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Community & Corporate Education

This division encompasses Cosmetology (also including Barbering, Esthetics and Nail Technology), Culinary Arts, EMT / EMT-Paramedic, and Truck Driver Training. The American Heart Association Training Center also is administered here, and Real Estate, 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


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 Daniel Boone Home & Historic St. Charles

Travel back in time as we visit historic St. Charles.

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Our 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.

Cost: $109

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

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Southern Illinois, The Ancient Native American World

Enjoy a few of the wonders of Southern Illinois!

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We 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.

Cost: $69

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 ▼

Taste of St. Louis

Join us as we spend the day enjoying the tastes of St. Louis! The day will begin with a stop at Gus’s Pretzels, where we will enjoy a  pretzel to take home and have the opportunity to purchase pretzels on our own. We will travel to Urzi’s Italian Market where we will sample cheese and pepperoni from the Italian Market. We will have some time to shop around before leaving with a goody bag of samples! At the Missouri Baking Company we’ll sample cookies and you will have time to shop on your own for goodies as well. Hope you aren’t full yet! For lunch we will visit Pappy’s Smokehouse for a buffet of pulled pork, beef brisket, pulled chicken, potato salad, baked beans and salad. After lunch we will take you to the Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Factory for a guided tour and private tasting of 5 select chocolates. Of course, no visit to St. Louis is complete without a stop at Ted Drewes Frozen Custard where you’ll enjoy your choice of either a hot fudge sundae or a mini chip concrete. Tour fees, samples at all locations, lunch,  gratuities and charter bus transportation are included.

You must pre-register by March 20th.

Cost: $113

ILR 9300-01 Tuesday, 4/18

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


Collette Vacations

Collette Vacations

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.

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 

Community and Corporate Education