Community Education Classes
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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 GoRend 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: ed2go.com/rlc
Institute of Lifelong Learning
Trips & Tours
Daniel Boone Home & Historic St. Charles
Travel back in time as we visit historic St. Charles.
Learn MoreOur day will start with a visit to historic Main Street in St. Charles, MO as a costumed guide leads us on a tour down the cobblestone street and allows us time to pop in to visit the quaint shops that adorn it. Enjoy lunch at the Mother-In-Law House located on Main Street where you will dine on the delicious homemade soup, salad and chicken salad bar complete with dessert and beverage. After lunch we will journey back to another time and relive the adventures, dangers and joyous events of the famous American longhunter and pioneer, Daniel Boone. We will visit the home where he lived in his last years and learn the history of this legendary folk hero. Tour fees, lunch, gratuities, and charter bus transportation are included.
You must pre-register by April 3rd.
ILR 9300-03 Thursday, 5/18
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
Southern Illinois, The Ancient Native American World
Enjoy a few of the wonders of Southern Illinois!
Learn MoreWe will start the day with lunch at Giant City Lodge for the famous family style dinner of crispy fried chicken, mashed potatoes, country milk gravy, scratch dumplins, homestyle green beans, buttered corn, creamy coleslaw, homemade biscuits, butter, applebutter and fruit cobbler for dessert.
After lunch we will dive into the ancient Native American world with the Environmental Education staff at SIU's Touch of Nature Environmental Center for a presentation about pre-columbian occupation of Southern Illinois.
Discussion of cultural periods and peoples, regional sites to visit, and connecting to ancient peoples through experimental archaeology will be covered, including a demonstration of making yucca cordage. Lunch, gratuities, presentation fee, and charter bus transportation are included.
You must pre-register by March 23rd.
ILR 9300-02 Thursday, 4/6
Bus departs from Mt. Vernon Marketplace at 9:45am: return at 5:30pm
Bus departs from Main Campus at 10:00am: return at 5:00pm
Taste of St. Louis ▼
RLC is partnering with Collette Vacations to offer our community 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 Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 at 5:00PM at the RLC
Historic Schoolhouse. We will discuss the Spotlight in New York City 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.
Spotlight on New York City
Experience the best of the "Big Apple" in this spectacular 5-day tour. From Little Italy to Greenwich Village, New York City is a destination even the most seasoned traveler can enjoy. Spend four nights in the heart of Midtown, close to Central Park and Times Square. Take youseat and watch the curtain rise for two exciting Broadway shows. Ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. See the Empire State Building and Central Park. Visit either the poignant 9/11 Museum or One World Observatory. Enjoy plenty of free time to shop and explore this fabulous city on your own. Get ready to "start spreading the news!"
September 21-25, 2017 5 Days, 5 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.
Contact Community & Corporate EducationCommunity & 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
Cancellation of ClassesNothing 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.
Withdrawal/RefundsStudents 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 ContentCourse 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 CitizensIn-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.
ResidencyWe 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.
Culinary ArtsAssociate of Applied Science Degree
This two-year program leads to an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Culinary Arts Management. The program is designed to prepare individuals for supervisory or technical positions in the food service industry. Typical graduates will work in supervision or food preparation at restaurants, hotels and institutions. The curriculum emphasizes practical experiences through cooperative education, laboratory and classroom opportunities.
Culinary Arts Certificate
This program is a two-semester certificate designed to prepare individuals for entry-level positions in the food service industry. Typical graduates will work in food preparation and line positions at restaurants, hotels and institutions. The curriculum emphasizes practical, hands-on learning experience in the laboratory classroom.
Gainful Employment Information is available
Baking & Pastry Certificate
This program is a two-semester certificate designed to prepare individuals for supervisory or technical positions in the food service industry. Certificate holders typically will work in food preparation restaurants, hotels, institutions and bakeries. The curriculum emphasizes practical experience through laboratory and classroom opportunities.
Gainful Employment Information is available
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CosmetologyAssociate of Applied Science Degree in Cosmetology
The Cosmetology program comes with an option to earn an Associate in Applied Science Degree. To do so, you’ll go through the Cosmetology certificate program, along with a fourth semester consisting of 15 credit hours of general education requirements.
Associate of Applied Science in Barbering
The Barber program comes with an option to earn an Associate in Applied Science Degree. To do so, you’ll go through the Barbering certificate program, along with a fourth semester consisting of 15 credit hours of general education requirements.
