 or (800) 369- 5321, x 1714.

Course Content

Course content may be altered at the discretion of the instructor(s), and may in some instances deviate from the catalog description. We try to be as accurate as possible in describing our classes, but we allow the instructor to teach what they feel is important.

Senior Citizens

In-district residents who are 60 years of age or older qualify as senior citizens for tuition purposes and are entitled to take college credit courses provided that class has the required number of tuition paying students enrolled and that the classroom has available space tuition-free. The college reserves the right to use the qualifying age for senior citizen waivers, as dictated by State statute, which is 65 years of age or older for specific programs and departments. This does not include applicable fees charged for credit classes, nor does it include Community Education (COMED or ILR ) classes . Senior citizens may be charged a fee of $50 or more for repeating classes more times than credit can be claimed.


We get many calls from individuals outside of the Rend Lake College District regarding out-of-district fees. With Community Education classes, there is no need to worry about being out-of-district. It does not affect your fees nor your attendance. We encourage any one who has an interest in our classes to attend.


Illinois Concealed Carry Firearms Training

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Choose Rend Lake College as your training center to earn a concealed carry license. To register for the class, contact the RLC Community and Corporate Education Division at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1714. Registration and payment must be completed by the day before the class, and will be accepted until the class is full.

Corporate Education

Upcoming Workshops:

Community & Corporate Education is dedicated to meeting the training/retraining needs of business and industry and providing residents of the college district with the training needed to upgrade skills or obtain full-time employment. A unique variety of courses, workshops, and other training opportunities are available. The Center can also provide “customized” training to area employers using Rend Lake College instructors, staff, and consultants. Training can be delivered on-site, on the Rend Lake College campus, at the Rend Lake College Marketplace in Mt. Vernon, or the Murphy-Wall Pinckneyville Campus

Students with an interest in your type of business are available through Rend Lake College for employment. This allows the student to gain valuable on-the-job training while enhancing your employee base. By hiring these students, you have made a great contribution to their education and their prospect of employment in the future. Help us train tomorrow’s workforce!

For more information or to register, phone (618) 437-5321, ext. 1367.

Supervisory & Management

The Center for Business Services can customize a variety of business supervisory and management related courses designed to improve the skills of your employees. Following are examples of courses that have been provided:

  • Business Communication
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Cooperative Education/Internships
  • Customer Service
  • Employment Placement Services
  • Evaluations
  • Fitness Programs
  • Food Sanitation
  • Interviewing Skills
  • Job Analysis
  • Leadership
  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Management
  • Motivation
  • Online Library Research Services
  • Personal Performance
  • Improvement
  • Problem Solving
  • Six Sigma
  • Small Business Counseling/Workshops
  • Supervision
  • Team Building
  • Terminations
  • Theory of Constraints
  • Time Management
  • Videoconferencing Services
  • WorkKeys Skills Assessment

Industrial Courses

In partnership with the Career-Technical Divisions of the college, we provide a variety of industrial and other training courses and programs to meet the needs of your business.

  • Blue Print Reading
  • Criminal Justice/Security
  • Electricity
  • Electronics
  • Emergency Medical Services - AHA CPR & First Aid | AHA Instructor Training/CPR & AED | Automated External Defibrillator | First Responder | Basic EMT | EMT—Paramedic
  • Ergonomics
  • Forklift
  • Hydraulics
  • Horticulture/Grounds Maintenance
  • Mechanics-Auto/Diesel/Heavy Equipment
  • MSHA
  • OSHA - Hazardous Material | Hazardous Waste | Lockout/Tagout
  • Pneumatics
  • Robotics
  • Truck Driving - CDL Review
  • Welding - GMAW | MIG/TIG | Oxyacetylene | Plasma

Computer Courses

  • Adobe - InDesign | Photoshop
  • C
  • C++
  • Computer-Aided Drafting
  • Computer Maintenance
  • GIS Mapping
  • Graphic Design
  • Java
  • Microsoft Office Software - Access (Database Management) | Excel (Spreadsheet) | Word (Word Processing) | PowerPoint (Presentation) | Publisher (Desktop Publishing)
  • Microsoft Operating Systems
  • Microsoft Networking
  • Point of Sale
  • QuickBooks
  • Switching and Routing
  • Visual Basic
  • Web Page


OSHA General Industry 10 Hour and 30 Hour

This course is an overview of the basic OSHA safety standards. Learn vital safety and health information to all personnel responsible for a safe working environment on the job site. Topics include the inspection and citation process, working and walking surfaces, electrical safety, machine guarding, and emergency action plans. Attendees will better understand OSHA’s role in the industry. After completing the required hours, participants will receive the OSHA Certification Card.

Accident Prevention
Back Safety & Lifting Techniques
Bloodborne Pathogens
Confined Space Entry
EMT/First Aid/CPR
Hazardous Materials
Industrial Truck Training
Lock Out/Tag Out
OSHA 10-Hour Refresher

$62 for 10 Hour—Scheduled upon request.
$186 for 30 Hour—Scheduled upon request.

American Heart Association Community Training Center

The training center houses our programming through the American Heart Association.
Go to American Heart Association Community Training Center Home 

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Community and Corporate Education