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A degree in business will give you the jump start you need toward an exciting career. With subjects ranging from accounting to marketing, Rend Lake College can bring your goal within reach. Most graduates with an Associate Degree in Business choose to go on and obtain their Bachelor's Degree, while some continue further in pursuit of a Master's Degree in Business Administration (M.B.A.).

Furthering your education in business throws the doors wide open. Studies have consistently shown that your earnings increase with a college degree. According to a recent U.S. Census Bureau report, average annual earnings ranged from $18,900 for those without a high school diploma to $25,900 for high school graduates, $45,400 for college graduates and $99,300 for those obtaining professional degrees. An MSN Money article by Liz Pulliam Weston described an Associate Degree as a "Slam Dunk." She said, "These two-year degrees seem to result in massive payback, compared to their relatively low cost, for a high school graduate."


A Business Degree can be used in just about any field and can provide the foundation necessary to start your own business. Everything we encounter in daily life seems to stem from some sort of business. Every industry, from agriculture to hedge fund management, ect is founded on basic business principles.

Mastery of the fundamentals of business can be accomplished here at Rend Lake College. Students are given the opportunity to experience real-world applications of in accounting, economics and mathematics. To be successful, business students should be comfortable with math and problem-solving as well as communication.

To learn more about the opportunities available, please contact the Business Department at Rend Lake College.

Degrees Offered


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Degrees & Certificates in Business



Associate in Science Degree

This two-year program leads to an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Business with specializations in finance or management. The curriculum is designed to provide students with a general background in all areas of business and to prepare them for careers in the fields of banking, accounting, management or marketing at the mid-management level in a variety of businesses and industries. The curriculum also provides those individuals already in positions in the local workforce the opportunity to upgrade job skills or advancement potential.

►Total = 64 Hours

First Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

Second Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)

Third Semester (18 Cr. Hrs.)

  • BUSI 2105 Legal / Social Environment of Business (3)
  • BUSI 2206 Business Dynamics (3)
  • MGMT 2201 Principles of Management (3)
  • MRKT 2201 Principles of Marketing (3)
  • Elective – Core (3)
  • Elective – Core (3)

Fourth Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)

1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based on test scores.


The Business Management certificate program is designed to provide students with a general background in all areas of business and to prepare them for entry-level careers in the fields of banking, accounting, management or marketing in a variety of businesses and industries. The curriculum also provides those individuals already in positions in the local workforce the opportunity to upgrade job skills or advancement potential and aspiring entrepreneurs the skills necessary to grow their own businesses.

► Total = 16 Hours

Gainful Employment Information

First Semester (9 Cr. Hrs)

Second Semester (7 Cr. Hrs.)


This two-semester program leads to a certificate in Business Management. The curriculum is designed to provide students with the general background in all areas of business and prepare them for entry-level positions in a variety of businesses and industries. The curriculum also provides those individuals already in positions in the local workforce the opportunity to upgrade job skills or advancement potential. The target audience includes individuals seeking entry-level employment, current employees looking to increase their skill sets or advance, and small business developers. The Business Management II certificate is targeted to focus on the entrepreneurial skilled worker to promote success by increasing communication and math skills necessary to grow their own businesses.

► Total=31 Hours

Gainful Employment Information

First Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

Second Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)

Distance Delivery Option

Many people dream of earning a college degree, but the hectic schedules of work and family life make it difficult. Rend Lake College’s distance-delivered Associate in Science Degree may be the answer. This degree, which has a business focus, is made up of both online and hybrid classes to give you the flexible schedule you need. Most classes are delivered online, and the remaining hybrid classes are made up of online instruction with a small number of face-to-face meetings.

Distance-delivered instruction can be incredibly convenient for those who have tight schedules or are unable to attend class on a fixed schedule. You’ll need to have some basic computer skills and have access to a computer and the Internet in order to take advantage of this program. For more details, contact the Academic Advising Center at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1266.

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Faculty & Staff

Administrative Assistant/Math and Sciences
Phone Extension: 1288
Building: South Oasis
Office: 134
Dean of Math & Sciences Division
Phone Extension: 1258
Building: South Oasis
Office: 145
Director of Enrollment Services
Phone Extension: 1331
Building: Administration
Office: 139
Business Associate Professor
Phone Extension: 1273
Building: South Oasis
Office: 154

Math & Sciences Division
Phone: (618) 437-5321 Ext. 1288
Address: 468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL 62846 Attn: Math & Sciences
Fax Number: (618) 437-5677 Attn: Math & Sciences

Transfer Information

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is an independent corporation and one of two commission members of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), which is one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The Higher Learning Commission accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region.

Rend Lake College has been accredited since 1969. Voluntary accreditation is an activity of great importance to Rend Lake College and the community it serves. The process ensures that RLC is accountable – that our programs are effective and that we are delivering on our guarantees of educational quality.

Students who graduate with an Associates in Science (AS) or an Associates in Arts (AA) have the ability to transfer to institutions that will allow them to continue towards a goal of a Bachelors degree (BA or BS).

Rend Lake College works with other institutions to allow for an easy transition to a four year university. Some of the Universities that have this working relationship are:

Why Online?

Study on your own time

Although many courses are not set up for you to work at your own pace, they still allow you to complete tasks on your schedule. If your a night owl you can spend the night working on a degree from home. If your a morning person, you can get up and go right to class working on your future.


This brings us to Flexibility. With an Online degree from Rend Lake College you are in control. If you work days, fitting a standard college course into your work schedule is difficult. As an online student you access to more than seventy courses to choose from. Some of our classes, due to the rigor, are offered in hybrid form. Hybrid utilizes the online aspect of course development along with face to face class time, a blending of the best of both worlds.

Fewer Costs

As a business student you may be aware of the importance costs make when making decisions. If you think of the costs associated with taking a stand class you must take into consideration the cost of transportation. Driving to the college every day can get expensive, online courses reduce and may even eliminate this cost from your budget. This reduction in costs allows you to strech your dollar even farther. The need to print out papers may be eliminated entirley as most instructors require you to turn your homework in electronically.