Cosmetology Teacher Certificate
A short-term Occupational Certificate designed to prepare individuals for positions teaching Cosmetology. Typical graduates will work as instructors in Cosmetology programs in either community colleges or private schools. Students with two years of practical experience as a Licensed Cosmetologist are required to complete 500 clock hours of instruction. Those with less than two years of practical experience are required to complete 1000 clock hours of instruction. A limited number of slots will be available to be filled during any enrollment period. The program prepares students to take the Illinois Cosmetologist Teacher licensure exam. Students with two years of practical experience as an Illinois Licensed Cosmetologist will not be required to take COSM 1210 and COSM 1211.
Gainful Employment Information is available
This program is designed to prepare you for a career as a barber. Typical graduates will work as barbers in chain or independent shops or open their own. The curriculum emphasizes practical, hands-on experience with the latest styles, trends and techniques. The program prepares you to take the Illinois Barber licensure exam. You will attend class five days a week for up to eight hours a day. Some Saturday clinical work is to be expected.
Nail Tech Certificate
This program is designed to prepare students for a career as a licensed Nail Technician. Career opportunities exist in the field of manicurists and pedicurists. Learning will occur in the classroom and in a clinical setting. Upon successful completion, students will have gained the knowledge and skills necessary to pass the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regualtion licensing exam.
Gainful Employment Information is available
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EMT - ParamedicAssociate of Applied Science
This program is designed to prepare students for a career as a Paramedic. Career opportunities exist in the field of medical services, including medical and ambulance services, fire departments and industrial settings. Graduates will be eligible to apply to take the Illinois department of Public Health Paramedic licensure examination. Learning will occur in classroom, laboratory, hospital, and field clinical settings. Students are required to earn a grade of "C" or better in EMTP courses.
This program meets current Illinois Department of Public Health standards for training as an Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic. Successful completers of the certificate may apply to take the Illinois Department of Public Health EMT-P examination. Learning will occur in classroom, laboratory, hospital, and field settings.
Gainful Employment Information is available
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Truck Driver TrainingTruck Driver Training Certificate
This certificate is designed to prepare students for a career as a Truck Driver. Career opportunities exist in the field of truck driving, including intrastate and interstate. Learning will occur in the classroom and in a tractor trailer. The Illinois Secretary of State's Commercial Driver's License Pre-Trip, Skills and Road Examinations will be administered.
Heavy Equipment Transportation Certificate
This certificate is designed to prepare students for occupations involving the maintenance, repair, and operation of semi-tractor trailer units. Upon successful completion of the curriculum, the student will have a thorough knowledge of engine and brake repair, servicing, alignment, and operation of a tractor trailer unit. The Illinois Secretary of State's Commercial Driver's License Pre-Trip, Skills and Road Examinations will be administered.
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Illinois Concealed Carry Firearms Training
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.
The administration, faculty and staff at Rend Lake College are committed to preparing students for productive, satisfying careers with area businesses and industries. The role of the Cooperative Education and Employment Services program is to serve as the liaison between job-seeking students, graduates and alumni and the employment community.
Our goal is to accommodate the personnel needs of employers while helping Rend Lake College students, graduates and alumni achieve their career aspirations. Cooperative Education and Employment Services are offered at no charge and are available to any Rend Lake College student, graduate or alumni, as well as any other resident of the college district.
Services are split into two mutually supporting programs, Cooperative Education and Employment Services. Both programs deserve a closer look from the employer and student perspectives.
Cooperative EducationSometimes referred to as co-op, on-job-training or internship, cooperative education is a method of instruction that places Rend Lake College students into jobs relating to their majors. It is an attractive program for students and employers.
Employers and Co-op - There are several reasons why employers can profit from the use of cooperative education students . . .
Cost Reductions - Simply put, hiring co-op students improves the bottom line in three areas:
• Unemployment insurance is not required on co-op students.
• Recruitment and training costs are lower with co-op students.
• Co-op students are generally exempt from expensive benefit packages.
Productivity - Co-op students are highly motivated, trainable workers who frequently are assigned special projects, freeing permanent staff for other important duties.
Flexibility - Cooperative education students are available when you need them. No need to wait for the start of a semester to hire.
Students and Co-op - Participation in cooperative education is advantageous for a number of reasons to students.
Academics - This is real learning and is just as academically vital as time spent in labs and classrooms. Rend Lake College awards transferable credit for cooperative education work experience.
