INA, Ill. (Nov. 17, 2020) — The Rend Lake College Board of Trustees gave every student in the district a scholarship at Tuesday night's meeting. 

Board members unanimously approved an exciting new program called Raise A Warrior. Lead developer Kristen Garner — a community outreach specialist with RLC —presented the pilot to the board last month. The "micro-scholarship" program will allow students in RLC District #521 to earn up to $2,000 in scholarships by the time they graduate high school. Once the program is launched, students in grades 3-12 can start building credit in their account by reaching specified milestones, participating in extra-curricular activities, and other objectives as deemed appropriate. 

Rend Lake trustees also approved the 2021-22 academic calendar, entered into multiple agreements with other institutions, made some personnel moves and more during the virtual meeting.

Nursing Program Articulation Agreement with McKendree University

McKendree University and Rend Lake College have developed a plan to facilitate seamless transfer for students who complete the Associate Degree in Nursing program at RLC and desire to earn the Bachelor's Degree in Nursing at McKendree University. Students who satisfactorily complete the AAS in Nursing requirements with Rend Lake, and hold an unencumbered license as a registered nurse, will be admitted to McKendree.

New academic calendar

The Board approved the 2021-2022 Academic Calendar. 

Fall Semester 2021
Part-Time Faculty Orientation Thursday, August 12
Student Success Day Friday, August 13
First Day of Classes Monday, August 16
Labor Day Holiday Monday, September 6
Fun Fest Wednesday, September 15
Midterm  Friday, October 8
Columbus Day Holiday Monday, October 11
In-Service Tuesday, October 12
Veteran's Day Holiday Thursday, November 11
Thanksgiving Holiday Thurs.-Sat, November 25-27
Last Day of Regular Classes Friday, December 3
Semester Exams Sat.-Thurs., December 4-9
Five Week Intersession Dec. 13 - Jan. 14
Spring Semester 2022  
Student Success Day Friday, January 7
First Day of Classes Monday, January 10
Martin Luther King's Birthday Monday, January 17
President's Day Monday, February 21
In-Service Tuesday, February 22
Midterm Friday, March 4
Spring Break Mon.-Sat., March 7-12
Good Friday Holiday Friday, April 15
Last Day of Regular Classes Friday, May 6
Semester Exams Sat.-Thurs., May 7-12
Summer Semester 2022
First Day of Classes Monday, June 6
Midterm Friday, July 1
Independence Day Monday, July 4
Last Day of Classes Friday, July 29

ICCB Grant Agreements with Southeastern Illinois College

The Illinois Community College Board has granted adult education and literacy funding to RLC. At the request of the ICCB, Rend Lake will enter into an agreement with Southeastern Illinois College to provide a sub-grant to SIC's Adult Education and Literacy program. The grant provides up to $103,835, of which $43,306 are federal funds. Any funds not used by the end of the agreement will be returned to RLC. Rend Lake will also enter a sub-award agreement with SIC in regards to the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CURES). The sub-award equates to $12,125 in federal funding.

Williams named new Public Information Specialist

The board approved the appointment of Leah Williams as Public Information Specialist, effective Dec. 7. Williams holds a Master's degree in Professional Media Management and a Bachelor's in Journalism, both from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She previously worked for the Nashville (Ill.) News as the managing editor before accepting the position at RLC.

Rend Lake College Foundation positions revised

The board approved revisions to the job descriptions of the Rend Lake College Foundation Assistant Director and Development Coordinator to help better meet the needs of the Foundation.

Chef Wilson retires, Fullerton resigns

The board accepted the retirement of Robert Wilson as Lead Culinary Arts Associate Professor, effective June 1, 2021; and the resignation of Britt Fullerton as Development Coordinator of the Rend Lake College Foundation, effective Nov. 13.

In other business, the board…

  • Approved the first reading of changes to a policy and procedure related to student attendance;
  • Approved the first reading of a policy to reflect financial disclosures required by the Securities Exchange Act;
  • Approved the first reading of a revised policy regarding the investment of public funds as required by the Illinois Public Funds Investment Act;
  • Approved the first reading of a new policy and procedure related to students withdrawing from classes;
  • Accepted a clean audit report from Kemper CPA Group LLP.

Mark your calendar…

  • RLC Virtual Open House will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19 via Zoom. Register online at
  • Virtual Career Days will be Wednesday and Friday, Dec. 2 and 4, via Whova.

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