Experience - Students gain practical, real-world experience that makes courses more meaningful. Co-op work experiences also strengthen the résumé, providing critical experience employers desire.
Financial Assistance - Co-op jobs are paid positions. While this is certainly not the most important aspect of the program, it does help defray the cost of higher education.
Job Offers - It is not unusual for Co-op students to be offered summer or even full-time job opportunities at their places of employment.
STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS: In order to qualify for the Cooperative Education program, students must have completed at least 12 semester hours with a cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 or higher.
EMPLOYMENTThe RLC Employment Services program gives employers a pleasant, flexible alternative to the more rigid, structured requirements of most placement agencies. With one simple phone call, employers gain access to prospective employees. Free interviewing facilities also are available if needed.
Employers are invited to contact Employment Services with full-time, part-time, temporary and seasonal openings. Referrals are made as directed by the employer, whether by direct candidate contact or résumés mailed or faxed.
Each spring semester, Employment Services sponsors the Rend Lake College Job Fair, which has proven to be a highly productive recruitment activity.
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
- Fitness Programs
- Food Sanitation
- Interviewing Skills
- Job Analysis
- Lean Manufacturing
- Online Library Research Services
- Personal Performance
- Problem Solving
- Six Sigma
- Small Business Counseling/Workshops
- Team Building
- Theory of Constraints
- Time Management
- Videoconferencing Services
- WorkKeys Skills Assessment
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
- Emergency Medical Services - AHA CPR & First Aid | AHA Instructor Training/CPR & AED | Automated External Defibrillator | First Responder | Basic EMT | EMT—Paramedic
- Horticulture/Grounds Maintenance
- Mechanics-Auto/Diesel/Heavy Equipment
- OSHA - Hazardous Material | Hazardous Waste | Lockout/Tagout
- Truck Driving - CDL Review
- Welding - GMAW | MIG/TIG | Oxyacetylene | Plasma
- Adobe - InDesign | Photoshop
- Computer-Aided Drafting
- Computer Maintenance
- GIS Mapping
- Graphic Design
- Microsoft Office Software - Access (Database Management) | Excel (Spreadsheet) | Word (Word Processing) | PowerPoint (Presentation) | Publisher (Desktop Publishing)
- Microsoft Operating Systems
- Microsoft Networking
- Point of Sale
- Switching and Routing
- Visual Basic
- Web Page
What is WorkKeys?
WorkKeys is a system developed by ACT (American College Testing) to help students develop better workplace skills, help teachers prepare students for the workplace, and help employers select the most qualified candidates for the job.
Why is WorkKeys Important?
Employers today have created vast numbers of jobs requiring higher skill levels than in the past. They are having an increasingly difficult time finding qualified employees. WorkKeys helps businesses and educators understand each other’s needs.
How WorkKeys is Used
There is a growing trend across the country to bring together employers, educators, labor and state agencies to improve a community’s supply of skilled workers. WorkKeys job profiles have been completed for thousands of jobs and occupations. More than 8500 jobs, in nearly 1400 occupations, ranging from accountant to automotive technician and from welder to webmaster have been profiled.
How WorkKeys Works
WorkKeys is built around a set of skill scales that accurately measure both the skills of individuals and the competency levels required for successful job performance.
Businesses use WorkKeys job profiling to analyze the skills necessary for specific jobs in their organizations. These profiles offer a concrete way for businesses to describe to educators, students, and job applicants the skills they need for particular jobs. Then, job applicants can use their WorkKeys scores to determine how their skills measure up to those required. And, educators can see how well they are preparing graduates for the work world in different occupations.
WorkKeys offers eight assessments that can be used separately or in combination:
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OSHAOSHA 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.
Back Safety & Lifting Techniques
Confined Space Entry
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.
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Employment ServicesThe RLC Employment Services program gives employers a pleasant, flexible alternative to the more rigid, structured requirements of most placement agencies. Phone, fax, or email your employment needs and our dedicated staff will try to match your needs to qualified candidates.
Employers are invited to contact Employment Services with full-time, part-time, temporary and seasonal openings. Referrals are made as directed by the employer, whether by direct candidate contact or resumes mailed or faxed.
Students, alumni, and district residents can register with employment services for job placement assistance. Assistance with resume development and other job skills is also provided.
Each spring semester, Employment Services sponsors the Rend Lake College Career and Technology Job Fair which has proven to be a highly productive recruitment activity.
Land of Lincoln AmeriCorps